Muriel’s Wedding The Musical
Muriel’s Wedding the Musical made its world premiere in Sydney in 2017. Now the award-winning show is coming home, with a new cast and crew.
Theatre director Simon Phillips is back to helm the production, and actor Natalie Abbott is playing the socially awkward, marriage-obsessed lead role of Muriel Heslop, memorably brought to life by Toni Collette in the 1994 film version.
Original music is by singer-songwriter duo Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, and, as in PJ Hogan’s iconic film, there are plenty of ABBA classics as well.
The theatrical version was adapted by the writer himself and has been widely praised for nailing the darkly humorous, generously hearted appeal of its predecessor, which charts Heslop’s attempts to escape small-town life in Porpoise Spit.
It won five Helpmann Awards, seven Sydney Theatre Awards, an Awgie Award, the David Williamson Prize and received an ARIA Award nomination in 2018. This year Abbott was nominated for a Helpmann in the Best Female Actor in a Musical category.
The Sydney season is strictly limited and will run for 10 weeks. Opening night is July 4.