Bill Murray had a question when he was looking at the Sydney Opera House.
"Which are the front doors?" he said. "Are they a front door or a front door on the water side?"
Star Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Lost in translation still worked on geography several hours before his debut in the opera house on Friday night.
And many fans are surprised that one of the most idiosyncratic actors and comedians in Hollywood went on his second trip to Sydney – the first in 1980 as a tourist – as a singer and spokesman.
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After meeting on a plane, Murray and the celebrated German cellist Jan Vogler joined together for a great show that includes readings from directors Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and Walt Whitman, supported by chamber music, as well as George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Foster.
"We came from Berlin to Newark," Murray said. "I saw Jan carrying this box with a strange shape, and I said," Will you be able to sit down at the top? ".
"He looked at me like I had a headache or something, and said," He has his own seat. And not only has its own first class position, it has windows in the first class. "
"I thought," Okay, I do not know what I'm talking about here with this man. ""
Vogler Stradivari Cello created a friendship that has changed into a creative partnership when he saw Murray singing Bare Necessities in Jungle Book.
"I took my kids to the cinema and I thought," Wow, that's great. We have many elements here, "Vogler said.
Album released New Worlds last year they introduced themselves around the world with Chinese violinist Miro Wang – wife Vogler – and Venezuelan pianist Vanessa Perez.
Outstanding dead Murray said the comedy is even on a show that included festive literary reading.
"You can never be funny," he said. "Even those that are not entertaining are sometimes funny, but we shape them according to how they feel.
"Their play is so good that it's a bit dazzling. First we dazzle them, then we send people to pass through pockets and wallets and take things."
When he talked about the steps of the opera, Murray was looking forward to performing in the city's most famous building.
"From this angle I've never seen, it looks like a helmet for the conquistador," he said. "You have to enjoy your daily awakening because it always changes, is not it?"
Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler are playing the Michael Fowler Center on Wednesday, November 14, 19:30.