When the musical of Muriel’s Wedding,adapted from PJ Hogan’s hugely popular Australian 1994 film, premiered in Sydney at the end of 2018, Natalie Abbott went along to watch it with friends and was left tingling with emotion at what she’d seen.

Natalie Abbott as Muriel, with cast members. Photograph © Jeff Busby

Like Muriel Heslop, the daggy nobody from the small coastal town of Porpoise Spit, who moves to Sydney with dreams...

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