BWW: Hayes Theatre Second Half 2015 Season Launch

Monday 11th May 2015, Hayes Theatre, Potts Point

Hayes Theatre opened just over a year ago in February 2014 and has already been home to a range of incredible works ranging from musicals including the award winning SWEET CHARITY, the world premiere of BEYOND DESIRE, and the Australian premiere of DOGFIGHT, to Cabaret including LUCY MAUNDER IN IRVING BERLIN: SONGS IN THE KEY OF BLACK, DAVID CAMPBELL SINGS JOHN BUCCHINO, and a sell-out season of MITCHELL BUTEL IN KILLING TIME.

The COMING SOON Event for the second half of 2015 shows that the Independent Music Theatre team comprising Luckiest Productions (David Campbell, Lisa Campbell and Richard Carroll), Neglected Musicals (Michelle Guthrie), and Neil Gooding Productions, the driving force behind Hayes Theatre Company, have no intention of slowing down and are staying true to their vision to provide a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. The next 6 months have an impressive list of shows including a Month of Cabaret, 5 musicals, including 1 that produced solely by Hayes Theatre Co, 1 Children's show, the New Musicals Australia program, a continuation of the Month Of Sundays series and the Neglected Musicals program in addition to the TALK PodCast, Publications and Cast Recordings.

The taste of the upcoming shows was met with screams of delight as HEATHERS THE MUSICAL (Director: Trevor Ashley), MASTERCLASS (Director: Daniel Lammin), VIOLET (Director: Mitchell Butel), HIGH SOCIETY (Director: Helen Dallimore) and RENT (Director: Shaun Rennie) and the Neglected Musical DEAR WORLD (Director: Nicholas Hammond) were announced. As each upcoming show was announced it was accompanied by a taste of the work with numbers from Jaz Flowers (HEATHERS), Blake Bowden (MASTERCLASS), Samantha Dodemaide (VIOLET), Amy Lehpamer (HIGH SOCIETY) and the cast of DOGFIGHT presenting Seasons of Love from RENT. The Cabaret line up was represented by Phil Scott as Lionel Bart (REVIEWING THE SITUATION) and Dash Kruck from I MIGHT TAKE MY SHIRT OFF represented the Month of Sundays series.

In addition to seeing shows, Hayes Theatre Co also invites support in the form of financial donations (Donations made prior to 28 May 2015 will be matched by the Government) and volunteering of time to assist with the day to day running of the venue, bar, front of house, education program, workshops and special events.

Hayes Theatre

19 Greenknowe Ave,

Potts Point NSW 2011

PH: 02 8065 7337 (10 - 5pm, Monday - Friday)

Email: admin@haystheatre.com.au

2015 Cabaret Season: 1 June - 28 June

Ticket Prices:

Full: $40.00 | Concession $35.00 | 3 Show Package $105 | 5 Show Package $150

To book a package deal click HERE.

NB Prices vary for Masterclasses, Australiana Concert, 'A Prior Engagement' and 'Painted From Memory'. These events are not available on package deals.

Australiana: A celebration of Australian Musical Theatre

Monday 1 June 2015 at 7.30pm

The 2015 Cabaret Season kicks off with this remarkable one night only event directed by the one-and-only Genevieve Lemon and featuring musical direction by renowned composer Max Lambert.

Featuring some of the nation's best artists performing numbers from a diverse range of shows such as Miracle City, The Hatpin, Lola Montez and many more, this will be an unforgettable celebration of the Australian musical theatre legacy and the unique musical wealth it continues to gift us.

This event will raise funds for the presentation of a new Australian work as part of the New Musicals Australia programme at Hayes Theatre Co in November 2015.

Reviewing The Situation

Wednesday 3 June at 2pm, Thursday 4 June at 8.30pm, Friday 5 June at 8.30pm, Saturday 6 June at 2pm

Presented by Phil Scott and Terence O'Connell in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by Phil Scott and Terence O'Connell

Director Terence O'Connell
Starring Phil Scott as Lionel Bart

The rags to riches to rags story of the composer of the iconic musical, OLIVER!

Once he was Britain's most celebrated composer who created the iconic musical OLIVER! and lived in a 27 room 'Fun Palace' where his party guests included Noel Coward, Rudolf Nureyev and The Beatles. Now he's bankrupt and ensconced in a flat above a laundromat. At his piano, and fuelled by more than a few vodkas, Lionel sings us the songs (including Living Doll, From Russia With Love, Consider Yourself and As Long As He Needs Me) and shares stories from his incredible life.

