The Production Company
21 November – 6 December
Broadway legend, Jerry Herman created JERRY’S GIRLS to showcase his best loved songs from his greatest musicals. His iconic show stoppers include Hello, Dolly!, I Am What I Am, Wherever He Ain’t, Mame, Before The Parade Passes By, Bosom Buddies, I Won’t Send Roses, Put on Your Sunday Clothes, Tap Your Troubles Away and Time Heals Everything.
Created from a concept by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento and Jerry Herman and featuring the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman, The Production Company is staging JERRY’S GIRLS for a season of 19 performances at Arts Centre Melbourne opening on 21 November.
Helpmann Award winning duo Director Dean Bryant and Choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, with Musical Director Mathew Frank, are shaping JERRY’S GIRLS as a celebration of Australia’s leading ladies, with 12 stars sharing the spotlight.
Each Leading Lady plays a version of herself in this fun and intimate look at the backstage mayhem and onstage razzle dazzle of show business. Bryant and Hallsworth are contextualising the songs to give drive and comedy to the evening, moving between two worlds: the show itself and the rehearsal process.
Light-hearted and funny, audiences will discover the thrill of what it’s like to rehearse and perform in a musical and the unique joy of the creative process.
Arts Centre Melbourne
Closing 13 October
John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s haunting picture book tells a story we all know: a story of colonisation, civilisation and progress – a story about displacement, destruction and culture clash. And in that landscape, it tells a story of hope, taking root.
It’s a story for young people, it’s a story for old people, it’s a story for all of us. Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company have assembled some of Australia’s foremost creative talents to collaborate on a new opera for children and families.
Gabriela Tylesova’s kooky sets and costumes realise Tan’s pictures in all of their mystical wonder, while Lally Katz has turned Marsden’s spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. To write the score, Kate Miller-Heidke: the butterfly voiced, classically-trained indie-pop singer who is as at home on the charts as she is performing at the Met. As well as composing The Rabbits, Kate will perform in this production.
Arts Centre Melbourne, The Playhouse Theatre
29 Jan – 4 Feb
The Brothers Grimm meets Ziggy Stardust. A dark fairy-tale for grown-ups, a song cycle, a thrilling piece of solo performance, Little Bird is a gripping story of how people can transform many times over the course of a lifetime.
Little Bird looks at the journey of young boy, Wren, from his parents’ isolated cottage all the way to the lights of the big city. Along the way a series of startling transformations occur, blurring the lines of identity, gender and reality as Wren searches for self, for love and for a place to belong.
Little Bird has been created especially for Australian stage legend Paul Capsis by multi-award winning playwright Nicki Bloom (Tender, Land and Sea) and features songs by Cameron Goodall (The Audreys) and Quentin Grant (When The Rain Stops Falling) who collaborated on the Adelaide Cabaret Festival hit, You Me and the Bloody Sea.
The production promises to be a rich and powerful theatrical experience. Drawing upon fable, mythology and song to create a compelling dramatic and musical journey, Little Bird will leave you transported, uplifted and with tears in your eyes.