Before Muriel and Rhonda; before Elphaba and Glinda; there was Lorelei and Dorothy.
Jump aboard the luxury cruise liner The Ile De France as we sail across the Atlantic in the company of two of musical theatre's most dazzlingly charismatic heroines.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a musical that tells the raucous and subversive story of Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw - two smart young single women with a burning desire for experiences that aren't supposed to be available to them within the laws and conventions of the 1920s. Armed with only their vitality, ambition, quick wits, and above all their unshakeable friendship - these thoroughly modern women play the men at their own game, and live life to the full. Champagne? Check. Diamonds? Check. Sex? Check, check, check. And as for the consequences? They'll worry about those when the ship docks.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes made stars of Carol Channing onstage and Marilyn Monroe on film, and this new production for WorldPride Arts, part of the Sydney WorldPride festival, sees a queer Australian team serve up a ship-sized slice of high-femme camp. Featuring songs like Bye Bye Baby, I'm Just a Little Girl From Little Rock, and Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, prepare for a wet and wild voyage of self-discovery through a queer lens. And remember - in international waters, all the usual rules are suspended - indefinitely.
This production reunites the acclaimed team of director Richard Carroll (Calamity Jane, Once, Godspell) and musical director Victoria Falconer (Once, Lizzie, Godspell) at Sydney's most celebrated and intimate musical theatre company.
“The acting, singing, dancing, direction and design are … nothing short of stunning.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Hopson’s performance... is thrilling and unequivocally spectacular.” – Suzie Goes See
“Exceedingly funny, visually and musically” – Sydney Scoop
“Utterly joyous” – Theatre Travels
“…all the sass, stage presence, and sex appeal” – City Hub
Music by: Jule Styne
Lyrics by: Leo Robin
Book by: Anita Loos and Joseph Fields
Adapted from the novel by: Anita Loos
Director: Richard Carroll
Musical Director: Victoria Falconer
Cast: Octavia Barron-Martin, Thomas Campbell, Ruby Clark, Adam Di Martino, Emily Havea, Georgina Hopson, Tomáš Kantor, Leah Lim, Tomas Parrish, Matthew Predny, Monica Sayers, Band Nathan Barraclough, Victoria Falconer, Amanda Jenkins, Abi McCunn, Jarrad Payne
Choreographer: Sally Dashwood
Set Designer: Dan Potra
Costume Designer: Angela White
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Brockman
Associate Musical Director: Abi McCunn
Stage Manager: Bronte Schuftan
Assistant Stage Manager: Anastasia Mowen
Dialect Coach: Benjamin Purser
Intimacy Coordinator: Caroline Kaspar
2hrs 20min (inc interval)
March 6th, 2023
March 25th, 2023
Hayes Theatre Co
Recommended Age: 15yrs+
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