Musical Theatre star Philip Quast is soon to grace our Concert Hall stage.
Philip will share his favourite tunes including songs from Les Misérables and musicals by Rogers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim on Sunday 5 June.
With such a rich career in music and entertainment we thought it would be fun to see what songs would be on Philip’s playlist.
According to Philip choosing a playlist is one of the most difficult things for him to do.
“I am so ephemeral and changeable that tomorrow’s playlist would bear no resemblance at all to today’s. It might be all Schubert! And the day after that? Jimi Hendrix or Bob Dylan. Next week it might be ABBA or The Bee Gees or Eminem or Shostakovich!”.
The playlist below reflects the mood Philip was in at the time he sent it to us. He says:
“It’s pouring rain outside and my mind is being irrigated by thoughts of how to negotiate the things I have to do. The order is merely random.”
We think it is a great list… enjoy!
‘God Only Knows’ | The Beach Boys
“I chose this because of the juxtaposition of a really dark, depressing lyric with beautiful, driving, relentless music. The Beatles must have been blown away when they heard it.”
‘The Boxer’ | Paul Simon
“I love narrative songs. Paul Simon wrote this when he was very young. It reminds me to respect the young people I teach. The fact that they can have so much talent at such a young age reminds you that there is a dark horse in everyone.”
‘Spanish Steps’ | Van Morrison
“It’s from the album Poetic Champions Compose and tells a story without words. I love the bass line and multi- layered arrangement. It reminds me of Charlie Haden*.”
Averti Addosso by Gino Paoli from his album ‘Due come noi che…’ with Danilo Rea
“Astonishing voice of a man who has lived. I believe everything he says he has experienced. A friend gave me this record five years ago and I never stop playing it. Danilo Rea’s piano and their counter melodies are heartbreaking. It would be in my tomorrow’s playlist.”
‘Carolina In My Mind’ | Melanie Safka
“A grossly overlooked singer. Astounding acting in the voice. Again it is a narrative story about longing to move, to travel.”
‘Almost Like Being In Love’ | Nat King Cole
“This song has unbelievable musicality. A great, great piano player and his voice and how he uses it with such little effort makes me feel safe. I could’ve put all his songs down today too.”
‘She’s Got A Way’ | Billy Joel
“Because it says everything about what my wife is and how she’s kept and keeps me grounded.”
‘Avec le temps’ | Léo Ferré
“Like Gino Paoli, I believe him. He has nothing to prove and pain in love doesn’t diminish with age.”
‘Young Americans’ | David Bowie
“Great sax, upbeat, and represents Bowie’s continual changes of direction.”
‘Daydream Believer’ | The Monkeys
“It’s catchy. You can’t help joining in the chorus.”
‘Wichita Lineman’ sung by Glenn Campbell
“Jimmy Webb at his best. Again a narrative. I can see the environment and images in the words. Fills my head with pictures. And represents that decaying side of America.”
‘Volare’ | Dean Martin
“Because he’s Dean. Can sing anything. Unlike Sinatra, I hear so much humour in his voice.”
‘Romeo and Juliet’ | Dire Straits
“Yet again another narrative. I love the lyrics playing with time such as “you used to make me cry” and “the dice was loaded from the start”. It’s absolutely in keeping with the tragedy of the play.”
‘Jungleland and The River’ | Bruce Springsteen
“Nothing to be said really. Great stories.”
‘Always On My Mind’ | Elvis Presley
“Still didn’t get Priscilla back. If someone singing those words with that voice can’t change someone’s life, I wonder if ART can change lives at all?”
‘Here You Come Again’ | Dolly Parton
“What a song writer. What a singer! You can hear her heart is full of goodness and hope as a person despite her singing about heartache.”
‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney–sung by Joe Cocker
“Probably for me the greatest ‘cover’ ever. Stole Woodstock with his rendition. My wife’s favourite song.”
‘Wayfairing Pilgrim’ | Roy Buchanan
“One of my favourite rock guitarists. Sad life. Alcoholism. So unassuming when you watch him play. Completely without showmanship. I love it when you listen to an artist and are thrown when you ‘see’ them. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”
‘All The Things You Are’ – Ella Fitzgerald’s version
“Ella’s voice always sounded so youthful. Her diction is perfection. How can such a simple lyric be so beautiful?”
‘Eternal Flame’ | The Bangles
“Just gets you. The way Susanna Hoffs’ negotiates her way round that soft huskiness to full voice is deceptively clever.”
Chorus Mysticus from Mahler’s 8th
“The sun has just come out so I wacked it on the list.”
Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo by Handel
“If it’s sung by Joyce Di Donato I could die happy. What an actor.”
*Charlie Haden was an American Jazz double base player, band leader, composer and educator who’s career spanned more than 50 years.
Behind the Scenes
Our Behind the Scenes series takes you on an exclusive journey into the heart of QPAC, where the magic of the stage comes to life.
Five Minutes with ... Jonathan Biggins
We spent five minutes with Jonathan Biggins who starred in The Gospel According to Paul he’s pure PJK with his wit, intellect and ego.
Five Minutes with ... Noni Hazlehurst
We spent five minutes with Noni Hazlehurst who is one of Australia’s best known, and most well-loved actors. In a career spanning decades Noni is a household name.
Five Minutes with ... Laser Beak Man
We spent five minutes with Laser Beak Man who was created by Tim in 1999 at aged 11. Since then Tim and Laser Beak Man have won fans all over the world.
Five Minutes with ... Suzi Quatro
We spent five minutes with Suzi Quatro who is a singer, songwriter, actor, activist, glam rock legend and role model. With 50 million albums sold, the she continues to delight in creating music.
Five Minutes with ... John Cameron Mitchell
We spent five minutes with John Cameron Mitchell who is a writer, director and actor that we’ve seen on stages and screens from infamous New York City night clubs and Broadway theatres.
