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Fat Musicals: A Body of Work

Fri 10 Apr

Critically acclaimed cabaret takes on musical theatre and its greatest (thinnest) leading ladies.

Bigger than Broadway, wider than the West End, join critically acclaimed cabaret stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood for a satirical look at musical theatre. With dry wit, stunning harmonies, ridiculous choreography, a jar of cookies and a good helping of feminist rage, Marsden & Wood deliver an irreverent exploration of body image, tongues planted firmly in cheek.

Why can’t fat people fall in love, go on a hero’s journey, take center stage? Why are we always the motherly matrons or comic relief? And why when we finally have a moment to shine, do producers so often cast a thin woman in a fat suit (*ahem* Hairspray)?

Littered with songs from musicals that feature two leading ladies, Fat Musicals takes on Chicago, Calamity Jane, Frozen, Sideshow, A Chorus Line, Wicked and Cats (ok, Cats doesn’t exactly have two female leads, but there’s so much to make fun of in Cats).

Marsden & Wood are ready to clap back at every reviewer who’s called them “buxom” and that dude who called them “appropriately curvacious” (appropriate for what?!), the friend’s boyfriend who said they’d sell more tickets if they were hotter, or their personal favourite from an Adelaide blogger: “the singers moved about the stage in ill-managed bodies.”

With award-winning director Anthea Williams at the helm, Fat Musicals sold out at Sydney Mardi Gras and Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the latest from the women who brought you festival sensation Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin and comedy cabaret troupe Lady Sings it Better.

Reviews

  • Savagely hysterical… My hands were sore from clapping so much. A plus size triumph! - The Clothesline
  • Fat Musicals is Marsden and Wood stripped back and at their best... We need more of these women on our mainstages! - The Music
  • Marsden and Wood manage to have the audience simultaneously in stitches of laughter and marvelling at their almost symbiotic harmonies. - The Adelaide Advertiser
  • Blisteringly entertaining… Marsden and Wood’s voices blend into a single, warm and bright sound. - Daily Review
  • Marsden and Wood maintain a spot-on balance of larky humour, bolshy political consciousness, palpable passion for their subject and sheer joie de vivre. - The Scotsman

Cast & Creative Team

Writers Maeve Marsden & Libby Wood
Director Anthea William
Musical Director Benjamin Kiehne
Dance Captain Shondelle Pratt
Photography Patrick Boland
Producer MILKE

Drink and Meal Vouchers

For Spiegeltent 2020 we have a $6 drink voucher and a $25 drink + meal voucher that can be purchased when buying your tickets.

  • $6 Drink Voucher: Your choice of house red, white or sparkling, Peroni, light beer or soft drink.
  • $25 Drink + Meal Voucher: Your choice of house red, white or sparking, Peroni, light beer or soft drink. PLUS your choice of meal, from a minimum of three menu options, as identified on the Spiegeltent menu on the date of your ticket. You will be able to choose from three different meal offers which will include a vegetarian option.

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