4 July MILK and HONEY       

In partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre, Magnormos will present three Jerry Herman musicals on three consecutive Mondays in July. American composer and lyricist Jerry Herman is well known for his work in Broadway musical theatre, having composed the scores for the hit musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles. Herman is a five time Tony Award nominee, winning on two occasions for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles. In 2009 he received the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Following the hugely successful A Sondheim Triptych in 2010, the Melbourne Recital Centre and Magnormos present A Jerry Herman Triptych. The three works will be presented as ‘concert staged’ book-in-hand, presentations, bringing both Herman’s scores and the play scripts to life in the captivating performance space of Melbourne Recital Centre.   

“A Sondheim Triptych was only intended as a one-off, to celebrate the 80th birthday of Stephen Sondheim,” says Aaron Joyner, Magnormos Founder and Artistic Director. “However it was so successful and well received that we quickly started thinking about other writers that we could honour. As one of the most successful composer/lyricist to have written for the musical theatre stage, and being so different in style to Sondheim, Jerry Herman is the perfect writer for our 2011 triptych, and I am especially delighted to present these three musicals. Magnormos has staged many ‘first works’ of international composers, so Milk and Honey will give our audiences a chance to see how Jerry Herman’s career began with this wonderfully evocative and romantic score.  Dear World, in a newly revised format, is a powerful chamber musical that contains some of Herman’s best stand-alone songs. We conclude with one of the world’s favourite musical Hello, Dolly!, in order to cover the full range of Jerry Herman’s outstanding career.”

Magnormos, a Melbourne-based independent theatre company, is celebrated nationally with its unique and ground-breaking commitment to the advancement of Australian musical theatre. Established in 2002, Magnormos’ first production was an original 'Australianised' adaption of Stephen Schwartz’s Working. Magnormos has premiered a number of landmark international works including Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night, Kander & Ebb’s Flora the Red Menace, Mel Brooks’ archy and mehitabel and DiPietro & Roberts' The Thing About Men. Australian works include world premieres of Life’s A Circus, Love Equals and The Beauty Spot, and revivals of Mary Bryant, A Bunch of Ratbags, and Dutch Courage. The most recent successes was the Melbourne premiere of the Australian musical The Hatpin and the Australian premiere of the Broadway hit [title of show] that enjoyed two successful seasons in 2010. Other Magnormos initiatives include the Ozmade Musicals concerts and the Musical Theatre Trivia Nights.

Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Don Appell
Original production by
Gerard Oestreicher

Jerry Herman burst onto the Great White Way in 1961 with this successful musical as its youngest creator of music and lyrics. This charming story centres on a group of lonely Jewish-American widows hoping to find romance while on holiday in Israel during the nation’s early days of independence, and features the songs “Shalom”, “I Will Follow You,” and “Chin Up”. The sweeping ballads and rousing choruses show the beginnings of a theatrical style that would later take the entire world by storm. Milk and Honey envelopes you in affection for the people of Israel.

8pm – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

Direction by: Avigail Herman
Musical Direction by: Cameron Thomas
Choreography by: Michael Ralph

Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
Based on the play The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux

Direction by: Scott Hendry
Musical Direction by: Trevor Jones
Choreography by: Ben Osborne 

‘Glorious, lifting and romantic… Full of songs that urge listeners to dream’.
The Washington Times

This hilarious musical tells the story of Countess Aurelia and her devious scheme to thwart the plans of a band of businessmen wanting to drill for oil in the streets of Paris. Based on Jean Giraudoux’s play The Madwoman of Chaillot, this is a heart-warming tale of the forces of idealism, love and poetry triumphing over those of greed, materialism and science, and features the songs “Each Tomorrow Morning”, “I Don’t Want To Know,” and “Kiss Her Now”. Opening on Broadway in 1969, Dear World provided Angela Lansbury with her second Tony Award for a Herman musical, following her career-making performance in Mame.

8pm – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall


Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Michael Stewart 
Based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Original production directed and choreographed by Gower Champion
Produced for the Broadway stage by David Merrick and Champion-Five, Inc. 

Directed and Choreographed by: Stephen Wheat
Musical Direction by: Laura Tipoki

"A musical comedy dream." – New York Herald Tribune 

This blockbuster audience favourite Hello, Dolly! stars Susan-Ann Walker as Dolly Levi.
“Some people paint, some sew… I meddle,” says Dolly in the first scene of one of the most successful musicals of all time. Herman’s score then takes us off on a whirlwind romp around New York at the turn of the twentieth century, as we follow the adventures of the world’s most beloved matchmaker. Featuring some of Herman’s most memorable songs including “Put On Your Sunday
Clothes”, “Before the Parade Passes By,” and the title song “Hello, Dolly!”, this fabulous musical hit won ten Tony Awards and a Grammy and has celebrated three Broadway revivals and international success. In 1969 Hello, Dolly! was adapted for the silver screen starring Barbra Streisand and was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Artistic Director and Executive Producer: Aaron Joyner
Producer and Production Stage Manager: Margaret Fisk

Lighting Designer: Lucy Birkinshaw Campbell
Designer: Christina Logan-Bell
Costume Designer: Emma Kennedy

Single tickets
Premium reserve – $65
A reserve – $59 ($54 concession)
B reserve – $53 ($49 concession)

Three-concert package* 
Premium reserve – $190
A reserve – $165
B reserve – $150
*Includes a complimentary season programme and a gift.
8pm Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Presented by arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Library Inc.

Book at www.melbournerecital.com.au or call the Box Office on 03 9699 3333