Songs for the Fallen is heading to the New York Music Theatre Festival!

Sheridan Harbridge’s Songs for the Fallen had extremely successful seasons in both Sydney and Brisbane in 2013, and now it has been invited to spice up the 2015 New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF).

Songs for the Fallen
Sheridan Harbridge. Image by Dario Gardiman.

This is exciting news for Harbridge (National Cabaret Showcase Winner, Melbourne Green Room Nominee, Mike Walsh Recipient, The Daily Review’s (Crikey) – 21 Hot Young Theatremakers of 2013), who created and performs the show, and exciting news for the further exposure and development of Australian artists.

It’s also great news for Sydney audiences, because on 7th July there will be a one-night-only, not to be missed fundraiser party – Songs for the Fallen: The Club Edition.

Songs for the Fallen is part vaudeville, part punk opera, part MTV-does-Baroque show; it’s the wild and unforgettable final birthday party of infamous French courtesan Marie Duplessis.

With a lush live baroque-pop score, composed by Basil Hogios, AFI nominee (Romulus My Father) and APRA Screen Music nominee (The Killing Field), Marie drags you along the hilarious, loud adventure that made this woman a legend: the unbelievable tale that inspired The Lady of the Camellias, La Traviata and Moulin Rouge!


Songs for the Fallen: The Club Edition will be a thrilling masquerade-ball charting the life of Marie Duplessis from poverty to infamy in burgeoning 19th century Paris. The tale of a woman who knew one thing: good girls don’t make history.

With extra performers, bonus songs and a bigger band, Director Shane Anthony (Matilda Best Production Nominee, Mike Walsh Recipient) will “transform the existing chaos and beauty of Songs into an interactive experience, a huge party for the audience.”

When the team return from New York, Songs for the Fallen will continue the frivolity on a short, Arts NSW funded regional tour in collaboration with Critical Stages, stopping at Newcastle, Cessnock and Byron Bay before heading south for a one-week season at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Tickets to Songs for the Fallen: The Club Edition are available via Moshtix from 1st June. All proceeds will go to getting this ‘little-show-that-could’ to the NYMF. 

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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