Ladies in Black

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."

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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.

Cast

Eight Females and Three Males and Chorus.

Lisa

Myra/Dawn

Patty

Frank

Magda

Rudi/Lloyd/Fred

Mrs Miles

Miss Cartright/Joy

Miss Jacobs/Mrs Crown

Fay

Mr Miles/Stefan

Instrumentation / Rentals

Orchestrated by Guy Simpson. Music Director/Piano Guitar Bass Violin Cello Drums/Percussion

Production Costs

16.5% of Box office