Recipients of Round Two

Stage Three – Development & Workshops

Little One Lost
Book & Lyrics Will Hannagan
Music Tim Hansen

The Disappearance of Evelyn May Murphy
Book Hugo Chiarella
Music & Lyrics Naomi Livingston

Snapshot Presentations

At The Booker T.
Book & Lyrics Clem Gorman
Music Steven Kreamer

Becoming Bill
Book Music & Lyrics Bradley McCaw

Do Good and You Will Be Happy
Book & Lyrics Hilary Bell
Music Phillip Johnston

Kells
Book & Lyrics Nick Musgrove
Music Stefan Cassomenos

LIFE AFTER LIFE
Book, Lyrics & Music Wayne Hurry & Rob Hurry

Little One Lost
Book & Lyrics Will Hannagan
Music Tim Hansen

Rose and Rodeo
Book John Senczuk
Music & Lyrics Brendan Walmsley

The Disappearance of Evelyn May Murphy
Book Hugo Chiarella
Music & Lyrics Naomi Livingston

Traces of Nuts
Book & Lyrics Nicholas Christo
Music Johannes Luebbers

Stealing Picasso
Book Tom Reed
Music and Lyrics Joel Paszkowski


Selected from Round One of New Musicals Australia - The Detectives Handbook had a full production from 21 April - 7 May 2016

New Musicals Australia and Hayes Theatre Co present

The Detective's Handbook
Two Cops, No Clue

Book & Lyrics by Ian Ferrington
Music by Olga Solar

Director Jonathan Biggins
Musical Director Michael Tyack
Choreographer Christopher Horsey
Set & Costume Designer James Browne
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Sound Designer Jeremy Silver
Executive Producer Neil Gooding
General Manager Victoria Wildie

Starring: Justin Smith, Sheridan Harbridge, Rob Johnson, Lara Mulcahy, Tony Cogin, Christopher Horsey

Chicago, 1950. A city in the grip of a crime epidemic. Two dead cops have just been discovered.

Enter Frank Thompson, a hardboiled detective who knows just what it takes to get a result. His new partner, Jimmy Hartman, couldn’t be more different. Young, fresh and enthusiastic Jimmy is determined to clean up the mean streets without breaking the rules. Following the clues, the old dog and the young pup are led into a world of seedy bars and femme fatales. Will the new recruit teach the experienced detective a thing or two about police work? Will officers Hammett and Spade ever clean out the evidence locker? Will the criminal mastermind be discovered? And just who is the mysterious Miss Raines?

 


MELBA
Nicholas Christo & Johannes Luebbers

The Detective's Handbook
Ian Ferrington & Olga Solar

Round One Snapshot recipients

Animalia!
Graeme Base, Theresa Borg & Jane Hammond

Between the Sea and Sky
Luke Byrne

Between Worlds
Nick Higginbotham & Gareth Hudson

GOOD OMENS - The Musical
Vicki Larnach Hare & James Hare

Hook Up (working title)
Ben Nicholson & Nick Hedger

HouseWarming
Belinda Jenkin & Will Hannagan

MELBA
Nicholas Christo & Johannes Luebbers

The Detective's Handbook
Ian Ferrington & Olga Solar

Prior to Hayes Theatre Co, New Musicals Australia was coordinated by Neil Gooding and Century Venues, where the following musicals received workshops and presentations


May 2011 Presentations and Workshops

  • a.void (formerly refraktng) This new Australian musical by David Peake follows the stories of 13 young people on a Saturday night in Melbourne and brings to the stage a score of electronica and house music. The work has seen development this year after being selected for the Festival of Broadway and workshopped with Oscar- and Grammy-winning writer, Stephen Schwartz.
  • Carnival Joe, an exuberant and tragically comical tale about the spring racing carnival of 1933, written by Green Room award winner and composer Mark Jones and Pratt Prize recipient Anthony Crowley.
  • A Little Touch of Chaos, the third musical from talented duo James Millar and Peter Rutherford, promises to build on the success of their previous works, The Hatpin and Lovebites, through the telling of a touching story about family ties and parallel lives.
  • Houdini - The Man From Beyond: Esteemed academics Russell Bauer and Dr Bruce Dawe take us on a historical adventure in a musical about the last 15 years of Harry Houdini.
  • La Creole: Award-winning musicians Julia Plummer and Nicholas Gentile have joined up with Cheryl Sawyer to adapt her 1755 revenge tale into a musical epic.
  • Showtrain: An eclectic tale about a travelling circus from world and folk music specialist Zvonko Jovicic and experienced composer and musical director Andrew Worboys.

November 2011 Presentations and Workshops

  • Transport: by Larry Kirwan &Thomas Keneally, tells a universal story of immigration, loss, hope and redemption and the Irish Diaspora to the Australian penal colony. Under the direction of Director, Stuart Maunder and Musical Director, Anne-Maree McDonald.
  • Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You is based on the life, characters and songs of one of Australia's greatest singer-songwriters, Tim Freedman. By Tim Freedman and Alex Broun. Directed by Neil Gooding, musical director Andrew Worboys.
  • Carnival Joe by Mark Jones and Anthony Crowley. Directed by Christian Leavesley, musical director Mark Jones. The exuberant and tragically comical tale about the spring racing carnival of 1933.
  • The Good Fight is set against the background of the 1st World War and concerns the life of legendary boxer Les Darcy and his meteoric rise and fall. By David King and Nick Enright with further material by James Millar. Directed by Rachel Moorhead, Musical Director David King.
  • Sugartown: by Katie Weston, Dean Gourley and Katy Roose, exposes the sweet but sour lives led by the dealer, the drug lord and the undercover cop.
  • Do Good and You Will Be Happy: by Phillip Johnston and Hilary Bell, directed by John Bell which, drawing on our heritage of Australian vaudeville and music hall, enters the fanciful world of Edward William Cole.
  • The New Black by Marcus Cowora, Stephen Lloyd Helper and Leeroy Bilney follows the story of Jim, an indigenous man who tries to climb the corporate ladder.