Musical Mondays #6

Welcome back to Musical Mondays!

In case you’re new here, this column is a peek into the depths of the Musical Theatre archive, where I will showcase a few musicals that I think deserve a little more love. You can read my past posts by clicking here!

They’re the smaller, niche shows that not everyone will be familiar with – and that’s the point! They deserve just as much love as the big name shows, so every second Monday I’ll list a few, give you some comparisons, and a few examples of songs for you to check out.

Let’s get the ball rolling with…

Photo by Meredith O’Shea

Shane Warne: The Musical is a piece of pure Australian pride. Written by Helpmann award winning Eddie Perfect (who recently wrote the award-winning Beetlejuice), the show follows its namesake through his incredibly fascinating and complex life. The show received acclaim around Australia, including a Green Room Award and a Helpmann award. The cast album features some of Australia’s biggest names in music theatre, including Eddie himself in the title role.

Standout track/s: Piss it All Away; What about that, Shane?

You’ll like this if you enjoy…: Australian musicals, Eddie Perfect’s work (Beetlejuice, Vivid White)

Click here to listen to the Shane Warne: The Musical cast recording.

Bat Boy: The Musical is so good. Like so good. It’s ridiculous and weird but totally worth a listen. The music and lyrics are by Laurence O’Keefe (of Legally Blonde and Heathers), so the score’s got his signature edgy tinge. The show is based off an article from a satirical newspaper in the 90s about a “half boy, half bat” creature being discovered. The original Off-Broadway production starred Devin May (Jersey Boys) and Kerry Butler (Mean Girls, Beetlejuice).

Standout track/s: Comfort and Joy; Inside your Heart; Apology to a Cow.

You’ll like this if you enjoy…: Laurence O’Keefe’s composition, any of those ‘edgy’ horror-style cult musicals (Reefer Madness, Little Shop of Horrors, Rocky Horror).

Click here to listen to the Bat Boy cast recording.

Wonderland is a modern retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland story. It follows writer Alice dealing with her separation and raising her young daughter. She is transported to the magical Wonderland in a dream, and meets all the regulars – the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and of course, the Queen of Hearts. The show didn’t do too well in its run, but the music is fabulous. Particularly, I love how Wildhorn uses a whole variety of musical styles throughout the score. There’s some R&B, some classic pop, and even some boy band thrown in for good measure.

Standout track/s: Welcome to Wonderland; Go With The Flow; One Knight; The Mad Hatter

You’ll like this if you enjoy…: Alice in Wonderland, Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll and Hyde, Bonnie and Clyde), Disney musicals

Click here to listen to the Wonderland cast recording.

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

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