Arts Centre Melbourne in association with One Eyed Man Productions,
Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co present
A bold and unconventional Calamity Jane, starring Virginia Gay
Arts Centre Melbourne, in collaboration with One Eyed Man Productions, Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co, is pleased to announce the 2018 season of Calamity Jane will be coming to Melbourne in March as part of a national tour, starring Virginia Gay (All Saints, Winners and Losers) as a bold and unconventional Calamity.
Legendary frontierswoman. Notorious daredevil. Profane storyteller. Calamity Jane is one of the most immediately recognisable figures of the old American West. From the famous 1950s Doris Day movie musical to the HBO series Deadwood, the courageous individuality of Calamity Jane has delighted audiences for decades.
Directed by Richard Carroll, this stripped-back, rough-and-ready reimagining shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrelful of dirt and grit to the classic musical. Gay personifies the magnetic, masculine heroine, and is joined on stage by a ragtag band of acclaimed comedic actors and musicians.
From the moment they enter the theatre, audiences are immersed in the world of the Golden Garter Saloon – alive with ladies of the night, gamblers, and habitual jeopardy – and can expect an unruly and unpredictable ride. This particularly goes for the dozens of audience members seated onstage at saloon tables, who will be a part of the action when they least expect it.
Featuring timeless classics such as ‘The Deadwood Stage’, ‘Just Blew in from the Windy City’ ‘Black Hills of Dakota’, and ‘Secret Love’ performed with piano and a grab bag of other instruments, this production injects a unique and raucous sense of spontaneity into the world of musical theatre.
With a fierce disregard for gender expectations and cultural limitations that was centuries ahead of her era, there’s no better time to re-visit and re-examine this remarkable woman this March at Arts Centre Melbourne.
“Outstandingly clever… Gut-bustingly funny… Blessed with a central performance as fine as any seen on our musical stages since, I don’t know, forever” – The Australian
“Witty, immersive and polished to a rough diamond… It’s not going out on a limb to say Calamity Jane will be among the most fun experiences you’ll have in a theatre this year” – Sydney Morning Herald
“ This tiny jewel of a production hits every note square between the eyes” – Limelight
Arts Centre Melbourne in association with One Eyed Man Productions, Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co present
Starring Virginia Gay
14 – 25 March, 2018
Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets on sale from 16 November (pre-sale) at www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Adapted by Ronald Hanmer and Phil Park
From the stage play by Charles K. Freeman
A Warner Bros. film written by James O’Hanlon
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Sammy Fain
This production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd on behalf of MTI Europe
For more information about Arts Centre Melbourne visit artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183.