The world-premiere stage musical adaptation of Muriel’s Wedding, the 1994 Australian film comedy that starred Toni Collette, will premiere November 6-December 30, 2017, at the Sydney Theatre Company.
The musical will feature a score comprised of ABBA pop hits alongside original songs by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall. The film’s central character, who fantasizes about her own wedding day, is obsessed with the songs of the Swedish pop group.
The film’s original screenwriter and director, PJ Hogan, will write the musical’s book, which is receiving a contemporary update for its stage debut.
It will be directed by Simon Phillips, director of the stage musical adaptation of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Gabriela Tylesova will design set and costumes.
Here’s how it’s billed: “In Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, Muriel Heslop is back! And this time she’s singing. Stuck in a dead-end life in Porpoise Spit, Muriel dreams of the perfect wedding – the white dress, the church, the attention. Unfortunately, there’s one thing missing. A groom. Following her dreams to Sydney, Muriel ends up with everything she ever wanted – a man, a fortune and a million Twitter followers. That’s when things start to go really wrong.”