COURTESAN Q PARTYGIRL Q LIAR Q LEGEND
Q by Sheridan Harbridge
'DAZZLING' New York Times
Paris 1847. Part vaudeville, part cabaret, part MTV-goes-Baroque, Songs for the Fallen is the wild and hilarious musical of a woman who knew one thing: good girls don’t make history. The extraordinary life of Marie Duplessis – courtesan, party girl, liar and legend - from desperate poverty to meteoric rise as the most notorious woman in France. The Diana of her time, Princess of the People, and the muse that inspired The Lady of the Camellias, La Traviata and Baz Lurhmann’s Moulin Rouge! Songs for the Fallen is an invitation to the decadent final party of the real-life woman who defied her fate, and captured a nation.
Written by Sheridan Harbridge
Composed by Basil & Hogios & Sheridan Harbridge
Directed by Shane Anthony
Produced by Critical Stages
Design by Michael Hankin
Lighting Design by Alexander Berlage
MUSIC THEATRE FESTIVAL BEST MUSICAL
MUSIC THEATRE FESTIVAL BEST ACTRESS
GREEN ROOM AWARD
‘Harbridge is dazzling…bewitching, sophisticated fun.
I just sat there smiling the entire time.’
ANITA GATES NEW YORK TIMES
…Like John Cameron Mitchell, Harbridge has given the world her Hedwig and the Angry Inch… Songs for the Fallen gives us the truth in such a sharp and provocative manner that is revitalizing. The men get Hedwig. The women get Songs for the Fallen.’
THEATRE IN THE NOW
"Life is bloody, and it stinks.
But there is always champagne."
Q Marie Duplessis
“Songs for the Fallen is one of those excellent finds that gives you faith in human ingenuity….The result is a hilarious, self-aware piece of sophisticated debauchery.”
NEW YORK MUSIC THEATRE FESTIVAL 2015
VICTORIAN ARTS CENTRE,
BRISBANE ARTS FESTIVAL,
DUNEDIN ARTS FESTIVAL,
NELSON FESTIVAL NZ,
HAWKES BAY FESTIVAL