Come On! The Lleyton Hewitt Musical

by Samuel Boneham, Thomas De Angelis and Laurence Rosier Staines

“Come On! The Lleyton Hewitt Musical” is about a man who knew he was good and just couldn’t wait for the rest of the world to figure it out. Hewitt was the youngest world number one in tennis history. He was instrumental in the Australian Team winning the Davis Cup in 1999. He won the US Open in 2001, and Wimbledon in 2002, both before the age of twenty-one.

But the thing about Hewitt is – every Australian has an opinion on him. He was brash, loud and attention-seeking. Always proud in victory and sulky in defeat. How did the kid who had it all end up at the bottom of the pile after such stunning rise to success? Perhaps his never-say-die attitude, the thing that was his greatest strength, was also his greatest weakness.

In 2005, when Hewitt clawed his way back to the final of the Australian Open, he was the first Australian to do so since Pat Cash. By now, he’d enjoyed the thrilling highs of Australian affection, and the desperate lows of their enmity. And at the Aussie Open in 2005, the local crowd were back on his side - not because they loved him - but because he was the underdog again. Hewitt went on to lose that match, against Marat Safin. He went home that night and proposed to his then girlfriend Bec Cartright.

"Come On! The Lleyton Hewitt Musical" was developed through the Australian Theatre For Young People's Rebel Wilson Theatremaker's Scholarship and was presented as a development in Sydney at ATYP in November 2017 and in Los Angeles at The Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz in January 2018.