Hayes Theatre Co announce first four productions of 2017
Last night in Potts Point, the darling of the Sydney independent theatre scene – Hayes Theatre Co – announced their first four productions for the 2017 season at a special ‘coming soon’ preview. Hosted by David Campbell, the event included performances by Stephen Madsen, Tyran Parke and irrepressible Virginia Gay.
The announcement included Calamity Jane, the first Neglected Musicals musical to be extended into a full production. Neglected Musicals presents short rehearsed readings of musicals that have never (or rarely) been produced in Australia. Producer Michelle Guthrie said of their 2016 production of Calamity Jane “The reaction to the presentations last August was immense; it’s wonderful that Richard Carroll is now taking this wonderful classic and fully realising it in a new production.”
Presented by David M Hawkins in association with Hayes Theatre Co
Starring Paul Capsis, Chelsea Gibb, Kate Fitzpatrick, Debora Krizak, Marcus Graham, John O’May, Jason Kos, Michelle Barr, Nick Jones, Matthew Manahan and Michelle Smitheram.
Director Nicholas Christo
Choreographer Kelley Abbey
Musical Director Lindsay Partridge
Winner of 12 Tony Awards, 8 Academy Awards and 7 BAFTA Awards, Cabaret wows audiences and critics alike time and time again sky-rocketing the careers its starts. Fifty years ago, in 1966, the original Broadway production made a household name of Joel Grey who shook audiences as The Emcee. Two years later an unassuming Judi Dench stole the show as Sally Bowles on London’s West End. Arguably the most iconic movie musical of all time made a star ofLiza Minnelli when she brought Sally Bowles to the silver screen directed by Bob Fosse.
9 January – 19 February 2017
Presented by One Eyed Man Productions in association with Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co
Cast includes Virginia Gay, Laura Bunting, and Rob Johnson.
Director Richard Carroll
Musical Director Nigel Ubrihien
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell
From the famous 1950s Doris Day movie musical to the HBO series Deadwood, the courageous individuality of Calamity Jane has delighted audiences for decades. With a fierce disregard for gender expectations and cultural limitations that was centuries ahead of her time, there’s no better time to re-visit and re-examine this remarkable woman.
8 March – 1 April 2017
RPG Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co presents
Director Tyran Parke
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell
Musical Director Luke Byrne
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centres on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
Overflowing with heart, humour and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.
8 April – 14 May 2017
Only Heaven Knows
Presented by Luckiest Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co
Cast includes Hayden Tee, Mathew Backer, Blazey Best
Director Shaun Rennie
Musical Supervisor Daniel Edmonds
Only Heaven Knows is a beloved musical set in the 1940s and 1950s, telling the story of one young man’s discovery of love and life in Sydney. Tim, a teenage playwright, leaves an unsupportive family in Melbourne and arrives amidst the bohemian by-way of Kings Cross in the Summer of 1944 – after five years of war, women and gay men were enjoying unparalleled freedoms. Tim soon finds love and a new family: Cliff his ocka lover, Guinea the tough but big-hearted nightclub singer and proud, fabulous Lana, a poor man’s Robert Helpmann. But the Sydney bacchanal fades as the cold winds of intolerant bring in the Menzies era and Tim and his friends must learn to survive hostility in a time before a visible gay community existed.
This production will be a welcome return of the piece to Sydney stages. There have been various productions over the last 30 years, most notably the sell-out season at the Stables, which transferred to the Sydney Opera House in 1995, starring David Campbell. David’s company Luckiest is behind this new production, he says of the piece, “I think this is one of the most important Australian musicals that has been created. I’ve never experienced such a simple show having such a visceral impact. While it so vibrantly paints the past, it speaks to us about today.”
26 May – 24 June 2017