It’s the film that put Toni Colette on the map and 23 years after becoming household name in Australia, the character known as Muriel Heslop (played by the Australian actress) will be reinterpreted for the stage show Making Muriel.
According to Screen Australia, the stage show “will chronicle the full creative process up to the world premiere of Muriel's Wedding The Musical at the Roslyn Packer Theatre (Sydney) in early November 2017.”
“Muriel’s Wedding is a quintessentially Australian story that launched the careers of Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, P.J. Hogan and Jocelyn Moorhouse, and gifted us with countless one-liners that have become embedded in our cultural lexicon,” said Liz Stevens, Senior Manager Documentary at Screen Australia.
The show will be directed and produced by Nel Minchin who has previously worked on stage show Matilda and Me.
“Supporting Nel Minchin to make her solo-directing debut was a no-brainer for us and we know audiences will cherish the opportunity to reconnect with this classic story all over again,” says Stevens.
Head of ABC Arts Mandy Chang also supports the director’s new project. “We are following up Nel Minchin’s wonderful documentary debut, Matilda and Me, with another musical theatre documentary about the making of a musical based on the hit film, Muriel’s Wedding,” she said.
“Nel and In Films have amazing access to the behind-the-scenes casting and rehearsals process and already the story promises to make exciting viewing, not only for audiences who grew up loving Muriel’s Wedding but for anyone who enjoys watching the creative process unfold.”
Making Muriel will be broadcasted ABC later this year.
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