The follow-on to the smash hit 'Songs For Nobodies', 'Pennsylvania Avenue' sees Joanna Murray-Smith, Bernadette Robinson and Simon Phillips joining forces once again to present a brilliant new music theatre work.
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A virtuoso performance. Fascinating and entertaining.

Australian Stage
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The MTC season of Pennsylvania Avenue has now ended. For tickets to the return season of North by Northwest at Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre in 2016, presented by Duet, visit the Arts Centre Melbourne website.

An astonishing collaboration of three artists in 2010 led to one of the runaway hits of the Australian theatre year, which stormed the stages of five states. That production was Songs for Nobodies by Joanna Murray-Smith, starring Bernadette Robinson and directed by Simon Phillips.

The final box is packed and the door is open, but Harper is not quite ready to leave. Having worked in the East Wing since the first weeks of the Kennedy presidency, there are just too many memories holding her back. For forty years she watched history being made. And listened to it being made, too – all those singers who sang for the President, defining the times while creating their unforgettable moment.

Joining forces once again, this same creative team brings us Pennsylvania Avenue, a brilliant new music theatre work featuring a fresh collection of iconic singers, all of whom had a deep connection to the White House – as a performer, a friend or something more intimate.

Joanna Murray-Smith, writing with Bernadette Robinson’s unique powers of transformation in mind, creates a sparkling narrative that brings show business history to life. Pennsylvania Avenue also sees the long-awaited and much sought-after return of former Artistic Director Simon Phillips to the MTC stage.

Image: Sean Fennessy, Getty Images

News & Reviews


A virtuoso performance. Fascinating and entertaining.

Australian Stage

Robinson’s consummate singing and audacious vocal impressions of divas illuminate this production.

Herald Sun

A hugely talented performer. It’s littered with stars … with dazzling vocals cleverly integrated into the dramatic action.

The Age

Simply delicious. A wonderful treat.

Stage Whispers

The collaboration between writer and performer is impeccable.

Herald Sun (on Songs for Nobodies)

Close your eyes and you could just as well be in Carnegie Hall.

Crikey (on Songs for Nobodies)

Beautifully written, astutely directed and triumphantly performed.

Sydney Morning Herald (on Songs for Nobodies)


Standing Room

If the performance you wish to attend is appearing as sold out, please contact our Box Office on 8688 0800 to check the availability of Standing Room. The Standing Room section is an area at the back of the Sumner which has padded wall rests, much like you see on trams. Tickets are $29 per person.

Attendance Information

  • Recommended for 15 years and older
  • FM Hearing Systems are available for this production
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