Strangers in paradise – supporting asylum seekers

A life that epitomised post-war Hollywood glamour and popular operatic romance will be celebrated next month in a show that will also help out those fleeing war and persecution.

A special charity performance of Lanza Sings Again is being staged at the Brighton Town Hall in Melbourne’s south-east before the production begins a national tour.

It features opera star Roy Best as Mario Lanza, the telegenic American tenor who went from stage to the big screen in the late 40s and 50s.

The show will feature the most beloved Lanza standards such as Be my loveLa donna e mobile, Strangers in paradise, O sole mio and You’ll never walk alone.

International soprano Alison Jones will also star as soprano Kathryn Grayson, a frequent co-star and duet partner of Lanza’s.

Chris McKenna will narrate the show and  international concert pianist Len Vorster Len Vorster will provide musical accompaniment.

All proceeds from the performance will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).

The ASRC provides practical aid to hundreds of people seeking asylum who live in Melbourne. Many asylum-seekers experience financial hardship as they do not have the right to work and are ineligible for financial support such as Centrelink. As well as supplying people seeking asylum essential items such as food, bedding, nappies, mobile phones and Myki credit, the ASRC works with other agencies that advocate on behalf of their clients.

Local businessman Greg Jones is a member of St Leonard’s UC in Brighton and a supporter of the Bayside Refugee Advocacy Support Association (BRASA).

He is excited about promoting the event and said it is a great opportunity for audiences to see world-class performers while supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

“It is great that Lanza Sings Again will start their national tour with a charity performance in Brighton,” Mr Jones said.

“We really want to sell all the tickets as this would enable us to donate about $8000 to the ASRC.”

Lanza Sings Again will be performed at the Brighton Town Hall at 2 pm on Saturday 4 February. Tickets are $45 and can be booked at:


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