The Full Story
New Years Eve, 1952
On a wild stormy night, Hank Williams, the King of Country music is driving through the night and he stops at a wayside garage .
Share his life and his music and see Craig McLachlan as you have never seen him before.
Australian Premiere Production and Tour
Commencing for a national tour, this will be one of the most exciting productions of the year, featuring Australia’s own international star, Craig McLachlan as Hank and one of our best music performers, Chris Goodall as the Phantom Guitarist.
Craig McLachlan gives a mesmerizing performance as Hank Williams, as he struggles with life, his loves and his current reality.
Experience the songs, the pain and the laughter of life, in this remarkable piece of theatre.
One of Country music’s greatest legends, Hank Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th Century, his career began at 15 when a local radio station hired him to present a 15 minute program.
With many recordings to his name he had his first hit in 1947 with “Move it on over” which resulted in him joining the radio programme “Louisiana Hayride” and The Grand Ole Opry, one of country’s greatest institutions. Though unable to read or notate music to any degree his hits kept coming with “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “Hey Good Lookin’” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”.
Years of alcoholism, back pain and prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health and he died suddenly on New Years Day 1953 on the way to a concert. He was just 29.
His influence extended to artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and the Rolling Stones. After his death honours poured in resulting with a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for playing “ a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life”.