Saturday, 14 January 2017

Ladies in Black

The musical 'Ladies in Black' is currently playing a short season in Sydney as part of the 2017 Sydney Festival.

The musical is adapted from the book of the same name which was inspired by Sydney's prestigious department store, David Jones, whose sales staff, mainly female, were dressed all in black. Set in the 1950s the plot is set against the era of post war migration to Australia and the early, tentative days of women's liberation.

The musical is by no means perfect. The songs contain simple rhymes and the characterisations are mostly soft stereotype targets.

This matters little. The songs are tuneful, the book is very funny and the performances are vibrant. I enjoyed it from start to finish.


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