Luckiest Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co present
October 17 – November 16 2014
Starring Mike McLeish, Blazey Best, Hilary Cole, Jason Kos, Marika Aubrey, Josie Lane, Cameron Holmes with Peter Kowitz and Esther Hannaford
Nick Enright and Max Lambert’s musical Miracle City presented by Luckiest Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co opened to rave reviews and played until November 16.
"Miracle City feels fresh, heartbreaking and genuinely surprising… Director Darren Yap has assembled an astonishing cast… to hear their voices swell up in the tiny surrounds of the Hayes Theatre is spine-tingling at times. The overall effect is exhilarating… Miracle City is a towering achievement"
Polly Simons, The Daily Telegraph
"Glory hallelujah! Miracle City has been resurrected [and] has found a natural home at Hayes Theatre Co… Lambert and Enright’s songs are heaven, absolutely crucial to the show’s tightrope-walk between satire and seduction… The country-and-gospel score hits bullseyes again and again, as does the superb cast."
"Marika Aubrey, Hilary Cole, Esther Hannaford and Josie Lane are all in knockout vocal form… And who knew Best could sing like that? She’s a revelation, as is young Cameron Holmes."
Deborah Jones, The Australian
"Director Darren Yap (for Luckiest Productions) has assembled an ideal cast… It is Best who must rise to the challenge of becoming the dramatic pivot, and she does so brilliantly and bravely."
"This born-again piece of musical theatre is dazzlingly entertaining."
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
"The work comes up shining in the intimate space of the Hayes… This production’s heart and soul is Blazey Best, who delivers a sublime performance… Mike McLeish is a perfectly charismatic preacher… Hilary Cole again shows her unique ability to delve into dark psychological places while singing angelically… Ricky-Bob is played by the young Cameron Holmes, who gives a powerful vocal and dramatic performance… Esther Hannaford also excels as Bonnie-Mae, a young, troubled mother in desperate need of a saviour… It feels even more relevant today than it would have in 1996."
Ben Neutze, The Daily Review
"It is superb… Best is a masterful actress and a beautiful singer… Hilary Cole is a force to be reckoned with… Holmes a mature performer and a great find… Hannaford, Lane and Aubrey are a perfectly calibrated trio… Yap’s direction makes a sharp image out of a densely-cluttered landscape… To bring back a work that we thought lost, that is collectively remembered as one of our best, is a true and magical gift… Miracle City is a triumph of Australian musical theatre and this production at the Hayes, when it swells to its conclusion, touches the sublime."
Cassie Tongue, Aussie Theatre
Miracle City starred Mike McLeish (Keating The Musical, Shane Warne: The Musical) as religious patriarch Ricky Truswell, Blazey Best (Nora & Miss Julie, Belvoir) as Lora Lee Truswell, Hilary Cole (Carrie: The Musical and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Loretta Truswell, Cameron Holmes as Ricky Bob (Mary Poppins), as well as recent NIDA graduate Jason Kos as Billy Trengrove, Esther Hannaford (King Kong, Hairspray) as Bonnie Mae, Marika Aubrey (South Pacific & Last of the Red Hot Mamas) as Eulella, Josie Lane (Fame The Musical and Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert) as Charlene and Peter Kowitz as Millard Sizemore (Blackbird and King Lear).
Set in real time during a live-to-air American evangelical television show, Miracle City told the story of the Truswells, a family with a dream to build a religious theme park, and the extreme lengths the patriarch Ricky Truswell will go to in order to make their dream a reality. Miracle City had its world premiere at the Sydney Theatre Company in 1996 to huge acclaim.
The show is produced by David & Lisa Campbell and Richard Carroll at Luckiest Productions, in association with Hayes Theatre Co. Luckiest Productions were co-producers of the sell-out production of Sweet Charity, which opened Hayes Theatre Co in February 2014 and has been nominated for 8 Helpmann Awards at the 2014 ceremony.
This brand new production is directed by Darren Yap - The Serpent’s Table, A Murder is Announced, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change - with musical direction by Max Lambert - Hairspray, King Kong, Strictly Ballroom - and choreography by Kelley Abbey - Fame The Musical, Xanadu: The Musical.