Shout! The Legend of The Wild One

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Shout! The Legend of the Wild One
BookJohn-Michael Howson
David Mitchell
Melvyn Morrow
Productions2001 Australia
2008 Australia

Shout! The Legend of the Wild One is an Australian musical based on the life of Johnny O'Keefe. It premiered in Melbourne at the State Theatre in December 2000, before seasons in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane through 2001.[1] A jukebox musical, it includes songs recorded by O'Keefe and other period songs from the 1950s and 1960s.

The original production was directed by Richard Wherrett and featured David Campbell as O'Keefe.[2] Each was nominated at the 2001 Helpmann Awards, for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Male Actor in a Musical respectively. The original production was remounted for a national tour in January 2008 starring Tim Campbell as O'Keefe.[3]


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.

Cast information[edit]

Original casts
Character Australia 2001 Australia 2008
Johnny O'Keefe David Campbell Tim Campbell
Marianne Renate Tamsin Carroll Alexis Fishman
Lee Gordon Aaron Blabey Mark Holden
Thelma O'Keefe Trisha Noble Colleen Hewett
Ray O'Keefe Doug Scroope Glenn Shorrock
The DeeJays Peter Skelton, Brett Canning, Andrew Ho, Ben Daley, Brennan Muhoberac
The Deltones Paul Biencourt (Noel Weiderberg), Kurt Sneddon (“Pee Wee” Wilson), Michael Griffiths, Todd Goddard

Cast recording[edit]

Shout! The Legend of The Wild One
Shout! Australian Cast Recording 2001.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Australian Cast featuring David Campbell
ReleasedMarch 2001
GenreRock and roll music Stage and Screen
LabelEpic Records
ProducerAmber Jacobsen, Col Joye, Kevin Jacobsen, Chris Dickie, David Campbell, Ken Laing
David Campbell albums chronology
Taking the Wheel
Shout! The Legend of The Wild One
The Swing Sessions

Shout! The Legend of The Wild One original cast recording was released in March 2001. The album was certified gold in Australia. It received the ARIA Award for Best Original Cast/Show Album in 2001.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sing (And Tell The Blues So Long)" - 2:05
  2. "Wild One (Real Wild Child)"- 2:05
  3. "Cry" - 2:15
  4. "Save the Last Dance For Me" (with Tamsin Carroll)- 3:59
  5. "Rock and Roll will Stand" (with Kevin Murphy) -2:04
  6. "Right Now" - 1:36
  7. "Move Baby Move" - 2:15
  8. "Crazy" (by Tamsin Carroll) - 2:31
  9. "(The) Sun's Gonna Shine Tomorrow" - 2:27
  10. "He Wears My Ring" (by Trisha Noble) - 1:47
  11. "She's My Baby" - 2:08
  12. "Ready For You" (with Tamsin Carroll) - 1:51
  13. "Get a Job" (by Paul Biencourt) - 1:40
  14. "Hit Record" - 2:34
  15. "Chapel of Love" (by Tamsin Carroll) - 2:26
  16. "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door" - 2:09
  17. "Holdin' You In My Holden" (by Sara Highlands, Carly O'Rourke, Eve Prideaux) - 1:10
  18. "Mockingbird" (with Trisha Noble and Katie McCarthy) - 2:37
  19. "I'm Counting On You" (with Tamsin Carroll)- 2:58
  20. "So Tough" - 1:49
  21. "Tourin' Time" (by Australian cast) - 2:34
  22. "Purple People Eater"/"Witch Doctor" (with Aaron Blabey) -2:37
  23. "Mr. Bass Man" (with Kurt Sneddon) 1:49
  24. "Bye Bye Baby" (by Anton Koritni) - 2:34
  25. "She Wears My Ring" - 2:37
  26. "Rock Around the Clock" - 2:11
  27. "What'd I Say" - 2:55
  28. "Shout!" - 5:44

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
Australian Artist Albums Chart[5] 96


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Gold 35,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "AusStage - Shout!". Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  2. ^ Peter Fitzpatrick, Whose turn to shout? The crisis in Australian musical theatre today., Australasian Drama Studies, 38, April 2001, 16-28
  3. ^ "Shout! The Legend of the Wild One". Australian Stage. 16 January 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  4. ^ " – SOUNDTRACK – Shout! The Legend of The Wild One". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  5. ^ "2001 ARIA ALBUMS CHART". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association.

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