Directed by Neil Gooding, the show starred David Harris as Bud and James Millar (Matilda) as Doug, the writers of their brand new musical about the inventor of the printing press. Each performer plays the 30 different characters between them, using trucker hats with each character’s names written on them to differentiate each character.
The show gained tremendous acclaim and toured nationally earning Helpmann, Green Room and Sydney Theatre Award nominations.“This first Australian production is up to that standard and is blessed with two terrific performers in Harris and Millar. They know their business inside out, sing like angels and have the comic timing of a pair of Swiss watches on laughing gas.” – StageNoise
“Harris and Millar deftly act the lead male and female roles…Harris reveals a vibrant flair for comedy and an appealingly adaptable voice… Gutenberg! The Musical! is a zany, cute and fun vehicle to display their wonderful talents” – Sydney Morning Herald
“David Harris and James Millar boast impressive credentials in musical theatre, and their performances here are brilliant. Both have beautiful voices and spot-on comic timing — as well as boundless stamina to carry this two-hander with nary a breather.” – Sandra Bowen, Reviewer.
“This first Australian production is up to that standard and is blessed with two terrific performers in Harris and Millar. They know their business inside out, sing like angels and have the comic timing of a pair of Swiss watches on laughing gas.” – StageNoise
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“Harris is someone I wish the world at large saw more of, since he’s got one of the finest voice for and in musical theatre, per se. To those who move in those circles, he’s regarded as one of the leading men; much lauded, for example, for his role as Chris in Miss Saigon. He has a Mo, Helpmann and Sydney Theatre award on his mantle as documentary proof, if you will, of his supremacy. And his resume is an exercise in tiresome scrolling, unless you’ve an iPad.” – Crickey (full review)
“The show succeeds on many levels, not the least of which is the endearing qualities of the two stars who prove they have the comedic chops to handle all manner of physical comedy and an array of zany accents… Harris reveals comedic skills heretofore unseen and is a bundle of energy in Bud’s many roles. His sinister Evil Monk, complete with (deliberately) offensive Asian accent and cracking neck, is a hoot.” – TheatrePeople
Both Harris & Millar turn in ‘tour de force’ stupidity. Both of these fine performers give this nonsense to you with elite control, the spontaneity of TheatreSports Olympians, and a joy in ‘play’ that we all too rarely see. To watch the boys at the top of their game and delivering at a speed of the Road Runner on Warp Factor 2001 is an experience you must not miss – but inhale before you enter the theatre. You’ll find it hard after that.
Success on the tightrope on which this brand of scripted comedy balances requires resource, wit, listening and absolute yeilding to the scene partner. And Millar and Harris are exemplary at it… While he may be known for romantic lead roles with a power-ballad or 10, David Harris is at home here. He is funny. Bloody funny).” – Broadway At Bedtime