Theatrical concert Rolling Thunder Vietnam returns by popular demand in 2016!
The exciting new concert/drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam – Songs That Defined A Generation unites personal stories of young Vietnam soldiers with classic songs of the era. This unique and dynamic theatrical concert draws audiences inside the combat, protest and bittersweet homecoming.
This show is more than a concert as it transports you to an era of unrest, political turmoil and a generation on the brink of momentous social change. Ultimately, it is a love story which celebrates human resilience and the genius of great songwriters in the 1960s and 1970s.
There are great rock classics such as Magic Carpet Ride, Fortunate Son, All Along the Watchtower, Run Through the Jungle, Born To Be Wild, Paint It Black, Black Magic Woman, Killing Me Softly With His Song, We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
What's the story?
Johnny is a country boy who seizes the opportunity for adventure by joining the army. Meanwhile his girlfriend Sarah counts the days until his return and dreams of their wedding day. Johnny’s absence and her growing fears leads Sarah to join a University anti-war protest group. Another character, clever and curious Andy, is conscripted in the National Service Scheme or the 'lottery of death' as it was known. His mother joins Save Our Sons (SOS) in protest. Then there’s the crusading U.S. Marine Thomas (Tommy) whose faith is sorely tested both at home and in combat. It is an engaging and dramatic story with wonderful music.
- Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
- Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Most People I Know - Billy Thorpe
- The Real Thing - John Young/Russell Morris
- All Along The Watchtower - Bob Dylan/` Jimi Hendrix
- The Letter - Joe Cocker
- Black Magic Woman - Santana
- Nowhere To Run - Martha and the Vandellas
- Help Me Make It Through The Night - Gladys Knight
- Run Through The Jungle - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- War - Edwin Starr
- For What It’s Worth - Buffalo Springfield
- People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield
- Get Together - The Youngbloods
- What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
- Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
- Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack
- We’ve Gotta’ Get Out of This Place - The Animals
- Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Who should you take?
Do you have a music lover in your family? Rolling Thunder Vietnam is a unique musical experience for all of the generations! Bring the entire family or social group. Groups of 10+ save $20 per ticket!
Tickets, performance dates and locations
Tickets go on sale Monday 12 October 2015
Melbourne Palias Theatre
Sat 23 July 2pm and 7.30pm
Sydney State Theatre
Thur 28 and Fri 29 July 7.30pm
Sat 30 July 2pm and 7.30pm
Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre
Tue 2nd Aug 7.30pm
Gold Coast Jupiters Theatre
Jupiters Hotel and Casiona Gold Coast
Fri 5th Aug 7.30pm
Sat 6th Aug 2pm and 7.30pm
Canberra Canberra Theatre
Wed 10th Aug 2pm and 7.30pm
Newscastle Civic Centre
Sat 13th Aug 2pm and 7.30pm
Perth Crown Theatre Perth
Wed 17th, Thur 18th and Fri 19th Aug 7.30pm
Sat 20th Aug 2pm and 7.30pm
Go to Rollingthundervietnam.com to purchase tickets.
Did you know?
The phrase 'rolling thunder' is taken from The Bible, Psalm 68:33. “There is a Sky-Rider, striding the ancient skies. Listen – he’s calling in thunder, rumbling, rolling thunder.”
On March 2, 1965, the United States President, Lyndon B Johnson, approved Operation Rolling Thunder in North Vietnam. An estimated nine million Americans served on active duty during the official Vietnam War era between 1964 and 1973. 58,151 died and 153,303 were wounded.
‘A musical and dramatic triumph' 4.5 stars - Herald Sun
“The impressive concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam threads classic rock songs among personal stories about Australian and US soldiers and their loved ones to create an outstanding depiction of the times. David Berthold’s direction is taut and Bryce Hallett’s dialogue is smart and succinct, allowing the songs and the archival film, images and clever graphic projections to illuminate the period.”.
- Kate Herbert, Herald Sun
‘Band of brothers delivers tour de force’ - Sydney Morning Herald
“The band, led by Chong Lim, gave the material the Agent Orange treatment when required… Bryce Hallett’s finely-crafted script compounded the songs’ power and poignancy. The difficult issue of veterans returning from a discredited war was bravely confronted.”
- John Shand, SMH
The competition to win double passes to the show has now closed.