Good omens for Squabbalogic and the future of Aussie music theatre

Jay James-Moody and his independent musical theatre company Squabbalogic (The Drowsy Chaperone, Man of La Mancha, Carrie The Musical) are gearing up to present a one-night only reading of a brand new Australian musical!

Nancye Hayes, Amy Lehpamer, Paul Capsis, Debora Krizak and 14 other Aussie musical theatre performers will feature in a developmental reading of Good Omens, a new musical based on the internationally best-selling supernatural comedy novel from fantasy masters Sir Terry Pratchett (Discworld) and Neil Gaiman (American Gods).

The full performing company also includes Anthony Abrakmanov, Ana Maria Belo, Nicholas Cradock, Blake Erickson, Jordan Hare, Samson Hyland, Nat Jobe, Rob Johnson, Luke Joslin, Lauren McKenna, Lachlan O’Brien, Brett O’Neill, Barry Quin and Bella Thomas.

The musical adaptation has an exciting eclectic original score and lyrics by Vicki Larnach and a wildly outrageous book by Jim Hare and Jay James-Moody and will offer audiences an insight into the often secretive world of musical theatre development – presenting the current draft of the score and libretto for an audience for the very first time ahead of a staging workshop at a later date.

“Squabbalogic has always been the vehicle to present new and interesting international work to local audiences. I’m beyond ecstatic to be taking the exciting and scary first steps in the development of a new Australian work that seems to cover every genre imaginable”, says Squabbalogic’s Artistic Director, Jay James-Moody.

“Good Omens is full of eclectic characters in a sprawling apocalyptic comedy that has not been written with any restriction of scale or budget. But concerns of how to effectively stage the end of the world – flying mopeds and flaming Bentleys included – are for the future. Right now, we’re letting our imagination run free in adapting this classic fantasy novel for the stage and can’t wait to share our current draft with our friends and peers.”

James-Moody is currently in the cast of The Book of Mormon in Melbourne, and this developmental reading on Monday November 13 at the Seymour Centre, is the first offering from Squabbalogic in 12 months.

Tickets are on sale now, and all sales contribute directly to the costs of producing the evening.

Good Omens has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

For more information or bookings, visit or phone the Seymour Centre Box Office on (02) 9351 7940.


An Apocalyptically Atypical Musical
13 November 2017
$38 (plus booking fees)

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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