Popular TV show now a musical

TALIA CARLISLE
Last updated 11:13 28/05/2012
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The girls from television series Bad Girls have done it all before, and now they're doing it to music.

From June 8, Otaki's Civic Theatre is being transformed into a prison for Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus' new musical, Bad Girls.

The pair, who created the award- winning television show of the same name, have rewritten it as a musical with the same characters.

Allan Marsden will direct the show, which features characters such as Larkhall Prison's forward thinking governor, an old-school abusive prison guard and an interesting array of inmates whose crimes range from petty to horrific.

The music, ranging from hard rock to pensive ballads, is loosely 1970s thanks to musical director Frances Tull, the musical director for Otaki Players' performance of Chicago in 2011.

The show, which covers death, violence, drugs and lesbian love, also has upbeat musical numbers to let the audience know the girls are going to be OK somehow, said spokeswoman Margaret Brown.

- Bad Girls runs from June 8 to 23.

Tickets, $20, from otakiplayers.org.nz.

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