Music by Maury Yeston
Directed by Jonathan Rush
Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, Chippendale
Season: 21 – 24 October
In Nine, we witness the unravelling of a man as his romantic life and his creative ventures crumble. The protagonist, Guido, is an Italian filmmaker tainted by the failure of his recent films and held in the firm grips of desire and lust, engaged in multiple affairs as a married man. This enchanting musical production reveals the collision of personal experiences with the rigorous creative process, exposing elements of humanity with humorous pizzazz and musical finesse.
The production features a fantastic cast who possess vast musical talent. Accompanied by the live orchestra musically directed by Alexander Norden, this brings a splash of life into Maury Yeston’s original composition. Hannah Cox gives a riotous performance as Liliane La Fleur, exhibiting a tremendous flair for humour. Cox is perceptive in reading the audience and responds charismatically, with joyous results. Anna Colless’ voice work is arresting in its power and her stage presence entrances the eye as one of Guido’s lovers. Bridget Haberecht is compelling as Guido’s wife, sustaining a tragic sadness in her characterisation, which undergoes development throughout the storyline.
Under Rush’s direction, the audience becomes party to the immersion in the creative realm, transcending bounds of the personal and the imaginary. Rush takes hold of the various production elements to produce a cohesive whole, taking a minimalistic approach, which is effective given the rapid transitions between environments.
This show is presented by MUSE, which is the Sydney University musical society. It is thrilling to see such a vast pool of talent emanating from young performers, proving that creative work takes no heed of age. In the pursuit of creative expression, we are inevitably marked by our past experiences and current endurances. To observe this complex phenomenon, emotionally enhanced by the rousing songs in the work, is a moving process. Furthermore, to witness a cast of such a high calibre at such an early stage in their creative lives is a treat indeed.