It was a packed house tonight to hear what the Hayes Theatre has in store for us next year. We already knew that the year would start with Cabaret (which has nearly sold out) so what else do we have in store. Well it is  going to be huge. We started out with the full cast announcement for Cabaret and ended with a stunning rendition of wherever He Ain’t to get us ready for Mack and Mabel in just over a week

First up the full cast announcement for Cabaret. Joining the amazing Paul Capsis as Emcee and the already announced Kate Fitzpatrick  (Fräulein Schneider) and img_4175Debora Krizak (Fräulein Kost) will be Australian actress, singer and leading lady of musical theatre Chelsea Gibb as Sally Bowles. After being told she had the role Chelsea said, “If someone were to offer me a pick of any role, out of all the roles in musical theatre, Sally Bowles has always been my answer. It’s literally my biggest career dream coming true, that I’m getting to play her!”

The star studded cast also includes Marcus Graham as Ernst Ludwig, John O’May as Herr Schultz, Jason Kos as Clifford Bradshaw, Michelle Barr as Fritzi, Nick Jones as Victor, Matthew Manahan as Gottfried and Michelle Smitheram as Helga.

Performances: 9 January – 26 February 2017
Mon 6.30pm* | Tues – Sat 7.30pm | Wed 1.00pm | Sun 3.00pm**

Then in March the smash hit from Neglected Musicals this year will get a full fun. Producer and director Richard Carroll of One Eyed Man Productions, who img_4178recently directed and produced the acclaimed Side Show, returns with a new production of CALAMITY JANE with Virginia Gay reprising her role as the title character.

Joining the cast are musical director Nigel UbrihienLaura Bunting (Rent, Side Show), Sheridan Harbridge (The Detective’s Handbook, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Rob Johnson (The Detective’s Handbook) and Tony Taylor (The Producers).

Audiences will have the opportunity to be part of the action by purchasing a table seat inside the Golden Garter Saloon, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the action of the Wild West. Don’t miss this stripped-back, rough-and-ready reimagining, which will shuck off the buckskin and bring a barrelful of dirt and grit to the classic musical. 

Performances: Mon 6.30pm | Tues – Sat 7.30pm | Thurs & Sat 2.00pm

The nest announcement was  a big surprise. Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH will come to the Hayes img_4179theatre in April. Composer Andrew Lippa and book writer John August have pared down the huge Broodway production to a cast of 12 but this is going to be a huge production for the tiny Hayes Theatre. No cast has been announced yet. The plan is to throw out the casting network and look for some undiscovered talent or lesser known stars to bring this amazing story to life. 

BIG FISH is the story of one man’s efforts to understand the truth behind his father’s stories before it’s too late. This heartfelt, humorous story will be directed by Tyran Parke (The Goodbye Girl, Follies), alongside musical director Luke Byrne and choreographer Cameron Mitchell (Heathers, High Society, Mack & Mabel), and will transport you into a world of magic and make-believe, where the lines between truth and fantasy blur to create an extraordinary life. 

Performances: 18 April – 14 May 2017
Tues – Sat 7.30pm | Sat 2.00pm | Sun 3.00pm

To bring to an end the first half of the year we have the beloved musical Only Heaven Knows. ONLY HEAVEN KNOWS is a beloved musical set in the 1940s and 1950s, telling the story of one young man’s discovery of love and life in Sydney.   There have img_4182been various productions over the last 30 years, most notably the sell-out season at the Stables, which transferred to the Sydney Opera House in 1995, starring David Campbell.  David’s company Luckiest Productions whose previous productions have included the sell-out seasons of Sweet Charity, Miracle City and Little Shop of Horrors, presents this brand new production, directed by Shaun Rennie (RENT, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown).

The cast is headed by Hayden Tee, marking his return to Australia after his multi award-winning performance of Javert in Les Misérables, which he reprised on Broadway. The role of Guinea is to be played by Blazey Best is reunited with Luckiest Productions for a second time after her breathtaking, Sydney Theatre Award winning performance of Lora-Lee Truswell in Miracle City.  And having just finished his critically acclaimed Puck in STC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Sydney Opera House, Matthew Backer will make his Hayes Theatre Co debut as Alan.

Performances: 26 May – 25 June 2017
Mon 6.30pm | Tues – Sat 7.30pm | Sat 2.00pm | Wed 2.00pm (14 June only)

So that is it. I recommend booking your tickets now. I would be surprised if this is not a sell out season.