One Eyed Man Productions in association with Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co presents
Virginia Gay in
Adapted by RONALD HANMER and PHIL PARK
From the stage play by CHARLES K. FREEMAN
After WARNER BROS. film written by JAMES O’HANLON
Lyrics by PAUL FRANCIS WEBSTER
Music by SAMMY FAIN
Director Richard Carroll
Musical Director Nigel Ubrihien
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell
Production Designer Lauren Peters
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Producer Richard Carroll
Associate Producer Michelle Guthrie
Production Manager Laura Daniel
Cast includes Virginia Gay, Laura Bunting, Anthony Gooley, Sheridan Harbridge, Rob Johnson, Matthew Pearce and Tony Taylor
Legendary frontierswoman; notorious daredevil; profane storyteller; unwomanly radical - CALAMITY JANE is one of the most immediately recognizable figures of the old American West.
From the famous 1950s Doris Day movie musical to the HBO series Deadwood, the courageous individuality of Calamity Jane has delighted audiences for decades. With a fierce disregard for gender expectations and cultural limitations that was centuries ahead of her time, there’s no better time to re-visit and re-examine this remarkable woman.
This stripped-back, rough-and-ready reimagining shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrelful of dirt and grit to the classic musical. Directed by Richard Carroll (Side Show), the production stars Virginia Gay (TV’s All Saints and Winners & Losers; Hayes Theatre Co’s High Society) as the magnetic, masculine heroine – joined by a ragtag band of acclaimed comedic actors and musicians who share all the other roles. Audiences will be thrust into the world of the Golden Garter Saloon – alive with whores, gamblers, and habitual jeopardy - and can expect an unruly and unpredictable ride. Performed with piano and a grab bag of other instruments, this production injects a raucous spontaneity into the uniquely intimate Hayes Theatre Co.
Featuring timeless standards such as ‘The Deadwood Stage’, ‘Just Blew In From The Windy City’ ‘Black Hills of Dakota’, and ‘Secret Love’, this new main-stage production was inspired by the sold-out Neglected Musicals presentation of ‘Calamity Jane’ starring Virginia Gay in August 2016.
Onstage table seating is available for this production. Immerse yourself in the world of the Wild West, and be a part of the action!
This production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD.
What the critics say about Virginia Gay
“I was bowled over… one of the most accomplished, nuanced and touching performances of the year.” - Deborah Jones - Theatre Critic, The Australian (on High Society)
“Virginia Gay [is] side-splitting and brilliant.” - Byron Bache, The Herald Sun (on The Beast)
“Virginia Gay is an absolute star... She has such a perfect feel for this style of musical comedy, caressing the tunes with lovely, smooth vocals and landing all the humour with immaculate timing.” - Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph (on Wonderful Town)
“Gay is a shining beacon. Gay is relatable, witty, charming, and in excellent voice.” - Cassie Tongue, Aussie Theatre (on High Society)
“Virginia’s sumptuous contralto voice is a treasure and her character at once goofy and acerbic. There’s nothing not to love about this lady.” - Sommer Tothill, Brisbane Times (on Dirty Pretty Songs)
Performances: Wednesday 8 March - Saturday 1 April 2017
Mondays & Tuesdays 6.30pm | Wednesday - Saturday 7.30pm | Thursday & Saturday 2.00pm
Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including interval