Global Creatures and Sony Music Australia have announced the Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures’ production of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original cast recording is out now through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
Featuring 21 songs with music and lyrics by Australian award winning songwriters Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, tracks including: Sunshine State of Mind, The Bouquet, Meet the Heslops, Girls Like Us, Amazing, Sydney, Here Comes the Bride and My Mother.
The cast recording also features a number of hits by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, originally written for ABBA, including Waterloo and SOS.
“We are so excited to partner with Sony Music to release the cast recording of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical,” said Carmen Pavlovic, Global Creatures CEO. “This soundtrack reaffirms the vast reservoir of talent that has come together to make this all-Australian musical possible.”
“Congratulations to all of the recording contributors including Kate and Keir for their ingenious music and lyrics, and to the cast and music producing team for their tireless work. We owe a debt of gratitude to Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson for all of their support in helping us realise Muriel’s Wedding for the stage and now this subsequent soundtrack.”
The 28-strong cast who feature on the cast recording includes Maggie McKenna as Muriel, Madeleine Jones as Rhonda, Gary Sweet as Bill, Justine Clarke as the long suffering Betty, with other members of the Heslop clan played by Briallen Clarke (Joanie), Michael Whalley (Perry) and Connor Sweeney (Malcolm), while Helen Dallimore plays the strangely ever-present beauty consultant, Deidre Chambers.
The cast also includes Aaron Tsindos as Chook, Christie Whelan Browne as bridezilla Tania Degano, accompanied by a posse of bridesmaids, played by Manon Gunderson-Briggs, Hilary Cole and Laura Murphy. Brice Nobes, the first guy to ever ask Muriel on a date, is played by Ben Bennett and Stephen Madsen is Olympic swimming hopeful Alexander Shkuratov.
Rounding out the cast is Annie Aitken, Prue Bell, Jaime Hadwen, Dave Eastgate, Sheridan Harbridge, Mark Hill, Kaeng Chan, Tony Cogin, Caroline Kaspar, Adrian Li Donni, Luigi Lucente, Kenneth Moraleda, David Ouch and Tom Sharah.
Theatre director Simon Phillips and designer Gabriela Tylesova lead a stellar creative team which includes choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, lighting designer Trent Suidgeest, sound designer Michael Waters, musical supervisor Guy Simpson and musical director Isaac Hayward.
Muriel’s Wedding The Musical is a theatrical version of PJ Hogan’s iconic hit film, updated to today by the writer himself. The production celebrated its world premiere at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Sydney in November 2017, and following a sold out season, will close later this month. There are hopes that this production will tour at some stage in the future.
Image: Muriel’s Wedding The Musical Cast Recording (supplied)