Children and Art

Wednesday 3 June at 8.30pm & Thursday 4 June at 6.30pm

Presented by CCR Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by and starring Tyran Parke
Musical Director Luke Byrne

What do we leave behind us when we go? The only things that last - children and art.

When the artist George Seurat (in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George) discusses what it is you can leave behind that lasts, he states two things; Children and Art.

Children and Art is the latest one-man cabaret from acclaimed, award-winning singer, actor and director, Tyran Parke. A humorous and touching evening that was developed for the Art Gallery of NSW, the show explores these two themes and the desire to leave a legacy, through the music of classic and popular writers including, Peter Allen, Don McLean and broadway heavyweights Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Lippa.

Components

Friday 5 June at 11.00am

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co

A panel discussion with leaders in some of the industries supporting Australian theatre.

With Stuart Hendricks, Lynne Ruthven and Kendra Reid

What does it take to produce a musical? Other than a great script, an amazing director and talented cast? Components is a panel discussion assembled to answer this very question featuring the expertise of licensing agent, Stuart Hendricks of MTI Australiasia and Hal Leonard Australia and marketing and publicity expert, Kendra Reid, Managing Director of AKA Australia. Whether you want to produce the next big (or small) musical, or you're just looking to dip your toe in the water, Components tells you how to do it. Additional panelists to be confirmed.

Tickets: $35.00

A Prior Engagement: An Intimate Evening with Marina Prior

Saturday 6 June at 8.30pm and Sunday 7 June at 7.30pm

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co

Starring Marina Prior

Accompanied by David Cameron

One of Australia's leading ladies of musical theatre takes us on an intimate journey through her spectacular career.

Hayes Theatre Co is delighted to present Marina Prior in an intimate performance as she presents songs from her early busking days to classics that have established her as a true leading lady of musical theatre.

Charting a stellar career that began with her first role, resulting from her first professional audition, as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, to platinum-selling CDs and regular appearances on Carols By Candlelight, Marina Prior's rise to fame has been the stuff of legend. From starring opposite Richard Curtis in Camelot, originating the role of Cosette in the Australian production of Les Miserables and being whisked off to the sewers of Paris as Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera Marina Prior has established herself as one of Australia's favourite performers.

Marina has performed with Jose Carreras, the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and other symphony orchestras throughout Australia. Her leading men have included Simon Burke, Philip Quast, Garry MacDonald and Paul McDermot.

For two nights only, don't miss this exclusive event with one of the leading ladies of Australian music theatre.

Dedications

Tuesday 9 June at 6.30pm and Wednesday 10 June at 6.30pm

Presented by John O'Hara in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by John O'Hara and Anthony Harkin

Director Anthony Harkin
Musical Director Luke Hunter
Choreographer Melanie Hawkins

Starring John O'Hara

Celebrating the highs and lows of relationships with the Love God

Inspired by iconic Australian radio program 'Love Song Dedications' hosted by Richard Mercer, Dedications is a show about people, relationships, the day-to-day of domestic life and getting through. It's also about choices and memory, but most of all it's about connection - how we do it and why. We experience pain and hope through various characters as they call in to request a song and share their stories of heartache and tales of triumph from a nation in and out of love. And as the familiar strains of Celine or Lionel or Whitney transport us back in time, we know that the Love God is here to help.

Little Diana and the Big Fuzz

Tuesday 9 June and Wednesday 10 June at 8.30pm

Presented by Bree Langridge in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by Bree Langridge
Director Darren Yap
Musical Director Kuki Tipoki
Choreographer Bree Langridge / Kuki Tipoki

Starring Bree Langridge and Kuki Tipoki

Classic Motown stories and songs reinvented and retold by Australia's up and coming musicians and performers.

LITTLE DIANA AND THE BIG FUZZ, follows the story of a young woman. The light and dark she experiences through her rise to fame and what propels her to perform. She is joined by band members that bring much more than their instruments to the stage. They will re-invent the Motown sound with songs such as Ain't no Mountain High Enough, Upside Down, Love Child and many more.

The Parting Glass - An Irish Journey

Thursday 11 June at 8.30pm, Friday 12 June at 8.30pm, Sunday 14 June at 2.00pm and 8.30pm

Presented by The Irish-Australian Company in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written and performed by Damien Leith

A charming and heartfelt performance filled with humour, warmth and great Irish music.

