Muriel Heslop will have a chance to say “I do” once again but this time on the live stage in a musical version of Muriel’s Wedding, coming to Sydney next year.
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The original writer of the popular 1994 movie starring Toni Collette, PJ Hogan, has updated the story for this musical version which will be set in the present day, as part of the Sydney Theatre Company’s 2017 program unveiled on Tuesday.
This time in a contemporary twist, Muriel doesn’t just get her wedding and a great fortune when she pursues her dreams outside of Porpoise Spit, but she also amasses a million Twitter followers.
“It’s been a great passion of his (Hogan’s) for a number of years to bring his show to the stage and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Global Creatures, to be bringing it to our audiences,” the STC interim artistic director Kip Williams said on Thursday at the launch of the 2017 program.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Muriel’s Wedding without some ABBA songs but this production will also have original music written by Australian husband-and-wife musical duo Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall.
“There will be a few ABBA songs in the show. How can you do Muriel without doing Benny and Bjorn?” Williams said.
For the moment, the musical will only be showing in Sydney at the Roslyn Packer Theatre from November of next year, but there is potential for a national or international tour, not only because of the show’s appeal but because of the theatre company’s track record.
The Present, an adaptation of the Chekhov classic by the company’s former artistic director Andrew Upton starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, will open on Broadway in New York in January.
While Upton exited his role at the company last year, he has adapted another Chekhov classic, Three Sisters, for the upcoming season which will open at STC next year.
Muriel’s Wedding, meanwhile, joins a host of original Australian productions on the STC program including an Indigenous romantic comedy, Black is the New White, written by Nakkiah Lui and Talk written by Jonathan Biggins and starring John Waters as a shock jock radio presenter.
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