Neglected Musicals in association with Hayes Theatre Co presents
BASED ON THE POEMS OF C.J. DENNIS
BOOK BY LLOYD THOMSON AND NANCY BROWN
LYRICS BY NANCY BROWN, ALBERT ARLEN, LLOYD THOMSON & C.J. DENNIS
MUSIC BY ALBERT ARLEN
Directed by Sheridan Harbridge
Musical Director Damon Wade
Producer Michelle Guthrie
Wednesday 16 October at 2pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 17 October at 7.30pm
Friday 18 October at 7.30pm
Saturday 19 October at 2pm and 7.30pm
Neglected Musicals in association with Hayes Theatre Co will present The Sentimental Bloke at Hayes Theatre Co from Wednesday 16 October for a limited number of presentations. Directed by Sheridan Harbridge, The Sentimental Bloke is a 1961 Australian musical by Albert Arlen, Nancy Brown and Lloyd Thomson based on Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by C.J. Dennis. It is one of the most successful Australian musicals of the 20th century.
The minute it hit the bookstores in 1915, C.J. Denis’s book of verse, The Sentimental Bloke, was a cultural phenomenon. Four years later, after Raymond Longford’s box office smash film, plays for stage and radio, ballets, sequels, soon followed and in 1950, husband and wife team Nancy Brown & Albert Arlen began tinkering with their musical rendering.
“An Australian romantic comedy is still a rare beast in our literature and film,” said director Sheridan Harbridge. “Are we still so uncomfortable with softness in our culture, that the only word we see in print paired with ‘masculinity’ these days, is ’toxic’? I hope everyone will enjoy Brown & Arlen’s musical, filled tender masculinity & female larrikins who love to love.”
J.C. Williamson’s produced the musical in Melbourne. The original six-week season at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre, was later extended to five months. Through 1962, the production toured to Adelaide (Tivoli Theatre), Brisbane (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Sydney (Theatre Royal) and Auckland, New Zealand (His Majesty’s Theatre). The Sentimental Bloke was revived professionally by Penrith’s Q Theatre Company in April–May 1983, and a subsequent production was staged by the Parramatta Cultural Centre (now Riverside Theatres) and Q Theatre Company in March–April 1988.
“This will be the 20th Neglected Musicals presentation and I’m so thrilled that we are presenting a much loved Australian Classic,” said producer Michelle Guthrie. “This wonderful cast will bring new life to the Bloke and let us see a musical that has been performed out side of schools and community groups for over 31 years.”
Starring Jake Speer as Bill the Bloke (Catch Me If You Can), Loren Hunter as Doreen (Rent, Evie May) Michael Walley as Ginger Mick (Charlie Brown, Muriel’s Wedding) Morgan Maguire, Shannon Dooley (American Psycho), Alicia Fox, Garth Holcombe, Jacquie Dark, Todd Emerson, Keith Robinson and Terry Serio.