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Dates: 08/10/2004 - 11/12/2004

Location: Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne

Original Book & Lyrics by Maggie Gordon
Revised Book & Lyric by John Senczuk and Gale Edwards
Music by Mike Harvey

presented by Essgee & Mike Harvey

EUREKA was part of the 2004 Melbourne International Festival Program. 

Peter Lalor Ian Stenlake
Bridie O'Malley Trisha Crowe
Paddy O'Malley Barry Crocker
Mercedes Cortez Amanda Muggleton
Sean Flynn Simon Gleeson
Alicia Dunn Rachel Beck
Sir Charles Hotham Peter Carroll
Lady Hotham Nancey Hayes
Commissioner Grey Michael Cormick
Long Tu Yang Li
Kardinia Pauline Whyman
Director Gale Edwards
Musical Director Michael Tyack
Choreographer Tony Bartuccio
Set Design Peter England
Costume Design Gabriella Tylesova
Lighting Trudy Dalgliesh

Ensemble: Irene Dios, David Downer, Gary Files, Kent Green, Des Flemming, Matt Green, Hung Lee, Verity Hunt Ballard, James Lee, John Lidgerwood, James Miller, John O'Hare, David Spencer, Luke Stephens, Chris Tomkinson, Queenie van de Zandt & Taneel van Zyl


Nominated: Best Musical, 2005 Helpmann Awards
Nominated: six 2005Green Room Awards
Awarded: Amanda Muggleton, Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role, 2005 Helpmann Awards
Awarded: Trudy Dalgleish, Best Technical Design, 2005 Green Room Awards

THE MAKING OF EUREKA – The History Chanel
Part I
Part II
Part III

Amanda Muggleton as Merceds Cortez

More information
David Spicer Productions


Devil's Mistress Gold, the opening number of Eureka, augurs well for a vibrant, new musical production. … The colourful score (Michael Maurice Harvey) follows the major musical styles and provides a couple of memorable songs although none stick in the mind overnight. Lyrics (Maggie May Gordon, John Senczuk, Gale Edwards) are witty and engaging. … The book (Gale Edwards, John Senczuk) establishes the background of the goldfields, the troupers' stranglehold on miners and mining licences, and Governor Hotham's (Peter Carroll) appointment. … The show is an entertaining night in the theatre ...
     Kate Herbert

Australian musical theatre has struck another rich lode in opering Melbourne's Internatonal Arts Festival. With never a dull moment and leaving not a dry eye in the house, the creative team ... has excelled at making personal entanglements carry broader issues without trivialising either. ... This is a Eureka! for our times, wearing its black armband with dignity, never despair, pointing through how we once were to what we might make of ourselves.
     Humphrey McQueen, The Bulletin

The score and characters ... both work very well .... providing us with solid production values and an outstanding cast.
     Garry West, Ballarat Courier

An enthusiastic, worthy look at our history ....
     Catherine Lambert, Sunday Herald Sun

"Eureka! offers pure gold"
[Eureka!] is designedto please the widest possible audience and achieves its end handsomely. ... a thumping popular success. ... The book by Gale Edwards and John Senczuk sketches teh miners' revolt against crippling licence fees in big, bold strokes and moves at a cracking pace ... it's as smooth and eyecatching as any big overseas musical. .... Eureka! fashions significant Australian history into a rousing contemporary entertainment, and does it well.
     Jim Murphy, The Age