The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular (film)

The Man From Snowy River: Arena Spectacular (Film)

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Arena Spectacular was a musical theatre production based on Banjo Paterson's poem The Man from Snowy River.The production was filmed at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, during October, 2002, and was released, in Australia, on DVD and VHS, on 26 January 2003 (Australia Day).

The musical was presented by Jacobsen Entertainment Ltd and David Atkins Enterprises.

The creative team for the show were David Atkins (co-creator, co-writer, director and executive producer), Ignatius Jones (co-writer and director) and Kevin Jacobsen (executive producer). Extra dialogue was written for the show by Jonathan Biggins and Phillip Scott.

All poetry narrated in the musical was written by Banjo Paterson, including Waltzing Matilda (for which the music was written by M. Cowan).

Bruce Rowland, who composed the instrumental music for both the 1982 film The Man from Snowy River and its 1988 sequel The Man from Snowy River II (American title: Return to Snowy River), composed special arrangements of some of his music for the musical. He also conducted the orchestra.

Lee Kernaghan and Garth Porter wrote the music and lyrics for the country songs. During the concert scene, Lee Kernaghan also sang some country songs which he had already recorded on some of his albums.

The screen images, photographed by Ross Dunstan, were provided by Australian Geographic Pty Ltd and are featured in their book The Snowy Mountains.

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