The show, which incorporates both a play and a musical concert of classic Irish songs is set in an Irish pub and sees Damien take on the character roles of both a father and son who are catching up on lost time over a few drinks. It's both humourous and emotional and audiences will be transported to Ireland.

Jim Morrison: Kaleidoscope

Friday 12 June at 6.30pm and Saturday 13 June at 8.30pm

Presented by Luigi Lucente in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by and starring Luigi Lucente

Director & Developer Nicholas Christo
Musical Director Luigi Lucente

A glimpse at a rock and roll revolutionary through the illicit music of The Doors

Break on through to the other side as the one-man circus Luigi Lucente (Dogfight, Rocky Horror, Wicked) leads you on a journey through the curious mind of one of rock's most iconic sons, Jim Morrison. Poet. Prophet. Showman. Shaman.

Masterfully accompanying himself Lucente re-imagines the explosive 1960s through the timeless genius of The Doors.

Come To The Cabaret: Revamping bum deals to bums on seats

Saturday 13 June at 2.00pm

Presented by Amazon Woman Enterprises and Hayes Theatre Co

Hosted by Queenie van de Zandt

Join Australia's leading cabaret performers, writer, and festival/venue programmers as they chew the (very lean) fat about cabaret, and powwow about how to fatten the cabaret calf and kick around the idea of a cabaret cash cow. (Suitable for vegetarians).

Hair To The Throne

Saturday 13 June at 6.30pm & Sunday 21 June at 6.30pm

Presented by Working Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by Marney McQueen and Tim Bain

Director Adam Cook
Musical Director Mark Jones

Starring Marney McQueen

Come and meet the princess of plucking and preening, Rosa Waxoffski!

Hunnies!

An unmissable, full-body experience as former Miss Leningrad, Celebrity Bikini Waxer, Rosa Waxoffski spills the dirt from the pages of her star studded celebrity appointment book in this comedy cabaret expose. Also showcasing her hilarious campaign to be Australia's very first entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

With a special guest appearance from Russia's Biggest Pianist, Boris Longschlongadongski.

Killing Time with Mitchell Butel

Sunday 14 June at 6.30pm and Tuesday 16 June at 8.30pm

Presented by Neil Gooding Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by Mitchell Butel

Musical Director Daryl Wallis

A thousand dreams, a handful of loves, too many martinis and 24 hours packed into 70 minutes of song. Tales of time from the jazz and blues songbook, starring Mitchell Butel.

Three-time Helpmann Award winner (and voice of the Playschool theme song to boot) Mitchell Butel returns to the Sydney cabaret stage after star turns in The Government Inspector, Angels in America, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Mikado, Forum, Gettin' Square, Meow Meow's Little Match Girl and Avenue Q in a hilarious and occasionally sentimental tale of 24 hours in the life of himself and of all our selves. Backed by a white-hot jazz trio led by Nigel Ubrihien, Butel weaves his way through a night of song including works by Ellington, Berlin, Jarreau, Bernstein, Mercer, Arlen, Elling, Sondheim and Parton...sorry, what, Dolly Parton? Really??

Killing Time premiered at Hayes Theatre Co as part of the Month of Sundays program in November 2014 to sell-out performances.

Geraldine Quinn - MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt

Tuesday 16 June and Wednesday 17 June at 6.30pm

Presented by Geraldine Quinn in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by Geraldine Quinn

Director Justin Hamilton
Musical Director Geraldine Quinn and Steven J. Hearne
Costume Designer Sam Bolton

An award-winning rock cabaret about modern aunthood, not breeding and the fine art of embarrassing other people's children

The novelist Jane Austen never married, but had 23 nieces and nephews. She wrote some of the greatest novels in the English language.

Geraldine Quinn (Spicks & Specks, Adam Hills Tonight) has 19 nieces and nephews. She draws cock'n'balls, writes songs about Bowie - and has wiped many bottoms.

MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt is the sevent full-length original cabaret from Melbourne artist Geraldine Quinn. As she finds herself the only unmarried/child-free sibling in a family of seven, it is an honest, heartfelt and hildarious show about the role of extended family today, and, in particular, people (especially women) who have chosen not to have children and the presumptions placed upon them.

From being called 'MILFS' and 'cougars', to the irritating conversations about schools at parties, to the aunt (or uncle's) role in children's lives, including those awkward questions from nieces and nephews about why Aunty Gerry isn't married - what does it mean to be the odd one out, not just in your own family, but according to social "norms"?

