Audiences might not recognise music superstar Darren Coggan in his next show.
The former Wagga boy is accustomed to taking the stage wearing a peace sign and sporting longer locks for his tribute to Cat Stevens.
But his latest offering, Fire and Rain, will see him take on a very different artist.
The year 1970 has just begun and it’s the dawn of a new era, Darren said. The Fire and Rain show will explore a darker, disillusioned world searching for answers after The Beatles disbanded and Jimi Hendrix passed away of an overdose.
“James Taylor came to wide attention at the start of the 1970s for his song Fire and Rain,” he said.
“The show is about James Taylor as a person and his inspiration behind his memorable songs.
“The underlying theme of the show is that we all have the ability to make changes in our lives, no matter the circumstances.”
Darren will be supported on stage by his sister Naomi on the piano, and recently-cast Wicked lead Meredith Adams will lend her voice to the production on July 29.
“I grew up in Wagga,” Darren said. “I’m on stage with two other incredibly talented local identities.
“The community of Wagga and the Riverina on a larger scale has been incredibly supportive of my singing career since I was in high school.”
Two more shows will follow in Wollongong and Cronulla, with Darren holding high hopes that the show can come back next year for a national tour.
“Tickets are selling fast and that’s exciting,” he said.
“We’re almost sold out.”
Tickets for the show can be found online at the Civic Theatre’s website.