Calamity Jane to Tour in 2018
After the success of the SOLD OUT season of CALAMITY JANE at Hayes Theatre Co in March 2017, One Eyed Man Productions in association with Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co have announced a national tour for 2018.
“Directing Calamity Jane was one of the most fun and joyous experiences of my working life - and it was one of those rare occasions where that fun and joy also infected the audience every night. So I couldn’t be more excited to take the show on the road and bring even more audiences through the doors of the Golden Garter saloon. I can't wait to stand back and watch Virginia Gay and the rest of the madcap cast take over some of the best theatres in the country,” said director Richard Carroll.
“Along with being outstandingly clever, Calamity Jane is gut-bustingly funny and has an extraordinarily generous heart. Crucially, it is blessed with a central performance as fine as any seen on our musical stages since, I don’t know, forever.” - Deborah Jones, The Australian
“Director Richard Carroll's production is 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
“From the moment you step inside the theatre, you know you are in for a rollicking good time at this joyously entertaining production… Gay is sensational as Calamity. She just about blows the roof off the theatre… A blissfully funny production.” - Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph
“Gay is astonishing in the title role… But on top of that nuanced and intelligent central performance is an irresistible sense of irreverent raucousness that drives the whole production… The results are often sidesplittingly funny… Almost certainly the funniest show the Hayes has ever produced.” - Ben Neutze, Daily Review
“Virginia Gay is completely captivating… A thoroughly delightful production, Calamity Jane is the must-see musical or 2017” - Jade Kops, Broadway World
Staring Virginia Gay (All Saints, Winners and Losers) as CALAMITY JANE, this is a bold and unconventional Calamity.
“I am rigid with excitement to be back in Calamity's dusty, dusty shoes,” said Virginia Gay. “She is one of my all-time favourite characters, and to get a chance to take her to more people to so she can strut and howl and play and drink with them, all over Australia, goshamighty, we're gonna have one helluva party up in that Golden Garter.”
Joining Virginia are original cast members Laura Bunting (Rent, Side Show) as Katie Brown, Anthony Gooley (Of Mice and Men, All My Sons) as Wild Bill Hickock, Rob Johnson (Carrie, The Detectives Handbook) as Francis Fryer, Matthew Pearce (Rent, Rolling Thunder Vietnam) as Lt Danny Gilmartin, and Tony Taylor (As You Like it, The 39 Steps) as Henry Miller. Sheridan Harbridge (Nosferatutu, The Detectives Handbook) re-joins the cast as Susan / Adelaide Adams at Canberra Theatre Centre and Belvoir.
From the beloved 1953 movie musical with Doris Day, 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.
Featuring standards such asThe Deadwood Stage, Windy City, Black Hills of Dakota, andSecret Love, 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 Show Goes On), the production stars a ragtag band of acclaimed comedic actors and musicians who share all the other roles. Audiences will be immersed in 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 a night at the theatre.
Cast includes: Laura Bunting, Virginia Gay, Anthony Gooley, Rob Johnson, Matt Pearce and Tony Taylor
Director Richard Carroll
Musical Director Nigel Ubrihien
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell
Production Designer Lauren Peters
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Assistant Director Dash Kruck
Producer Richard Carroll
Associate Producer Michelle Guthrie
Production Manager Jack Daniel Woods
Company Manager Cara Woods
Stage Manager Lauren Tulloh
This production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd on behalf of MTI Europe.
Production shots credit John McRae
Tour and Ticket details
From Wednesday 21 February. Seven shows only
On sale to Riverside members from 9am September 6
Orange Civic Theatre
From Wednesday 28 February. Seven shows only
On sale to Subscribers from October 17
IIlawarra Performing Arts Centre
Performance dates from Wednesday 7 March. Seven shows only
On sale: Merrigong Season Ticket Holders - 14 November | General Public - Tuesday 5 December
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
March 14 - 25
Canberra Theatre Centre
Performance dates from Wednesday 15 August. 7 shows only
Calamity Jane is part of the Canberra Theatre Centre’s Collected Works 2018 season. Season tickets go on sale on 17 October 2017. www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show-calamity-jane
Performancesfrom Thursday 23 August through to Sunday 30 September
Tickets to Calamity Jane are currently only available as part of a Belvoir 2018 Season subscription. Single tickets will go on sale in 2018. https://belvoir.com.au/