Beating the Blues with Finn, Burns & Phillips

5 — 6 Feb 2021

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

A sneak peek at a new musical-in-development by Carolyn Burns, Tim Finn and Simon Phillips.

Approximately 90 minutes, without an interval.

Performances of Beating the Blues with Finn, Burns and Phillips will be going ahead as planned, and we continue to update our health & safety measures in line with Victorian Government advice. Click here for more information ahead of your visit.

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Over the past few months, the creative team behind the much-loved Ladies in Black have been busy working on a new show, and now you’re invited to a sneak preview!

Collaborating again for the first time since the smash-hit musical that brought MTC audiences to their feet in 2015, the award-winning team of Carolyn Burns, Tim Finn and Simon Phillips are looking forward to sharing their latest work with an audience, in a stripped-back, sneak-peek performance.

Directed by Simon Phillips and accompanied by a piano onstage, the cast of three will read and perform tunes from this yet-to-be revealed show, with the possibility of a surprise or two. Featuring performances from Alison Bell, Simon Gleeson and Chris Ryan, this strictly limited season will provide a tantalising teaser, as well as a rare insight into the development of a new Australian work.

Piano provided by Yamaha Music Australia, a proud Season Partner of MTC.

MTC's Summer Series is supported by Genovese

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  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

Artwork for Alison Bell

Alison Bell


Simon Gleeson

Simon Gleeson


Artwork for Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan


Carolyn Burns

Carolyn Burns



Tim Finn


Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips

Writer & Director

Artwork for Isaac Hayward

Isaac Hayward

Musical Director

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006