Rory Phelan will be portraying “early George” in the Life & Music of George Michael which comes to River City Casino & Hotel on Tuesday, March 1.
Right Angle Entertainment, Maple Tree Entertainment and Quatro Entertainment have announced a brand new theatrical-style concert that chronicles the amazing journey George Michael had with music and his fans will play River City Hotel and Casino at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2022.
The Life and Music of George Michael captures the performance and sound with concert style staging and lighting while telling his story through early music hits from Wham! and his illustrious solo career.
Tickets and show information can be found at www.TheLifeandMusicofGM.com.
Tickets are $20.50, $30.50, $35.50, $40.50 and can be purchased at http://www.thelifeandmusicofgm.com or one hour before show time at the River City Casino box office. You must be 21 and older to attend.
“This show is going to honor George Michael’s career and be a celebration for his fans,” says producer Ralph Schmidtke. “Over the years, George’s popularity has continued to grow and The Life and Music of George Michael will give fans a glimpse of his life and hear all the songs they have come to love.”
The Life and Music of George Michael captures the performance and sound of one of the biggest international stars of our time. The show will have fans on their feet dancing and singing along to blockbuster hits including “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Freedom,” “Faith,” “Careless Whisper,” “Father Figure,” and many more.
Michael sold over 115 million albums spanning four decades and rose to fame as a member of Wham! in the early 80’s. He went solo in 1987 with “Faith,” one of the biggest albums of all time. The album had four number one hits including “Faith,” “Monkey,” “Father Figure,” and “One More Try.” He won two Grammy Awards, three Brit awards, three American Music Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards.
The producers of The Life and Music of George Michael will also be donating $1 per ticket sold to Gods Love We Deliver to help serve the community and those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses.
For more information including on sale dates, a tour schedule and tickets visit www.TheLifeandMusicofGM.com.
Here is our Take Ten with Rory Phelan
1. What is special about your latest project?
Working on this show has just been incredible. George Michael is one of my biggest idols. Getting the opportunity to bring his music to life every night is just amazing.
2. Why did you choose your profession/pursue the arts?
I have always loved making people smile and laugh since I was a child. However it wasn’t until I was about 19 that I thought of making a career out of this. Growing up I always wanted to be an athlete.
3. How would your friends describe you?
I think my friends would describe me as fun, enthusiastic and caring.
4. How do you like to spend your spare time?
I love spending my time with my friends and family, travelling and eating food.
5. What is your current obsession?
My current obsession is the US version of “The Office.” I hadn’t seen the show before coming to America and I love it!
6. What would people be surprised to find out about you?
That I had never done any singing or acting before I was 19.
7. Can you share one of your most defining moments in life?
I think it has to be when I went on for the role of Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever. This was my first ever professional job and I covered and got to play my dream role of Tony. A moment I will never forget.
8. Who do you admire most?
I admire so many people. George was definitely someone I admired. Not only because of his music. But also because of how kind he was as a person, supporting so many communities and people.
9. What is at the top of your bucket list?
To continue working in the United States. I always dreamed as a child of getting the opportunity to work over here. I plan on trying to work over here much more in the future!
10. How were you affected by the current pandemic years, and anything you would like to share about what got you through the pre-vaccine part, with shutdowns, and any lesson learned during the isolation periods?
The pandemic was a terrible time for everyone. It devastated so many industries especially the arts. Both myself and friends lost lots of work and future job opportunities due to the many shutdowns. I tried to use the time to focus on the important things in life. My friends and my family. And most importantly how to be kind to others. I think the pandemic has taught all of us how far kindness and generosity can truly go.
11. What is your favorite thing to do in your hometown?
My favourite thing to do back home is to go for a coffee and food with my friends! And also go for a walk with my little Pomeranian, his name is Kiko.
12. What’s next for Rory?
Who knows! The arts are starting to open up and more opportunities and fun jobs are starting to arise. I’m excited to see what the rest of 2022 has to offer.
More on Rory
Name: Rory Phelan
Age: (optional) 29
Current location: New York
Family: Mum, Dad and my older sister
Education: D&B School of Performing Arts
Day job: Actor
First job: Saturday Night Fever
First role: Joey/ Understudy Tony Manero
Favorite jobs/roles/plays or work in your medium? Playing Eddie in Mamma Mia on the West End. Being in Heathers the Musical! (Original UK Tour)
Dream job/role/play: Tony Manero, Elder McKinley (Book of Mormon)
Favorite quote/words to live by: “If it’s not fine, it will be funny”
A song that makes you happy: Penny Lane – The Beatles
Lynn Venhaus has had a continuous byline in St. Louis metro region publications since 1978. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, currently reviews films for Webster-Kirkwood Times and KTRS Radio, covers entertainment for PopLifeSTL.com and co-hosts podcast PopLifeSTL.com…Presents, and writes features and news for Belleville News-Democrat and contributes to other publications. She is a member of CCA, AWFJ and St. Louis Film Critics Association. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Theater Circle.