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ABC Commercial closes deal on The Merry Widow

Author: ABC Commercial

ABC Commercial has announced a new agreement with Japan's public broadcaster NHK to bring one of the Australian Ballets' favourite productions to Japan.

  • Artists of The Australian Ballet. The Merry Widow.  | Copyright: © Photography Daniel Boud, 2018.

    Artists of The Australian Ballet. The Merry Widow. © Photography Daniel Boud, 2018.

  • Artists of The Australian Ballet. The Merry Widow | Copyright: © Photography Jeff Busby, 2018.

    Artists of The Australian Ballet. The Merry Widow © Photography Jeff Busby, 2018.

  • ABC Commercial closes deal on The Merry Widow | Copyright: © The Australian Ballet. The Merry Widow. Photography

    © The Australian Ballet. The Merry Widow. Photography

One of the Australian Ballets' favourite productions will soon be shown on Japanese screens as ABC Commercial has announced a new agreement with Japan's public broadcaster NHK, who will premiere the production on NHK BS Premium on in late January 2020.

The agreement comes in time to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer Franz Lehár’s birth. Filmed at the Sydney Opera House, the production is irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical. The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce. Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers. Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve.

“ABC Commercial is thrilled to partner with NHK to bring The Merry Widow to Japanese audiences,” said Jessica Ellis, Head of Content Sales & Distribution, ABC Commercial. “This glamorous, romantic ballet has become popular with audiences all over the world. We are certain Japanese audiences will enjoy this beautiful production.”

The Merry Widow is an Australian Ballet production, directed by Simon Francis and produced by Robyn Fincham.

English title The Merry Widow

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