In 1993, Elvis Costello stunned critics and audiences alike with his gorgeous and ambitious album and song cycle, The Juliet Letters, recorded with The Brodsky Quartet. Against all predictions, the live-recorded classically leaning album, comprised of imaginary letters to Juliet Capulet climbed the charts worldwide. The Crossing Machine will breathe new life into the album, in a stage production at The Fringe Festival.
The Crossing Machine is a Melbourne based string quartet, bringing together some of the most in demand string players in the country. Collectively, they have worked with Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Jimmy Barnes, Peter Frampton, Barry Humphries, Billy Thorpe, Guy Sebastian, Kate Ceberano and Circus Oz.
For this limited season of The Juliet Letters they are joined by stalwart tenor opera singer Asher Reichman.
Warning: Contains potentially triggering content or themes, including Death
“Catching tonight’s performance in the cosy and intimate venue of The Butterfly Club, it was a such a treat. When I first heard this song cycle of voice with string quartet it rattled my mind and made me treasure new composition for this format. Tonight was the opportunity to hear this gem performed live by the talented The Crossing Machine strings and Douglas Kelly bring to life these witty, heartfelt, heartbroken and passion filled, albeit imaginary, letters to Juliet Capulet. Douglas Kelly masterfully sings evoking the persona of each letter as the string quartet players accompany and feature equally throughout in a tender and gorgeous performance. We are so spoiled to have such talent here in Melbourne! A magical adventure in a genre that both entertains and surprises.” ***** - (MMM! Melbourne Made Music!)