Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: Marika Aubrey is gonna “Wash That Man”

Australia is bursting with musical theatre talent, and very soon, one of our most remarkable is taking her rightful place in a very “Loud” role: Marika Aubrey will play the brash Mrs Wormwood in the upcoming Australian premiere of Matilda the Musical.

Marika Aubrey. Photo by Blueprint Studios.
Marika Aubrey. Photo by Blueprint Studios.

Aubrey has been part of some of the best musicals on stage recently, like the gorgeous Opera Australia production of South Pacific and the dazzling Hayes Theatre resurrection of Miracle City.

And a few years ago, as part of Trevor Ashley’s Showqueen series – which played every Sunday in February in celebration of Mardi Gras – Aubrey took over the tiny stage at Ginger’s.

She sang an inspired new arrangement of “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.” It was an immediate and spellbinding moment.

Before you see her, garish and sublime, as Mrs Wormwood, see her here: her voice winding around the small space. This is a special one.

Happy Sunday!

Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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