Squabbalogic returns with Herringbone, 2019

Award winning actor and director Jay James-Moody will star in Herringbone, a one-man musical produced by Squabbalogic, marking the independent music theatre outfit’s first show in almost 2 years.

Jay James-Moody will star in the one-man musical in 2019

In association with KXT and Bakehouse Theatre Company, Herringbone – A Vaudevillian Ghost Story, will play a limited season from January 18 at the Kings Cross Theatre, Sydney 2019.

This darkly comic, hilariously disturbing southern gothic tale is a vaudevillian ghost story told by eleven larger than life characters. They just don’t know there’s only one actor in the cast.

Following his appearance in the original Australian company of The Book of Mormon and a scene-stealing turn in Hayes Theatre Co’s She Loves Me, Jay James-Moody will tackle the title role of Herringbone, and the ten other characters that live inside of him.

It’s 1929 – the year panic became respectable. Struggling amidst the Great Depression, Alabama’s Nookin family are left with nothing more than a piece of advice at the reading of a wealthy relative’s will: “Culture during hard times does real well.”

When the enterprising father recognises a glimmer of talent in his shy eight year old son, he enlists the assistance of a faded vaudevillian to nurture the child’s skills in the hope of making it big in Hollywood. But when the malevolent spirit of vaudevillian’s former showbiz partner stealthily highjacks the young boy’s body to exact his revenge and stage a comeback, the Nookin family find themselves on the lam and heading toward a finale none of them could ever predict.

Herringbone will be co-directed by Jay James-Moody and one of Australia’s leading choreographers, Green Room award winner Michael Ralph (Nine The Musical, Dusty, The Boy From Oz), and musically directed by international band leader Benjamin Kiehne (The Original Grease, The Ten Tenors).

The accomplished production team also boasts Helpmann Award nominated sound designer Jessica James-Moody (Sweet Charity, Grey Gardens) and acclaimed lighting production designer Benjamin Brockman (Man of La Mancha, Metamorphosis).

For more information and bookings, visit www.squabbalogic.com


Kings Cross Theatre
Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel
244-248 William St, Kings Cross

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com'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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