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 and its greatest (thinnest) leading ladies. 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 centre 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.
'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.' 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
'To say Marsden and Libby work well together is an understatement. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with.' Radio Adelaide
Written by Maeve Marsden & Libby Wood
Directed by Anthea Williams
Musical Direction by Benjamin Kiehne
Dance Captain Shondelle Pratt
Photography Patrick Boland
Produced by MILKE
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