LADIES IN BLACK
The award-winning Australian play “Ladies in Black” is playing at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. From the adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, the musical is a celebration of glamour, gowns and growing up in 1950s Australia. In 1950s Sydney when the city is on the cusp of becoming cosmopolitan, young high school graduate Lisa takes a holiday job at Goodes, the most prestigious department store in town. In that summer of innocence, a world of possibilities opens up as she befriends the ladies of the women’s frocks department— including her new mentor, the exotic European Magda, mysterious mistress of the dresses. The show features over 20 original songs written by Tim Finn and a stunning collection of 30 customdesigned and created dresses and suits.
“Ladies in Black”. Photo: Rob Maccoll.