Cast announced for Helpmann Award-winning musical Ladies in Black tour

There’s nothing quite like the news that a new Australian musical is receiving not just recognition and critical acclaim, but also more life, and today, we get to celebrate just that. As previously reported Ladies in Black, which premiered at Queensland Theatre Company and also enjoyed a season in Melbourne, will tour nationally in 2017.

Ladies in Black - Image by Rob Maccoll
Ladies in Black – Image by Rob Maccoll

The tour will open in Sydney in January 3 2017 as part of Sydney Festival. It will then return to Brisbane and Melbourne, and, following these encore seasons, will arrive in Canberra from March 27.

The musical, directed by Simon Phillips, is a new take on Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel The Woman in Black. The stage version is written by Carolyn Burns and features music by singer-songwriter Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House). It’s a story of fashion, friendship and women in 1950s Australia. It picked up the Helpmann Award this year for Best New Australian Work (having received five other nominations).

Cast returning to the show include relative newcomer Sarah Morrison, Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys), Carita Farrer Spencer (Seven Types of Ambiguity), Kathryn McIntytre (Much Ado About Nothing), Greg Stone (Once), and Kate Cole (Sweet Charity).

New to the cast are Natalie Gamsu (Strictly Ballroom) as Magda, Madeleine Jones (Once) as Patty, and Ellen Simpson (Molly) as Fay.

Madeleine JonesMadeleine Jones
as Patty
Ellen Simpson
as Fay
Natalie Gamsu
as Magda

Two cast members are yet to be announced.

“I’m thrilled to be launching the national tour of Ladies in Black,” said QTC director Sam Strong.

“At QTC we couldn’t be more proud of this joyous new Australian musical… The show embodies our new vision to lead from Queensland. Ladies in Black captures the future of the QTC and is a shining example of what we will be doing in years to come: combining the best artists from inside and outside Queensland, spotting the brightest new talent first, creating landmark new Australian stories, and launching world class world premieres in Brisbane.”

For more information about tickets, the tour, and more, explore the following:    #ladiesinblack2017.

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Cast announced for Helpmann Award-winning musical Ladies in Black tour