The highly acclaimed new Australian musical produced by Global Creatures, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical is confirmed to play Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre QPAC this year with previews commencing September 19 and opening night on Saturday 21 September.
Tickets to this smash hit new musical go on sale on Thursday 4 April, visit www.murielsweddingthemusical.com for all details.
Currently playing to packed houses and rave reviews at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical will have a Sydney season at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from June 28 before opening in Brisbane in September.
Winner of 5 Helpmann Awards,7 Sydney Theatre Awards, an Awgie Award, the 2018 David Williamson Prize and an ARIA Award Nomination, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical celebrated its’ world premiere in Sydney in November 2017 and was hailed a smash hit by critics and audiences alike, last week’s Melbourne premiere garnered rave reviews:
“Astonishing…A triumphant blaze of colour and emotion” – The Age
“Enormous fun. Bold, brash and big hearted” – Herald Sun
“A star is born in this clever adaptation of a beloved Australian film.” – LimeLight
“Will make you laugh, cry and dance in your seat” – Broadway World
“This is the sort of show you’ll want to see again and again. Do not miss it.” – Theatre People
“Leaving audiences in stitches for its risqué humour, to crying in their seats” – The AU Review
“Imaginatively conceived, ingeniously written and lavishly produced Muriel’s Wedding is surely the most impressive original musical ever created in Australia.” – Man In Chair
Producer and CEO of Global Creatures Carmen Pavlovic said “I am thrilled to bring this new Australian musical to Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre. Muriel’s Wedding The Musical brings one of Australia’s most iconic and loved films to the stage. This is a brash musical with a very big heart featuring award winning music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall.”
Playing the iconic and much-loved lead role of Muriel Heslop, in her very first professional stage production, is Natalie Abbott. Hailing from the South Coast of NSW, 23-year-old Natalie has been ‘singing since before she could talk’ – according to her mother. And much like Muriel, Natalie left her small coastal town and moved to the big smoke – Sydney, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music. Stepping into the role of Muriel’s best friend Rhonda is Brisbane actor Stefanie Jones. Stefanie’s music theatre career began at the age of seven when she appeared as Young Eponine in Cameron Mackintosh’s 10th Anniversary Tour of Les Misérables. A graduate of Victorian College of the Arts, Stefanie’s theatre credits include Liesl in The Sound of Music, Jean MacLaren in Brigadoon, Dream Laurey in Oklahoma!, Dream Lover, Once The Musical, South Pacific and Carmen Live or Dead.
The cast also includes David James (The Boy From Oz, The Sound of Music) as Bill Heslop, Pippa Grandison (Mary Poppins, We Will Rock You) as Betty Heslop, Jacob Warner ( The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet) as Perry Heslop, Caleb Vines (The Wizard of Oz, How To Train Your Dragon) as Malcolm Heslop and Manon Gunderson-Briggs (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original Sydney season) as Joanie Heslop. Christie Whelan Browne (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original Sydney season) will play the role of Tania Degano, Imogen Moore (Oklahoma!, Anything Goes) as Janine Nuttall and Catty Hamilton (MAMMA MIA!) as Cheryl Moochmore. Jaime Hadwen (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original Sydney season) will play Agnetha Fältskog with Laura Bunting (Wicked, Mary Poppins) playing Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Maxwell Simon (Green Day’s American Idiot, The Boy From Oz) as Björn Ulvaeus and Evan Lever (Anything Goes, La Cage Aux Folles) as Benny Andersson. Chelsea Plumley (Sunset Boulevard, Grease) will play the role of Deidre Chambers, Brice Nobes will be played by Jarrod Griffiths (professional debut) with Stephen Madsen (Muriel’s Wedding TheMusical original Sydney season) as Alexander Shkuratov, Dave Eastgate (Doctor Doctor, Open Slather) as Ken Blundell and Kenneth Moraleda (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original Sydney season) as Charlie Chan. The Muriel’s Wedding The Musical ensemble cast includes Colin Dean, Tom Sharah, Joshua Robson, Kaeng Chan, Noni McCallum, Ashleigh Rubenach, Prue Bell, David Ouch, Jan Di Pietro, Zoe Coppinger, Andrew Seymour and Caitlin Quinn.
The stellar creative team behind the critically acclaimed production is led by award winning theatre director Simon Phillips, set and costume designer Gabriela Tylesova, choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, lighting designer Trent Suidgeest, sound designer Michael Waters, music supervisor Isaac Hayward and musical director Daniel Puckey.
Muriel’s Wedding The Musical is a theatrical version of PJ Hogan’s iconic hit film, updated to today by the writer himself with music and lyrics by Australian award winning songwriters Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall with additional songs by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson written for ABBA.
BRISBANE SEASON 2019
Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Previews from September 19
Opening night September 21
Tickets go on sale April 4 from www.qpac.com.au
MELBOURNE SEASON 2019
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Previews from March 12
Opening night March 23
Tickets from www.ticketek.com.au
SYDNEY SEASON 2019
Sydney Lyric Theatre
Previews from June 28
Opening night July 4
Tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.au
Muriel’s Wedding The Musical Original Cast Recording is available now, check this link HERE for retailers and streaming information. CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE MELBOURNE OPENING NIGHT VIDEO