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Josh Piterman’s return to Ballarat will be “a real heart filler”. After graduating from Federation University Musical Theater Studies 15 years ago, the classical crossover performer and entertainer has performed across the globe. Now he returns to Ballarat for a one man show at Piano Bar next Thursday. “When you come back here – the moment I walked in – the heart kind of beats because you feel you have such a history and such a connection,” he said. “It’s going to fill me up in a way that I haven’t experienced in a while.” It will be one of three regional shows for Piterman, who will visit Geelong and Bendigo on February 10 and 23 respectively. The star has starred in the musicals Westside Story, Cats, Hairspray, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and most recently on a run in London’s West End playing the lead role of The Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera. He will play the role again in an upcoming Australian season at the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Center in Melbourne, starting in September. Piterman says the role of the enigmatic Ghost was cathartic for him. “I can’t help but feel his heart and a lot of what Phantom is about, his mind, his soul, it’s all things that connect to something deeper inside a person. and it’s all the parts of me that I’ve tried to connect more inside of myself.” Despite his long career, Piterman said the past few years have been a learning curve and, at times, traumatic. The arts industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with venues closed and shows, concerts and performances largely canceled or postponed. Piterman recalls the time he received a phone call informing him that Phantom’s Australian season had been put on hiatus over COVID-19 concerns. “I was on fetal floor, just bawling. It was like whatever had to come out that I was trying to digest or subconsciously suppressed, just flooded in at the time,” he said. -he declares. “People at the company, millions of people around the world, are so affected that they’ve had similar moments where it’s been too much.” Piano Bar manager Jason Brian acknowledges that the past few years have been difficult for the arts. “We’re slowly rebuilding, like every other business…all of our sites are rebuilding and getting back to what we love to do, and that’s live music,” he said. Next week’s viewers can expect musical favorites including songs from Phantom, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Guys and Dolls and Jekyll and Hyde, woven with stories from Piterman’s life on and off stage. Mr Brian said the Piano Bar was delighted to add Piterman to the diverse lineup of names that had graced their stages. “It’s a very exciting show for the band and we think it will be a fantastic, intimate show for anyone looking to go out for a night out, especially if you love musical theatre.” For Piterman, he can’t wait to transport audiences next week – as only music can. “That’s what live performance does, it allows you to escape from whatever world you find yourself in to be taken to a new world, a world that fills you up and makes you feel amazing”, did he declare. “I think it’s really important, it’s about joy.” Josh Piterman will perform at the Ballarat Piano Bar on February 17 from 6-9:30 p.m. If you see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we have made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you so much for your support and for allowing us to continue to tell Ballarat’s story. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city.


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