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Evie May A Tivoli Story

Evie May A Tivoli Story

Book & Lyrics  by Hugo Chiarella, Music & Lyrics by Naomi Livingston

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co and New Musicals Australia

This new Australian musical has been developed through the New Musicals Australia program.

Producer Julian Ramundi

In 1966, on the evening of the last ever Tivoli performance in Sydney, veteran variety star Evie May recalls the events that lead her from obscurity in regional Western Australia to the bright lights of the Australian variety circuit and the many sacrifices she made to get there.

Forced to run away from home at an early age during WWII, Evie spent her whole life trying to escape the pain of her past. As the final curtain comes down on the Tivoli and everything that has come to define her, Evie struggles to find her place in a world that no longer values the very thing she has spent her life pursuing.  EVIE MAY: A TIVOLI STORY offers a compelling take on memory, motherhood, and the fascinating characters populating Australia’s rich theatrical history.

It is so important to recognise and celebrate our rich theatre history and at the workshop  presentation of Evie May A Tivoli Story I was very excited to discover two young writers who were fulfilling that necessity with enthusiastic  dedication. – Nancye Hayes AM

Evie May: A Tivoli Story is a part of the 2011 Postcode Special Ticket Offer

Anyone who lives in the 2011 postcode can obtain unsold tickets for half price to all participating shows at Hayes Theatre Co on Mondays (where applicable), Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when purchased in person at the box office, half an hour prior to commencement of the performance with I.D. showing residential address.

Melba - A New Musical

Melba - A New Musical

Book & Lyrics by Nicholas Christo, Music by Johannes Luebbers


Adapted from the book “Marvelous Melba” by Ann Blainey

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co and New Musicals Australia

Director Wayne Harrison
Musical Director Michael Tyack
Production Designer Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish
Sound Designer Caitlin Porter
Production Manager Di Misirdjieff
Executive Producer Kerry Comerford

Starring Emma Matthews as Melba, Annie Aitken, Michael Beckley, Caitlin Berry, Andrew Cutcliffe, Blake Erickson, Genevieve Lemon and Samuel Skuthorp

A marriage, a scandal, a lost child.

Dame Nellie Melba was the most celebrated singer of her generation. Lauded on more than three continents as a phenomenon, her life was the stuff that dreams are made of, but her journey to the top was not always untroubled.

From humble beginnings as Nellie Mitchell in Melbourne, to the stages of opera houses across Europe, MELBA charts the life of a woman who was determined to be the best in a conservative world. Melba’s life was filled with triumph and tragedy, stardom and shame; a story that is little known beyond her stellar career.

Blending contemporary music theatre with operatic arias, MELBA brings to life a woman we know so well, yet not at all.

Hayes Theatre Co and New Musicals Australia are thrilled to present this new Australian work, which was previously developed as part of the New Musicals Australia program. Directed by internationally acclaimed director, Wayne Harrison with musical direction by Michael Tyack and starring one of Australia’s most popular opera stars, Emma Matthews as Dame Nellie Melba.

Also featuring Annie Aitkin (The Sound of Music, Anything Goes) as the young Nellie Armstrong making her way from Australia to Paris and the world stage, Michael Beckley (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Little Night Music), Caitlin Berry (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Zhivago), Blake Erickson (Les Misérables, Grey Gardens), Adam Rennie (Big Fish, Love Never Dies) and newcomer Samuel Skuthorp.

The Detective's Handbook

The Detective's Handbook

Book by Ian Ferrington, Music by Olga Solar

Presented by New Musicals Australia and Hayes Theatre Co

Director Jonathan Biggins
Musical Director Michael Tyack
Choreographer Christopher Horsey
Set and Costume Designer James Browne
Sound Designer Jeremy Silver
Executive Producer Neil Gooding
General Manager Victoria Wildie

Starring Tony Cogin, Sheridan Harbridge, Christopher Horsey, Lara Mulchay, Justin Smith

Chicago, 1950. A city in the grip of a crime epidemic. Two dead cops have just been discovered.

Enter Frank Thompson, a hardboiled detective who knows just what it takes to get a result. His new partner, Jimmy Hartman, couldn’t be more different. Young, fresh and enthusiastic Jimmy is determined to clean up the mean streets without breaking the rules. Following the clues, the old dog and the young pup are led into a world of seedy bars and femme fatales. Will the new recruit teach the experienced detective a thing or two about police work? Will officers Hammett and Spade ever clean out the evidence locker? Will the criminal mastermind be discovered? And just who is the mysterious Miss Raines?

The Detective’s Handbook is the result of when a former rapper develops an obsession with the golden age of detective novels. Coupled with a bright and lively jazz score, this new Australian musical is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud as Thompson and Hartman investigate the crime in an hilarious clash of the old guard and the new recruit, determined to do it ‘by the book’.