Book by BLAKE ERICKSON & JAY JAMES-MOODY
Music & Lyrics by LAURA MURPHY
Conceived & Directed by JAY JAMES-MOODY
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Producer, Concept, Director & Co-Writer
Jay James-Moody is an award-winning actor, director, writer and producer. He is the creator and Artistic Director of acclaimed boutique company Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre, was a co-founder of Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Company, is the co-author of the musicals GOOD OMENS (with Vicki Larnach & Jim Hare), and made his professional debut in JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA at the Sydney Opera House. Recent credits include ROMEO & JULIET and TWELFTH NIGHT for Sport For Jove, HERRINGBONE, WEST SIDE STORY for Handa Opera on the Harbour, A CHEERY SOUL and A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM for Sydney Theatre Company, SHE LOVES ME for Hayes Theatre Co and THE BOOK OF MORMON. Directing credits include THE DISMISSAL, GOOD OMENS, HERRINGBONE (with Michael Ralph), STRAIGHT FROM THE HART, BRING IT ON, THE ORIGINAL GREASE, GREY GARDENS, TRIASSIC PARQ, MAN OF LA MANCHA, SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and CARRIE.
Blake has worked throughout Australia, Asia, Britain, and the United States as a writer, actor, and singer. He studied drama and musical theatre at the University of Sydney & The Actor’s Connection New York. He is the co-writer of the new Australian musical THE DISMISSAL, which premiered at the Seymour Centre in 2019. Past credits include SHREK (GFO), the international tour of Cameron Mackintosh's LES MISÉRABLES (Michael Cassel Group), MAMMA MIA! (Packemin Productions), CRY-BABY, HIGH FIDELITY, MELBA, and his acclaimed cabaret HOLD ME CLOSER LOGIES DANCER (all at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Co.); the Australia & New Zealand tour of MADIBA, OF THEE I SING at the Sydney Opera House; GREY GARDENS, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, and SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM for Squabbalogic. For his performance in the title role of the one-man show PEARLS BEFORE SWINE: AN EVENING WITH ORSON WELLES (Neil Gooding Prod.) Blake won Best Actor at the inaugural Sydney Fringe Festival Awards.
Music & Lyrics
THE DISMISSAL marks Laura’s first time composing a score for a musical. She most recently toured Australia as ‘Tania’ in MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL. Her previous performing credits include ALICE IN SLASHERLAND (Old Fitz Theatre), INTO THE WOODS (Bloom Creative), CRY-BABY (Hayes Theatre Co) for which she was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award, MURIEL’S WEDDING (STC/Global Creatures), YOU’RE A GOODMAN CHARLIE BROWN (Hayes Theatre Co) for which she won a Sydney Theatre Award, FUNNY GIRL (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), SHREK THE MUSICAL (Free-Rain Theatre Company), the world tour of GREASE (GFO), AN ACT OF GOD (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), WICKED (Free-Rain Theatre Company), THREE IN THE BED, THE WIZARD OF oz (Packemin Productions). Laura’s composing credits include WILLIAM AND SPARKLES’ MAGICAL TALES, MAGICAL TALES: SURPRISES AND IMAGINATION TRAIN (Nine Network). Laura is currently composing the score for a new musical THE LOVERS.
Arguably Sydney’s premier and most prolific producer of intimate music theatre, Squabbalogic has presented an eclectic range of new musicals and reinterpretations from the canon of outstanding musical theatre to great acclaim.
Founded in 2006, Squabbalogic provides a stage for Australia’s finest emerging and established artists to present exciting and dynamic work, while nurturing a vibrant, inclusive professional creative environment. Squabbalogic fills a void by connecting with challenging work and writers often neglected by commercial theatre and sharing it with audiences eager to experience an alternative to large scale spectacles.
We have enjoyed previous partnerships with New Mardi Gras, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Seymour Centre’s Reginald Season, Critical Stages, Noosa Long Weekend, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Squabbalogic were instrumental in acquiring and establishing Hayes Theatre Co in Potts Point, and are presently a resident company at the Seymour Centre.
Our projects have included Forbidden Broadway (two Sydney seasons, interstate tour, international tour), Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, [title of show] (two Sydney seasons), A New Brain and Grey Gardens; and the Australian Premieres of Reefer Madness!, Ordinary Days, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Carrie The Musical, Sondheim On Sondheim, Triassic Parq, and The Original Grease. Our sell-out production of The Drowsy Chaperone was honoured with awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Set Design and Best Costume Design at the 2014 Sydney Theatre Awards, and our inventive reimagining of the classic musical Man Of La Mancha saw Australian theatre legend Tony Sheldon return from Broadway to play the lead role for a limited, sell-out season.
In 2015, we initiated our Mystery Musical fundraiser series with Bye Bye Birdie. Further Mystery Musicals have included Hello, Dolly!, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, and Kiss Me Kate. Squabbalogic has also collaborated with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs to present two very special concert presentations; the Pulitzer Prize winning Gershwin musical Of Thee I Sing (2015), and Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town (2016), both presented at the Sydney Opera House.
Squabbalogic presented two original development productions in 2019: The Dismissal, based on the tumultuous final days of the Whitlam government, and Good Omens, from the best-selling novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman; and has commissioned a new theatrical adaptation of the seminal science-fiction classic The Day of the Triffids.
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The Dismissal is a commission of Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre Inc