Five Minutes with ... Cyndi Lauper
We spent five minutes with Cyndi Lauper who won a Tony Award for her score for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots making her the first woman to ever win solo in that category.
Five Minutes with ... Sarah McLeod
We spent five minutes with Sarah McLeod who is an Australian singer-songwriter known both for her solo work and as the singer/guitarist of rock band The Superjesus.
Five Minutes with … Jimeoin
We spent five minutes with Jimeoin, the English-born Irish stand-up comedian and actor, who is well known not only for his live gigs, but also for his television shows.
Five Minutes with … Eddie Perfect
We spent five minutes with Eddie Perfect who is a singer-songwriter, pianist, comedian, writer and actor.
Five Minutes with ... Vika and Linda Bull
We spent five minutes with Vika and Linda Bull, an Australian vocal duo who came to prominence after singing backing vocals in Joe Camilleri's band The Black Sorrows from 1988.
Five Minutes with ... Reuben Kaye
We spent five minutes with Reuben Kaye, acclaimed comedian and cabaret icon who is described as “the evil love child of Liza Minnelli and Jim Carrey” (British Theatre Guide).
Five Minutes with ... Robert Grubb
We spent five minutes with acclaimed actor Robert Grubb who played the dual roles of Admiral Boom and Chairman of the Bank in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins.
Five Minutes with ... Damien Leith
We spent five minutes with Damien Leith whose career skyrocketed after winning Australian Idol in 2006, Since then, he’s been a singer, playwright and tv/radio host personality, sometimes all at once.
Five Minutes with ... SOLCHLD
We spent five minutes with SOLCHLD to chat about her inspirations, what makes her laugh, and how the BlakBeats program has helped her as a musician.
Five Minutes with ... Sami Afuni
We spent five minutes with Brisbane-born performer Sami Afuni who thrilled audiences in HAMILTON, performing in the dual role of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.
Five Minutes with ... Peter Cook
We spent five minutes with Brisbane playwright and actor Peter Cook who returned to his hometown in February 2023 with his compelling and uplifting one-man play, Breaking the Castle.
The People's Day Playlist
Stephen Anderson, who plays Willy Wonka, and Lucy Maunder, who plays Mrs Bucket, pick their favourite childhood songs and tell us what makes them special.
The Ultimate Musical Playlist
Listen to the ultimate musical playlist as chosen by three of musical theatres leading ladies.
World Violin Day Playlist
We asked the talented violinists of Camerata to share their favourite music featuring the violin and why.
Alexandra Flood’s Playlist
Find out what music makes the top ten play list for an internationally acclaimed coloratura soprano.
Introducing Kids to the Orchestra
Children will be introduced to all of the orchestral instrument families: string, woodwind, brass and percussion by QSO horn player Vivienne Collier-Vickers.
Get creative in Roma
QPAC brought Creative Fusions to Roma; a five-day music-making program for musicians aged 10 to 100 years.
Ishmael first day
Take a peek behind the scenes at the first day of rehearsals for Dead Puppet Society’s much anticipated world premiere production, Ishmael.
An Interview with Gideon Mzembe
Actor Gideon Mzembe talks about his life and his career while he was at QPAC, performing in shake & stir theatre co’s sold-out return season of Animal Farm.
The Role of the Staging Director
An Interview with An American in Paris Australian Staging Director Hannah Ryan, during the Australian premiere season at QPAC.
A yarn about Frozen costumes
Read the interview with Frozen’s Costume Designer and Wigs associate Janet Hine who oversaw the creation of costumes for the Australian production of Frozen.
75 years of QSO
In their anniversary year, we review the life of the orchestra powered by music and inspired by the state it calls home.
Fanfare Competition 2021 Finalists
The 2021 Artology Fanfare competition saw over 100 young Australian composers submit their very own attention-grabbing composition.
Our Ultimate Listening Guide
Tune into the music picks of these three superstar Australian performers who come together for an evening filled with opera arias and Broadway show tunes.
An Acrobat’s Warm Up
Circa Contemporary Circus calls QPAC’s Playhouse home for a season each year. Here’s a glimpse of the company warming up for its five-star show Humans.
An Evening with Anthony Warlow
Gather insight into Anthony’s life and his decades-long internationally acclaimed career.
Remembering a True Giant of the Arts
Dr Tony Gould AM was QPAC's founding Director. QPAC's Chief Executive, John Kotzas, sat down with Rebecca Levingston on ABC Radio Brisbane to remember him.
Mother by Noni Hazlehurst
An artist, educator and activist, Noni Hazlehurst considers ideas of madness from her role in Mother and as an individual of our society today.
From Broadway with Love
The Australian musical theatre legend and internationally acclaimed star of Broadway and The West End talks about her new solo show.
Shear Brilliance Comes to QPAC
Internationally acclaimed Brisbane-based Circa has joined forces with animation studio Aardman to create a new circus-theatre production.
How to inspire creativity in children
Regularly flexing creative muscle as children and adults builds arts literacy – the ability to identify, interpret & assess in varying arts forms and contexts.
Paul Keating Moves to QPAC's Upper House
We caught up with Biggins about the return season of The Gospel According to Paul.
How to be creative
QPAC asked a musical theatre star, an artistic director, a lighting designer and a professor of the arts for their tips on how to be creative.
The Fanfare competition invited young composers aged 12 to 21 years to submit their own short 30 second attention-grabbing composition.
The Role of Early Music Today
Tembembe Ensamble member Leopoldo Novoa talks about his experience playing with early music superstar Jordi Savall.
Five Minutes with ... Isabella Swietlicki
We chatted with Isabella Swietlicki about her most treasured festive memories and what she loves most about Christmas