Hayes Theatre Season 2016 Act Two

Natalie O'Donnell John O'Hara Linden Furnell Teagan Wouters in Songs for a New World photo by Ben FonSydney’s Hayes Theatre Co has unveiled the remainder of its 2016 season at a ‘Coming Soon’ evening that includes an Australian and Sydney premiere, Cabaret Season 2016, two touring productions, and two ‘neglected’ musicals.

20 – 22 June 2016
Neglected Musicals will present David Maltby Jr and Richard Shire’s 1983 Tony Nominated Broadway Musical, about three couples, each newly expecting a child, with very different but familiar reactions. Directed by Neil Gooding, with musical direction by Steven Kreamer and starring Bronte Florian, Kate Maree Hoolihan, Luke Joslin, Katrina Retallick, David Whitney and Rowan Witt.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
5 – 30 July 2016
Join Charlie Brown, his sister Sally, best friends Linus and Schroeder, arch-nemesis Lucy, and faithful companion Snoopy, as they experience life’s joys, triumphs and tribulations while playing baseball, flying kites, writing book reports and battling the Red Baron. Featuring a brilliant young cast and under the direction of Shaun Rennie, Michael Tyack and Andy Dexterity, this production will bring to life Charles M Schulz’s characters in a charming, whimsical exploration of life through the eyes of a child.

Calamity Jane
3 – 6 August 2016
Starring Virginia Gay as Calamity, Neglected Musicals will present this classic Doris Day movie musical. Directed by Richard Carroll, and Musical Director by Nigel Ubrihien, Calamity Jane features legendary songs, Secret Love, The Black Hills of Dakota and The Deadwood Stage, and will star Virginia Gay as Calamity.

Songs for a New World
12 – 28 August 2016
Direct from their critically-acclaimed season in Melbourne, Blue Saint Productions’ presents Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World. A show about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today. The first musical from Tony Award winner composer, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices we make.

LIZA’s BACK! (is broken)
8 – 18 September 2016
Much-loved diva, and three-time Helpmann nominee Trevor Ashley (Les Misérables, Diamonds Are For Trevor) presents the Sydney premiere of his brand new show, after hit seasons of Liza (on an E) across Australia, Europe, and on London’s West End. Exploring the parts that Minnelli should have done over the last forty years – those great leading lady roles from Mame to Grizabella to Norma Desmond and all others in between. Ever wanted to see Liza tackle Wicked? Then this is the show for you!

Side Show
23 September – 16 October 2016
This stunning story of sisterhood from the composer of Dreamgirls is based on the real-life story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. Identical twins with spectacular talent and charm, they became the highest-paid stars of vaudeville in the 1930s.  But something else made them totally unique – they were (literally) joined at the hip. One Eyed Man Productions presents the Australian premiere of this remarkable musical with Director Richard Carroll, Musical Director Steven Kreamer and Choreographer Amy Campbell.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
17 November – 18 December 2016
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the contestants spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Following their recent successful season in Melbourne, Vic Theatre Company are ready to charm Sydney audiences with their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Cabaret Season 2016
13 June – 10 July 2016
With 17 extraordinary Cabaret Artists performing throughout the season covering topics as diverse as space travel, women’s handbags, Barbra Streisand and Cole Porter,and featuring local and international stars such as Philip Quast, Shoshana Bean and Anthony de Mare, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

For more information, visit: www.hayestheatre.com.au for details.

Image: Natalie O’Donnell John O’Hara Linden Furnell Teagan Wouters in Songs for a New World – photo by Ben Fon