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It's rare for a new musical to come along and take the world by storm, especially when it's of humble Australian origins. however, this is exactly what Ladies in Black promises to be.
They are not promising to be the biggest, nor the fanciest, nor the flashiest musical theatre ever produced, but they are promising to have a rockin' great Australian time.
Invited to the press conference, I was inspired by the story of Tim Finn and the cast and it created a lovely sense of a small Australian team, banding together in a really fun manner to produce a stage show worthy of worldwide recognition.
One of the things I love about the musical is the story that people in Australia, and especially those in Melbourne, can really relate to.
If you scratch under the surface, you will recognise the setting of the fancy chain store as a reference to our well known David Jones, bringing a musical to life for Melburnians.
It's the everyday story of a young girl who works at a fancy store and her climb to achieve all that she desires in her life. The musical is filled with an amazing musical score written by Tim Finn from Split Enz and Crowded House fame. There are sure to be some pretty little nuances and fun musical melodies.
The book that launched the musical, some of the team and a fun event to share.
Ladies in Black has already been presented in main cities around Australia and has been met with glowing reviews. It is coming to Melbourne in 2017.
There are a few little funny slightly adult moments including the song about men being bastards, however, other than that, it is a really great family show and something the older children would definitely enjoy.
In meeting with the cast, a discussion brought up the really interesting point (that I had not considered before) of how rare it is for a young girl to debut in a leading role - essentially making the role her own for the very first time; what a magical thing to be part of.
One of the things that I really respect and love about shows like this is that they are asking the Australian community to get behind a homegrown product and really support it and make it into a world-class musical and that we can do by simply having a great night out.
Fun places melbournians can relate to, David Jones in the 1950's. *Image LiB Facebook page.
Ladies in Black Book by Carolyn Burns - Based on Madeleine St John's Novel, The Women in Black Music and Lyrics by Tim Finn A Queensland Theatre Company Production Melbourne: 25 February - 19 March 2017
Have you seen ladies in black already in a different state? We would love to hear what you thought of the show - please use the comments box at the bottom of this article to share your thoughts with us.
Ladies in Black is having a return season in Victoria, it was part of the Melbourne Theatre Company program during 2016. I was at the same morning tea. Did you see at the MTC? Great article, the link is right for ticket sales, can be purchased at Ticketmaster not Ticketek.