By Michael Orland
World Premiere from July 7 at NIDA Parade Theatres
The classic 17th century fairytale The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods is irreverently transported to modern day Australia in this exciting new musical theatre production. Beaudy, written by Australian musician, Michael Orland is a funny contemporary musical set in a small Australian town.
Beaudy is a memorable evening of song, dance and good old-fashioned story telling. Australianised and updated, Beaudy is a spruced up old fashioned tale filled with great original music, laughs and familiar icons and is at Parade Theatres from July 7.
Beaudy features a talented and exciting cast of sixteen including Stephen Fisher-King, Lizzie Taylor, and The Four Kinsmen’s Scott Radburn and is accompanied by a full live orchestra performing twenty wonderful songs.
“It has taken me 28 years to write this show and now we are going to present it with all the passion that led me to start on the wonderful journey all those years ago” said writer producer Michael Orland.
Beaudy transports the audience from European forest in the 17th century to a contemporary small Australian country town where there is a christening for Laura, whose mother died in childbirth and whose father the town relies on for its future. A woman from the past, now a wealthy black widow crashes the party and prophesies Laura’s untimely death before her nineteenth birthday.
To best protect Laura, the man surrenders the care of his daughter to his best friends living in Sydney. As Laura approaches her nineteenth birthday, she escapes from her overprotective family leading to the apparent fulfillment of the prophecy. Her father, losing heart at his daughter’s tragedy, lets his business unravel. Consequently, the entire town descends into despair. However, one young man has not surrendered hope…
Playwright and composer of Beaudy, Michael Orland has an underground Australian music legacy following his musical success on the local Sydney band scene in the late seventies and early eighties. Orland collaborated with a number of bands as a sound engineer and was a part of the much loved Harold Holt and the Sharks and Cocktails at 7. After years of playing, teaching and working as a sound engineer for both bands and venues, Orland has crystallized his excellent knowledge of music and passion for musical theatre with Beaudy.
Recipient of nine MO Awards including Australian Variety performer of the Year and Australian Male Vocalist of the Year, Stephen Fisher-King has performed lead roles in major musical theatre productions Hello Dolly, Evita, Cats and toured Australasia in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Fisher-King has recorded three CDs, Where Do I Begin, Vocal Treasures and Inspiration and has performed principal roles in operas and operettas including La Boheme.
The Four Kinsmen’s talented Scott Radburn was on the Cats South Korean Tour and was in the 1984 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Between his time on stage, he was on Nine Network’s Midday Show and Hey-Hey it’s Saturday and hosted Wave FM’s Breakfast program.
Session vocalist and entertainer, Lizzie Taylor is the recipient of eight MO Awards and two Australian Club Entertainment (ACE) Awards. A voice specialist, she has wowed audiences across the globe with her vocal and visual tributes to a variety of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Cher, Shirley Bassey, Shania Twain, Tina Turner, Anastacia, J-Lo, Fran Drescher’s The Nanny, Absolutely Fabulous’ Edina, Effie and Kath and Kim. Lizzie Taylor is in constant high demand for Corporate Events, Private Functions and the Sydney Club
Circuit, not only for her One Woman Show but also as a Presenter and Session Vocalist.
“This will strike the public nerve. There hasn’t been a musical like this in years!”
Larry Muhoberec, M.D. for Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond and Tina Turner
Special casting event, the Search for a Beaudy, is announced.
In the quest for the most genuine Beaudy comes an exciting open audition.
“There is so much talent in Australia I am sure we will discover someone fantastic for this role,’ said Michael Orland
Auditions are open NSW residents only. All potential auditionees can email for more information about the show, the role and how to audition
Potential Beaudy’s may post an audition video of themselves singing any contemporary musical theatre song Successful auditionees will be offered an invitation to attend a special audition session at NIDA in May.
Written by Michael Orland
Director and Choreographer John Michael Burdon
Musical Director Andy Peterson
PARADE THEATRES, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington
Preview performance Wednesday 7 July
Opening Night Thursday 8 July
Season until Saturday 24 July
Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm
Thursday 8th and 15th July at 2pm
Wednesday 21st July at 11am
Saturday 10th 17th & 24th at 2pm
*transaction and booking fees may apply
Tickets from $29
Adults $55
Family of 4 $133
BOOKINGS: Ticketek 1300 795 012 or