Global Creatures and Sydney Theatre Company team up to bring a a musical version of the ’90s Australian cinema favourite to stage
With a book by original screenwriter/director PJ Hogan, music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, direction by musical theatre guru Simon Phillips, and mega-producers Global Creatures (behind King Kong, Strictly Ballroom The Musical and the forthcoming Moulin Rouge musical) as a partner, this has star power and nostalgia in one sweet package.
Hogan's story was inspired by his own life, growing up in Coolangatta and using the music of ABBA as a means of escape. The idea for 'Muriel the musical' seeded 15 years ago, in a conversation with theatre maven Simon Phillips. Hogan accounts for the gap between thought and realisation as partly to do with the zeitgeist catching up with Muriel: “If she were alive now, she’d probably be a YouTube star,” he quips.
Accordingly, Hogan will bring the Muriel story into the present – a courageous choice that we applaud, while also feeling nervous.
Filling Toni Collette's shoes as the goofy, gauche and glorious Muriel Heslop is 20-year-old Melbourne born and raised actress Maggie McKenna.
Playing Betty Heslop, who Simon Phillips describes as the “emotional epicentre” of Muriel’s Wedding, is beloved stage and screen star Justine Clarke.
The rest of Muriel’s “wastrel family” will be played by Briallen Clarke (Joanie), Michael Whalley (Perry) and Connor Sweeney (Malcolm). Helen Dallimore plays the beauty consultant and perennial bad penny Deidre Chambers. Tania Degano (Queen bee of the local bitches) will be played by Christie Whelan Browne. You can read the full cast list here.
Besides Hogan and Phillips, the creative team for Muriel's Wedding The Musical features Set and costume designer Gabriela Tylesova (Love Never Dies, Ladies in Black), choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, lighting designer Trent Suidgeest, sound designer Michael Waters, musical supervisor Guy Simpson and musical director Isaac Hayward.
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