Indigenous star leads local adaptation of hit Broadway show

Emmy Award-winning writer and producer David West Reed wrote the musical Schitt’s CreekAnd the early plays conjure up a scenario where Juliet does not die at the end, but instead goes on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, freed from the conservative norms of the time.

The true genesis of the production was the music of Max Martin, a talented Swedish songwriter who has written or co-written 25 Billboard number one songs. …baby one more time By Britney Spears I kissed a girl By Katy Perry and Pink’s Raise your glass.

Martin’s back catalog is made up & of Juliet The soundtrack is accompanied by some of the world’s most popular pop songs used to celebrate and celebrate Shakespeare’s portrayal of Juliet and the story of the original play.

“I think …baby one more time That’s what I’m most happy about is the way it fits the story and the arrangement they’ve done,” Meripore says. “It was very dramatic. It’s like a ballad for Juliet.”

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Marypore graduated from the Queensland Conservatoire in 2016, and most recently appeared in a touring production. blue gem & Juliet It will be her first leading role, which she describes as a “dream”.

“Every woman has this dream of being able to be completely herself in any situation and to be in control of the circumstances that have arisen for her. So, it’s really exciting to solve it. That’s something I’m working on in my personal life, with that agency.

“I think this show will be very inspiring to a lot of girls”: Lorinda May Marypore loan:Eugene Hyland

“I feel like this is a role that’s going to bring so much to me, it feels so close to home, even throughout the audition process, I zoomed in on Luke Shepard, the director, who was so. I was told, ‘Sing it yourself, we want to hear Lorinda’. It’s amazing to be able to bring so much to my character.”

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“I met a wide range of people,” says Shepherd, who directed & Juliet Productions in London’s West End, Toronto and Broadway as well as in the UK for rent and In the Heights. “But from the moment Lorinda started singing …baby one more time Just went as I remember, yes it was.”


casting & Juliet The productions, which run in London and on Broadway, have been praised for their focus on diversity, but Shepherd says inclusion on stage is a “constant journey” and the creative team aren’t ones to pat themselves on the back when it comes to representation. “

“For me, it’s as simple as representing the world we live in today—which is why I was particularly interested in working with the Michael Cassell Group, because I know that’s something incredibly important to them—as well as [having] Understanding that inclusion and diversity mean something different in each part of the world.”

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Casting an Aboriginal woman in the lead role in such a high-profile production is still rare in Australian theater and something Meripore has been thinking about since joining the production.

“If I had to go see an Aboriginal woman playing the lead in a musical I was watching as a teenager, yes, I would absolutely cry. Because that representation is very valuable to me.

“I think this show will be very inspiring for many girls growing up. To have a role model like Juliet, to have agency over her life and story, is so inspiring.

The author visited New York City to see the Broadway production & Juliet. Flights and accommodation courtesy of Michael Cassel Group.

& Juliet Debuts February 2023 at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

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