Australian Premiere for Garfield Musical

Australian Premiere for Garfield Musical

StageArt has announced the first ever Australian production of Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude, in Melbourne. They will be bringing the musical to Prahran’s Chapel off Chapel from 3 April to 13 April 2018as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets go on-sale this Saturday 27 January, with adults tickets at kids prices.

Written by Michael Bobbitt and Jim David, with music and lyrics by John L. Cornelius, II, the show based off the much-loved Jim Davis comicsstarring Garfield, the lazy cat noted for his love of lasagne, snoozing his days away… and his hatred of Mondays!

Luigi Lucente, fresh from performing Muriel’s Wedding the Musical for Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures, will direct. Luigi has appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company), Guys & Dolls (Donmar/ATG), Jersey Boys (Newtheatricals/Dodgers), Wicked (GFO) and The Rocky Horror Show (ATG/GFO). Other theatre roles include Tony in West Side Story (Packemin), as well as touring his one-man cabaret show, Jim Morrison: Kaleidoscope extensively throughout Australia.

“Garfield is more than just the world’s largest tabby cat; he resides in the literal and figurative underbelly of all of us. He’s the sarcastic look, the cynical voice and carb-loving glutton, manifest into the most timeless and entertaining feline furball. What’s not to love!” says Luigi.

Garfield the Musical revolves around the much-loved chubby and sarcastic tabby fantasising about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. But, it seems that all his friends - Arlene, Odie, Jon and even his nemesis, Nermal - seem to have forgotten. Feeling rejected, Garfield ventures out to find adventure, but quickly learns that “home is where the heart… and the food is.” 

It’s a musical fit for the whole family, a fast-paced comedy that spotlights coming of age and the unwavering strength of true friendship. 

Even though it’s been 40 years since Garfield first graced comic shelves around the world, the show reunites generations of fans with a display that promises playful nostalgia and incredible wit. 

Families will be entertained by their favourite grumpy feline who takes to the stage in the show’s hilarious musical adaptation with clever songwriting and sharp dialogue; leaving audiences in stitches. Cast members are soon to be announced.

StageArt, led by Katherine Armstrong and Robbie Carmellotti, are excited to be staging their first youth offering and continue to produce groundbreaking musicals that are rarely seen on Australian stages. The company strives to cast its shows with diversity and equality by showcasing the extraordinary talent that exists locally. They are also committed to extending this ethos of inclusion and equality to their audience members by providing a ‘relaxed’ performance on Monday the 9th April at 10.30am.

StageArt presents Garfield – The Musical with Cattitude

as part of Melbourne international Comedy Festival

From 3 April to 13 April

Chapel off Chapel

12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran

Tickets on-sale from 27 January via

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