Winner of the 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical (Christine Anu)
The Sapphires raised the roof at Belvoir in 2005. Then in 2010 and 2011 the production toured extensively around Australia before heading overseas to the Daegu Opera House in South Korea and the Barbican Centre in London.
1969. Vietnam. Bombs are dropping and the world is exploding in protest. Back at the Tiki Club in St Kilda, four Koori sisters from country Victoria catch the eye of a big-city talent scout with their Supremes cover group. But for the MacCrae girls, the realisation of a lifelong dream to perform overseas isn’t quite what they had in mind. They’re off to sing for the troops on the front line.
This swinging celebration of all the joy and heartbreak of family tells the true story of The Sapphires as they shake it for the troops and push sibling love to its limits. Wesley Enoch’s terrific production features the soul hits that defined a generation. And we’re thrilled that two great indigenous songstresses, Christine Anu and Casey Donovan, are stepping into the shimmery frocks for this long-awaited revival. Relive the reliving!
The songs are great and delivered with velvet sleekness and thrilling attack.The Guardian
[The actors] deliver increasingly raw, spine-tingling renditions of Motown classics, generating an irresistible, rare and real rapport on stage.Time Out London
Staged with clarity and assurance by Wesley Enoch and snappily choreographed by Tony Bartuccio, The Sapphires is an upbeat celebration powered by four truly engaging performers: Deborah Mailman, Ursula Yovich, Rachael Maza and Lisa Flanagan.The Sydney Morning Herald