First came Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Then Strictly Ballroom.
Now another classic Australian movie comedy, 1994’s Muriel’s Wedding, gets a stage musical makeover, courtesy of the Sydney Theatre Company, director Simon Phillips, screenwriter-adaptor PJ Hogan, composer Kate Miller-Heidke and lyricist Keir Nuttall.
But it will be all eyes on 20-year-old Maggie McKenna, who makes her stage debut in the quintessential Sydney story of a small town misfit who creates a new life and identity for herself in the Big Smoke.
McKenna says she’s been picking up tips on how to sing and weep simultaneously from actor Ben Platt, star of the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.
“I got a few tips from reading an interview with him,” McKenna says. “You have to let all the mucous flow. You can’t hold it back. Let it all come out through your eyes and nose. I feel really sorry for the other actors. I will be so snotty and gross.”
Get a feel for the reviews of Muriel’s opening night here.