Susan Murphy: Becoming Fantastic: Elton in America 1970-1975
When the unknown 23 year-old Elton John made his American debut at LA's Troubadour in 1970, he turned the music world upside down and began his journey as one of rocks most brilliant innovators. And when 5 year-old Susan Murphy first heard Crocodile Rock on the radio in 1973, it turned her little Catholic schoolgirl life upside down and began her most passionate love affair with the music and artistry of the one we have come to call Captain Fantastic.
Becoming Fantastic: Elton in America 1970-1975 is the show that Murphy has been working on for 45 years! A lovingly curated exploration of the early songs of Elton John, it is Murphy's very personal celebration of both the classics and the deep tracks, from hymn-based rock to glitter pop, all presented in intimate arrangements with her longtime collaborator Seth Saltzman (doing serious duty on piano!) and master guitarist Nate Bloom.
Becoming Fantastic: Elton in America 1970-1975 from the Troubadour to the Garden, from the end of the world to your town.
Susan Murphy is a New York-based performer and writer who has been seen on theatre and music stages for the past 3 decades. She is most known for her original performance work, in which she blurs the boundaries of music, theatre, comedy, and performance art to create what she calls 'performance memoir'. In 2011, she introduced her full-length rock and roll play "Girl/Group: A Daughters Tale", a performance memoir about her mother's experiences as a member of an all-girl doo-wop group in the late 1950's. Premiering at the world renowned (and personally beloved) La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York, Girl/Group has since also been presented at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre.
Susan has also worked as an actor in the New York theatre since having graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing. As a singer, she can best be described as an actor of modern musical literature and has collaborated with such inspiring musical artists as Lisa Sokolov, Mary McBride, Diane Garisto, Kenny Werner, members of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Aaron Dugan of Matisyahu, Anders Nilsson, Eli Yamin, William Parker, Bob Dorough, and Jon Spurney, among others. She is thrilled to have even once sung with the pop icon Lulu! www.susmurphy.com
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