Ladies in Black means well but isn’t a good musical (The Guardian)

5760Mid-century Australia: a time when men were gruff, women could work (but only until they had children, and forget about going to university), and post-war European immigrants and refugees were finding new homes, and new ways of life, in the antipodes.

And, of course, people across New South Wales would flock to Sydney for a proper shop at David Jones in the CBD, with its marble staircase and staff of chic women dressed in black.

This is the essential DNA of Ladies in Black, a new musical by Carolyn Burns and Tim Finn based on Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel The Women in Black. A study of the women working in Ladies’ Cocktail Gowns at the fictional Goode’s department store, it’s a staunchly Australian musical with Aussie accents, a few ‘strewths’, and punchlines about escaping your troubles in Wagga… READ MORE


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