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.
“Witty, immersive and polished to a rough diamond... It's not going out on a limb to say Calamity Jane will be among the most fun experiences you'll have in a theatre this year.” - Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
“Gay is astonishing in the title role... Almost certainly the funniest show the Hayes has ever produced.” - Ben Neutze, Daily Review
"Thanks to a stellar turn from Virginia Gay in the title role, a brilliant no-weak-links supporting cast and inspired, side-splitting direction... This is the best small-scale musical I've seen in years.” - Clive Paget, Limelight
“Joyously entertaining... Gay is sensational as Calamity. She just about blows the roof off the theatre... A blissfully funny production.” - Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph
Performances: Wednesday 8 March - Sunday 9 April 2017
Mondays & Tuesdays 6.30pm | Wednesday - Saturday 7.30pm | Thursday & Saturday 2.00pm
NB No performances on 3-6 April 2017
Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including interval