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Calamity Jane

Arts Centre Melbourne in association with One Eyed Man Productions, Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co present
Calamity Jane

Legendary frontierswoman; notorious daredevil; profane storyteller - Calamity Jane is one of the most immediately recognizable figures of the old American West.

From the famous 1950's Doris Day movie musical 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.

This madcap, pared-back reimagining shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrelful of dirt and grit to the classic musical. Directed by Richard Carroll, the production stars Virginia Gay (Channel 7's All Saints and Winners & Losers) as the magnetic, masculine heroine - joined by a ragtag band of acclaimed comedic actors and musicians.

From the moment they enter the theatre, audiences are immersed in the world of the Golden Garter Saloon - alive with whores, gamblers, and habitual jeopardy - and can expect an unruly and unpredictable ride. This particularly goes for the dozens of audience members seated onstage at saloon tables, who will be a part of the action whenever they least expect it!

Featuring timeless standards such as 'The Deadwood Stage', 'Just Blew In From The Windy City' 'Black Hills of Dakota', and 'Secret Love' performed with piano and a grab bag of other instruments, this production injects a unique and raucous sense of spontaneity into the world of musical theatre.

Grab a drink and prepare to be immersed in the world of the Golden Garter Saloon!

★★★★ '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.' - Sydney Morning Herald

'Gay is sensational - she just about blows the roof off the theatre!' - Sunday Telegraph

'Clever, gut-bustingly funny with an extraordinarily generous heart' - The Australian

Cast includes Virginia Gay, Laura Bunting, Anthony Gooley, Rob Johnson, Matthew Pearce and Tony Taylor

This production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd on behalf of MTI Europe.

14 - 25 March, 2018

Wednesday 14 March, 7:30pm
Thursday 15 March, 7:30pm
Friday 16 March, 7:30pm
Saturday 17 March, 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday 18 March, 1pm & 6:30pm

Tuesday 20 March, 7:30pm
Wednesday 21 March, 7:30pm
Thursday 22 March, 7:30pm
Friday 23 March, 7:30pm
Saturday 24 March, 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday 25 March, 1pm & 6:30pm

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (includes 20 minute interval)

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By Phone: 1300 182 183

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