THE ESSEN­TIALS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Spring -

Clin­ton: The Mu­si­cal Heath Ledger Theatre Au­gust 27 to Septem­ber 11 www.tick­etek.com.au mum, dad and the cat,” Kozak, who lives in Mel­bourne, said.

“Ev­ery­one in the show is re­ally nice, although it’s a bit bizarre to be work­ing with Si­mon Burke who I watched on Play School as a kid.”

Kozak plays Mon­ica Lewin­sky in the mu­si­cal com­edy, which was writ­ten by Bris­bane broth­ers Paul and Michael Hodge and has ex­pe­ri­enced suc­cess­ful sea­sons in New York, Lon­don and Ed­in­burgh.

It fol­lows Bill Clin­ton’s tur­bu­lent time as the 42nd Pres­i­dent of the United States and is based on the premise of there be­ing two sides to Clin­ton – the ma­ture WJ and reck­less Billy – played by two dif­fer­ent ac­tors, Si­mon Burke and Matt Dyk­tyn­ski, along with Lisa Adam as Hil­lary Clin­ton.

“It has this re­ally great take on the dis­as­ter that is Amer­i­can pol­i­tics and elec­tions,” Kozak said.

“The script has been re­worked a bit to the off-Broad­way pro­duc­tion so Don­ald Trump gets a men­tion in the show, as does Hil­lary for pres­i­dent.”

Kozak said she had pre­pared for her Lewin­sky un­der­tak­ing by do­ing a lot of re­search, in­clud­ing read­ing her bi­og­ra­phy.

“You see her side of the story be­cause she re­ally was de­stroyed by the Amer­i­can me­dia and pub­lic,” she said.

“In our ver­sion of the show, she’s def­i­nitely a very naive girl who just falls in love with the pres­i­dent.

“It was def­i­nitely con­sen­sual and she can’t be too much of a vic­tim, but at the same time she’s a 22/23-yearold girl who has fallen for the most pow­er­ful man in Amer­ica.

“Even now, when I tell peo­ple I’m play­ing Mon­ica Lewin­sky in the pro­duc­tion I get a lot of laughs and ‘have fun with that’ re­ac­tions; her rep­u­ta­tion was ru­ined.

“I think some­times what Bill Clin­ton did for the coun­try is of­ten forgotten too; no one re­mem­bers all the good, they just re­mem­ber Mon­ica Lewin­sky and the blue dress.”

Kozak will go back to Mel­bourne when the Black Swan sea­son fin­ishes in Septem­ber and present her cabaret show Back­seat Di­a­mond, which she per­formed at Fringe World and Ade­laide Fringe.

Picture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d457391

WHAT: WHERE: WHEN: TICK­ETS: WAAPA grad­u­ate Megan Kozak is play­ing the role of Mon­ica Lewin­sky in Clin­ton The Mu­si­cal.

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