As part of the 2018 Mardi Gras Festival, Invisible Wall Productions and Sugary Rum Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co are staging the Australian Premiere of the hit Off-Broadway musical, The View UpStairs. This provocative new musical, written by Max Vernon, is being performed at Hayes Theatre Co from 8 February.
The View UpStairs draws you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This forgotten community comes to life in all its gritty, glam rock glory when Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. While Wes gets to know the joys and struggles of this exuberant and flamboyant community, he too learns about his place in the world.
The View UpStairs is inspired by one of the U.S.A’s most significant yet all-but-ignored arson attacks that killed 32 people in The UpStairs Lounge, a sanctuary for the gay and lesbian community from a hostile outside world. It examines what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.
The stellar cast includes Henry Brett (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Spring Awakening) in the lead role of Wes, a young fashion designer who embarks on this exhilarating journey. The role of Willie, an UpStairs regular and flamboyant queen of a certain age, is being played by Madison McKoy (Miss Saigon, South Pacific). Stephen Madsen (Rent, Heathers), currently appearing in Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, is playing Wes’ love interest, Patrick, while Ryan Gonzalez (Kinky Boots, Strictly Ballroom), plays Freddie, a Latino drag queen who overcomes shame to achieve self-actualization. The role of Richard, a kindly preacher and spiritual leader, is being performed by Thomas Campbell (Misterman, Downton Abbey) while Anthony Larkin (Kinky Boots, The Sound of Music) plays Buddy, the bar’s resident and conflicted pianist. Rounding out the cast are Markesha McCoy (The Bodybag The Panto) as Henri, Martelle Hammer (Blue Heelers) as Freddie's mother, Inez, David Hooley (Fiddler On the Roof) as Dale and recent WAAPA graduate Nick Errol as COPS.
Australian Stage has ONE DOUBLE pass to giveaway – 7.30pm Thursday 8 February, 2018
The first entry received* will win a double pass to the 7.30pm performance Thursday 8 February, 2018.
*PLEASE NOTE: Entries received BEFORE 9am Jan 5 will be disqualified. One entry per person. Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash or for any other performance. If you have won tickets from Australian Stage in the past 4 weeks you are ineligible for this promotion.
Invisible Wall Productions and Sugary Rum productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co present
The View UpStairs
Book, Music and Lyrics by Max Vernon
Venue: Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point
Dates: 8 February - 11 March 2018
Tickets: $65 Adult, $60 Concession, Preview $60
Bookings: hayestheatre.com.au | (02) 8065 7337
Top right – Henry Brett and Stephen Madsen. Photo – John Nicolaidis