Major new musical MIDNIGHT to debut in Melbourne

Many of Australia’s favorite musical theater stars including Lucy Durac (Wicked, legally blonde, Shrek), Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins, Sweet Charity), Thomas McGuane (Frozen, Jersey Boys), matt lee (Mary Poppins, Frozen) and Kristie Nguy will direct the new musical production of MIDNIGHT, which will premiere in Melbourne in June 2023 at the Comedy Theatre.

Cast of the new musical Midnight shot at Riponlea House today. Photo by Wayne Taylor November 8, 2022

With music/lyrics by John Foreman (Aussie Pops Orchestra, Carols By Candlelight) and Antoine Costanzo (Life is a circus, Cross Roads) and with an additional song by Kate Miller-Heidke (Muriel’s wedding), MIDNIGHT is a magical romantic comedy that will delight young and old.

Debuting just in time for the holiday season and loosely inspired by the Cinderella story, this enchanting new tale features Ella, a feisty, funny and passionate young heroine who doesn’t want or need a so-called prince charming. The prince, enchanted by this attractive stranger, suddenly finds himself in uncharted territory and quickly learns that Ella is unlike any other. Can he prove his worth? Can she ignite her desire for change? Everything can be achieved before the magic stroke of MIDNIGHT?

The creative team for this reimagined enchanting tale includes Direction/Book by Dean Murphy (Charlie & Boots, The Divorce) and Pip Mushin (Resident: Book of Mormon, Fiddler on the Roof) with choreography by Kelly Ayker (So You Think You Can Dance, The Wizard of Oz, Barnum) to complete this magical offer.

This is a major new large-scale musical and we are delighted to launch this production at the Comedy Theater in Melbourne. After six years in development, we can’t wait to see what audiences think of this spirited, original take on the classic tale and bring the story to a whole new generation in a new and exciting way,” said producer Spencer. McLaren.

“While we still have some of the beloved fairy tale characters, there are plenty of new surprises that will delight audiences. MIDNIGHT has many Broadway-style showstoppers that people will be singing along to for years to come and a world-class cast including Lucy Durack as Mrs. Madrina, Verity Hunt-Ballard as Mrs. Bellington, Thomas McGuane as The Prince and Matt Lee as his trusted assistant Andre. The coveted role of Ella is still being cast with an ongoing national search,” he added.

The inspiration for MIDNIGHT was born out of a desire to create a fully formed, funny and complex heroine for a new generation and to create the definitive musical version of this magical and lingering tale, explained co-director Dean Murphy.

The story of Cinderella has been told for hundreds of years, with the best-known version being written in 1950 and reflecting the sensibilities of that time. So a number of our team members with young children felt it was time for the world of Cinderella to be revisited to explore how this intriguing girl became an icon, but told through a thought-provoking new story that sees this force of nature fighting for big change while embracing the love, support and magic of those around him, he added.

MIDNIGHT is produced by Spencer McLaren (Diving Club, Puffs the Play, Mother and Son), Dean Murphy (Charlie & Boots, divorce, strange bedfellows) and Craig Donnell (Charlie and the chocolate factory, Grease – The Musical, The Sound of Music).

Further casting announcements will be made in early 2023.

MIDNIGHT – The fairy tale begins…

With Lucy Durack, Verity Hunt-Ballard, Thomas McGuane, Matt Lee and Kristie Nguy

Presented by McLaren House, Sounds Write & Impresario Productions
in association with
Lascorp Entertainment and fractured limb.

Photo credit: Wayne Taylor Photography

Season details


Venue: Comedy Theatre, Melbourne


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