Artistic Director Ken Mackenzie-Forbes AM said “There’s so much to celebrate. The Production Company has sold more than 1,000,000 tickets. We have provided the first professional engagements to hundreds of young artists and creative talents, many of whom have gone on to major careers. We have also created unique opportunities for Australia’s stars of musical theatre to perform in shows that would not otherwise be seen professionally. I thank Jeanne for her extraordinary leadership, passion and friendship over the past 21 years and Rachel D Taylor for her unique talents and commitment.”
The Production Company’s Australian premieres were Grey Gardens, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Curtains, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sugar, She Loves Me, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Lazarus and in November, Ragtime.
Executive Director Rachel D Taylor said “It’s been an incredible privilege to produce musicals with Jeanne and Ken for 21 years. The Production Company allowed us the scope to stage brand new shows, favourite shows and bring together brilliant talent onstage and off. More than 3,000 jobs were created and we are incredibly proud of that. I have a million happy memories to cherish and more to come! When I think of our legacy, I would hope that people have had a wonderful experience at a Production Company show.”
The Company presents the Australian premiere of Ragtime at the State Theatre from November 2.
Full details of the final musical to be presented in association with Arts Centre Melbourne in May 2020 will be announced in November.
Editor’s note: The preceding is a media release issued from Julie Cavanagh PR. Classic Melbourne congratulates Mrs Pratt and her loyal team for 21 years of devotion to the music theatre industry and we are grateful to have shared many of those “wonderfully happy memories”.