La Cage aux Folles
STARRING JOHN O’MAY & DAVID ROGERS-SMITH
PERFORMING WITH MELBOURNE THEATRE ORCHESTRA
MUSICAL TACKLES GAY RIGHTS BY TURNING THE WORLD ON ITS HEAD
Just that scenario is the set up for the award-winning musical Zanna, Don’t!, poised to take to the stage at this year’s Midsumma Festival in Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel.
Starring a cast full of hot young talent, Zanna, Don’t! tells the tale of what happens when the controversial school musical about ‘straights’ in the military draws together a boy and girl who discover they have an attraction for the opposite sex. It’s down to the school matchmaker Zanna to try and make the world safe for them and help his friends overcome their ‘heterophobia’.
With hearty dollops of humour and a dab of magic, Zanna, Don’t!’s message of embracing diversity challenges the way we view love.
Zanna, Don’t!’s original 2003 Off-Broadway production was hugely successful and was nominated for many major awards including Drama Desk – Best Musical; Best Music; Best Book and Best Lyrics, the 2003 Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre Production, as well as being voted Favourite Off-Broadway Musical in the Broadway.com Audience Awards.
The musical also received another 2003 GLAAD Media Award for its “fair, accurate and inclusive representation” of the gay community and issues that affect our lives.
Most famously, Zanna, Don’t!, is the show that brought Jai Rodriguez to light before he shot to fame on television’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, as the culture consultant.
Zanna, Don’t! features a poppy catchy score with a musical style that lies somewhere between High School Musical and Rent, covering the gamut of genres and creating a procession of memorable numbers. From high-energy, soul-laden pop tunes, to rich character pieces and soaring ballads, Zanna Don't! has something for everyone.
Zanna, Don’t! plays Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel as part of the Midsumma Festival from January 30 to February 14, 2009. To book tickets and find out more go to www.zannadont.com.au