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Ladies in Black

Book by
Music and lyrics by
Based on the novel The Woman in Black by
Orginally directed by

A scrumptious coming of age musical set in the 1950's. The lead character is a teenager Lisa who joins the staff of a fashionable department store while she waits for her exam results.

Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful characters of the women's clothing department. Each is on the precipice of change - facing independence, working for a living and what it means to be a women.

The Age called it "a unicorn of the stage: a full-blown, home grown musical that actually works" and "probably the best Aussie musical since Priscilla went global." It wrote "tim Finn's songs range from Broadway-inspired numbers to true blue ballads, from witty patter songs to shares of blues and jazz standards. They're beautifully integrated with the dramatic action, and the comic lyrics are priceless."

Enjoy some more video samples.

I Got it at Goodes.

Ladies in Black at the Helpmanns.

Tomorrow becomes Today.

I Just Kissed a Continental.

Model Gowns.

ABC News.

Tim Finn and Simon Phillips and Cast Interviews.

Photos

Queensland Theatre Production

Plot / Synopsis

Set in Sydney in the 1950s, the musical tells the story of bookish school leaver Lisa who joins the sales staff in fashionable department store, F.G. Goode's. Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful denizens of the women’s clothing department. Each of the characters are on the precipice of change – facing independence, working for a living and what it means to be a woman.

Cast

Eight Females and Three Males and Chorus.

Lisa

Myra/Dawn

Patty

Frank

Magda

Rudi/Lloyd/Fred

Mrs Miles

Miss Cartright/Joy

Miss Jacobs/Mrs Crown

Fay

Mr Miles/Stefan

Instrumentation / Rentals

Orchestrated by Guy Simpson.

Music Director/Piano
Guitar
Bass
Violin
Cello
Drums/Percussion

Production Costs

16.5% of Box office