Defiant and thoughtful, MDMA explores the strengths and weaknesses of 39-year-old Quinn's experience, and challenges not just the outside world's presumptions, but her own.

Do you have to have children to be 'normal'? Is it your choice? Do men and women without kids have a unique perspective to share with the small humans in their lives? Will any of her nieces and nephews see the show? After all, she doesn't have any good stuff to leave them in her will yet.

KURT

Thursday 18 June at 6.30pm and Friday 19 June at 6.30pm

Presented by Justin Burford and Good Egg Creative in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Conceived and performed by Justin Burford

The story of a rock legend who defined a generation.

Kurt Cobain defined a generation. Through his band Nirvana, his vision and ingenuity reshaped the music industry on the world stage. But behind that legend there is a man.

This is his story. In KURT, Burford, whose own voice has been described as "honey with a touch of gravel" [The Age], will weave story and song to celebrate Kurt Cobain's short and influential existence.

Painted From Memory

Thursday 18 June at 8.30pm, Friday 19 June at 8.30pm, Saturday 20 June at 8.30pm

Presented by Asia Theatricals and Good Egg Creative in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Director Jonathan Biggins
Musical Director Isaac Hayward

Starring Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox, with special guest artist Christy Sullivan

The music of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello performed by two leading men of Australian music theatre

After the premier performance of Painted From Memory in 2014, Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox come together again for an intimate incarnation of this much-lauded concert event.

Accompanied by piano and string section, Painted From Memory explores the emotionally rich and melodic themes of the celebrated album by Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello.

Audition Masterclass

Friday 19 June at 11.00am

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co

With Kelley Abbey & Max Lambert

Acclaimed Director and Choreographer Kelley Abbey and celebrated Musical Director and Composer Max Lambert head this exclusive Masterclass in which a number of participants will be invited on stage to present audition pieces and receive invaluable expert feedback. During the Masterclass, Kelley and Max will reveal what a professional audition panel is looking for, what they are thinking, and exactly what it is that separates a good audition from a remarkable one.

Tickets: $75.00

Queenie & Friends: With Queenie van de Zandt and featuring the 2015 graduates of the Cabaret Winter Workshop with Max Lambert on piano

Saturday 20 June at 6.30pm

Presented by Amazon Woman Enterprises in association with Hayes Theatre Co

A cabaret concocted in one-week from nothing but the stimulus: 'Montmartre to Marrickville'. Will it have French songs? Will it be set in Marrickville? Will it just be songs starting with 'M'? Who knows? Roll up. Stop by. Come See!

Reception: The Musical

Tuesday 23 June and Wednesday 24 June at 6.30pm

Presented by Bethany Simons in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by Bethany Simons and Peter de Jager

Director David Wicks
Choreographer Joseph Simons

Starring Bethany Simons and Peter de Jager

The office memo you don't want to miss!

Winner - Best Cabaret, 2014 Melbourne Frings
Nominated - Best Writing and Best Original Songs, 2014 Green Room Awards

A celebration of administration, inspired by true stories from behind the front desk, Reception: The Musical, is a cabaret comedy about a receptionist who finds joy in the manic world of customer service, stationery orders, and thinking on her swivel chair.

Rob Mills is "Surprisingly Good"

Tuesday 23 June and Wednesday 24 June at 8.30pm

Presented by CCR Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by Natalie Garonzi and Rob Mills

Director Tyran Parke
Musical Director and Arrangements Andrew Worboys

Starring Rob Mills

Join Rob Mills for an irreverent look at the experiences that shaped his career; featuring great tunes, a smashing band and a bunch of fun stories.

Sometimes when you live in the public arena, your life can be more eye-catching (or headline grabbing!) than your work. Reality TV, Twitter scandals and THAT incident with Paris Hilton, are all the stuff of Hollywood. It's easy for us to forget who the guy behind these headlines really is; a remarkably successful and consistently celebrated musician and actor, Rob Mills.

Despite proving himself in the world of pop music, television and music theatre, Rob has amassed twelve years of reviews that revolve around the notion that 'considering we know him as that down to earth larrikin from Idol (or was it Big Brother?)... his performance was surprisingly good'...

Well this show is proof that these two things are no longer mutually exclusive. In this, his first one-man show, Rob reveals he can be both the irreverent personality who has charmed the nation on TV, as well as the skilled actor/singer he has proven to be through his extensive music theatre career. Let there be no further surprises, Rob Mills is one of Australia's most acclaimed young entertainers.

