Neglected Musicals will present the musical classic Calamity Jane at Hayes Theatre Co from Wednesday 3 August. Directed by Richard Carroll, the Doris Day movie musical with legendary songs like Secret Love, The Black Hills of Dakota and The Deadwood Stage will star Virginia Gay as Calamity.
Neglected Musicals presents musical theatre that has never or rarely been seen in Australia. Presented with scripts in hand, and with piano accompaniment after only a day’s rehearsal.
“Directing Virginia Gay as Calamity Jane is one of the most exciting opportunities I can imagine”, said Director Richard Carroll. “And to be able to surround her with such a superb cast sends that excitement through the roof! Every one of these actors is charismatic and quick-witted, making them perfect for the unique experience of a Neglected Musicals presentation. Whip crack away!”
Based on the 1953 film of the same name the premiere run of Calamity Jane opened in Fort Worth, Texas on 27 May, 1961. Warner Bros considered mounting a Broadway production at the time, and many others have since then however Calamity Jane has never made it to Broadway stages.
This musical Western is adapted from the celebrated stage-play and film. ‘Calam’ dresses like a man, totes a gun and drives the Deadwood City stagecoach. Well-meaning, but disaster-prone, she tries to help the local saloon proprietor out of a jam by promising to fetch a music-hall star from Chicago. A hilarious comedy, it nevertheless has many tender moments and some very famous numbers.
Calamity Jane will star Virginia Gay as Calamity Jane, Hilary Cole as Katie Brown, Sheridan Harbridge as Adelaide Adams, Tamlyn Henderson as Wild Bill Hickok, Sam Moran as Lieutenant Dan, Rob Johnson as Francis Fryer and Laurence Coy as Henry Miller with Michael Hart, Lachlan Martin and Romy Watson
“This is the first Neglected Musicals presentation to have an entire week of shows,” said producer Michelle Guthrie. “Audiences love Calamity Jane and it will be fantastic to see it with the wonderful Virginia Gay.”
Previous Neglected Musicals presentations; NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY, GIRL CRAZY, SEE SAW, MY FAVORITE YEAR, SHE LOVES ME, NICK AND NORA, ON THE 20TH CENTURY, LUCKY STIFF, VARIATIONS, SUPERMAN, DEAR WORLD, THE GOODBYE GIRL AND BABY THE MUSICAL.
Neglected Musicals is not for profit, where the participants are volunteers. All proceeds from ticket sales fund the next Neglected Musical.
CALAMITY JANE – SEASON DETAILS
Wednesday 3 August at 2pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 4 August at 7.30pm
Friday 5 August at 7.30pm
Saturday 6 August at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 7 August at 3pm
at Hayes Theatre Co, Potts Point
Bookings via Hayes Theatre Co website or by calling 02 8065 7337