What Rhymes with Cars and Girls was Tim Rogers’ (You Am I) first solo album. It holds a warm place in the heart for many. It’s a conversation between two lovers about the tricky business of love. Lyrically beautiful, it contains some stunning visual poetry, scattered liberally over the eleven tracks. When playwright Aiden Fennessy approached Rogers with the idea of turning it into a musical, his answer was simply, ‘No’. Fennessy prevailed and the spirit of the album is the inspiration, as well as the soundtrack, for this love story.
Two lovers are brought together by a pizza delivery gone wrong. They’re on opposite sides of a class divide. Jonno a ‘Westie’, lost in his late twenties, rebuilding his rusty V8. Tash in a band, the daughter of a north-shore barrister – an idea she loathes. This is the nostalgic story of that old flame we all have and the soundtrack that goes with it. Set in a humid, suburban, Sydney, summer, under the flight path – and with Tim Rogers as musical director plus front-man for the four-piece band.
“It’s a very intimate portrait of a relationship,” says Johnny Carr, who plays Jonno. “Every good relationship has a bit of drama. Nothing goes smoothly and this is no exception – it picks you up and drops you down.”
A big highlight for Carr is the sense of informal play between the two lovers, the band and of course the audience. “You really want the audience to be in on it, watching us get together and fall apart. It’s about bringing them in.” Then of course there’s the music. “It is so beautiful that it carries a lot of the show but also underscores the moments very beautifully.”
Oct 11-14. Riverside Theatres, Cnr Church and Market Streets, Parramatta. $48-62. Tickets & Info: www.riversideparramatta.com.au or Ph: 02 8839 3399