And now the cabaret stage provides his perfect home.

An irreverent, self-effacing look at the guy behind this extraordinary career, the show is much more than the standard cabaret fare. "Rob Mills is Surprisingly Good" is an eclectic mix of music and stories in an intimate setting, with a cracking band and the self-deprecating humour that we have learned to associate with Millsy.

Musically, the show is as unpredictable as he is, covering artists as far reaching as Taylor Swift, Gavin DeGraw and Coldplay, as well as hits from several of the musicals in which he has appeared; The Last Five Years and of course, Wicked.

Rob cut his teeth imitating great singers as a teenager in his garage in Wheelers Hill, Melbourne, and now it's time to claim his own voice in this dynamic, touching and unexpected one-man show.

Up Close and Reasonably Personal

Thursday 25 June at 8.30pm, Friday 26 June at 6.30pm, Saturday 27 June at 2.00pm, Sunday 28 June at 6.30pm

Presented by Amanda Harrison in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by James Millar
Musical Director Bev Kennedy

Starring Amanda Harrison

A Music Theatre Diva reveals the joys and pitfalls of balancing a glamorous stage career with domestic life.

Up Close and Reasonably Personal with Amanda Harrison is a candid evening of song and conversation with on of Australia's most prolific musical theatre stars. With hand-picked repertoire from the woman herself, and a fair dose of humorous self-reflection about wrestling the glamour of stage life with the realities of day-to-day domesticity, Up Close and Reasonably Personal is an intimate, colourful and rare insight into the life of a wife/mother/diva.

A Masterclass with Hayden Tee

Friday 26 June at 11.00am

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co

Award-winning star of Les Miserables, Hayden Tee is an extraordinary talent with an incredible career both behind and in front of him. From cabaret in New York City to starring roles in major musicals and opera the world over, there are few areas of musical performance Hayden hasn't ventured into. And now, Hayden arrives at Hayes Theatre Co to share that extensive experience as part of this very special Masterclass event.

Tickets: $75.00

Asian Provocateur

Friday 26 June and Saturday 27 June 2015, 8.30pm

Presented by Josie Lane in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by and starring Josie Lane

Musical Director Mathew Frank

Join Josie Lane on her hilarious Adults Only journey through the Orient with a soundtrack from the Asian musical songbook.

Following sell-out seasons around Australia of her acclaimed one-woman show, 'Josie in the Bathhouse', sassy songstress Josie Lane (Miracle City, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) returns to take audiences on a trip through the Orient. Indulge in her tales of growing up with a fierce but fabulous Filipino mother, her recent travels throughout Asia and her career of being victim to inevitable (and hilarious) type-casting as she belts out the most iconic musical theatre classics of the Asian persuasion.

The Songs of Ahrens & Flaherty

Saturday 27 June at 6.30pm and Sunday 28 June at 2.00pm

Presented by Flourish Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Music and Lyrics by Lynne Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty

Director Matthew Lockitt
Musical Director Stacey-Louise Camilleri

Starring Kathleen Amarant, Lucinda Barratt, Tim Carney, Andrew Hondromatidis, Joe Kosky and Catherine Langley

A showcase of music from one of the most successful writing teams in contemporary musical theatre

School Holiday Family Entertainment

AKIO!

Saturday 4 July - Sunday 12 July 2015

Presented by Blue Theatre Company in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Written by Matthew De Haas
Director Jade Alex
Choreographer Vanessa Morrison
Set Design Matthew De Haas & Mariya Tkachenko
Costume Designer Julia Gorman
Lighting Designer Jessica Lowe
Sound Designer Vanessa Morrison
AV Designer James O'Brien

Cast: Kevin Clayette, Demitra Alexandria, Clancy Carraway, Chanelle Freeland, Chris Fung, Ashleigh Lindsay, Aaron Sweeten, Ellie Stewart, Khanh Trieu

Join Akio on an epic adventure!

A shy young boy who is bullied at school, he spends his waking hours immersed in his video games - the ONLY thing that can draw his attention away is Harumi, the girl of his dreams. One day, his adventure begins, a strange chain of events find Akio and Harumi sucked into his video game world, but Harumi is then kidnapped by a powerful, villainous creature! Akio has to save her... but where will he get his strength? Where will he find his bravery? How will he stand up and face fear head on? in his quest to rescue Harumi, Akio will meet wise friends and terrifying monsters, all the while learning what makes a hero, what defines a villain; and perhaps how the two are not so different after all. Through power of will and strength of heart, Akio learns the most powerful weapon of all...

