DreamSong is a new Australian musical by Hugo Chiarella and Robert Tripolino about an evangelical ‘Megachurch’ that stage the second coming of Christ. The show explores how the human desire to believe makes us vulnerable to manipulation and corruption.
DreamSong was first workshopped and developed in 2010 with the support and assistance of the VCA’s Bachelor of Music Theatre and The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation. In 2011, DreamSong was performed as one of VCA Music Theatre’s graduating productions. Directed by Michael Gurr, with a cast of thirty and a six piece band, the show played eleven sold out performances at the Grant St Theatre.
Following the season at VCA the show was rewritten to accommodate a cast of eight to twelve performers. DreamSong then received a generous creative development opportunity through the Australia Council for the Arts and The Arts Centre Melbourne to take part in the Carnegie 18 New Music Theatre Series. In early 2012 the show received a two-week development workshop followed by a four-night presentation at The Arts Centre Melbourne, starring John O’May, Sam Ludeman, Sheridan Harbridge and Nick Christo. Michael Gurr once-again directed the show with musical direction and arrangements by Andrew Patterson.
As part of the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and with direction by Dean Bryant, Dreamsong was brought to life by Red Heifer Productions (the writers own production company). With a cast of 8 and band of 5, the show played a two week season at Melbourne's Theatreworks.