DREAMSONG - New Satirical Australian Musical to Run from 10 to 20 April
New satirical Australian Musical DreamSong will open for a 10 day season at Theatre Works, St Kilda from 10 to 20 April.
Written by Hugo Chiarella and Robert Tripolino, directed by Dean Bryant (Pirates of Penzance, Next to Normal, The Producers), with choreography by Andrew Hallsworth (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), DreamSong is an irreverent and audacious comedy that investigates questions of faith and spirituality through a wickedly satirical depiction of evangelical populist religion, politics and popular culture and how all of these interweave, set to a pulsing score of Christian pop and soaring power ballads.
The cast features Ben Prendergast (Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Predestination) as Pastor Richard Sunday; Chelsea Gibb (Chicago, The King and I ) as Whitney Sunday - The Pastor's Wife; Emily Langridge (Gypsy, The Pirates of Penzance ) as April Sunday - The Pastor's Daughter; Brent Hill ( The Producers, Rock of Ages) as Jesus Christ; and Connor Crawford (Jersey Boys) as Chris T ; as well as Evan Lever (Moonshadow), and Alana Tranter (Lone Wolves).
The story centres around an evangelical mega church, DreamSong, and its Pastor, Richard Sunday. The church has lost millions in the Global Financial crisis and Pastor Sunday decides to stage the second coming of Christ and market him as a Christian Pop Star, as a way through their money problems.
DreamSong was first work-shopped and developed at the VCA in 2010 with a cast of thirty. It has been further workshopped, rewritten with a reduced cast of eight, and in 2012 performed a two week development workshop followed by a four night presentation at The Arts Centre Melbourne to overwhelming audience response. DreamSong is a satirical look at how the human desire to believe in something makes us vulnerable to manipulation and corruption.
Venue: Theatre Works, St Kilda (14 Acland St, St Kilda)
Dates: 10th April - 20th April (not Mondays), Preview 10th April
Tickets: $35 Full, $30 Conc, $25 Preview
Times: Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.00 pm, Sun 5.00 pm
Bookings: 03 9534 3388, http://www.theatreworks.org.au/