Ladies in Black is a coming of age story of a young intelligent bookworm embarking on a summer job between completing her Leaving Certificate and hopefully embarking on a Literature degree at Sydney University.
Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful characters of the women's clothing department. Each is on the precipice of change - facing independence, working for a living and what it means to be a woman.
The Age called it "a unicorn of the stage: a full-blown, home grown musical that actually works" and "probably the best Aussie musical since Priscilla went global." It wrote "Tim Finn's songs range from Broadway-inspired numbers to true blue ballads, from witty patter songs to shares of blues and jazz standards. They're beautifully integrated with the dramatic action, and the comic lyrics are priceless."
Enjoy some more video samples.
- I Got it at Goodes.
- Ladies in Black at the Helpmanns.
- Tomorrow becomes Today.
- I Just Kissed a Continental.
- Model Gowns.
- ABC News.
Plot / Synopsis
Set in Sydney in the 1950s, the musical tells the story of bookish school leaver Lisa who joins the sales staff in fashionable department store, F.G. Goode's. Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful denizens of the women’s clothing department. Each of the characters are on the precipice of change – facing independence, working for a living and what it means to be a woman.
Eight Females and Three Males and Chorus.
Miss Jacobs/Mrs Crown