Celebrating 15 years staging classic musical theatre, the Production Company have announced their three-show 2013 program for the Arts Centre Melbourne.
The season opens in July with the Julie Styne/Stephen Sondheim classic Gypsy. This is Sonheim at the height of his commercial sassiness, and many regard it as the greatest of all Broadway standards. Caroline O'Connor plays the lead role of Rose, domineering showbiz mom determined to make something of her daughters. She played the role to great acclaim in London and is always brilliant. Look out for such classics as 'Everything's Coming up Roses', 'Some People' and 'Rose's Turn'.
Gale Edwards – expert at the exotic and the colourful – directs, and it'll be worth the price of admission just to see what she makes of this endlessly fascinating tragic matriarch.
Singin' in the Rain comes next, by far the best loved and most highly regarded of all film musicals. A jubilant romance set in Hollywood on the cusp of the "talkies" revolution. Rohan Browne stars as the matinee idol Don Lockwood. He might not be Gene Kelly – who is? – but his tap skills will no doubt be well honed, having just come from a stint with The Tap Pack quintet at Parramatta Riverside Theatre in March. Matt Lee is his wingman Cosmo Brown, Alinta Chidzey is young actress Kathy Selden, and the gorgeous Christie Whelan-Browne is Lina Lamont.
In late October, it's The Pirates of Penzance, which features the most pyrotechnic of all Gilbert and Sullivan show tunes, 'I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General'.
All Production Company shows are put together with very little fuss and have short runs, only six performances each. Yet they always sound great and you can bank on the talent involved.
Gypsy Wed-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 2pm & 7.30pm; Sun 3pm. $117-$294. Jul 10-14.
Singin' in the Rain Wed-Fri 7.30pm; Sat, 2pm & 7.30pm; Sun 3pm. $117-$294. Aug 21-25.
The Pirates of Penzance Wed-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 2pm & 7.30pm; Sun 3pm. $117-$294. Oct 30-Nov 3.
All shows at Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004.
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