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CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Sydney Lyric Theatre: Peter Pan Goes Wrong

 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Melbourne – State Theatre: Evita

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Regent Theatre: Jersey Boys 

 

NEW ZEALAND

The Civic Theatre, Auckland: Aladdin

 

AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES

Season Announcement: The Production Company

February 19th saw the announcement of The Production Company’s 21st season.The  season will feature two Australian premieres: David Bowie’s LAZARUS and RAGTIME as well as the all time Broadway favourite, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

LAZARUS

LAZARUS was David Bowie’s final project and was first staged in New York in 2015. It’s a ground breaking music theatre work featuring eighteen David Bowie songs including ‘Changes’, ‘Heroes’ and ‘Absolute Beginners’. Inspired by the Walter Tevis novel, The Man Who Fell to Earth, LAZARUS is about an alien Thomas Newton, as he remains on earth, unable to die. We follow him during the course of a few days when the arrival of another lost soul might finally set him free. David Bowie co-wrote Lazarus with Enda Walsh who also wrote the book for the award winning musical, Once.

Iconic singer iOTA makes his debut with The Production Company in the role of Valentine. Emily Milledge (LCage aux Folles) returns to TPC in the role of Girl, Phoebe Panaretos (Fran in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom) is Elly and Mike McLeish (Beautiful) makes his Production Company debut as Michael.

 

RAGTIME

At the dawn of a new century everything is changing and anything is possible. Set in the melting pot of New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, Tateh and the daring young Harlem musician, Coalhouse Walker Jr. and his fiancée, Sarah. Together they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice and what it means to live in 20th Century America.

Starring as Coalhouse Walker Jr, is Kurt Kansley, whom Melbourne critics have hailed for his recent performance as Che Guevara in Evita, Chloe Zuel (Dusty, Beautiful) is Sarah, and Josh Piterman (Beautiful) is Tateh.

 

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE

It’s the height of the jazz age in the roaring 20’s, and small-town girl Millie Dillmount has just arrived in New York City, ready to make her dreams come true. Millie’s plan is simple: find a job as a secretary for an eligible bachelor, and then marry him. It doesn’t take long for Millie’s “thoroughly modern” plan to go awry.

Annie Aitken is featured in the starring role of Millie. Annie’s recent performance in Candide with the Sydney Symphony was hailed as ‘a show-stopping tour-de-force’ (SMH). Australia’s favourite leading lady, Marina Prior is conniving landlady – and part time slave trader – Mrs. Meers, a dragon lady audiences will love to hate. Michael Falzon (Evita) is Millie’s boss – and dream husband – Trevor Graydon, andClaire Lyon (Phantom of the Opera) is her best friend and aspiring actress, Miss Dorothy Brown.

Subscriptions are on sale now at www.artscentremelbourne.com.au with individual tickets going on sale on April 8th.

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Nominations for Green Room Awards announced

Congratulations to the nominees for the Green Room Awards which will be held on Monday, April 1st, 2019 at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. For the Musical Theatre categories, the nominees are as follows:

Female Lead

  • Esther Hannaford – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Virginia Gay – Calamity Jane (One Eyed Man Productions)
  • Natalie O’Donnell – Mamma Mia! The Musical (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick)
  • Tina Arena – Evita (Opera Australia, John Frost and David Ian)

Male Lead

  • Josh Piterman – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Euan Doidge – Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert (Michael Cassel Group, Nullarbor Productions)
  • David Harris – Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert (Michael Cassel Group, Nullarbor Productions)
  • Brent Hill – School Of Rock: The Musical (GWB Entertainment & Co)
  • Kurt Kansley – Evita (Opera Australia, John Frost and David Ian)

Female Supporting

  • Jackie Rees – A Little Night Music (Watch This)
  • Johanna Allen – A Little Night Music (Watch This)
  • Lucy Maunder – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Elandrah Feo – Bring It On: The Musical (David Venn in association with Stage Masters)
  • Jayde Westerby – Mamma Mia! The Musical (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda Bewick)

