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An Inspiring Musical About The ANZACs Is Launching At The State Theatre

By Krisinda Merhi August 13, 2019

Limited season only. 

3 Weeks in Spring, an inspiring musical that powerfully tells the story of the birth of the ANZAC legend, is coming to Sydney’s State Theatre on 13th – 17th August.

The musical takes the most iconic Australian story, with all its heroism and humour, and retells it for a modern audience of all generations.

Performed by thirty-five Australian actors and ten musicians, it is set during the first three weeks of the Gallipoli campaign in April 1915. The musical explores the themes of mateship, courage and sacrifice, unlikely heroes, love and loss, following the soldiers – and the loved ones they left behind

The plot is centred on the story of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, better known as ‘Simpson and his donkey”; from the time he arrived in Turkey to the time he died. Simpson became famous as a stretcher-bearer, as he braved “the hottest shrapnel” and used a donkey to transport wounded men from Shrapnel Gully to Anzac Cove.

Directed by Linda Aubrecht (Disney on Ice, We Will Rock You), the talented cast includes Lincoln Elliot (Ned, Funny Girl, Carrie: The Musical), Lachlan O’Brien (Mornings with Kerri-Anne, Chicago, Good Omens), Matthew Herne (The Voice, Phantom of the Opera), Courtney Powell (Australian Idol, Central Park – The Musical) and Isabel Young (The Sound of Music). 

With music by Russell Tredinnick, the score sets toes tapping and spirits soaring. The soundtrack album was released this ANZAC Day, and it has received glowing reviews: “I can’t stop listening to it – it’s the best musical I’ve ever heard” and “I cried so many times”. 

To honour the heritage of the story that has inspired the musical, Endymion Productions is donating 10% of every ticket and album sold to the Australian War Memorial’s Anzac Foundation.

To find out more information about 3 Weeks in Spring or buy the soundtrack album, visit www.3weeksinspring.com

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