The Australian musical hit Bran Nue Dae will return to Sydney in April, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Opera Australia announced.
Described as“[a] great Australian musical with a vibrant cast’ (The Guardian, 2020), Bran Nue Dae takes audiences on a rollicking ride through 1960s Western Australia. Legendary Australian actor and TV presenter Ernie Dingo will reprise his role of Uncle Tadpole, which he first performed thirty years ago. Starring alongside him as Willie is Marcus Corowa.
Dingo will lead a young, exciting and extremely talented ensemble, many of whom are from Broome where the musical is largely set. Bran Nue Dae has been described as “a beacon of light” in Aboriginal and Australian cultural history. With its sense of humanity, irreverence and excitement, it still manages to carry serious social and political messages.
Recognised as the world’s first Aboriginal stage musical, the show’s 2020 tour is the first major revival since it premiered in 1990 to great acclaim. Following the Roslyn Packer Theatre season, the tour will continue to Geelong, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.
Creatives: Director Andrew Ross/Associate Director Naomi Pigram/Set & Costume Designer Mark Thompson/Choreographer Tara Gower/Lighting Designer Mark Howett/Sound Designer Michael Waters/Musical Director Michael Mavromatis/Musical Director Patrick Bin Amat/Keyboards TBC/Drums Ben Ingvarson/Lead Guitar Manny Mavromatis/Guitars and Indigenous Advisor Bart Pigram
Cast: Uncle Tadpole Ernie Dingo/Willie Marcus Corowa/Rosie Teresa Moore/Father Benedictus Andrew Moran/Marijuana Annie Danielle Sibosado/Slippery Callan Purcell/Aunty Theresa Ngaire Pigram/Ensemble Adi Cox, Damar Isherwood, Tehya Jamieson, Czack (Ses) Bero,
Taj Jamieson, Tai Savage