Overview

Synopsis

The creative masterminds behind North by Northwest, Simon Phillips and Carolyn Burns, return to MTC for a new Australian musical featuring music and lyrics by Tim Finn.
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Cast & Creatives

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Reviews

4

The best Aussie musical since Priscilla went global.

The Age
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Synopsis

From the director of North by Northwest, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and The Drowsy Chaperone comes a musical production like no other, based on Madeleine St John’s novel, The Women in Black.

In 1950s Sydney when the city is on the cusp of becoming cosmopolitan, young high school graduate Lisa takes a holiday job at Goodes, the most prestigious department store in town. In that summer of innocence, a world of possibilities opens up as she befriends the ladies of the women’s frocks department – including her new mentor, the exotic European Magda, mysterious mistress of the dresses.

A celebration of glamour, gowns and growing up, this sparkling new musical by songwriter Tim Finn (Split Enz, Poor Boy), and writer Carolyn Burns, fresh from her triumphant adaptation of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. Former MTC Artistic Director Simon Phillips returns to direct a stellar cast including Christen O’Leary (The Boy from Oz), Naomi Price (The Voice), Lucy Maunder (Grease) and Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys).

A Queensland Theatre Company Production. Originally produced by Queensland Theatre Company in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Broadbent

Andrew Broadbent

Frank/Joe

Kate Cole

Kate Cole

Miss Cartwright/Joy

Carita Farrer Spencer

Carita Farrer Spencer

Mrs Miles

Bobby Fox

Bobby Fox

Rudi/Lloyd/Fred

Lucy Maunder

Lucy Maunder

Patty

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Kathryn McIntyre

Myra/Dawn

Sarah Morrison

Sarah Morrison

Lisa

Christen O’Leary

Christen O’Leary

Magda

Naomi Price

Naomi Price

Fay

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Deidre Rubenstein

Miss Jacobs/Mrs Crown

Greg Stone

Greg Stone

Mr Miles/Stefan

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Carolyn Burns

Playwright

Tim Finn

Tim Finn

Composer

Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips

Director and Dramaturg

Guy Simpson

Guy Simpson

Orchestrations and Musical Supervisor

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David Young

Musical Director

Andrew Hallsworth

Andrew Hallsworth

Choreographer

Gabriela Tylesova

Gabriela Tylesova

Designer

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David Walters

Lighting Designer

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Hanna Sandgren

Associate Designer

News & Reviews

Reviews

4

The best Aussie musical since Priscilla went global.

The Age
4

The performances are outstanding

Herald Sun
5

Tim Finn’s debut musical delivers a beautifully universal message with an Aussie accent.

Limelight
4

Ladies in Black is a quality, home grown production that Australia can be proud of.

Theatre People
4

Light and Lovely

The Daily Review
4
Arts Hub

A theatrical triumph

The Courier Mail

If you are looking for a happy ending and to leave the theatre with a song in your heart, this is the feel good play for you.

Weekend Notes

An immensely engaging score filled with gorgeous melodies that make you care about the characters singing them

The Australian

The cast is amazing. The band is excellent.

Stage Whispers

A new Australian musical worth dressing up for.

Time Out Melbourne

Venues

Related Events

2 February: Donor Event – Post-show Cocktail Party

There will be a post-show cocktail party for MTC Donors, following the 6.30pm performance. For more information about becoming an MTC Donor, email donations@mtc.com.au

Attendance Information

  • This production contains sexual references. For further information, please call our box office on (03) 8688 0800.
  • FM Hearing Systems are available for this production
  • This production will be audio described on 9 February (6.30pm) and 13 February (2pm, with tactile tour at 1pm), and captioned on 27 February (2pm).
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