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Ladies in Black single work   musical theatre  
Adaptation of The Women in Black Madeleine St John , 1993 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 Ladies in Black
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'Step through the doors of F.G. Goode’s department store and into a marvellous musical whirl of glitz and glamour with Ladies in Black. This world premiere adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, is brought to life by internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original music from superstar singer and musician, Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).

'Sydney is crossing the threshold between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s. Bright-eyed bookish school leaver Lisa is to join the sales staff in the city’s most prestigious department store. In that summer of innocence, a world of possibilities opens up as she befriends the colourful denizens of the women’s frocks department – including her new mentor, the exotic European Magda, mysterious mistress of the gowns.

'With a dash of delicate comedy, Ladies in Black is a magical modern-day fairytale set in a city on the cusp of becoming cosmopolitan, and marks the triumphant return of musical theatre to Queensland Theatre Company’s stage.' (Production summary)

Production Details

  • Presented by the Queensland Theatre Company in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre. World premiere at QPAC Playhouse : 14 November - 6 December 2015.

    Director: Simon Phillips.

    Music and Lyrics: Tim Finn

    Cast Includes Christen O’Leary, Andrew Broadbent, Kate Cole, Carita Farrer Spencer, Bobby Fox, Lucy Maunder, Kathryn McIntyre, Sarah Morrison, Christen O'Leary, Naomi Price, Deidre Rubenstein, and Greg Stone.


    Produced at The Sumner, Southbank Theatre, Melbourne, as part of Melbourne Theatre Company's 2016 season, 16 January to 27 February 2016.

    Director: simon Phillips.

    Music and Lyrics: Tim Finn.

    Orchestrations and Musical Supervisor: Guy Simpson.

    Musical Director: David Young.

    Choreographer: Andrew Hallsworth.

    Designer: Gabriela Tylesova.

    Lighting Designer: David Walters.

    Associate Designer: Hanna Sandgren.

    Cast: Andrew Broadbent, Kate Cole, Carita Farrer Spencer, Bobby Fox, Lucy Maunder, Kathryn McIntyre, Sarah Morrison, Christen O'Leary, Naomi Price, Deidre Rubenstein, and Greg Stone.

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Works about this Work

Ladies in Black (Queensland Theatre) Stephanie Van Schilt , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: ABR : Arts 2017;

'On a balmy night in Melbourne this week, large numbers of well-dressed women descended on the Regent Theatre for the opening night performance of Ladies in Black. The blockbuster production from Australian screenwriter writer Carolyn Burns and director Simon Phillips, with original music from singer–songwriter Tim Finn, attracted a cheerful audience that seemed to reflect the bright and bustling production on stage.' (Introduction)

How to Make the Australian Musical : from The Sapphires to Strictly Ballroom Steve Dow , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 15 June 2017;
'With Muriel’s Wedding the Musical making its debut in November, we take a look back at mainstage shows through the ages – the good and the bad.'
Ladies in Black Review: A Light Show, but Full of Evolving Feeling Cassie Tongue , 2017 single work review essay
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 8 January 2017;

— Review of Ladies in Black Carolyn Burns , 2015 single work musical theatre
Smash Musical Hits the Road Louise Rugendyke , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 August 2016; (p. 7)

— Review of Ladies in Black Carolyn Burns , 2015 single work musical theatre
Helpmann Awards 2016 : QTC's Ladies in Black Wins Best New Australian Work Nathanael Cooper , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 25 July 2016;

'Queensland Theatre Company has taken out one of the most coveted prizes at this year's Helpmann Awards. '

'It won the award for Best New Australian Work at Monday night's awards ceremony for its production of Ladies in Black. ...'

Finery in Store Matthew Westwood , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 November 2015; (p. 7)

— Review of Ladies in Black Carolyn Burns , 2015 single work musical theatre
Tim Finn Puts Paid to the Stage Musical Curse Martin Buzacott , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 23 November 2015; (p. 14)

— Review of Ladies in Black Carolyn Burns , 2015 single work musical theatre
Canvas Recommends : Musical : Ladies in Black Noel Mengel , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 November 2015; (p. 2)

— Review of Ladies in Black Carolyn Burns , 2015 single work musical theatre
A Theatrical Truimph Phil Brown , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 November 2015; (p. 23 November)

— Review of Ladies in Black Carolyn Burns , 2015 single work musical theatre
Feminist Fairytale a Rare Home-grown Musical Success Cameron Woodhead , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 22 January 2016; (p. 29)

— Review of Ladies in Black Carolyn Burns , 2015 single work musical theatre
Finn Musical a Coup for Queensland Phil Brown , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 2 October 2014; (p. 45)
Back in Black to Honour a Friend Matthew Westwood , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 November 2015; (p. 12)
Sing a Song of Local Content Matthew Westwood , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 December 2015; (p. 15)
Helpmann Awards 2016 : QTC's Ladies in Black Wins Best New Australian Work Nathanael Cooper , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 25 July 2016;

'Queensland Theatre Company has taken out one of the most coveted prizes at this year's Helpmann Awards. '

'It won the award for Best New Australian Work at Monday night's awards ceremony for its production of Ladies in Black. ...'

Canberra Theatre Centre 2017 Season: Musicals, Merchants, Mechanicals and More Ron Cerabona , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 17 October 2016;

'The 14 shows of the Canberra Theatre Centre 2017 Collected Works season, which was announced on Monday, October 17, will be bookended by two musicals. ...'

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