All the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Ensemble Theatre: The Last Five Years 

Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point: West Side Story

Lyric Theatre: Saturday Night Fever 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Melbourne: West Side Story

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding 

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Theatre: Aladdin

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Regal Theatre: Mimma: A Musical of War and Friendship 

AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES

Final Adult Cast Members Announced: Billy Elliot

Jordana Beatty, Jayme-Jo Massoud and Tahlia Traecey will join the cast of Billy Elliott The Musical as the show tours Australia starting in Sydney in October 2019. Beatty and Massoud will be making their professional musical debut while Traecey appeared in Gordon Frost’s production of Annie in 2012. We congratulate the three ladies and hope this is the start of a wonderful career in Musical Theatre.

Tickets for Billy Elliot can be purchased from http://billyelliotthemusical.com.au

Sneak Peak: Barnum

With circuses and circus schools around the world preparing for World Circus Day festivities on Saturday, April 20th, what better time than now is there to give audiences a sneak peak at the new production of Barnum starring Todd McKenney in the title role.

Barnum opens next week in Melbourne with further information available from http://barnumthemusical.com.au

CELEBRATIONS

Baby Announcement: Harrison Jack

Congratulations to Sarah Kate Landy (CATS, Mary Poppins) on the birth of her son Harrison Jack this week. Welcome to the Australian Theatre Community Harrison!

Baby News: Rebecca Selley

Also joining the Australian Theatre Family will be Baby Selley, a baby girl for Rebecca Selley (Beautiful), her husband Jake and their son JJ. We wish you the best during your pregnancy.

OPENING SHOWS

VICTORIA

Comedy Theatre: Barnum (April 27th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Ensemble Theatre: The Last Five Years  (April 27th)

Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point: West Side Story (April 21st)

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Melbourne: West Side Story (April 28th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

 Matthew Lee Robinson’s Atlantis opens in USA

Congratulations to Matthew Lee Robinson and his husband Scott Anderson Morris whose show Atlantis opened at the Virginia Repetory Theatre this past weekend.

The new, original musical Atlantis takes us to an idyllic and isolated island just days before its sudden disappearance. When an outsider washes ashore and exposes a dark secret, the faith and duty that bonds all Atlanteans is fractured, giving rise to a new and unexpected leader.

The show runs until May 5th with tickets available from https://m.va-rep.org/?smallView=1

Robert Tripolino

Congratulations to Robert Tripolino (Aladdin) who will portray Jesus in the upcoming Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Jesus Christ Superstar opens at The Barbican on July 4th, 2019 with tickets available from https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/show/jesus-christ-superstar

Olivier Award: Stephen Dandry

Congratulations to Billy Elliot Director Stephen Daldry who was just awarded The Sir Peter Hall Olivier Award for Best Director on his production of ‘The Inheritance’ at the 2019 Olivier Awards in London.

Disney on Broadway celebrates 25th Anniversary

Ainsley Melham (Aladdin) joined other stars of Broadway including Aladdin co-star Arielle Jacobs and Frozen stars Patti Murrin and Caissie Levy to perform those memorable tunes from Disney’s 25 years on Broadway.

Ainsley can be seen performing here https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/disney-broadway-celebrates-25th-anniversary-magical-mashup-62341305

Mamma Mia! on West End celebrates  20th Anniversary

Congratulations to Lara Mulcahy on her performance on April 7th at the curtain call performance of Mamma Mia! in the West End to celebrate the show’s 20th Anniversary.

Beetlejuice opens in previews

Audiences are raving about the new musical Beetlejuice! Here’s a look at the musical, with music by Eddie Perfect.

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