Melbourne is a bit of an eclectic town. Whereas Sydney seems more business-like with pinstripe suits in abundance, Melbourne is for artists in jeans.
We saw some strange stuff in Melbourne. I think they call it art. For example, take the upside-down cow in the tree along the waterfront.
We also encountered a dinosaur in this area. I was a bit scared. But I really should have been quite well prepared for this.
Do you remember when Mr. HalfFull and I almost visited Natural Bridge in Virginia? (We didn’t make it past the Visitor Center, but that’s another story.) We also saw an open-mouthed dinosaur there. But that one seemed slightly more tame since it was ridden by a cowboy.
Come to think of it, we also saw a dinosaur in Sydney. But this one was next to a welcome sign. So the juxtaposition of the fangs and the welcome sign made it seem slightly less menacing.
I guess the
fear appeal of dinosaurs is rather universal.
Okay, back to Melbourne. This city is full of artsy people, including musicians. We saw tons of advertisements for local bands. I think you could see live music every night of the week!
While we were in town, so was the AC/DC musical. Mr. HalfFull is a fan and convinced me this would be another fun theatrical experience to add to our 30/40 World Tour theater count. Even though this was our seventh play of the 30/40 World Tour, it would be our first musical.
Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be — The Story of Bon Scott is advertised as a musical. But to me it was more like a rock concert scattered with flecks of narration. The “play” chronicled Bon Scott’s life from Scotland to Australia. This included his bands before AC/DC, most of which I had never heard of. The early music was unfamiliar to me, but I did know most of the AC/DC songs. The majority of the audience was older and probably remembered Bon Scott from their rock n’ roll party days.
I am keenly aware of kinesthetics and pay particular attention to how actors and musicians move. The guys on stage moved well and seemed very comfortable as musicians since they are rockers in real life. However, the lead who played Bon Scott was a bit awkward in his movements. But I guess he was attractive enough to make up for it.
I was disappointed because I was expecting a play, not a rock concert. When the focus is on the music, rather than acting and choreography, I don’t find it very visually interesting. I’m not opposed to concerts, they just aren’t as appealing to me.
I think the rest of the audience knew what to expect. They were completely into the music from their heyday. They were reliving their youth — alcohol and tattoos in abundance. They probably felt the opposite of me and could have done without the narration!
Our final day in Australia was spent experiencing the artsy side of Melbourne — cow, dinosaur, and
play rock concert included. Stay tuned for our adventures in Mauritius next.
- What art has caught your eye abroad?
- Have you noticed an abundance of dinosaurs while traveling?
- Do you prefer straight plays or musicals?
- Would you enjoy a narrated rock concert?
- Do you prefer theater or concerts? Do you think it’s because you are more visual or auditory?