Shout! The Legend of The Wild One

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Shout! The Legend of the Wild One
Book John-Michael Howson
David Mitchell
Melvyn Morrow
Productions 2000

Shout! The Legend of the Wild One is an Australian musical based on the life of Johnny O'Keefe. It debuted in 2000 in a production directed by Richard Wherrett featuring David Campbell and has been much revived.[1]

The cast album peaked at number 19 in 2001.[2] It received the ARIA Award for Best Original Cast/Show Album in 2001.


In the mid 1970s Johnny O'Keefe shows his new fiancé to see the Sydney Stadium before it is demolished. He begins to reminisce about his life, growing up in Sydney and falling for Marianne, a German immigrant. When he hears Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets he discovers a passion for rock music and persuades Lee Gordon to promote him.

O'Keefe becomes famous and successful. But he is involved in a car crash and fails to crack the US market. He and Gordon fall out, his marriage collapses and Gordon dies.

However O'Keefe makes a comeback in the 1970s.



  1. ^ Peter Fitzpatrick, Whose turn to shout? The crisis in Australian musical theatre today., Australasian Drama Studies, 38, April 2001, 16-28
  2. ^ "SOUNDTRACK - SHOUT! THE LEGEND OF THE WILD ONE (ALBUM)". Retrieved 10 May 2016. 

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