Akio! is a physical theatre piece, which combines the crafts of acting, dance, choreography, movement, sound and audio-visual design, to tell a universal coming-of-age tale. Inspired by Japanese theatre-maker, Tadashi Suzuki and his philosophies of theatre performance and culture, Akio! is a marriage of cultures into one uplifting story of love, bravery, courage and discipline. Theatrically, it explores the beauty of the human body, as it weaves Japanese mythology and gaming culture into an adventure to be enjoyed by all ages.

Akio! is a celebration of childhood, of growth, love and learning to understand and accept your enemy in the face of violence.

Musicals

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL

Thursday 16 July - Sunday 9 August 2015

Presented by Showqueen Productions and Working Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Book, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy

Director Trevor Ashley
Musical Director Bev Kennedy
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell
Designer Eamon D'Arcy
Costume Designer Angela White

Starring Jaz Flowers and Lucy Maunder

A hilariously homicidal musical comedy based on the cult teen film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater

Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunch-wearing threesome: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls at school. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark, sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place - six feet under.

For everyone who has ever longed to be in the 'popular' group, or dreamed of taking revenge on the cool kids, or even just for those who long for a better time, filled with shoulder pads, big hair and fluorescent colours. Heathers is sure to be the most hilariously homicidal show at Hayes Theatre Co in 2015.

Written by Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde and Bat Boy: The Musical) and Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness and Desperate Housewives) and based on the cult teen comedy film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, Heathers is the latest Off-Broadway hit musical to come to Australia.

Directed by the one and only Trevor Ashley (LES MISERABLES, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Fat Swan, Little Orphan Trashley), writer, director, performer, and sensational cabaret star, this production promises to be the most subversively funny show you'll see all year.

Starring Jaz Flowers (Hairspray, Hot Shoe Shuffle) in her Hayes Theatre Co debut, and Lucy Maunder (Songs In The Key of Black, Grease, Doctor Zhivago) with Musical Direction from one of Australia's leading musical directors, Bev Kennedy.

MASTER CLASS

Tuesday 11 August - Sunday 30 August 2015

By Terrence McNally

Presented by Left Bauer Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Starring Maria Mercedes as Maria Callas

Director Daniel Lammin
Musical Director Cameron Thomas
Costume Designer Owen Phillips
Lighting Designer Brendan Jellie
Sound Designer James Hogan

Starring Maria Mercedes as Maria Callas, Blake Bowden, Cameron Thomas, Georgia Wilkinson

Inspired by Maria Callas' 1971 visit to New York's Juilliard School of Music, Terrence McNally's Master Class is an insightful look at the life and art of opera's most beloved and controversial diva.

At the time, Callas' own career singing on the world's great stages had drawn to a close, her voice a shadow of its former glory. Six years later, Callas' death at the age of fifty-three sealed her legend as a real-life tragic heroine.

Featuring stage and screen star Maria Mercedes as Callas and three of Australia's most exciting young operatic talents, Master Class sees Callas prod and provoke her students in a searing, funny and touching depiction of a woman who knows the sacrifices required to attain the dream.

High Society

From Friday 4 September 2015

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co

Proudly supported by Power Arts

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Arthur Kopit
Additional Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

Directed by Helen Dallimore
Musical Director Mark Chamberlain
Set Design by Lauren Peters
Lighting Design by Ross Graham
Co-producer Lisa Campbell
General Manager Victoria Wildie
Produced by Richard Carroll

Starring Amy Lehpamer, Bert Labonte, Bobby Fox and Virginia Gay

Who'd want to be a millionaire?

The captivating Tracy Lord invites you to the most exclusive wedding of 1938. There's 700 guests, oceans of champagne, and a couple of pesky undercover journalists threatening to transform the whole affair from shindig to scandal. Oh, and one thing remains uncertain - who exactly will be the groom?

Adored by a society that worships her looks, money and feminine grace, why does Tracy still feel unvalued? Perhaps she needs to learn that "the occasional tumble off the pedestal is good for a person." Wayward family members, wise-cracking interlopers and an inconvenient ex-husband all converge to turn Tracy's wedding preparations into a battle against temptation, dirty tricks, and basic sobriety. What a swell party this is!