Male Supporting

  • Nick Simpson-Deeks – Falsettos (StageArt)
  • Mat Verevis – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Tony Taylor – Calamity Jane (One Eyed Man Productions)
  • Rob Johnson – Calamity Jane (One Eyed Man Productions)
  • Phillip Lowe – Mamma Mia! The Musical (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick)

Lighting

  • Rob Sowinski – A Little Night Music (Watch This)
  • Peter Kaczorowski – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Trent Suidgeest – Calamity Jane (One Eyed Man Productions)
  • Gavin Swift – Mamma Mia! The Musical (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick)
  • Natasha Katz – School Of Rock: The Musical (GWB Entertainment & Co)

Set

  • Derek Mclean – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Lauren Peters – Calamity Jane (One Eyed Man Productions)
  • Linda Bewick – Mamma Mia! The Musical (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick)
  • Timothy O’Brien – Evita (Opera Australia, John Frost and David Ian)

Costume

  • Jodi Hope – Bare: The Musical (StageArt)
  • Alegjo Vietti – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Anna Louizos – School Of Rock: The Musical (GWB Entertainment & Co)
  • Suzy Strout – Mamma Mia! The Musical (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick)

Sound

  • Marcello Lo Ricco – Falsettos (StageArt)
  • Brian Ronan – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Mick Potter – School Of Rock: The Musical (GWB Entertainment & Co)
  • Mick Potter – Evita (Opera Australia, John Frost and David Ian)
  • Michael Waters – Mamma Mia! The Musical (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda Bewick)

Musical Direction

  • David Butler – Falsettos (StageArt)
  • Stephen Gray – Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert (Michael Cassel Group & Nullarbor Productions)
  • Daniel Edmonds – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Laura Tipoki – School Of Rock: The Musical (GWB Entertainment & Co)
  • Guy Simpson – Evita (Opera Australia, John Frost and David Ian)

Choreography

  • Michael Ralph – Bring It On: The Musical (David Venn in association with Stage Masters)
  • Tom Hodgson – Mamma Mia! The Musical (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick)
  • Larry Fuller – Evita (Opera Australia, John Frost and David Ian)

Direction

  • Tyran Parke – Falsettos (StageArt)
  • Mark Bruni – Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Richard Carroll – Calamity Jane (One Eyed Man Productions)
  • Gary Young – Mamma Mia! The Musical (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick)

Production

  • Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Michael Cassel Group)
  • Bring It On: The Musical (David Wenn in association with Stage Masters)
  • Calamity Jane (One Eyed Man Productions)
  • School Of Rock: The Musical (GWB Entertainment & Co)
  • Mamma Mia! The Musical (Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick)

 

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Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley to star in Sweeney Todd

Anthony Warlow, will be joined on stage by one of Australia’s best-known stage and screen performers, Gina Riley in a spectacular re-imagined concert version of the musical thriller SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Produced by  Life Like Company, known for its acclaimed productions of The Light in the Piazza, City of Angels and Passion, this brand new and innovative staging of Sweeney Todd will reunite a stellar creative team led by Director, Theresa Borg and Musical Director, Vanessa Scammell.

SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street combines the vocal power and sweep of opera with the aching humanity and truth of theatre.

Ticketing information and further details can be found at https://lifelikecompany.com

A detailed article on the upcoming production can be read at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/anthony-warlow-and-gina-riley-in-sweeney-todd/

Anthony Warlow in costume

 

Cast Announcement: Full Cast of Barnum Announced

This week saw the full cast announced for the highly anticipated production of Barnum. Joining the previously announced Todd McKenneyRachael Beck, Akina Edmonds and Suzie Mathers are Kirby Burgess (Big Fish, Dirty Dancing) as the Ringmaster, Joshua Reckless in his professional debut as Tom Thumb and a very talented ensemble consisting of Embla Bishop (Jesus Christ Superstar, Brigadoon), Robbie Curtis (Cirque Du Soleil), Sarah Gray (Circalicious Cabaret),  Matthew Hamilton (WICKED, School of Rock), William Meagher (Circa), Stephen McDowell (The Rocky Horror Show, Heathers) and Vanessa McGregor (Circus Oz).

