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 directing experience ranges from the smallest proscenium arch to concert halls, large outdoor stadiums and theme parks. He has directed and re-staged productions in Australia, UK, Holland, Japan and Qatar.
His directing credits include The Serpent’s Table: Co Director for Griffin Theatre Company and Performance 4A, SpongeBob Square Pants Parade: Nickelodeon and Village Roadshow, A Night With The Phantom: Raymond Gubbay UK, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change: VizPro International, Singapore, Thoroughly Modern Millie: LaSalle School of the Arts, Singapore, NSW Premier’s Gala Concerts: Sydney Entertainment Centre, Venables Entertainment, Pinocchio, The Musical: VizPro and Singapore Repertory Theatre, Spelling Bee: LaSalle School of the Arts, Singapore, Steel Magnolias, starring Jacki Weaver for Blackbird Productions and The City of Sydney Chinese New Year Parade. He was Segment Director of the Closing Ceremony of the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar for David Atkins Enterprises.
Darren has just directed the 2013 Australian tour of Agatha Christie’s: A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED for Michael Coppel and Louise Withers.
As Associate Director he has re-staged Miss Saigon for Cameron Mackintosh in Japan, Korea, Holland and the UK. Mamma Mia 10th Anniversary for Louise Withers and Associates and the Closing Ceremony of the Games of the XXV11 Olympiad, Sydney 2000. Currently Darren is Associate Director on King Kong. Darren has re-staged MISS SAIGON for Cameron Mackintosh in London, Japan, Korea and Holland.
Stephen Amos – Musical Supervisor
Born in New Zealand, Stephen moved to Melbourne to study at the Conservatorium of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano and Composition.
His first professional position was in the Australian premiere production of The Phantom Of The Opera as a trainee repetiteur. Stephen played keyboards on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and was the pianist for Sondheim’s Follies in concert for the Melbourne International Festival.
He has been Assistant Musical Director for Into The Woods (Sydney Theatre Company) South Pacific, Cats, The Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd (Queensland Theatre Company), 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, the 10th Anniversary production of Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, Kiss Me Kate for the Production Company, Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, and Billy Elliot for which he won a Helpmann award.
Yvette Lee – Chorographer
Yvette has enjoyed a diverse choreographic career working in all facets of the entertainment industry.
Her theatre credits include, “Moonshadow” World Premiere with Cat Stephens, ‘Rock of Ages’ (Resident Director & Choreographer) “The Award winning “Little Match Girl” which was performed at the Malt House, Sydney’s Speigeltent and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, ‘The History Boys’ (MTC), assistant Choreographer for, ‘Sweet Charity’ (Production Company) ‘Dusty: The Original Pop Diva’ &’ Shout, the Legend of the Wild One’.
For television, credits include “So you think you can Dance” (Channel 10) Series 3 choreographic consultant,
‘Everybody dance Now’, Australian Idol Grand final’ (Channel 10), ‘ARIA Awards’ (Channel 10), ‘So You Think You Can Dance Greece’ (Mega TV), ‘Australia Day Live Concert at Parliament House’ (GTV 9) ‘Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards’ ‘Comedy Inc’. (GTV 9) ‘Neighbours’ (Channel 10), Carols in the Domain (GTV 9) as well as ‘The Wiggles’, a Walt Disney Special Event for the Disney Channel.
Yvette is currently in production choreographing Chris Lilly’s ‘Ja’mie private school girl‘ series for 2013. & Cosentino, The Grand Illusionist Chanel 7 special & National Tour.
Film credits include Selwyn’s ‘Not Gonna Let You go”, Ricki Lee film clips, ‘Can’t Sing a Different Song’, &‘Can’t touch It’. Deni Hines, film clips include ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ & ‘Water for Chocolate’, and for HBO the highly acclaimed ‘The Pacific’ produced by Stephen Spielberg