'His achingly lyrical first solo album, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls, cemented You Am I frontman Tim Rogers’ already formidable reputation as one of Australia’s premier songwriters. Playwright Aidan Fennessy has threaded these beautiful songs across the class divide to create a tale of love in contemporary Australia.
'This is the ballad of Tash and Johnno, brought together by a conjunction of the stars and a pizza delivery gone weird. Tash is a smart-mouthed singer in a band and Johnno’s a three-time loser from the wrong side of the tracks. But, what do you know? It’s love. Almighty love. With an authentic catch and pain in it, like a song in the throat of one who knows how it goes. Knows how love can lift you high and dash you down. Knows that it’s never the coming together, it’s the holding on.
'What Rhymes with Cars and Girls is a raw, complex, urban romance, a balm for the hardest of hearts and solace for anyone who’s ever been in love.' (Production summary)
Performed at Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio : 13 February - 28 March 2015.
Director: Clare Watson.
Musical Director: Tim Rogers.
Set Designer: Andrew Bailey.
Costume Designer: Kate Davis.
Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre.
Sound Designer: Russell Goldsmith.
Cast: Johnny Carr and Sophie Ross.
Musicians: Ben Franz and Xani Kolac.
Produced by the Tasmanian Theatre Company as part of the Festival of Voices at the Peacock Theatre, 30 June to 15 July 2017.
Director: Melissa King.
Musical Director: Craig Irons.
Set and Costume Designer: Nicole Winspear.
Lighting and Audio Designer: Jason James.
Cast: Jesse Dugan and Danni Gilsenan.
This musical toured Australia from September 2017.