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Fat Musicals: A Body of Work
Redland Performing Arts Centre


Bigger than Broadway and wider than the West End!

After a hilarious night of comedy with Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin last year, critically acclaimed cabaret stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood for a satirical look at musical theatre and its greatest (thinnest) leading ladies.

With dry wit, stunning harmonies, ridiculous choreography, a jar of cookies and a good helping of feminist rage, Marsden and Wood deliver an irreverent exploration of body image, tongues planted firmly in cheek. Why can't fat people fall in love, go on a hero's journey, take center stage? Why are we always the motherly matrons or comic relief? And why when we finally have a moment to shine, do producers so often cast a thin woman in a fat suit? (*ahem* Hairspray).

Littered with songs from musicals that feature two leading ladies, Fat Musicals takes on Chicago, Calamity Jane, Frozen, Sideshow, A Chorus Line, Wicked and Cats … okay, Cats doesn’t exactly have two female leads, but there’s so much fun to be had with Cats!

Bigger than Broadway and wider than the West End, Fat Musicals is the latest cabaret form the hilarious and award-winning comedy troupe, Lady Sings It Better.

Marsden and Wood are ready to clap back at every reviewer who’s called them "buxom” and that dude who called them "appropriately curvacious" (appropriate for what?!), the friend’s boyfriend who said they’d sell more tickets if they were hotter, or their personal favourite from an Adelaide blogger: "the singers moved about the stage in ill-managed bodies".

With award-winning director Anthea Williams at the helm, Fat Musicals sold out at Sydney Mardi Gras and Adelaide Cabaret Festival and is the latest show from comedy cabaret troupe, Lady Sings it Better.

‘Marsden and Wood manage to have the audience simultaneously in stitches of laughter and marvelling at their almost symbiotic harmonies’ The Advertiser

Performance Times:
Friday 4 September, 7.30pm
RPAC Concert Hall
60 minutes, no interval
Early Bird Tickets* $32
Groups 10+ $32pp
*For Early Bird Tickets book before midnight July 12.
After this date Tickets $35
Suit Children:
Unsuitable for children 15 years and under.
Booking Information:

You can book your tickets:

  • in person at RPAC Box Office, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland
  • by phone - 3829 8131 (a $4.30 booking fee per transaction applies)
  • online 24/7 using the Buy Now link below (a $5 booking fee per transaction applies)

If you require mobility assistance please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre so that we can accommodate your needs.

On Sale

RPAC is taking RESERVATIONS ONLY on upcoming shows while we are closed.
This means you can still secure your seats for upcoming performances so you don’t miss out, and you don’t have to pay for them until we re-open.
Please make your reservation by calling the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131.


Produced by MILKE
Written by Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood
Director: Anthea WilliamsAnthea Williams
Musical Direction: Benjamin Kiehne
Dance Captain: Shondelle Pratt
Photo: Patrick Boland