High Society is the first production produced in-house by Hayes Theatre Co. The show will be directed by musical theatre superstar Helen Dallimore (Blood Brothers, Legally Blonde, Wicked - West End), with an exceptional cast led by Amy Lehpamer (The Rocky Horror Show, Once, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Bert Labonte (Rupert, Pippin, Next To Normal - MTC), Bobby Fox (Blood Brothers, Jersey Boys, Hot Shoe Shuffle), and Virginia Gay (TV's Winners & Losers and All Saints, The Producers).

Based on the play 'The Philadelphia Story' by Philip Barry

Also based on the Turner Entertainment Co. motion picture 'High Society'

Original Broadway Production produced by Lauren Mitchell and Robert Gailus, Hal Luftig and Richard Samson, Dodger Endemic Theatricals in association with Bill Haber

Originally produced by American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA. Carey Perloff, Artistic Director, Heather Kitchen, Managing Director

Rent

Thursday 8 October - Sunday 1 November 2015

Presented by Highway Run Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Director Shaun Rennie
Musical Director Andrew Worboys
Choreographer Andrew Koblar
Lighting Design Ross Graham
Set Design Lauren Peters

The East Village is dead

At the dawn of the 1990s, New York City's East Village is home to an ever-diminishing bohemian community. Development pushes people from their borough, disease withers loved ones from their lives, and a group of friends fight for their place in the face of such quiet vanishing.

Jonathan Larson's RENT opened Off-Broadway in 1996 on the 25th of January and became a global phenomenon. The show would earn Larson multiple Tony Awards along with a Pulitzer Prize for Drama - a distinction not received by a music theatre work for another 14 years. Though Larson himself would never see the impact of his masterwork - passing suddenly in the early hours of the very day the show would open to the public - it's longevity serves as a testament to the emotional resonance of Larson's creation and an embodiment of its ever-present message: "no day but today."

From the 8th of October, Highway Run Productions declares squatter's rights on Hayes Theatre Co's 111-seat theatre and presents a production in the spirit of those small beginnings. One iconic city, one life-changing year, one astonishing masterpiece: RENT.

Musical Arrangements - Steve Skinner
Original Concept and Additional Lyrics - Billy Aronson
Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements - Tim Weil
Dramaturg - Lynn Thomson

VIOLET

27 November - 20 December 2015

Presented by Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Book & lyrics by Brian Crawley, Music by Jeanine Tesori

Director Mitchell Butel
Musical Director Lucy Bermingham
Choreographer Amy Campbell
Designer Simon Greer
Costume Designer Lucetta Stapleton

Violet is a musical, with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley, based on teh short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts. It tells the story of a young disfigured woman who embarks on a journey by bus from her farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma to find the preacher she believes can heal her.

Facially scarred as a child in a tragic accident, Violet undertakes her search for beauty amidst the image obsessed landscape and racial tensions of the American South in the 1960s. Journeying across the country with a rag bag of fellow travellers, she discovers that true beauty is not always in the eye of the beholder.

With a vibrant, multi-genre score by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline or Change, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek The Musical), and libretto by Brian Crawley (The Little Princess), Violet encompasses show-stopping anthems, American roots, soul and gospel.

To be presented at Hayes Theater Co in Nov/Dec 2015, Violet is to be directed by Australian theatre icon Mitchell Butel with Musical Direction by Lucy Bermingham (Strictly Ballroom, Guilty Pleasures), Choreography by Amy Campbell (Guilty Pleasures, So You Think You Can Dance) and Set Design by Simon Greer (Man of La Mancha).

A Month Of Sundays

I Might Take My Shirt Off

Sunday 20 September, Sunday 28 September, Sunday 11 October 2015

Presented by Jai Higgs and Dash Kruck in association with Hayes Theatre Co

Book and lyrics by Dash Kruck
Music by Chris Perren

Director Emily Gilhome
Musical Director Ben Hiehne

Starring Dash Kruck

It's Lionel's first time. You promise to be gentle, right?

Lionel is new at this. In fact, he's working it out as he goes along. Under duress from his terrifying German therapist to 'express himself', he has inadvertently found himself in a cabaret. Lionel draws on his limited knowledge of the style?and formidable Wikipedia skills to hilariously stumble his way through his hour on stage. After covering sex, booze, boys and mythical beasts he finds that maybe he's not so bad at expressing himself after all.


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