The recently established Bondi Theatre Company has just opened with its debut production, a revival of Nashville singer songwriter Sue Fabisch’s MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL.
This is a fun night in the theatre and one which everyone will be able to relate to.Singer songwriter Fabisch’s play, light on dialogue, big on song and dance, the genres being R and B, pop and gospel, takes on her subject from every conceivable angle. There are songs about babies keeping you up all night- The Kids Are Finally Asleep, being a frantic supermarket Queen- Costco Queen, a bittersweet song about When The Kids Are Grown, songs about post pregnancy issues – Ode To Boobs and We Leak, and much more.
Rebecca Spicer plays the main character, the heavily pregnant Amy who is on cloud nine and can’t wait for the birth of her first child. Her best friends, Barb, Brooke and Tasha, organise a baby shower for her and whilst they are delighted for her they want to set her straight that motherhood isn’t such a smooth ride.
The action takes place in Amy’s simply conceived living room. On the side of the stage a screen is set up behind which Amy’s pushy mother, mostly silhouetted, is constantly calling her to get the latest news.
The cast, well directed by Ruth Fingret, have a lot of fun with Fabish’s scenario. Rebecca Spicer is a very smiley, good natured Amy. Christie Koppe impressed as the stressed out mum of five with a feature being her rendition of Mother, Mother, Mother, as a mother copes with her kids constant whining.
Manon Gunderson-Briggs was credible as stressed lawyer Brooke, always rushing around, and not enjoying the finer things of life. Jennifer Barker played Amy’s nagging mother.
Chloe Angel was my star of the night with her strong, bluesy voice in numbers such as Baby Weight Blues.
Recommended, really this is pretty much a sure thing as far as mainstream entertainment goes, MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL is playing the Bondi Pavilion Theatre until 26th August.