Graf takes us back to the ’80s

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Flashback: Charlotte Graf, left, and Margaret O'Hanlon are going back to the '80s

It was the decade of big hair, big shoulder pads and big hits.

Now a new musical’s bringing the biggest and best of the ’80s to Queenstown.

Arrowtowner Charlotte Graf’s penned her first musical, Margaret O’Hanlon and Mike Legge.

Featuring music from Phil Collins, The Exponents, The Pretenders and Falco to name a few, it’s set to be jam-packed with nostalgia.

The story takes place at a community radio station in 1987, which is bought out by a big company. It’s a bit of a case of art imitating life for Graf, who worked at a radio station in Queenstown in the ’90s.

Writing the show is something she wanted to do for about eight years, and then two years ago, the “mojo” was right, she says.

“I wondered why nobody had written a show about a radio station, it just made sense.”

O’Hanlon, who’s directing the show, says getting the rights to some of the music was tricky. But the Kiwi artists who they wrote to directly were “lovely”.

Auditions will be held at QPACT, Ballarat Street, at 11am next Sunday, June 9, and for singers only at noon on June 10. The show will run at Arrowtown’s Athenaeum Hall from August 28-31.

The team is keen to borrow anything ’80s that can be used as props.