Q feature: THE PRODUCTION COMPANY
“QUIET PLEASE, THERE'S A LADY ON STAGE” Jeanne Pratt AC, Chairman of The Production Company, announces her Company's 20th Birthday Season, starring ROHAN BROWNE, MITCHELL BUTEL, BOBBY FOX, SIMON GLEESON, NANCYE HAYES, GENEVIEVE KINGSFORD, AMY LEHPAMER, MATTHEW MANAHAN, ELISE MCCANN, BEN MINGAY, ROBYN NEVIN, ANNA O'BYRNE, CAROLINE O'CONNOR, RICHARD PIPER AND CHRIS RYAN.
Jeanne Pratt AC said “I started The Production Company 20 years ago to provide opportunities for Australia's extraordinary talent. Now as I look back on the hundreds of artists who have worked with us, it's a veritable Who's Who of musical theatre. We've produced 58 musicals in Melbourne, won multiple awards and toured interstate. Our shows have thrilled audiences of more than 600,000! I couldn't be more proud. And now for our 20th birthday we're celebrating with three of our favourites.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein masterpiece OKLAHOMA! starts the Season.
THE BOY FROM OZ also turns 20 in 2018 and to celebrate our joint birthdays we're staging a brand new production. And finally an Australian premiere, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, all at Arts Centre Melbourne. With a landmark line up of stars, come and celebrate 20 wonderful years with Melbourne's very own musical theatre company. I'll see you at the theatre.”
OKLAHOMA! OPENS IN ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE'S STATE THEATRE ON MAY 26 FOR A SEASON OF 11 PERFORMANCES.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's masterpiece OKLAHOMA! revolutionised the American musical; the first of their legendary shows, it won a Pulitzer Prize and set the standard for modern musicals. It tells the story of the Oklahoma Territory at the start of the twentieth century and of Curly, a farmer who loves Laurey. But Laurey's not so sure about Curly and wonders if she really loves Jud. And Will loves Ado Annie, but Annie loves…well, everybody.
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH VIEW FILMS AND ROBERT FOX LTD, THE BOY FROM OZ OPENS IN ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE'S STATE THEATRE ON AUGUST 11 FOR A SEASON OF 11 PERFORMANCES.
THE BOY FROM OZ is the dazzling, funny and moving story of the beloved Australian entertainer, Peter Allen. From singing in pubs at 11, to teenage stardom on television, he was discovered by Judy Garland and went on to marry her daughter Liza Minnelli. Peter achieved global stardom as a performer and multi award winning songwriter.
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER OPENS IN ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE'S PLAYHOUSE THEATRE ON OCTOBER 27 FOR A SEASON OF 18 PERFORMANCES.
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is a brand new, drop-dead musical comedy about Monty, a penniless clerk who discovers he is ninth in line to be Lord D'Ysquith, the Earl of Highhurst. But the D'Ysquith family dismiss his claim then curiously the eight family members in line to be Earl start dying from unnatural causes! Meanwhile Monty woos money-minded Sibella but also finds himself drawn to young Phoebe D'Ysquith…what could possibly go wrong?
SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOW ON SALE AT www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or call 1300 182 183 TICKETS FOR SINGLE PERFORMANCES GO ON SALE 10 APRIL