The shadow of Fascism spreads across Italy as Mimma – a young journalist from Turin, takes refuge at her Uncle Lorenzo’s nightclub in Soho, London. As another World War becomes inevitable, Mimma forges an unassailable friendship with Sarah – an aspiring jazz singer, while her family are increasingly embroiled in resistance against Mussolini.
The coming conflict brings out the best and worst in people as Mimma’s brother is captured, Londoners prepare for Hitler’s Blitz, and fears of betrayal reach fever pitch. Even refugees and firm opponents of the dictators are classified as Enemy Aliens.
Mimma and Sarah are caught in the turmoil as Soho is torn apart by arrests and internments. England and Italy are facing their darkest hours, and Mimma is in danger of losing everything. Everything – that is, except the one friend she can trust.
Bridging continents and cultures, the original musical is the result of several years of collaboration between WA based author Dr Giles Watson and composer, Ron Siemignowski.
“We are very excited to see Mimma come to life,” said Siemignowski. “What started with small dreams and ambition has turned into an incredible production with an amazing cast & crew, both local and international talent investing time into creating something that we can all be proud of.”
Casting the lead role of Mimma was a relatively easy task, when Australian Soprano, Mirusia Louwerse read the Libretta, she immediately jumped on board and is very excited to be part of the production: “This incredible new musical features such beautiful and exciting music, I fell in love with the melodies when I first heard them,” she said.
The storyline and the script is something so different and fresh, yet it is based on true events during the Second World War in Italy and England. I am honoured and proud to be creating the role of Mimma and giving life and a voice to an incredible character.”
Mirusia has spent 10 years performing as the Star Soprano of André Rieu and is one of the most celebrated voices in the world. She has performed in front of country leaders, royalty and sung live to many millions of fans across every continent. Mirusia is celebrated for the vocal clarity, dexterity and exquisite tone she brings to the world stage.
Directed by Adam Mitchell (Clinton: The Musical – BSSTC) Mimma also stars world renowned Baritone, Jason Barry-Smith in the lead male role of Aldo, with WAAPA graduate and accomplished musical theatre actress, Holly Meegan playing Sarah. They are joined by Canadian Opera star Suzanne Kompass, WA based Igor Sas and Ian Toyne in the main cast.
Mimma’s ensemble cast are all proudly West Australian performers whilst the production will feature original music performed by the Perth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Musical Director and Orchestrator, Sean O’Boyle AM.
Mimma: A Musical of War and Friendship
The Regal Theatre, 474 Hay Street, Subiaco
Season continues to 21 April 2019
Information and Bookings: www.mimmathemusical.com.au
Image: The Cast of Mimma: A Musical of War and Friendship (supplied)