Fashion of 1950s hits stage
Original music score lauded as ‘immensely engaging’ in review
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.