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The worlds of musical theatre and comic opera collide when the sensational song-and- dance man Todd McKenney (The Boy From Oz, Annie) takes the lead of Aristaeus/Pluto in Jonathan Biggins’ topical version of Orpheus in The Underworld. The stylish fooling and newly-minted satire by Biggins and Phil Scott re-ignites Offenbach’s 1850s parody to make its vision of lust and power ripe for the times. The sparkling melodies, cartoonish delights, pyrotechnics and fast-paced dance routines make the production a treat for all ages.
The designer Mark Thompson’s imaginative towers and temples, and gorgeous and witty costumes, create a setting as vibrant and bright as a Broadway musical. The production brings together a dream cast of thrilling and diverse voices: soprano Rachelle Durkin (Eurydice), tenor Andrew Brunsdon (Orpheus), baritone Christopher Hillier (Jupiter) and mezzo-soprano Suzanne Johnston (Public Opinion) who makes a welcome return to the Sydney stage.
With its frenzied pace, sight gags and a show-stopping finale, it is sure to be the most fun-filled event of the summer season.
What are the critics saying?
"There's a lightness of touch and buoyant energy about the show that's completely infectious" The Australian
"...a razor sharp, satirical romp that's camper than a row of tents and twice as funny." Limelight
Composed by Jacques Offenbach.
Libretto by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy in a new performing version by Jonathan Biggins and Phil Scott.
|Based on a concept by||Ignatius Jones|
|Set & Costume Designer||Mark Thompson|
|Lighting Designer||John Rayment|
|Sound Designer||Michael Waters|
|Public Opinion||Suzanne Johnston|
|John Styx||Mitchell Butel|
|Policeman 1||Gregory Brown|
|Policeman 3||Robert Mitchell|