The Boy from Oz

by Nick Enright & Martin Serman
Directed by John Fisher

October 26 – November 17th

The Gateway Theatre (formerly Eureka)
215 Jackson St Map It Parking Info

Running time: 2 1/2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

A fun and raucous musical by Nick Enright and Martin Sherman about songwriter, entertainer, and gay icon, Peter Allen.

The Boy From Oz is a raucous musical biography about the life of the most famous gay man from Australia – entertainer, singer/songwriter, Peter Allen – featuring songs written by him and with other collaborators.

The original book is by Nick Enright, with a revised book by Martin Sherman (Bent).

The show begins in the 1950s with Allen’s humble beginnings growing up in an Australian bush town. He then experiences a meteoric rise to fame as an international star opening for Judy Garland and selling out week-long engagements at Radio City Music Hall.

Allen was Judy Garland’s good friend and Liza Minnelli’s first husband, but, first and foremost, singer-songwriter Peter Allen was a performer. Within a few years, Allen and Minnelli split due to Allen’s homosexuality.

Eventually, Allen dies from AIDS – but before he dies, he is able to give one final concert back in his homeland.

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Rave Reviews for The Boy from Oz !

The Boy From Oz is terrific at the Gateway Theatre. Rating: ★★★★★

Theatre Rhino has pulled out all the stops with their energy-filled yet bittersweet production…  It is a song-filled jukebox tune fest buttressed with choreography, top-notch singers, great costumes and a storyline that might bring a tear in the second act.

The direction, pacing, dancing and costumes earn individual accolades that collectively create a winning performance ably backed by the three-piece onstage band of piano/keyboard (Sheelah Ramesh), Guitar/Bass (Nicholas Martin and Drums (David Walker).

Kedar K. Adour, MD, www.theatreworldim2.com
“The Boy from Oz” Dances into our Hearts, at Rhino, SF

Director John Fisher has done it again. He has revived the most fabulous gay musical, telling the story of famous lounge singer, dancer, and songwriter Peter Allen…

Tall, sexy Justin Genna knows his way around the dance floor, executing poetic moves expertly…. Leandra Ramm looks so much like Judy Garland and belts her songs with such authority that she gives us a chill…  the talented ensemble, Grace Liu, SuzyJane Edward, John-Thomas Hanson, thrill us with wonderful musical orgies and cocaine-filled nights…

Paired with Peter Allen’s moving lyrics, the magnetic chemistry among the ensemble roots the music in our hearts…  A joy to behold.

Barry David Horwitz, Theatrius

As Peter, Justin Genna moves with flair and fling, swiveling his hips enough to spin anyone’s imagination and always with a smile that elicits other smiles. His dancing with high, long-legged kicks and moves that are smooth and sexy is often dazzling – whether if he is on stage alone, in duets, or with a full cast.

As Liza [Minnelli], Carol Ann Walker… is particularly impressive in sparkling, glittering attire as she is joined by a full ensemble – they dressed in black suites and bowlers — as well-executed Fosse hands and moves define ‘She Loves to Hear the Music.’”

Theatre Eddys
[Genna’s] lines are impeccable, and one entire review could be dedicated to the way he moved his hips.
Kate Tinney, The Daily Californian
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Production Photos

Pictured L to R: Cameron Zener as Young Peter and Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Cameron Zener as Young Peter and Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, Kim Larsen as Dick, Larissa Kelloway as Marion, Justin Lopez as Greg, Leandra Ramm as Judy Garland, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Grace Chen as Rockie, Carole Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli and John Charles Quimpo as Chris in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, Kim Larsen as Dick, Larissa Kelloway as Marion, Justin Lopez as Greg, Leandra Ramm as Judy Garland, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Grace Chen as Rockie, Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli and John Charles Quimpo as Chris in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Kim Larsen as Dick, Justin Lopez as Greg, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Carole Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, John Charles Quimpo as Chris, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark and Grace Chen as Rockie in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Kim Larsen as Dick, Justin Lopez as Greg, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, John Charles Quimpo as Chris, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark and Grace Chen as Rockie in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: John Charles Quimpo as Chris and Justin Genna* Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: John Charles Quimpo as Chris and Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, John Charles Quimpo as Chris and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, John Charles Quimpo as Chris and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Carole Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen  and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Justin Lopez as Greg, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, John Charles Quimpo as Chris, Grace Chen as Rockie and Kim Larsen as Dick in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Justin Lopez as Greg, SuzyJane Edwards as Dee, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, John-Thomas Hanson as Mark, John Charles Quimpo as Chris, Grace Chen as Rockie and Kim Larsen as Dick in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen and Justin Lopez as Greg Connell in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: Justin Genna* as Peter Allen and Justin Lopez as Greg Connell in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: The Band - Sheela Ramesh, Conductor/Pianist; Nick Martin, Guitar; David Walker, Drums in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured L to R: The Band – Sheela Ramesh, Conductor/Pianist; Nick Martin, Guitar; David Walker, Drums in THE BOY FROM OZ, directed by John Fisher; a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Publicity Photos

Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson. *Actor appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli and Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson. *Actor appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli and Justin Genna* as Peter Allen in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson. *Actor appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland and Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson. *Actor appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland and Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson. *Actor appears Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Pictured L to R: Carol Ann Walker as Liza Minnelli, Justin Genna* as Peter Allen, and Leandra Ramm* as Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production directed by John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre. Photo: David Wilson.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Justin Genna

Justin Genna plays gay icon Peter Allen in the Theatre Rhinoceros production of The Boy From Oz, by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, and featuring the music of Allen and others. Photo by Lauren Toub.

*Actor appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

 Carol Ann Walker plays Liza Minelli in the Theatre Rhinoceros production of The Boy From Oz, by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, and featuring the music of Allen and others.

Carol Ann Walker plays Liza Minelli in the Theatre Rhinoceros production of The Boy From Oz, by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, and featuring the music of Allen and others. Photo by Andrew Muhlbach.

Leandra Ramm

Leandra Ramm plays Judy Garland in the Theatre Rhinoceros production of The Boy From Oz, by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, and featuring the music of Allen and others. Photo by Lisa Keating.