Fash­ion of 1950s hits stage

Orig­i­nal mu­sic score lauded as ‘im­mensely en­gag­ing’ in re­view

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

THE Help­mann-Award win­ning mu­si­cal, Ladies in Black, is open­ing in Syd­ney on Tues­day, Jan­uary 3 for its pre­miere sea­son in the Aussie city in which the story is based.

This adap­ta­tion of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel is about fash­ion, friend­ship and the 1950s.

Women in Black has been brought to life by Aus­tralian screen­writer Carolyn Burns and di­rec­tor Si­mon Phillips ( Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies).

It fea­tures orig­i­nal mu­sic from New Zealand singer­song­writer Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).

Re­vis­it­ing the role of the young starry-eyed Lisa in this frock-fest is ris­ing star Sarah Mor­ri­son.

Also in the cast is Bobby Fox, who wowed au­di­ences across Aus­tralia as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, Natalie Gamsu ( Strictly Ballroom, Neigh­bours) and Madeleine Jones ( Once).

The Aus­tralian news­pa­per gave the play a glow­ing re­view.

It stated that Finn “has ap­proached Women in Black with such whole­hearted sin­cer­ity and cre­ative gen­eros­ity ... cre­at­ing an im­mensely en­gag­ing score filled with gor­geous melodies that make you care about the play’s char­ac­ters singing them”.

NewsLo­cal is giv­ing away 100 dou­ble tick­ets to the Ladies in Black which is on at the Syd­ney Lyric the­atre at The Star casino on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 3 and 4.

To en­ter visit newslo­cal.com.au and click on the com­pe­ti­tion tab.

Select Ladies in Black and fol­low the prompts. One en­try per per­son. Closes 5pm Novem­ber 14; win­ners drawn Novem­ber 15 and pub­lished on the NewsLo­cal.com.au com­pe­ti­tion page Novem­ber 16. Au­tho­rised un­der per­mit num­ber LTPM-16-01009

The Women in Black, set in 1950s Syd­ney, tells the story of book­ish school leaver Lisa who joins the sales staff in fash­ion­able depart­ment store F. G. Goode’s.

Song­writer Tim Finn pro­duced the score for Women in Black.

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