One Eyed Man Productions in association with Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co present
2018 National Tour
Riverside Theatres from Wednesday 21 February – 7 shows only
Orange Civic Theatre from Wednesday 28 February – 7 shows only
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre from Wednesday 7 March – 7 shows only
Canberra Theatre Centre from Wednesday 15 August – 7 shows only
BELVOIR from Thursday 23 August
MELBOURNE announced soon
Directed by Richard Carroll
Adapted by RONALD HANMER and PHIL PARK
From the stage play by CHARLES K. FREEMAN
After WARNER BROS. film written by JAMES O’HANLON
Lyrics by PAUL FRANCIS WEBSTER
Music by SAMMY FAIN
Starring Virginia Gay as CALAMITY JANE
WITH Laura Bunting, Anthony Gooley, Rob Johnson, Matt Pearce and Tony Taylor
After the enormous success of the sold out season of Calamity Jane at Hayes Theatre Co in March 2017, One Eyed Man Productions in association with Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co are very pleased to announce a national tour for 2018.
“Directing Calamity Jane was one of the most fun and joyous experiences of my working life – and it was one of those rare occasions where that fun and joy also infected the audience every night. So I couldn’t be more excited to take the show on the road and bring even more audiences through the doors of the Golden Garter saloon. I can’t wait to stand back and watch Virginia Gay and the rest of the madcap cast take over some of the best theatres in the country,” said director Richard Carroll.
Staring Virginia Gay (All Saints, Winners and Losers) as Calamity Jane, this is a bold and unconventional Calamity.
“I am rigid with excitement to be back in Calamity’s dusty, dusty shoes,” said Virginia Gay. “She is one of my all-time favourite characters, and to get a chance to take her to more people to so she can strut and howl and play and drink with them, all over Australia, goshamighty, we’re gonna have one helluva party up in that Golden Garter.”
Joining Virginia are original cast members Laura Bunting (Rent, Side Show) as the charming Katie Brown, Anthony Gooley (Of Mice and Men, All My Sons) as Wild Bill Hickock, Rob Johnson (Carrie, The Detectives Handbook) as Francis Fryer, Matthew Pearce (Rent, Rolling Thunder Vietnam) as Lt Danny Gilmartin, and Tony Taylor (As You Like it, The 39 Steps) as Henry Miller. Sheridan Harbridge (Nosferatutu, The Detectives Handbook) re-joins the cast as Susan/Adelaide Adams at Canberra Theatre Centre and Belvoir.
From the beloved 1953 movie musical with Doris Day, to the HBO series Deadwood, the courageous individuality of Calamity Jane has delighted audiences for decades. With a fierce disregard for gender expectations and cultural limitations that was centuries ahead of her time, there’s no better time to re-visit and re-examine this remarkable woman.
Featuring timeless standards such as The Deadwood Stage, Windy City, Black Hills of Dakota, and Secret Love, this stripped-back, rough-and-ready reimagining shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrelful of dirt and grit to the classic musical. Directed by Richard Carroll (Side Show, The Show Goes On), the production stars a ragtag band of acclaimed comedic actors and musicians who share all the other roles. Audiences will be immersed in the world of the Golden Garter Saloon – alive with whores, gamblers, and habitual jeopardy – and can expect an unruly and unpredictable ride. Performed with piano and a grab bag of other instruments, this production injects a raucous spontaneity into a night at the theatre.
Production shots: John McRae
Calamity Jane – Tour and Ticket details
From Wednesday 21 February. Seven shows only
On sale to Riverside members from 9am September 6
Orange Civic Theatre
From Wednesday 28 February. Seven shows only
On sale to Subscribers from October 17
IIlawarra Performing Arts Centre
Performance dates from Wednesday 7 March. Seven shows only
On sale: Merrigong Season Ticket Holders – 14 November | General Public – Tuesday 5 December
Canberra Theatre Centre
Performance dates from Wednesday 15 August. 7 shows only
Calamity Jane is part of the Canberra Theatre Centre’s Collected Works 2018 season
Season tickets go on sale on 17 October 2017
Performances from Thursday 23 August through to Sunday 30 September
Tickets to Calamity Jane are currently only available as part of a Belvoir 2018 Season subscription
Single tickets will go on sale in 2018
Also Coming to Melbourne in 2018.
Dates and venue to be announced.