Cast Announcement for Cult-Musical Classic
at Chapel Off Chapel this November
RL Productions is proud to present the Chapel Off Chapel premiere of the award winning musical Reefer Madness, based of the 1930s cult-classic film of the same name.
For two weeks only from November 24 , Melbourne audiences will be able to experience this riotous musical comedy! Reefer Madness takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.
RL Productions has gathered a stellar creative team to bring this parody classic to life. Reefer Madness will be directed by Stephen Wheat (Avenue Q, Pippin) with Musical Direction by David Wisken (CROSSxROADS, Avenue Q) and Choreography by Yvette Lee (In The Heights, Moonshadow). The hilarious musical will also feature set design by Simon Coleman (Titanic), lighting design by Jason Bovaird (Avenue Q) and costume design by Zoe Rouse (Company).
Leading the Reefer Madness cast as the innocent high school sweethearts Jimmy and Mary Lane are Ben Adams (Ghost Stories) and Grace O’Donnell Clancy in her Melbourne musical theatre debut. Jared Bryan (Curtains, Fiddler On The Roof) will play Jack Stone, the corrupting reefer dealer alongside Rosa McCarty (Wicked, Chess) as Mae, the haggard dame and owner of the reefer den. Ella Burns (Georgy Girl, West Side Story) will play the baby-selling reefer fiend Sally; with Stephen McDowell (Heathers, Mary Poppins) playing the college dropout and reefer addict Ralph.
Reefer Madness will feature Priscilla Stavrou (Funny Girl, West Side Story) as the Placard Girl, Ed Deganos (The Lion King, Miss Saigon) as Jesus and Seth Drury, Ashlee Noble, Daniel Ridolfi, Tess Branchflower and Alex Thompson as the star-spangled ensemble of schoolkids, showgirls and reefer zombies.
This side-splitting musical parody of the 1936 film promises to be a highlight of the Chapel Off Chapel season!
Reefer Madness premiered in 1999 in Los Angeles; the original production received five Ovation Awards and seven Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards before transferring to Off-Broadway.
The 2005 Movie Musical received an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Music & Lyrics’. Reefer Madness was composed by Dan Studney and Kevin Murphy (Heathers).
“A wonderfully inventive, super-charged musical parody” – Daily Variety
“Like the 1936 film, REEFER MADNESS on stage smells like a cult classic” – Hollywood Reporter
“A legal high that won’t leave you with the munchies, just a hunger for more musicals like this.” – CBS Radio
“One of the best musicals in recent years!” – UCLA Daily Bruin
Tickets can be purchased at www.chapeloffchapel.com.au and more information can be found at
WHO: RL Productions
WHAT: Reefer Madness
WHERE: The Chapel Theatre, Chapel Off Chapel (12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran VIC 3000)
WHEN: November 24 th – December 4 th 2016
PRICE: $49 Full, $45 Concession, $42 Group 8+, $45 Preview (24 Nov) (+transaction fee)
BOOKINGS: chapeloffchapel.com.au, Tel (03 8290 7000), Open 12-5pm 7 days a week