Q fea­ture: THE PRO­DUC­TION COM­PANY

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“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

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