Classic rock drama ‘Rolling Thunder Vietnam’ returns to Melbourne

A war drama with a classic rock soundtrack, “Rolling Thunder Vietnam” has announced dates for its comeback in 2023.

The rock drama RRolling Thunder Vietnam returns to the stage in 2023 for its longest national tour to date.

The show last toured in 2016 and will return in April, May and June 2023. The tour plays in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Caloundra, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Perth, Adelaide, Frankston and Melbourne. At the heart of the production is a love story of courage, longing and resilience. Tom Oliver (VelvetThe Marcia Hines Band) reprized the role of country boy Johnny.

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  • Vietnam thunder roll combines war drama with classic rock
  • Frankston Arts Centre: Thursday, June 8 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Palais Theatre: Saturday 10 June – 7.30 p.m.

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Vietnam thunder roll combines rock classics from the 60s and 70s, video footage across four screens, and heartfelt narration inspired by interviews with Vietnam War veterans and actual letters.

Make its world premiere at QPAC in Brisbane in 2014, in 2023 Vietnam thunder roll will support Soldier On, a not-for-profit organization that provides integrated and holistic support services to Australian Defense personnel, contemporary veterans and their families.

Producer Rebecca Blake said: “The show has received rave reviews as ‘an electrifying tour de force’ that ‘reaches deep into the soul’. He connects with a huge audience, not just because of his brilliant songs, but because he has so much humanity and heart. Vets in Vietnam have embraced the show from the start, many of whom are our biggest fans. We look forward to partnering with Soldier On and bringing the show to younger audiences. It’s wonderful to bring the show back to the stage after the impact of Covid-19 caused the sudden cancellation of our 2020 tour. We are delighted to once again feature some of the world’s finest musicians, alongside a cast young new talents to be discovered by the public.

Dr Brendan Nelson, former director of the Australian War Memorial, is the patron of the 2023 tour. A story of courage, endurance and love. If you see a show this year, this is the one to experience; you’ll be entertained, inspired, you’ll cry, but you’ll definitely want to see it again and again.

The uplifting production features enduring and unforgettable rock songs, including classics by Steppenwolf, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gladys Knight, Billy Thorpe and Paul Simon. The Vietnam War era – the world’s first televised war – produced many of the most strident and lyrical songs of the 20e century.

Tickets and more information available here.

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