Calamity Jane

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Calamity Jane

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 21 February - 25 February 2018
Category Live Event

Riverside Theatres in association with One Eyed Man Productions, Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre Co present


Legendary frontierswoman; notorious daredevil; profane storyteller; unwomanly radical – Calamity Jane is one of the most immediately recognizable figures of the old American West. From the famous 1950s 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 stripped-back, rough-and-ready 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 who share all the other roles. 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.

Suitable for ages 7 and up
Warning: Contains ukuleles, real and simulated moustaches, and meta-theatrical devices

Wednesday 21 February at 7.30pm (Opening Night) – Limited seats
EXTRA PERFORMANCE Thursday 22 February at 2pm – Best availability
Thursday 22 February at 7.30pm – Limited Seats
Friday 23 February at 7.30pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday 24 February at 2.15pm – SOLD OUT and 7.30pm – Single seat only
Sunday 25 February at 3pm – SOLD OUT and 7.30pm – Best availability



From the stage play by CHARLES K. FREEMAN
After WARNER BROS. film written by JAMES O’HANLON

This production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe.

Directed By Richard Carroll

Musical Director Nigel Ubrihien
Choreographer Cameron Mitchell
Production Designer Lauren Peters
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Assistant Director Dash Kruck
Wig Designer Ben Moir

Producer Richard Carroll
Associate Producer Michelle Guthrie
Assistant Producer Virginia Gay
Production Manager Jack Daniel Woods
Stage Manager Lauren Tulloh
National Publicity Michelle Guthrie
Promotional Photography Marnya Rothe
Production Photography John McRae
Artwork Design Mils Achi

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

“Along with being outstandingly clever, Calamity Jane is gut-bustingly funny and has an extraordinarily generous heart. Crucially, it is blessed with a central performance as fine as any seen on our musical stages since, I don’t know, forever. – Deborah Jones, The Australian

“Director Richard Carroll’s production is witty, immersive and polished to a rough diamond… 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.” – Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

“From the moment you step inside the theatre, you know you are in for a rollicking good time at this joyously entertaining production… Gay is sensational as Calamity. She just about blows the roof off the theatre… A blissfully funny production.” – Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph

“Gay is astonishing in the title role… But on top of that nuanced and intelligent central performance is an irresistible sense of irreverent raucousness that drives the whole production… The results are often sidesplittingly funny… Almost certainly the funniest show the Hayes has ever produced.” – Ben Neutze, Daily Review

“Who’d have thought Calamity Jane would hold up so well in 2017?… Thanks to a stellar turn from Virginia Gay in the title role, a brilliant no-weak-links supporting cast and inspired, side-splitting direction from Richard Carroll, this tiny jewel of a production hits every note square between the eyes… Virginia Gay turns in a performance the like of which you too rarely see in musical theatre… Blessed with comic timing, imagination and an inventive wit, she bursts onto the tiny Hayes stage and fills the theatre with her big-hearted, larger-than-life characterisation… If this doesn’t win her a Helpmann nomination, I’ll eat my chaps!… This is the best small-scale musical I’ve seen in years.” – Clive Paget, Limelight

“Sublime… Gay’s portrayal is the stuff that award winning performances are made of… My face hurt from laughter, my soul was inspired by the strong female characters and my heart was enamoured by Gay and co.” – Bronwyn Cook, Theatre People

“Virginia Gay is completely captivating… A thoroughly delightful production, Calamity Jane is the must-see musical or 2017” – Jade Kops, Broadway World

“You could love this production for all sorts of reasons and all would be equally valid. It’s joyous, it’s touching, it’s beautifully performed and brilliantly put together… it’s witty, funny and full of itself and entirely beguiling… This production, directed magnificently by Richard Carroll and choreographed by Cameron Mitchell, plays with the coyness and unconscious sexual frissons of the 1950s, while giving knowing nods to how it can be read and understood, or interpreted, in 2017 with a sexual fluidity and humour which are both credible and gracefully realised… Virginia Gay is the dynamic centre of the piece, and her Calam is as touching and real as she is preposterous and funny. It’s a glorious performance. However, the rest of the actors are right up there with her… Everything you may already have heard about this Calamity Jane is true. It’s one for the ages.” – Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

“An incredibly talented cast delivering an outrageously hilarious production. It’s irresistible… with leading lady Virginia Gay, who is a true national theatre treasure, at the forefront, director Richard Carroll has created a thriving and delightful production that never disappoints.” – Bec Caton, Aussie Theatre

“A quick-fire, self-aware, fourth-wall-breaking beast; a madcap staging that veers from droll to camp to slapstick and back again. And it’s the most you’ll laugh during any musical currently playing in Australia (including The Book of Mormon)… If you love musicals, don’t miss this loving send-up of the form, packed with its funniest actors. If you hate musicals, this is the one to see – it knows exactly why you hate them, and is likely to win you over to the cause.” – Cassie Tongue, Aussie Theatre


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