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CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Mamma Mia!

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Aladdin

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Beautiful – The Carole King Story

Regent Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Festival Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Auslan Performance – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 

April 28th will see Auslan Stage Left together with Priscilla, Queen of the Desert hold an Auslan interpreted performance of the show.

The show will be at 2pm at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, further information can be found at http://www.auslanstageleft.com.au/events/priscilla-queen-dessert-melbourne/

David Harris – Final Melbourne show

Due to previous commitments in New York City, David Harris’ final performance in the Melbourne season of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will be on Wednesday, April 25th. Harris looks forward to rejoining the show in Sydney.

David Harris Priscilla

 

Priscilla celebrates their 100th Show

Congratulations to the Company of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert who celebrated their 100th bus ride from Sydney to Alice Springs on Friday, April 20th 2018.

Priscilla runs at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre until May 5th before moving to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Tickets for Melbourne and Sydney are available from http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Priscilla-Queen-of-the-Desert-tickets/artist/1061975?dma_id=702#artist_table_focus

Priscilla 100-1

Cry-Baby

Hayes Theatre, Sydney announced on Wednesday April 18th that Cry-Baby would replace the previously announced American Psycho. Cry-Baby will run from July 20th.

Further information can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/cry-baby-comes-to-sydneys-hayes-theatre-co-in-july/

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Green Room Awards

Monday, April 9th saw the 2017 edition of the Green Room Awards held at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. The big star of the night, Aladdin won Best Musical together with production awards for lighting, set design and costume design. They also won the Betty Pounder Award for Excellence in Choreography.

Other musical theatre awards were presented to Christie Whelan-Browne (Vigil) for best female performer, Charles Edwards (My Fair Lady) for best male performer, RobynNevin (My Fair Lady) for best female supporting performer and Reg Livermore (My Fair Lady) for best male supporting performer. My Fair Lady also won awards for sound design and music direction.

A full list of award winners and a wrap up from the evening can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/2018-green-room-award-winners/

Aladdin The Musical

Billy Elliot to dance into Australia

10 years after the curtain went down on the first Australian tour, Billy Elliot the story of a young boy raised in a small British mining town. Set against the backdrop of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family, the whole community and changes his life forever.

Billy Elliot the Musical will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in October 2019 followed by planned seasons in Melbourne at the Regent Theatre from February 2020, Crown Theatre in Perth from June 2020, QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from July 2020 and the Festival Theatre in Adelaide from September 2020.

Follow the Theatre People facebook page for further information.

Billy Elliot

Commonwealth Games 

Congratulations to the musical theatre community members who were involved in the Opening and Closing ceremonies CATS Australia cast member Delta Goodrem and Grease-The Arena Experience’s Christine Anu headlined performances at the Opening Ceremony while many other performers and crew members helped to make the evening run smoothly.

https://www.facebook.com/DeltaGoodremMusic/videos/10156315692850842/

OPENING NIGHTS

Wizard of Oz

Thursday, April 5th saw The Wizard of Oz open at Adelaide’s newly refurbished Festival Theatre. You can follow the Yellow Brick Road there until April 29th with tickets available from https://www.wizardofozthemusical.com/tickets/adelaide/

Cast of Wizard of Oz (c) Jeff Busby

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

Assassins

April 15th saw the announcement of the remaining cast members for the Sydney Opera House season of Assassins.

Anthony Gooley (Calamity Jane) will portray Sam Byck who had planned to assassinate President Nixon but was killed while attempting to hijack a plane and fly it into the White House in 1974 , Luigi Lucente (Muriel’s Wedding) will play Giuseppe “Joe” Zangara who attempted to assassinate then President Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 and Madeleine Jones (Muriel’s Wedding) as Emma Goldman, an anarchist who was thought to be behind to assassination of US President William McKinley but was not directly involved.

Assassins runs from June 7th to July 1st at the Sydney Opera House Playhouse. Tickets can be purchased from https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/musical-theatre/2018/assassins.html

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Oklahoma!

The full cast has been announced for The Production Company’s 2018 season opener Oklahoma! Joining the previously announced Simon Gleeson, Bobby Fox, Robyn Nevin, Anna O’Byrne, Ben Mingay, Elise McCann, Richard Piper, Grant Piro and Greg Stone are Glen Hogstrom, Glaston Toft, Greta Sherriff, Annie Aitken, Amy Berrisford, Embla Bishop, Jared Bryan, Zack Anthony Curran, Alex Given, Courtney Glass, Luke Haberecht, Melanie Hawkins, Georgina Hopson, Stefanie Jones, Andrew Kroenert, Elysha Manik, Joe Meldrum, Imogen Moore, Daniel Roberts, Sue-Ellen Shook and Jordan Turner. Alternating the Young Girl role are Chiara Alleva, Rachel Kipnis, Alannah Parfett and Lucia Valentine Schwerdt.

The season runs from May 26th to June 3rd for 11 performances only with tickets available from https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/en/whats-on/2018/seasons/tpc/oklahoma

Oklahoma full cast TPC

CELEBRATIONS

Dean and Morgan – Engagement

Congratulations to Dean Vince (Aladdin) and his fiance Morgan on their official engagement on Thursday, April 5th 2018. Vince proposed the Cleary on Cleary’s birthday.

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (May 13th)

Hayes Theatre: Carmen, Live or Dead (April 28th)

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Darwin Entertainment Centre: American Idiot (May 3rd)

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: Wizard of Oz (May 12th)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre Perth: Mamma Mia! (May 15th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Carmen, Live or Dead (May 6th)

Capitol Theatre: Mamma Mia! (May 6th)

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Darwin Entertainment Centre: American Idiot (May 6th)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Festival Theatre: Wizard of Oz (April 29th)

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (May 5th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

Strictly Ballroom

Visionary Australian director Baz Luhrmann joined the cast of the West End production of Strictly Ballroom on stage after the show on the weekend to create the West End’s biggest selfie!

A video of the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/strictlyballroomthemusical/videos/968525009991943/

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