About the show:
World War Wonderful premiered in the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival directed by Lana Schwarcz with Karin Muiznieks as Gloria, Erin Newington as Ruth and Louise McCrae as Fanny. Em Muiznieks supported on trumpet and percussion and pianists over the year included Tom Dalton, Rowland Brache and James Simpson. Film and dramaturgical help was provided by Dan Walmsley and the film was recorded by Ben Murphy and featured Ged Cogley as Winston Churchill. The show was selected to perform at Upfront, the all-female comedy gala night, along such luminaries as Yana Alana, Denise Scott, Corinne Grant, Fiona O’Lachlan and Judith Lucy. That same year it won Most Popular Show at the MICF and Karin was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Original Songs in a Cabaret.
The themes of war, loss, profiteering and sibling rivalry combined with the authentic-sounding original songs made World War Wonderful easily the most commercially successful of Karin’s shows. The Wonderful Sisters continued to perform outside the stage show appearing at The Local Laughs, Short and Girly (the AIDS fundraiser), The Last Laugh Comedy Club (at the Atheneum), The Crimson Goat Cabaret Club and The Arts Centre, Fed Square, Channel 7’s sunrise programme, as well as private and corporate functions.
In 2011 the show the show went on tour to the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Karin relinquished the role of Gloria to focus on re-writing and producing her first interstate tour. The role was taken up by Penne Bruce and the role of Ruth was played by Laura McCulloch. Erin Newington stayed on as choreographer, the role of Winston Churchill was passed to Casey Bennetto and Scott Gooding returned to collaborate with Karin as director and stage manager. The Adelaide season was statistically the best sold season the show has ever seen, performed at The Austral Hotel and selling 80% of its capacity. The show was quickly picked up again in Melbourne and the Adelaide cast had two further season that year, one at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and one at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
In 2012 World War Wonderful went overseas to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This was Karin’s first international tour as both producer and performer. Karin returned to the role of Gloria and Scott Gooding returned as director, adding production manager and lighting technician to his list of responsibilities. The roles of Ruth and Fanny were played by Emma Jones (The Hatpin) and Lauren Murtagh (Give My Regards To Broady) respectively. World War Wonderful made a determined international debut at SpaceCabaret @ 54 garnering a four star review in TimeOut London. The sisters were selected to perform for The Australian High Commission in the UK at their Going For Gold showcase of Australian talent, and the show was Shortlisted for The People’s Choice Award in the festival.
Original press release:
Get conscripted and sign up for the most explosive musical comedy ever to leap from a fighter jet.
When the world’s in perpetual warfare someone should be making a profit! Join musical trio The Wonderful Sisters as they dance and dazzle their way through a classic 1940’s style USO show.
Their angelic voices and toe-tapping tunes will have you lock-n-loading before you can say ‘Left wing conspiracy!’. Because all’s fair in love and war…but nobody ever mentioned peace.