Virginia Gay in
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
8 March to April 1 – at Hayes Theatre Co
Laura Bunting, Virginia Gay, Anthony Gooley, Sheridan Harbridge, Rob Johnson, Matthew Pearce and Tony Taylor
Playing at Hayes Theatre Co from March 8, the full cast of Calamity Jane has been announced.
Virginia Gay (All Saint, Winners and Losers, High Society) will star as Calamity Jane bringing a bold, charming, and unconventional Calamity to the stage. Also in the cast are Laura Bunting (Rent, Side Show) as the charming Katie Brown, Anthony Gooley (Of Mice and Men, All My Sons) as Wild Bill Hickock, Sheridan Harbridge (Charlie Brown, The Detectives Handbook) as Miss Adelaide Adams and Susan, 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.
From the famous 1950s Doris Day movie musical 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.
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 production stars Virginia Gay (as the magnetic, masculine heroine – joined by 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 the uniquely intimate Hayes Theatre Co.
“Virginia is a sensational actress, and audiences will fall head over heels for her bold, charming, and unconventional embodiment of this beloved role,” said producer and director Richard Carroll. “I’m really excited to use the Hayes space in a new and inventive way for this stripped-back, no-holds-barred interpretation of Calamity Jane with a group of wonderfully ingenious and resourceful actors. Getting up close to the audience will give this classic show a whole new lease of life. Expect the unexpected!”
Legendary frontierswoman; notorious daredevil; profane storyteller; unwomanly radical – Calamity Jane is one of the most immediately recognisable figures of the old American West.
Featuring timeless standards such as The Deadwood Stage, Just Blew In From The Windy City, Black Hills of Dakota, and Secret Love, this new main-stage production was inspired by the sold-out Neglected Musicals presentation of ‘Calamity Jane’ starring Virginia Gay in August 2016.
Table seating is available for this production. Knock back a beer in the Golden Garter saloon, and be a part of the action!
CAST; Laura Bunting, Virginia Gay, Anthony Gooley, Sheridan Harbridge, Rob Johnson, Matt Pearce and Tony Taylor
Director Richard Carroll
Musical Director Nigel Ubrihien
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell
Production Designer Lauren Peters
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Assistant Director Dash Kruck
Producer Richard Carroll
Associate Producer Michelle Guthrie
Production Manager Laura Daniel
Stage Manager Lauren Tulloh
This production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD.
One Eyed Man Productions in association with Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co present
VIRGINIA GAY in
Hayes Theatre Co (19 Greenknowe Ave Potts Point)
Dates: 8 March to 1 April 2017
Media Opening: 10 March 2017
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 3pm and 7pm
Tickets: Previews and Thursday matinees $55, Tuesday to Thursday evenings and Saturday & Sunday Matinees $60, Friday and Saturday evenings $68
*including booking fees
Bookings: www.hayestheatre.com.au or phone 02 8065 7337
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes – Including intermission