The iconic phrase, which has become part of the Australian vernacular, hits the stage with the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.
The stage production, based on PJ Hogan’s hugely popular 1994 movie which launched the careers of both Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths, will receive its world premiere on November 6 at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay.
Helping bring the story to life is up-and-coming Northbridge actor Manon Gunderson-Briggs. She told the North Shore Times she felt “so lucky” to be involved in the production.
“It’s every performer’s dream to be in a show like Muriel’s Wedding, especially coming straight out of drama school,” she said.
Ms Gunderson-Briggs said her character, Cheryl, (played by TV comedienne Roz Hammond in the movie) is quite a mean girl, especially to Muriel
“I’m one of Tania Degano’s little friends I guess, who treat Muriel rather badly at the beginning of the show, but then are all too happy to pretend they were friends with her all along at the end,” she said.
“She’s a great character to play. She’s very funny. But it’s also a lot of fun to represent that antagonistic part of the show that launches Muriel into her journey to becoming who she is at the end of the show.”
The 22-year-old said the main difference between the stage show and the movie is the addition of original songs by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall.
“Musically, the way they have done everything is amazing,” the former Glenaeon student said. “I don’t want to give too much away, but everyone gets to see what Muriel (played by Maggie McKenna) is like as a millennial in the modern day.