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Calamity Jane

Grab a drink and prepare to be immersed in the world of the Golden Garter Saloon!
  • Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne
    Melbourne • 14 - 25 March
    Allocation exhausted
  • Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne
    Melbourne • 14 - 25 March
    Allocation exhausted

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About the event

Legendary frontierswoman; notorious daredevil; profane storyteller – Calamity Jane is one of the most immediately recognisable figures of the old American West. From the famous 1950’s Doris Day movie musical to the HBO series Deadwood, the courageous individuality of Calamity Jane has delighted audiences for decades. With a fierce disregard for gender expectations and cultural limitations that was centuries ahead of her time, there’s no better time to re-visit and re-examine this remarkable woman.

This madcap, pared-back reimagining shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrelful of dirt and grit to the classic musical. Directed by Richard Carroll, the production stars Virginia Gay (Channel 7’s All Saints and Winners & Losers) as the magnetic, masculine heroine – joined by a ragtag band of acclaimed comedic actors and musicians. From the moment they enter the theatre, audiences are immersed in the world of the Golden Garter Saloon – alive with whores, gamblers, and habitual jeopardy – and can expect an unruly and unpredictable ride. This particularly goes for the dozens of audience members seated onstage at saloon tables, who will be a part of the action whenever they least expect it!

Featuring timeless standards such as ‘The Deadwood Stage’, ‘Just Blew In From The Windy City’ ‘Black Hills of Dakota’, and ‘Secret Love’ performed with piano and a grab bag of other instruments, this production injects a unique and raucous sense of spontaneity into the world of musical theatre.

Adapted by Ronald Hanmer and Phil Park
From the stage play by Charles K. Freeman
A Warner Bros. film written by James O’Hanlon
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Sammy Fain
This production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd on behalf of MTI Europe

★★★★ “It’s not going out on a limb to say Calamity Jane will be among the most fun experiences you’ll have in a theatre this year.”


“Gay is sensational – she just about blows the roof off the theatre!”


“Clever, gut-bustingly funny with an extraordinarily generous heart”