Neglected Musicals is showcasing Broadway’s 1980s hit Me & My Girl, in Australia for the first time in 20 years.
An unrefined gentleman named Bill finds out he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford, but his romance with lower class Sally may be the one thing standing in the way of gaining his inheritance. Actor Kirby Burgess said:
“It’s a very old musical set in the late 30s… it is a story of the two upper and lower classes coming together and shows what their true values are…”
Presenting the show in a way never seen before, the actors will only be given one day to rehearse the musical before they have to get on stage with their scripts and a piano accompaniment.
“It’s designed to be a different version every night, you never know what’s going to happen… we get one day of rehearsals and then we put it on, having from 9am–6pm to put it all together which will be interesting.”
Full of slapstick humour and comedy, Me & My Girl will be a joy to watch with its cockney slang and beautiful ballads.
“I want people to have the best time ever and laugh along with us… it’s just such a funny show, you definitely can’t take it too seriously, but in between all this comedy and slapstick you have some really beautiful music…” Burgess said.
Playing the part of Sally, who Burgess described as “very cockney and much lower class… so genuine, so in love”, she believes it’s easy to relate to the characters who were written so skilfully long ago.
“It’s such a great project to support, you get to see great shows in a realm you have never seen before, it’s like stepping in and watching a rehearsal project, so it’s really special being invited into that world as an actor,” Burgess concluded.
Until Oct 29. Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point NSW 2011. $47. Tickets & Info: www.neglectedmusicals.com.au
By Jade Morellini.