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Belinda Morris ... set to star in the world premiere of Beaudy.

POSTED: 19 JUNE 2010

Beaudy! Belinda Morris lands starring role in new Australian musical*

Following the Search for a Beaudy casting event, Belinda Morris has been named Beaudy and is set to star in the world premiere of the musical written by Australian musician Michael Orland at Parade Theatres, Kensington, Sydney, from 7 July.

Morris, a relative newcomer, has appeared in Reefer Madness and Titanic.

She joins Beaudy, which features a talented and exciting cast of 16, including Stephen Fisher-King, Lizzie Taylor and The Four Kinsmen’s Scott Radburn and is accompanied by a full live orchestra performing 20 wonderful songs.

The classic 17th-century fairytale The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods is irreverently transported to modern-day Australia in this exciting new musical theatre production. Beaudy is a funny contemporary musical set in a small Australian town.

“It has taken me 28 years to write this show and now we are going to present it with all the passion that led me to start on the wonderful journey all those years ago,” said writer/producer Michael Orland.

Beaudy transports the audience from European forest of the 17th  century to a contemporary small Australian country town where there is a christening for Laura, whose mother died in childbirth and on whose father the town relies on for its future.

A woman from the past, now a wealthy black widow, crashes the party and prophesies Laura’s untimely death before her 19th birthday.

To best protect Laura, played by Belinda Morris, the man surrenders the care of his daughter to his best friends living in Sydney. As Laura approaches her 19th birthday, she escapes from her overprotective family leading to the apparent fulfillment of the prophecy.

Her father, losing heart at his daughter’s tragedy, lets his business unravel. Consequently, the entire town descends into despair. However, one young man has not surrendered hope …

Michael Orland, playwright and composer of Beaudy, has an underground Australian music legacy following his musical success on the local Sydney band scene in the late 70s and early 80s. He collaborated with a number of bands as a sound engineer and was a part of the much loved Harold Holt and the Sharks and Cocktails at 7. After years of playing, teaching and working as a sound engineer for both bands and venues, Orland has crystallized his knowledge of music and passion for musical theatre with Beaudy.

Stephen Fisher-King has performed lead roles in major musical theatre productions such as Hello Dolly, Evita and Cats and toured Australasia in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Four Kinsmen’s talented Scott Radburn was on the Cats South Korean Tour and was in the 1984 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

*Based on a media release issued by www.beaudythemusical.com.au.

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