Barnum commences performances at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on April 27th with tickets available from http://barnumthemusical.com.au/#tickets

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Cast Announcement: Australian Premiere of Razorhurst

Talented Australian performers Debora Krizak (CabaretAnything Goes) and Amelia Cormack (The HatpinRock of Ages) will perform in the Australian Premiere of Razorhurst at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre in June 2019.

Razorhurst explores what it means to be a woman in a man’s world, forced into a life of crime by circumstance. At turns crass and hilarious, Razorhurst is a “compelling meditation on the explosive cocktail of gender, class, and power underlying an infamous period in the history of crime” (Newark Star-Ledger).

Tickets can be found at https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/razorhurst

Amelia and Deb

 

Hobart’s First Musical Theatre Festival

Jemma Rix and Rob Mills will headline the inaugural Australian Musical Theatre Festival which will be held in Launceston, Tasmania from May 23rd- 26th, 2019.

Ticketing and program details can be found at http://www.amtf.org.au

An interview with the festival’s artistic director John X (The Wizard of Oz) can be listened to at https://m.soundcloud.com/ultra1065fm/australian-musical-theatre-festival

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Canberra Theatre Centre to stage GWB’s West Side Story

West Side Story Australia & NZ is heading to Canberra Theatre Centre from October 10th, 2019. further information can be found at http://bit.ly/WSS-Canberra

GWB West Side Story

 

CELEBRATIONS

Opening Night: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Saturday, February 23rd saw the Opening Night of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Melbourne’s newly renovated Princess Theatre. The Cursed Child is a story of magic, friendship and overcoming fears and challenges.

Set 19 years after the Deathly Hallows, the story centres around Albus Severus (Sean Rees-Wemyss) who joining his brother James at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But Albus is very different to the confident, relaxed James. Uptight and anxious about being the son of The Boy Who Lived,  Albus is scared that he won’t live up to his father’s reputation and Scorpius Malfoy (William McKenna), the son of Harry Potter’s nemesis Draco. Scorpius is facing his own battles including rumours of his parentage. 

A full review can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-review/

Harry Potter cast

 

Peter Pan Goes Wrong celebrates 100th Show

In a show that is famous for everything going wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong which is currently showing at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre have accomplished a milestone for something going right! Thursday, February 14th saw the cast and crew celebrate their 100th show. Congratulations to everyone involved!

peter pan 100

 

Baby News: Denise Devlin gives birth to baby girl

Congratulations to Denise Devlin (Kinky Boots, Rent) who gave birth to a daughter,  Alexandra Rosalie on Friday, February 8th. Welcome to the Australian theatre family Alexandra!

Denise baby

(Photo by Jordan Angelides)

 

 

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Ensemble Theatre: The Last Five Years (March 29th)

Hayes Theatre: Spamalot (March 6th)

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon (March 16th)

 

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding (March 12th)

 

 

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Sydney Lyric Theatre: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (March 3rd)

 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Melbourne- State Theatre: Evita (March 3rd)

 

NEW ZEALAND

The Civic Theatre, Auckland: Aladdin (March 3rd)

 

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

Ainsley Melham

Congratulations to Ainsley Melham who made his Broadway debut on Wednesday, February 20th in the role of Aladdin.  We wish him all the best for his time there!

Ainsley on Broadway

 

Courtney Monsma

Thursday, February 14th saw Courtney Monsma make her NZ debut as Princess Jasmine in Auckland. Well Done Courtney!

courtney jasmine

 

School of Rock rocks Shanghai

The Australian cast of School of Rock are currently touring throughout China, opening in Shanghai last week to rave reviews and very excited audiences. The School of Rock travel to Brisbane from July 2019 before touring Auckland and Sydney.

Further information can be found at https://au.schoolofrockthemusical.com/tickets/

SOR shanghai

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