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Hayes Theatre Co and New Musicals Australia present Hay009 DigitalBanners 307x397 May562

A new musical

Book & Lyrics by Nicholas Christo
Music by Johannes Luebbers

Adapted from the book “Marvelous Melba” by Ann Blainey

Director Wayne Harrison
Musical Director Michael Tyack
Movement Director
& Assistant Director Nigel Turner-Carroll
Production Designer Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish
Sound Designer Caitlin Porter
Puppeteer Maddie Slabacu
Production Manager Di Misirdjieff
Executive Producer Kerry Comerford

Starring Emma Matthews as Melba, Annie Aitken, Michael Beckley, Caitlin Berry, Andrew Cutcliffe, Blake Erickson, Genevieve Lemon, Adam Rennie and Samuel Skuthorp

A marriage, a scandal, a lost child.

Dame Nellie Melba was the most celebrated singer of her generation. Lauded on more than three continents as a phenomenon, her life was the stuff that dreams are made of, but her journey to the top was not always untroubled.

From humble beginnings as Nellie Mitchell in Melbourne, to the stages of opera houses across Europe, MELBA charts the life of a woman who was determined to be the best in a conservative world. Melba’s life was filled with triumph and tragedy, stardom and shame; a story that is little known beyond her stellar career.

Blending contemporary music theatre with operatic arias, MELBA brings to life a woman we know so well, yet not at all.

Hayes Theatre Co and New Musicals Australia are thrilled to present this new Australian work, which was previously developed as part of the New Musicals Australia program. Directed by internationally acclaimed director, Wayne Harrison with musical direction by Michael Tyack and starring one of Australia’s most popular opera stars, Emma Matthews as Dame Nellie Melba.

Also featuring Annie Aitken (The Sound of Music, Anything Goes) as the young Nellie Armstrong making her way from Australia to Paris and the world stage, Michael Beckley (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Little Night Music), Caitlin Berry (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Zhivago), Andrew Cutcliffe (Calendar Girls, Face to Face), Blake Erickson (Les Misérables, Grey Gardens), Genevieve Lemon (Billy Elliott, Violet), Adam Rennie (Big Fish, Love Never Dies) and newcomer Samuel Skuthorp.

Performances: From 11 August 2017 - 9 September 2017
Mon 6.30pm | Tues – Sat 7.30pm | Wed & Sat 2.00pm

Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 mins (with interval)

Proudly supported by:

CreativeCity CoS SPOT Reverse         Australia Council      SBW Logo small   

Emma Matthews' appearance is sponsored by Jan Sundell O.A.M.

Melba is a part of the 2011 Postcode Special Ticket Offer
Anyone who lives in the 2011 postcode can obtain unsold tickets for only $30.00 to all participating shows at Hayes Theatre Co on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when purchased in person at the box office, half an hour prior to commencement of the performance with I.D. showing residential address.