New York Musical Theatre Festival chooses Aussie Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life

Amity Dry, best known in Australia for winning Channel 9’s The Block: All Stars, has had her one-woman show selected for the prestigious 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Mother, Wife, and the Complicated Life.
Mother, Wife, and the Complicated Life.

After seasons in Australia (Melbourne season commences today at Chapel Off Chapel!) Amity will be heading to New York to meet with festival directors and producers. She will cast the show with four Broadway performers, rehearse for a month and then begin her New York season in late July.

Amity’s musical is female-friendly and it asks: What if, instead of the Hollywood version of marriage and motherhood, we saw a depiction of how it really is – exhausting, relentless, exhilarating, funny, joyfully, infuriatingly complicated. The four friends discover that marriage is nothing like the movies, but at least no one can make you laugh like your girlfriends do.

The NY Musical Theatre Festival is the largest of its kind in the world. It presents only 30 productions chosen from a pool of thousands that are submitted to present and stage. More than 70 of the 300 shows presented at the Festival since its inception in 2004 have gone on to have successful lives both on and off-Broadway, as well as in theatre districts around the world. Previous productions include hits Next to Normal (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and Altar Boyz (the ninth longest-running show in Off-Broadway history).

To snap up tickets for the Melbourne and Sydney seasons, and see the show before it transfers to New York, visit

Melbourne season runs from May 1 – 5 at Chapel Off Chapel and Sydney season runs 23 May – 1 June at Seymour Centre Sydney

Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and was the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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