Written and produced in Melbourne, Sexercise – The Musical is the first performance to be staged in the new Alex Theatre – one of three theatres to be built in the former George Cinema complex in Fitzroy St, St Kilda.
It is fitting Sexercise – The Musical is to be the first show at the Alex Theatre: Aleksander Vass wrote a popular cartoon book on the subject several years ago. Producer Malcolm Cooke was inspired by the title, he commissioned writer and composer Derek Rowe to create a new musical creating a story and characters based on the subject.
“I invited Alex to co-produce Sexercise – The Musical with me and he not only agreed but built a new theatre in which to properly launch it,” said Malcolm Cooke. “Alex recognised the need for smaller theatres to create and launch original new works for the commercial theatre, and thanks to him Melbourne will now have the perfect ‘Off Broadway’ theatre complex in The Alex.”
Placed in the fast-paced world of married professional mid-30s couple Joe and Sam, there’s no place for seduction amid the juggling of school runs, work schedules and their personal exercise regimes. Like so many things that are stretched to a breaking point, Joe and Sam are failing to deliver to each other what they used to give away so freely – time, affection, spontaneity and, of course, sex.
Well-meaning friends Tania, Shane and Andy try to help Joe and Sam work through their problems. At couples’ therapy Joe and Sam take a new approach to repairing their relationship when their counsellor, Rhonda offers them a self-help book about sexercise. Why work out as individuals when they can burn kilojoules together to stay fit and find happiness?
Directed by Sara Grenfell, Sexercise – The Musical features Nicole Melloy as Sam, Lyall Brooks as Joe, Lulu McClatchy as Tania, Fem Belling as Rhonda, Cameron MacDonald as Andy and Kristin Holland as Shane. With choreography by Dana Jolly and musical direction by Trevor Jones, his stage band will set the pace with a lively and rocking score of tunes.
Sexercise – The Musical
Alex Theatre, 135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Season from 24 February 2015 (tickets on sale 21 November 2014)
Bookings: 132 849 or online at: www.ticketek.com.au
For more information, visit: www.sexercisethemusical.com for details.
Image: cast of Sexercise – The Musical