Air Supply (Music and Lyrics)
The duo of Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell formed Air Supply in 1975 and have been performing and entertaining millions around the world ever since. In 1980, Lost in Love became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. Lost in Love was named Song of the Year in 1980 and the album sold more than 10 million copies.
The next single was the seminal All Out of Love, and that rocketed up the charts even quicker. The albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now & Forever and The Greatest Hits have sold in excess of 20 million copies and together have gone 9 x Platinum, leading Air Supply to equal The Beatles’ run of consecutive top five singles.
It is the live shows that always hold audiences captive around the world. Each year they perform over 120 concerts across the U.S.A, Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Macau, Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
Air Supply continue to be one of the most successful and enduring bands in the music industry having sold 100 million albums worldwide, in 2010 receiving the BMI Million Air Certificate for 3 million radio plays of All Out of Love and in 2013 reaching 1 million Facebook fans.
On 1 December 2013 the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) inducted Air Supply into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Jim Millan (Book Writer)
A prominent and award‐winning Canadian writer and director, Jim Millan founded the Crow’s Theatre company in 1983, one of Toronto’s foremost independent theatre companies, where he wrote or directed more than 70 plays by new and recognized Canadian playwrights, including his own original works. Also he has enjoyed directing the Canadian Premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and numerous other American and British plays.
A veteran of many touring shows, including several Kids in the Hall productions, Jim directed the North American tours of Same Guys, New Dresses; Tour of Duty; Slightly Bigger Cities. Before taking on the assignment with AEG Themestar to write and direct Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage, and direct Scooby‐Doo Live! On Stage which enjoyed successes in North America, England, and South America.
Jim created a one man show with CNN Icon Larry King and was script consultant on Broadway for the revised Spiderman: Turn off the Dark. Recently Jim redirected the musical Lucky Guy off Broadway during previews and was the Creative Director on Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman’s Mythbusters Behind the Myths Tour. Jim lives with his wife Kyra and their daughter in Toronto.
Darren Yap (Director)
Darren’s recent directing credits include: Miracle City for The Theatre Division at the Opera House, Diving for Pearls and Ladies Day for Griffin Theatre and The Serpent’s Table (with Lee Lewis) presented by CAAP and Sydney Festival at Carriageworks. Other directing credits include: The World Premiere of The Great Wall, One Woman’s Journey for Glowsticks Productions in Singapore; Miracle City for Luckiest Productions at the Hayes Theatre; A Murder is Announced for Louise Withers and Associates; Letters to Lindy for Merringong Theatre Company (which will be doing a national tour in July). Later this year he will be directing Ghost! The Musical for Theatre Creation in Tokyo; Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam for The National Theatre of Parramatta and the World Premiere of All Out of Love (the music of Air Supply) for Musical Management Asia Pacific, opening in Manila in October.
In Singapore he has also directed The Admirals Odyssey for Action Theatre; Man of Letters and Pinocchio The Musical for Singapore Repertory Theatre; I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change for VizPro International. Darren is also the Artistic Director of Glowsticks Productions in Singapore.
He was Associate Director of King Kong for Global Creatures, Miss Saigon for Cameron Mackintosh (West End, Tokyo, Korea, Holland and Australia). Darren’s large scale events include The City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Parade for two years, Sponge Bob Parade Pants for Nickelodeon, Segment Director of the Closing Ceremony of the 15th Asian Games in Qatar, and Artistic Festival Consultant for the Opening of the National Gallery of Singapore’s celebrations.
Darren won the Broadway World Regional Award for Best Director of a Play: Diving for Pearls 2017. His productions of Miracle City and Diving for Pearls were nominated for Glug awards for Outstanding Mainstage Musical and Outstanding Mainstage Production 2017.
JACINTA JOHN (Co-Director)
After working as Assistant Director on Matilda the Musical in Sydney and Melbourne, Jacinta was invited to work as Assistant Director on the world premiere of Groundhog Day the Musical at the Old Vic Theatre in London, for which she was awarded the inaugural Baylis residency. Jacinta then returned to become Resident Director on Matilda throughout Australia and New Zealand. She directed the musical The Hatpin for the Victorian College of the Arts. She was the Resident Director for the national touring production of A Murder Is Announced and the Assistant Director on the musical Miracle City.
Having previously trained in acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and with a BA in Film Studies and Performance Studies from The University of Sydney, Jacinta’s acting credits for theatre include the Australian/New Zealand tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, Godzone, Holiday in the Sun, Vicious Streaks, Instant Karma, Skylight, and, as a member of the Hotbed Ensemble for the Black Swan State Theatre Company, The Dark Room and Pool (no water).
For screen, Jacinta has performed in Rake, Tough Nuts, McLeod’s Daughters, All Saints, 1MC: Something of Vengeance, and the award-winning feature film Isolate, which she also produced. Her other film producing credits include 1 + 1 = 11 and Under the Bridge.
Currently, Jacinta is the Resident Director on the Australian tour of the new production of Mamma Mia the Musical.
Stephen Amos (Musical Supervisor)
Stephen graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano and Composition.
He worked as a repetiteur on The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Sondheim’s Follies.
He has been Assistant Musical Director for Into the Woods, South Pacific, Cats, The Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Sarah Brightman and Anthony Warlow, and The Sound of Music with Lisa McCune.
As Musical Director Stephen’s credits include Grease, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, Kiss Me Kate, Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, War Horse, and Billy Elliot for which he won a Helpmann award. Stephen wrote the arrangements and orchestrations for the world premiere of the Cat Stevens’ musical Moonshadow and Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical. He won the 2016 Helpmann award for his work on Matilda the Musical in Australia.
Stephen has been Music Supervisor for Billy Elliot in Australia, Japan and Korea, the new Australian production of Mamma Mia!, and Matilda the Musical in Korea. He has also co-produced and written arrangements for several albums with various Australian singers.
Yvette Lee (Choreographer)
Working for over a decade as a Choreographer, Dance Director and Creative Director, Yvette Lee has solidified a strong place for herself in the Australian Entertainment Industry.
From television, film, theatre & live events her versatility has seen her choreograph in all arenas of the entertainment industry.
Yvette’s television credits include Dancing with Stars, X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent, Dance Hero Japan, Asia’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, The Big Music Quiz, China’s Next Top Model, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Ja’mie Private School Girl, Jonah from Tonga, Cosentino – The Grand Illusionist, Everybody Dance Now, Australian Idol, Neighbours, The Pacific, ARIA Awards, Logie Awards, The Taiwanese Wiggles as well as multiple major brand TVC commercials.
Yvette has Choreographed Musical Theatre productions such as Candide, Song Contest, Reefer Madness, Carnival of the Lost Souls, In the Heights, Moonshadow (World premiere), Rock of Ages (Resident Chor & Dir.), The Little Matchgirl (Royal Albert Hall, London), The History Boys, Shout – The Legend of the Wild One (Ast Chor), Dusty – The Original Pop Diva (Ast Chor)and Sweet Charity (Ast Chor).
Her Music Industry credits include choreographing, casting, staging & creatively producing with major record labels for artists such as Zara Larsson, Illy, Vera Blue, Andy Grammar, Guy Sebastian, Harrison Craig, Dami Im, Samantha Jade, Bonnie Anderson,Aston Merrygold, Cyrus, Josh Groban, Ricki Lee, Tim Campbell, Rob Mills, Casey Donavan, Hugh Sheridan & Bobby Fox.