Cat Stevens. The name brings back a thousand memories – dark eyes, a winning voice and songs which the whole world sang along to. Back in the 70s, Cat Stevens was the ultimate rock star. Talented, charismatic, with a seemingly endless succession of beautiful melodies streaming from his imagination, the international singing star had everything. He sold more than 60 million albums, earned enough money to last several lifetimes, and enjoyed all the trappings of fame. But he wanted more out of life. So at the height of his career he shocked the world by taking his last bow. The music stopped and Cat Stevens was no more.
One of Australia’s most exciting young artists, Darren Coggan, traces the path of a man who never stopped wondering about how to make the world a better place. In a style reminiscent of Looking Through A Glass Onion, John Water’s classic portrayal of the life of the late John Lennon, Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story will feature twenty three of the songs the whole world sang along with, including Father & Son, Lady D'arbanville, Morning Has Broken, The Old School Yard, On The Road To Find Out, Wild World, Where Do The Children Play, Moonshadow, Matthew & Son, Hard Headed Woman, Sad Lisa, Peace Train and many more. Darren Coggan is backed by the high-energy live band, Fire Cats and will take audiences on a truly magical ride of discovery, back through the joys and the sorrows, the triumphs and the pain, in the life of the legend that was the one and only, Cat Stevens.
Darren Coggan is a singer, songwriter, actor and television personality - this versatile artist has already chalked up a string of awards, including a Golden Guitar and in recognition of his outstanding achievements, Darren was awarded the ‘Centenary Medal’ - for Services to Australian Society in 2003. He is best known as a country singer, with albums including Balancing Act and War Stories, but he is equally comfortable in musicals and on screen. He has toured extensively with stage shows Happy Days, Shout and Grease – The Arena Spectacular. A fan of Cat Stevens from an early age, Coggan teamed up with acclaimed Australian playwright John Misto, director John Saunders and musical director Naomi Coggan back in 2006 to create a show about the man who so inspired him. Peace Train has since gone on to inspire many others, playing to critical acclaim and standing ovations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and beyond.
“Coggan’s musical story-telling is outstanding, as is his singing and playing. He seamlessly weaves the Cat Steven’s story in song and speech in what ends with a standing ovation”
Sunday Herald Sun
“The commitment from the writer is not just to the music, but to the message. The result is an exciting concert and a dramatic narrative with a worthwhile theme”
The Canberra Times
Peace Train: The Cat Stevens Story
30th July – 3rd August (four shows only)
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
Book now on 1300 182 183 artscentremelbourne.com.au