Muriel Heslop has come a long way, baby! The shy resident of Porpoise Spit has well and truly made the big time, with her name to be splashed across theatres in Melbourne and Sydney from March.
Muriel’s Wedding - The Musical is set to take Australian audiences by storm, for the second time. After a sell-out, Sydney-only season in 2017, Stage and Screen client Global Creatures is bringing Australia’s favourite ‘bad girl – turned good girl’ story to the stage.
Asked why Muriel’s Wedding has such broad appeal, Global Creatures Head of Marketing - Angela Dalton said, “it’s become an iconic Australian story that every generation can relate to on different levels. But ultimately it’s a story about true friendship”.
After having the musical rights for many years, it then took two years to get the first production to the stage in conjunction with the Sydney Theatre Company. That success has now led to Global Creatures embarking on a new season, with a touring cast and crew of 60 people.
Of the original cast of 32, one third are joining this new production with the rest being recast with fresh, young faces destined to make us fall in love with Muriel all over again. After all, who can resist the urge to sing along to ABBA’s greatest hits - plus there’s original new music and lyrics by the award-winning Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttal.
For the cast and crew ABBA sing-alongs will be happening in the corridors of the Oaks Apartments, with Stage and Screen negotiating a long-term accommodation package for 35 people in each city. With the travellers being away for such long periods of time, apartment accommodation is vital to offer a home away from home and a place where they can maintain their routines.
“In the entertainment business, people are always the main factor around which everything revolves - so last minute travel changes are pretty common,” said Angela. “But Stage and Screen handle it all in their stride - something that probably comes from working with us for over ten years!”
Apart from large group airline and accommodation bookings for cast and crew, many Global Creatures’ staff travel extensively both domestically and internationally for production updates, auditions and design presentations.
While Angela describes travel as one of the best, and worst, parts of the job - what attracted her to the entertainment industry? “I love that no two days are the same,” she said. “Things move really quickly and it’s always challenging because there are so many moving parts. We currently have King Kong running in New York and in July Moulin Rouge The Musical will also open on Broadway.”
So what’s the latest goss on bringing Moulin Rouge to Australia? Angela confesses that Global Creatures would be so proud to bring the show to Australia, as Baz Luhrmann’s vision was the inspiration. But she said Australia has a shortage of theatres, so we’ll have to wait and see. But fingers crossed!
Tickets for Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical are on sale now.
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Getting stopped by very serious looking customs officials, on arrival in the USA, who thought we were smuggling exotic animals into the country. The ‘animals’ which airport X-rays had detected in our luggage were in fact miniature models of the dragons we’d designed for use in our production of How To Train Your Dragon show.