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CURRENT SHOWS 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra Theatre Centre: Mamma Mia!

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: High Fidelity 

Lyric Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Roslyn Packer Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Aladdin

Southbank Theatre: Vivid White

The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES? 

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

🎄American Idiot

Get ready to rock Australia!

American Idiot, the stage adaption of Green Day’s rock opera of the same name is set to tour Australia with a star studded cast including Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Adalita (Magic Dirt) and Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus) sharing the role of St Jimmy. Reprising their roles are Phoebe Panaretos (Whatsername), Ashleigh Taylor (Heather), and Christopher Scalzo (Ensemble).They are joined on stage by Connor Crawford (Assassins)Linden Furnell (Kinky Boots)Alex Jeans (High Fidelity)Kaylah Attard (Strictly Ballroom)Erin Clare (High Fidelity)Nicholas Kyriacou (Kinky Boots)Kyla Bartholemeusz (Dirty Dancing)Vidya Makan (Memphis)Phoenix Mendoza (Professional Debut)Maxwell Simon (Assassins) and Kuki Tipoki (The King and I)American Idiot opens at Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall on January 2 before touring to Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin.

Tickets and further information can be found at http://americanidiotlive.com.au/tickets/

American Idiot cast

🎄Home Grown Grassroots Initiative

The final two readings for the Home Grown Grassroots Initiative 2017 season were held at the Victorian College of the Arts on Monday, December 4th. The two readings for the evening are both by female writers, Woman by Vidya Makan and A Sharp Intake of Breath by Lucy O’Brien.

The cast of Woman includes Blake Appelqvist (Kinky Boots)Elandrah Feo (Memphis)Kerrie Anne Greenland (Les Miserables)Tod Strike (Hair)Adrian Barila (Merrily We Roll Along)Bianca Louise Bruce (Memphis)Callum Warrender (Memphis)Anna Wilshire (A Chorus Line) and Dominic Woodhead (Boy’s of Sondheim).

The cast of A Sharp Intake of Breath are Shannen Alyce (The Gathering)Nathan Carter (Kinky Boots), Jess Papst (Legally Blonde) and Zack Curran (Fiddler on the Roof).

Home Grown Grassroots Dec 2017

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS

🎄Show Queen

Show Queen Sydney is hosting their Christmas Extravaganza at Gingers on Sunday, December 17th from 7pm. Hosted by Trevor Ashley (Les Miserables) it is sure to be a fun night. Tickets are available from https://www.stickytickets.com.au/61540/show_queen__christmas_showcase_dec_17.aspx

Cast will be announced at a later date.

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🎄Johanna Allen

Johanna Allen (Sound of Music) draws on her European heritage, operatic training and jazz experience to bring you Euromash.

Get ready to be transported to the salons of Paris and the tango halls of Spain combining modern music and songs from pre- war Europe.

The show will be held at Melbourne’s Recital Centre on Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th with tickets available from https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2017/johanna-allen-euromash/

Johanna Allen euromash

OPENING NIGHTS

🎄Mamma Mia!

Thursday, November 30th saw the opening of the 10th Anniversary Tour of Mamma Mia! at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Mamma Mia! tells the story of Sophie (Sarah Morrison) who is getting married to Sky (Stephen Mahy). She wants to invite her dad to the ceremony but after reading her mum’s (Nat O’Donnell) diary concludes that there are three possible options Sam (Ian Stenlake), Bill (Josef Ber) and Harry (Phillip Lowe).

Mamma Mia! plays in Canberra until December 17th before moving to Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Further information can be found at http://www.mammamiathemusical.com.au/

Mamma Mia cast

REHEARSALS

🎄The Rocky Horror Show

Rehearsals commenced this week for the 2018 Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show. The tour shows at Adelaide’s newly re- furbished Festival Centre from December 28th before jumping over to Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.

Tickets can be found at https://rockyhorror.com.au

Rocky Horror Rehearsal

CD RECORDINGS

🎄Muriel’s Wedding

Loved Muriel’s Wedding? Love Australian musicals? Pre- order your copy of the CD from playbill! The CD features the catchy songs written by Kate Miller- Heidke and Keir Nuttall and outstanding performances led by Maggie McKenna, Madeleine Jones, Justine Clarke, Helen Dallimore and Gary Sweet.

Pre- Orders are available at http://shop.playbill.com.au/theatre/muriels-wedding-original-cast-recording-cd-pre-order/

Madeleine and Maggie

OPENING SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Wizard of Oz (December 30th)

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Mamma Mia ! (December 26th) 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre: Dream Lover (December 27th)

CLOSING SHOWS

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra Theatre Centre: Mamma Mia! (December 17th)

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: High Fidelity (December 17th)

VICTORIA

Southbank Theatre: Vivid White (December 23rd)

AUSSIES ABROAD 

🎄Romina Villafranca

Congratulations to Romina Villafranca (Singin’ in the Rain) who portrayed Victoria in the Asian tour of CATS this week in Korea.

Romina Villafranca

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