Sydney’s Hayes Theatre is a gem of the Sydney theatre scene.  A small intimate venue presenting a great variety of often rarely performed musicals. The scheduled of musical productions being presented over the next few months are worth noting.  If you live in Sydney, or you are planning to visit Sydney, it is worth visiting the Hayes Theatre in Darlinghurst.

Baby The Musical

Book by Sybille Pearson
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Matlby Jr.

Directed by Neil Gooding
Musical Director Steven Kreamer
Producer Michelle Guthrie

Starring Bronte Florian, Kate Maree Hoolihan, Luke Joslin, Katrina Retallick, David Whitney and Rowan Witt

With Julia Dray and Josh Gardiner

Neglected Musicals will present the Maltby and Shire musical BABY at Hayes Theatre Co playing four performances from Monday 20 June. Directed by Neil Gooding this 1983 Tony Nominated Broadway Musical is about three couples, each newly expecting a child, with very different but familiar reactions.

Neglected Musicals presents musical theatre that has never or rarely been seen in Australia. Presented with scripts in hand, and with piano accompaniment after only a day’s rehearsal.

“I am enormously excited to finally get the chance to explore this fantastic musical,” said director Neil Gooding. “Baby is a show that I have always loved, with some iconic songs that became beloved anthems to an entire generation of performers. Whilst it is a show of its time, its themes are still relevant, and it is truly due for another outing. I can’t wait to see what this incredible cast are going to be able to produce on stage”

The Broadway production of Baby, directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. and choreographed by Wayne Cilento, opened on December 4, 1983 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it ran for 241 performances and 35 previews. The cast included Liz Callaway as Lizzie Fields.

Baby the musicalLizzie and Danny are university juniors who have just moved in together. Athletic Pam and her husband, Nick, a sports instructor, have had some trouble conceiving. Arlene, already the mother of three grown daughters, is unsure of what to do, contemplating a termination, while her husband Alan is thrilled with the thought of a new baby. Throughout the show these characters experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby.

The presentation will star Bronte Florian (CROSSxROADS, Company) as Lizzie, Luke Joslin (Les Miserables, Annie) as Nick, Katrina Retallick (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ruthless) as Arlene, David Whitney (Fiddler on the Roof, Love Child) as Alan and Rowan Witt (Les Miserables, Dog Fight) as Danny.

“I played the original Broadway cast (on cassette tape) of BABY until it snapped and when I revisited the songs for this production they are all still there in my head – every word,” said producer Michelle Guthrie. “There are musicals like BABY that were so popular in their time and then disappear; I am so grateful that we get to see this show again”

Neglected Musicals is not for profit, where the participants are volunteers. All proceeds from ticket sales fund the next Neglected Musical.

Based on a story developed with Susan Yankowitz
Originally Directed on Broadway by Richard Maltby Jr
Produced on Broadway by James B Freydberg and Ivan Bloch
Kenneth John Productions Inc., Suzanne J Schwartz
In association with Manuscript Productions
Presented by Neglected Musicals Pty Ltd
By Arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia


Monday 20 June at 2pm & 7.30pm | Tuesday 21 June at 7.30pm | Wednesday 22 June at 7.30pm at the Hayes Theatre

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Director Shaun Rennie
Musical Director Michael Tyack
Choreographer Andy Dexterity
Set and Costume Designer Georgia Hopkins
Lighting Designer Hugh Hamilton
Sound Designer Jeremy Silver

Starring Rohan Browne, Ben Gerrard, Sheridan Harbridge, Nat Jobe, Laura Murphy and Mike Whalley 

Charles Schulz’s beloved characters come to life in this wonderfully entertaining musical by Clark Gesner.  You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown will play Hayes Theatre Co from Tuesday 5 July including special performances for the school holidays.

charlie brownEveryone’s favourite ‘blockhead’ Charlie Brown is joined by his kid sister Sally, blanket-hugging Linus, know-it-all Lucy, Beethoven devotee Schroeder, and of course his best friend – Snoopy for adventures and life lessons that cover the best way to fly a kite, write a book report, play baseball and combat the Red Baron.

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown is the first musical to be presented for children and families by Hayes Theatre Co, directed by Shaun Rennie with choreography by Andy Dexterity – the creative team behind the 2014 production of RENT. Joined by renowned Musical Director Michael Tyack (The Detective’s Handbook, Mary Poppins) with the talented young cast of Rohan Browne (Strictly Ballroom, A Chorus Line) as Snoopy, Ben Gerrard (I Am My Own Wife, Molly) as Linus, Sheridan Harbridge (The Detectives Handbook, Songs for the Fallen) as Lucy, Nat Jobe (Crazy For You, The King & I) as Schroeder, Laura Murphy (GREASE The Musical, Magical Tales) as Sally and Mike Whalley (Richard III, An Officer and a Gentleman) as Charlie Brown.


Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz

Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Original Direction for this version of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Michael Mayer

Originally Produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is presented by permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical
On behalf of Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

Tuesday 5 July – Saturday 30 July 2016 at The Hayes Theatre


Songs For A New World

Music and Lyrics by
 Jason Robert Brown
Original Orchestration by
 Brian Besterman & Jason Robert Brown

Director Luke Joslin
Musical Director Lucy Bermingham
Set & Costume Designer Jacob Battista
Lighting Designer Peter Amesbury
Sound Designer Kelvin Gedye with System Sound

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLDSONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges Of Madison County).  SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is a filled with a moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices we make.

Friday 12 August – Sunday 28 August 2016 at The Hayes Theatre


Recommended for 15 years and older

Side Show

Book & Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger

“This production of Sideshow is an Australian Premiere”

Director Richard Carroll
Musical Director Steven Kreamer
Choreographer Amy Campbell
Set Designer Lauren Peters
Costume Designer Angela White
Lighting Designer Hugh Hamilton
Producer Serin Kasif
Executive Producer Richard Carroll
Production Manager Laura Daniels
Casting Director Lisa Campbell

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 09.21.33Sideshow is a stunning story of sisterhood from the composer of Dreamgirls is based on the remarkable real-life story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. Sideshow tells the story of identical twins with spectacular talent and charm, they became the highest-paid stars of vaudeville in the 1930s.  But something else made them totally unique – they were (literally) joined at the hip.


23 September – 16 October 2016 at The Hayes Theatre

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John Bowles
John Bowles, having started his career on Australian variety television at the age of ten, had notched up 300 hours of live national TV by the age of sixteen. As an adult he has gone on to star in many theatrical productions such as ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Cats’. He has produced, directed and written for television but admits his favourite role is as presenter, and he relishes the opportunity to talk to interesting show business people and tell their stories.