BEFORE SCHOOLIES, THERE WAS PYJAMAS IN PARADISE:
It’s billed as Australia’s answer to Grease - a home grown musical set by the poolside in Surfers Paradise in the 1950’s and 60’s. The World Premiere of Pyjamas in Paradise will burst onto the stage of the Gold Coast Arts Centre next weekend.
Pyjamas in Paradise is written by John Michael-Howson – the co-creator of Shout!and Dusty, and musical theatre legend Peter Pinne, and Emmy®Award winning Aussie ex-pat composer Ashley Irwin.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, long before Schoolies appeared on the scene, pyjama parties attracted thousands of young people from all around Australia to the small resort town of Surfers Paradise. Their popularity put Surfers on the map.
The musical follows the story of Bruce Large – retired (kind of), fast talking (always), larger than life (definitely) and his controversial dream to turn ‘Surfers’ into paradise!
It’s set in a time where bikinis were Itsy Bitsy, love had people Shakin All Over and everyone was desperate for a Summer Holiday. The musical comedy includes classic hit songs from the era and original music which makes Meter Maids look like backup singers for the Supremes!
Directed by Tony Baruccio, starring Donna Lee, Jane Scali, Steven Tandy, and Matthew Ward - with some of the best local Gold Coast talent for the world premiere.