THE BLOCK ALL STARS’ AMITY DRY
TO TOUR NEW MUSICAL COMEDY
MOTHER, WIFE AND THE COMPLICATED LIFE
Adelaide / Melbourne / Sydney
Singer/songwriter Amity Dry became a household name in 2003 when she appeared on the phenomenally successful original series of channel 9’s The Block. She was immediately signed to Universal music and achieved top 10 ARIA chart success with her debut GOLD album The Lighthouse.
Currently featuring in 9’s The Block All Stars with husband Phil Rankin, Dry’s very honest, warm and likeable personality has again captured the attention of Australia, resulting in the announcement of national dates for her self-penned musical.
Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life is a contemporary musical comedy about marriage, motherhood and the pressure on women to ‘do it all.’ Dry wrote and composed the show in 2009, after noting there was a lack of musical theatre about motherhood.
Audiences agreed, giving the show a sell out season in its Fringe Festival debut.
Since then Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life has enjoyed four successful seasons in South Australia, garnering rave reviews and a nomination for Best Professional Musical in the Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards.
‘Amity Dry’s musical is a rousing success. At a time when new musicals all seem to be imported re-hashes of movies, this is a home-grown gem.’ Adelaide Theatre Guide
‘There is a beautiful truth about this production. It is a raw look at relationships, parenthood, love and family and the audience hangs on every word.' Stage Whispers
‘There is so much to like about this show. Highly recommended, fantastic.’ Rip It Up
‘Amity Dry knows her subject matter well and has clearly struck a nerve, judging from the audience reaction.’Db Magazine
The show touches on many subjects not typically seen in musical theatre, from unwanted pregnancy and postnatal depression, to the pressure women feel trying to balance work, kids and relationships, without losing themselves in the process.
With women more than ever publically discussing these struggles through the worldwide popularity of female focused websites and blogs, this musical takes that discussion and puts it on the stage in a way that has not been seen before.
“I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Amity Dry’s musical ‘Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life’ and I simply cannot wait to see it for myself.”
Mia Freedman, Mamamia.com.au
“The show is about celebrating women” says Dry. “It’s about acknowledging that, as wonderful and rewarding as marriage and motherhood can be, it can also be incredibly hard work and we need to be more honest about that.”
“I often have audience members approaching me in tears, thanking me for showing them their lives are normal. So as well as providing lots of laughs and a fun night out, that is a message I am passionate about.”
With international interest and US dates in the pipeline, it seems this new musical is the quiet achiever of the Australian musical theatre scene, and one we’re bound to be hearing more of in the future.
Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life Tour
April 19 - June 1.
Adelaide – April 19-28 - Star Theatre, Hilton
Melbourne – May 1-5 - Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran
Melbourne – May 10-11 - Karralyka Centre, Ringwood East
Sydney – May 23 – June 1 - Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Darlington
Early bird ticket prices available until midnight February 22 – enter MOTHER as the promo code.
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Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life
Book and lyrics by Amity Dry
Music by Amity Dry and Mark Simeon Ferguson
Directed and Designed by David Lampard
Musical Direction by Mark Simeon Ferguson
Starring Amity Dry, Nikki Aitken, Susan Ferguson and Rachel McCall