Aria award winning singer-songwriter Missy Higgins makes her musical theatre debut in the return of what has been heralded as one of Australia’s most acclaimed musicals.
Miracle City was written by Australian playwright Nick Enright with a musical score by Max Lambert, who also serves as musical director on this production. The story is set in the 1990s in Tennessee, America and surrounds the Truswell’s, a Christian televangelist family who follow their dream of building a religious theme park called Miracle City.
The story is loosely based on Jim and Tammy Bakker, televangelists in the 1990s who actually built a theme park called Heritage USA.
Sydney based actress Jessica Vickers who plays the role of Loretta, the eldest child in the Truswell family, says this musical contains light drama with lots of comedic moments.
“This show is a real spectacular. It’s set in Tennessee so the music is gospel meets country. It’s razzamatazz, sort of 90s colour, mixed with those wholesome southern values”.
So why has Miracle City been described by many as being ‘an undiscovered gem of Australian musical theatre’?
“Its high quality writing and the story resonates with us,” enthused Vickers. “The music is extremely powerful and there’s no way audiences could leave without being moved. It’s also something quite unique in its form especially for a musical, as it’s in one act – there is no intermission”.
Missy Higgins plays the role of a born-again Christian with a rough past who is taken in by the Truswell family because of her vocal talent.
“It’s surreal working with Missy and I have always been a huge fan of hers! She’s so lovely and it’s so inspiring to see her stepping out of her comfort zone. She is brilliant and has already blown me away with her material and she sounds amazing!”
This show which deals with faith, family values, power, morality and trust (especially within the church), should appeal to all audiences.
“Everybody is going to love this show. It’s written for an adult audience, but would be entirely appropriate for families,” concluded Vickers. (MMo)
Oct 12-29. The Studio, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. $59-$79+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyoperahouse.com or Ph. 9250 7777