IF you've been acting and performing for 25 years, surely you wouldn't get nervous before a gig.
But Paul McCarthy does. And he's not afraid to admit it.
The Kyneton resident is performing in Mademoiselle by Michael Dalley, premiering tomorrow in Melbourne.
McCarthy, who works as an actor, writer, live performance director, cabaret performer and comedian, says he's looking forward to taking the stage in the world premiere of the musical.
"I'll definitely be nervous before the show. We've tried to cram so much stuff into our heads - revisions of scripts and songs - to make it the best it can be. I'll be a bit anxious, but in a good way."
McCarthy says the musical is for anyone who has ever been in a position where they wish they were appreciated more for what they do.
"The characters we are playing are in service. They're looking after someone else, and are incredibly frustrated," he said.
Dalley writes satirical musicals that mock art, culture, fashion, government, and sometimes individuals. Dalley and McCarthy have created the show together.
Music is by composer and pianist John Thorn.
McCarthy hopes the show will gain momentum to take it to an international level.
"It's a world premiere; we're hoping it will have legs so we can take it to cabaret stages in New York, which would be great."
The show is at fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
Tickets are $35 for adults and concession is $25. It runs until August 19.
Details: 96629966 or fortyfivedownstairs.com