Missy Higgins makes her musical-theatre debut

in one of Australia’s most acclaimed musicals.


1 Miracle City- Missy Higgins as Bonnie May copy

The Melbourne premiere of Nick Enright and Max Lambert’s celebrated Australian musical MIRACLE CITY takes over the Athenaeum Theatre from 9th February 2018 with an outstanding cast of new stars and musical-theatre veterans. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 9th November 2017 at 9am.

Set in the late 1980s, at the height of televangelism, MIRACLE CITY tells the story of the Truswells, a family with a dream to build a religious theme park, and the extreme lengths the patriarch, Ricky Truswell, will go to in order to make their dream a reality.

This new production features an outstanding cast including:

  • ARIA award-winner Missy Higgins in her first musical role as one of the powerhouse trio, the Citadel singers, alongside Josie Lane (Little Shop of Horrors, Jerry’s Girls, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Miracle City) and another exciting musical theatre performer to be announced soon.

  • Gus Murray (The Great Gatsby, McLeod’s Daughters, Packed to the Rafters) as the Reverend Ricky Truswell

  • Kellie Rode (Mamma Mia!, Rocky Horror Show, Mother & Son) as his wife Lora Lee

  • Jessica Vickers (Light in the Piazza, Fiddler on the Roof) as their apple-pie-fresh daughter Loretta

  • Liam Nunan (Away, The Golden Age) as Loretta’s love interest, and

  • Anthony Phelan (Seven Types of Ambiguity, The Kettering Incident, The Wild Duck) as evangelist Reverend Millard Sizemore.

Producer Lisa Freshwater of The Theatre Division says, “It has been said by many that Miracle City is an undiscovered gem of Australian musical theatre. I am thrilled to produce local work with a cast and crew of formidable talent. Miracle City is a story that still resonates loudly today, perhaps even more so than ever before.”

Co-producer Alistair Thomson of The Theatre Division stated, “Miracle City is a unique, powerful and exhilarating Australian musical written by one of our finest musical theatre partnerships. I am delighted to bring this show to a Melbourne audience for the first time with a truly stellar cast at the Athenaeum Theatre.

The late great Australian dramatist Nick Enright (The Boy From Oz, Lorenzo’s Oil, Cloudstreet) wrote the book and lyrics for MIRACLE CITY, based on a concept by Max Lambert (Hairspray, King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), who also wrote the music. It premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company in 1996 to universal acclaim, and was resurrected at the Hayes Theatre Co in 2014, earning five Sydney Theatre Award nominations and a slew of rave reviews. This brand new production of MIRACLE CITY just completed a highly acclaimed season at the Sydney Opera House.

This is a fine Australian musical and one that deserves a place on the regular rotation. Missy Higgins brings gritty, heartfelt emotion to the musical’s hit song I’ll Hold On” – LIMELIGHT

It remains a genuinely excellent piece of satirical musical theatre, able to thrill and rattle its audience in equal measure. Enright’s book and lyrics are superb and brimming over with wit and insight” – DAILY REVIEW

Marvelously crafted…a gift to be treasured…a triumph of Australian music theatre” – THE GUARDIAN

This production is directed by Darren Yap (Diving For Pearls, Letters To Lindy, A Murder Is Announced, Miracle City – 2014) with Max Lambert returning as musical director and conducting from the piano, and choreography by the award-winning Kelley Abbey (Fame The Musical, Footloose, Grease: The Arena Spectacular and Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Carmen).


Tickets On Sale Thursday 9th November 2017 at 9am

Where: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne

Performance Dates: From 9th February 2018

Prices: Tickets from $59-$99

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