Born Yesterday
Melbourne Theatre Company presents
Born Yesterday

14 Jan 2017 to 25 Feb 2017

With the war over and Europe littered with a billion tons of scrap metal, junk-yard tycoon Harry Brock settles into a swank Washington hotel suite ready to grease palms and browbeat Senators. Yet how can he win over Congress if his girlfriend, Billie, is always bringing down the tone? Enter Paul Verrall, a bleeding-heart reporter, who knows enough about Washington to be cynical. For a price, Verrall could teach Billie a few things. But does she have the capacity to learn? Does she ever!

We open the season with Garson Kanin’s evergreen Broadway comedy, a screwball fable in which cold-eyed cynicism and cock-eyed optimism mix as smoothly as gin and vermouth. It’s Legally Blonde out on a spree with Mr Smith Goes to Washington.

MTC Associate Director Dean Bryant has found the perfect Billie Dawn in musical comedy star Christie Whelan Browne (The Odd Couple, The Producers, The Drowsy Chaperone), who’ll bring everything she knows to a character who knows practically nothing. Joining Christie as her bookish love interest is rising star Joel Jackson (Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli, Seven’s Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door and the upcoming feature film Jungle with Daniel Radcliffe) alongside MTC regulars Heidi Arena (The Beast) and Richard Piper (Double Indemnity).



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