'Muriel's Wedding' Stage Musical to Debut in 2017
The new adaptation of the 1994 film, which starred Toni Collette, will make its world premiere in Sydney and feature beloved ABBA songs.
Muriel’s Wedding is headed for the stage.
Global Creatures will join forces with Sydney Theatre Company for the 2017 world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, producers announced Thursday.
The new production will play Nov. 6 through Dec. 30 at Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre.
P.J. Hogan, who wrote and directed the 1994 Miramax comedy starring Toni Collette, is penning the book for the show, which will also include original music from Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall. The new tracks will, of course, be joined by beloved ABBA songs written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson. Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will direct, and Gabriela Tylesova will design sets and costumes.
Like the original Australian film, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical centers on Muriel Heslop, the ABBA-loving romantic who dreams of the perfect wedding, despite never having gone on a date. The musical’s book will be updated, as the show description notes that the titular, Sydney-bound heroine “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.”