By Madeline Clousten
Last night marked the opening of Georgy Girl, a new production celebrating the story and success of Australian folk-pop group The Seekers. The night looked promising with Sydney’s State Theatre filled to the brim, a sea of grey hair bustling in anticipation.
The show delivered the iconic sound of The Seekers, throwing the audience into a state of nostalgia. Unfortunately, for a person unfamiliar with the music, the production did not hold its own. Watching Georgy Girl was like reading a very long Wikipedia article about The Seekers and pausing to play a song in between paragraphs. The biographical approach to the narrative led to an unimaginative structure. The Seekers reenacted televised appearances, playing their hit ‘Another You’ several times and leaving the audience wondering when they would sing another song. It seems as though the writers were stretched for content, adding plot points with no apparent purpose or resolution and developing scenes without nuance or tension just to create a ‘full length musical’.
Overall, the issues with Georgy Girl are due to a poorly written script and an uninspired concept. Although the cast was incredibly talented, they could not salvage this bore of a production. The saving grace arrived after the final bows, when the actual Seekers walked out to a standing ovation.
Georgy Girl is playing at the State Theatre until the 27th May.
Tickets available at georgygirlthemusical.com