Belvoir hits summer with a big musical splash of Fangirls version two, which now returns after a sell-out debut season in 2019 when it won Best Production Of A Mainstage Musical at the Sydney Theatre Awards and Best Musical Or Cabaret at Queensland’s Matilda Awards
Composer and playwright Yve Blake was thrilled with the reception her music, book and lyrics received first time round and now she anticipates audiences will love this next version.
She says, “In 2019, our audiences responded like they were at a raucous concert, and after 2020, I’m so, so ready for the adrenaline hit of this show. If you saw the show last time, then you’re in for some new surprises, and you certainly are not ready for what Karis and our new cast bring to it. It’s truly FANGIRLS 2.0.”
Blake has expanded the cast and introduced some new plot twists to surprise and delight audiences.
In her TEDtalk, Blake described a “fan girl” as a girl or woman who is “an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something.”
In the musical, 14-year-old Edna (Karis Oka) is in love with Harry (Aydan), the lead of the boy band True Connection. Her dilemma is how to attract his attention, and from this adolescent crush a lot of youthful singing and dancing is born.
The Director is Paige Rattray (STC’s The Beauty Queen Of Leenane), and Fangirls is a co-production with Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival, in association with Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP).
Jan 30-Feb 20. Seymour Centre, Cnr of City Rd &, Cleveland St, Chippendale. $38-$84+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.belvoir.com.au