Aussie Song

A New Musical by Frances Rae Key


WINNER of NYC Summerfest 2019

Best Musical Score Award!

Frances Key & Abigail Lumsden

                                             AND NOMINATED for... 

                                                Best Musical 

                                       Best Director - Ellie Handel 

                               Best Female Lead Singer - Jordan Stam


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"The characters are vivid, the songs beautiful, the choreography awesome, and it integrated seamlessly
into the drama, shaping the story in a most compelling way. Excellent director! I was hooked early on!"
Deon Allen - Former Dancer, Houston Ballet 
"The company is led by Jordan Stam, who is totally winning as the young (and then slightly older)
Teddy. She has a beautiful singing voice and both the ability to convey comedic and dramatic
moments equally. It wouldn’t surprise me if we see her on... Broadway stages very quickly...  
A warm and lovely play... could go the distance and entertain audiences for a long while to come."
Ron Fassler, Theatre Pizzazz Review
"This show stands out because of its incredibly beautiful music and sweeping, epic storyline.
It’s the kind of show many audience members are hungry to see."
Celia Frank , Atlantic Beach Community Theatre
"Beautiful storytelling, historical magic and heart pour out from this delightful show..."
April Hayden, Actor, NYC

Aussie Song  explores the true-life story of Teddy Trager growing up in Australia in the 1920s-30s and her unique bond with her father. When she falls in love with an American sailor during WWII and sets sail for her new home, she brings with her a painful family secret and an unending song in her heart. 

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September 2019:  Aussie Song  will make its New York Premiere at the 2019 New York Theatre Festival at Hudson Guild Theatre (442 W 26th Street). 

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 6:15 PM [SOLD OUT]

Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 3:45 PM (*ADDED PERFORMANCE*) & 9:00 PM

Sunday, October 6, 2019 @ 4:00 PM [SOLD OUT]

ARTICLE: "Aussie Song" romance led Australian teen to Jacksonville in WWII

The Florida Times Union | September 25, 2019 |  Matt Soergel

"After marrying a U.S. sailor who’d survived two weeks in a life raft, Australian Gloria “Teddy” Key eventually made it to Jacksonville, where she ran a day care and private school for many years."

August 2019: Casting and creative team is ANNOUNCED for Aussie Song  at Hudson Guild Theatre. 

ARTICLE: Musical Launched in New York City Featuring the Life of an Albury Girl

Albury Wodonga News | July 6, 2019 | Frances Rae Key

"The show was put on in Florida in 2009, and she was able to see if before she passed away the next year. This year, it was chosen by a festival in New York City for a new production, opening on September 30th at the Hudson Guild Theatre."

ARTICLE: 'Aussie Song' a Touching Love Story...Based on a Woman's Real-Life Stories

The Florida Times Union | July 6, 2009 | Tamara McClaran

"Jacksonville music teacher and composer Frances Rae Key wrote Aussie Song about her mother, Teddy Trager, who is known to many as Gloria "Teddy" Key. Aussie Song is an entertaining production with beautiful music and an interesting and touching family love story."

January 2010:  Aussie Song  made its World Premiere at Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre. The production was directed by Caryl Butterley.




2019, New York City, Hudson Guild Theatre 

 2009, Atlantic Beach, Florida, ABET Theatre 



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