Jerry’s Girls in town
THE spirit of the diva will be channelled and set loose when Noosa Arts Theatre's production of Jerry's Girls lights the stage next month.
The highly acclaimed musical, created by Jerry Herman and Larry Alford in 1981, began as a modest presentation at Onstage, a nightclub located in the Theatre District in midtown-Manhattan.
The New York Times called it "a brilliantly lively and scintillating evening of cabaret".
After La Cage aux Folles opened to rave reviews two years later, producer Zev Bufman approached the pair and suggested they mount a full-scale, all-star version.
On February 28, 1984, the expanded Jerry's Girls premiered at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach, Florida, with Carol Channing, Andrea McArdle and Leslie Uggams, backed by an all-female chorus, recreating scenes and songs from Herman's hits.
Polydor Records released an original cast recording.
After 14 previews, the Broadway production, directed by Alford and choreographed by Wayne Cilento, opened on December 18, 1985 at the St James Theatre.
It ran for 141 performances.
New cast members Dorothy Loudon and Chita Rivera joined Uggams.
Chita Rivera was nominated for her role in this musical at the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical at the 1986, 40th Tony Awards.
The "girls" in the title refers to not only all the female characters created by Jerry Herman and his collaborators, but also all the performers who have brought those characters to life on stages all around the world.
Noosa Arts Theatre director Stephen Moore and musical director Simon Russell-Baker have added their own twists to this show featuring local "Jerry's Girls": Margaret Courtney, Synda Turnbull, Michelle Lamarca, Hannah Smith-Phasey, Melony Brests, and introducing to the Noosa Arts stage, Shari Hall, Kris Hyde, Jules Stanway, Julie Fullerton, Dani Vickery and Cath Galloway.
Cut-price preview September 4 at 7.30pm, all tickets $25.
September 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20 at 7.30pm.
Matinees: September 7, 14 and 21 at 2pm.
Adult $35, concession $30, member/group $28, child (U17) $25
Phone 5449 934 or online at www.noosa artstheatre.org.au