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CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Ensemble Theatre: The Last Five Years 

Hayes Theatre: Spamalot

Lyric Theatre: Saturday Night Fever 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding 

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Regent Theatre: Jersey Boys 

AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES

Gypsy Cloak gifted to The Arts Centre

On Wednesday, March 27th which also happened to be World Theatre Day, The Arts Centre of Melbourne were gifted Australian Gypsy Cloak as the newest acquisition for the Australian Australian Performing Arts Collection.

The Gypsy Cloak was introduced in Australia in 1993 and is based on the tradition of Broadway’s Gypsy Robe, dating back to the 1950s. It is a full-length garment with handmade appliquéd patches representing Australian music theatre shows, passed among major productions and presented to an ensemble member known as a “gypsy” due to their movement between shows.

World Theatre Day Celebrations

On Wednesday, March 27th the Australian theatre community and many members of the theatre community around the world celebrated World Theatre Day. World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI).

Season Announcement: Muriel’s Wedding to head to Brisbane

The residents of Porpoise Spit will road trip to Brisbane this September after it was announced on Monday, April 1st that Muriel’s Wedding would have a limited season at Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, April 4th.

Further information can be found at https://murielsweddingthemusical.com

Here is a video of Muriel (Natalie Abbott) and Rhonda (Brisbanite, Stefanie Jones) performing one of the show’s hit songs ‘Amazing’.

Cast Announcement: Applause

Sunday, March 31st saw the full cast announcement for Neglected Musicals production of Applause which will open at Hayes Theatre on May 1st for 7 performances only. Joining the previously announced Caroline O’Connor who will portray Margot Channing are Stefanie Caccamo (Beautiful) as Eve Harrington, Scott Irwin (High Society) as Bill Sampson, Matt Lee (Mary Poppins) as Duane Fox, Katrina Retallick (Big Fish) as Buzz’s wife and Margot’s best friend, Glen Hogstrom (WICKED) as Buzz Richards, Luke Joslin (The Play That Goes Wrong) as Howard Benedict, Chaska Halliday (Aladdin) Zachary Webster (Mamma Mia!)Michelle Barr (We Will Rock You), Xander Ellis (Grease) and Emily Cascarino (WICKED).

Tickets can be purchased from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/applause/

Cast Announcement: Once

Darlinghurst Theatre Company Director Richard Carroll has assembled an extraordinary cast for the Sydney premiere of Once starring Toby Francis (Kinky Boots), Stefanie  Caccamo (Beautiful) and Cameron Daddo (The Sound of Music) alongside Joe AccariaBrenden DoddsVictoria FalconerPritchard, Conrad HamillDrew LivingstonRupert Reid, Alec Steedman and Joanna Weinberg.

Further information and ticketing details can be found at https://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/whats-on/once

Cast Announcement: Sweeney Todd

Joining the previously announced Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley for the Australian production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street are Debra Byrne as Beggar Woman, Michael Falzon as Adolfo Pirelli,  Daniel Sumegi as Judge Turpin, Anton Berezin as Beadle Samford, Genevieve Kingsford as Johanna, Owen McCredie as Anthony Hope and a talented ensemble made up of Carrie Barr, Darcy Carroll, Amelia Christo, Benjamin Colley, Andrew Dunne, Nick Eynaud, Courtney Glass, Matt Heyward, Lauren Jimmieson, Megan Kozak, Sam Roberts- Smith, Samuel Skuthorp, Tod Strike, Caroline Vercoe and Susan- Ann Walker.

Tickets for the Sydney (June 13th- 16th) and Melbourne (June 20th- 23rd) can be purcased from https://lifelikecompany.com/

Cast Announcement: WICKED

The full cast for the Matt Ward Productions production of WICKED which will be held on the Gold Coast from June 25th to July 6th has been announced. Joining Samantha Dodemaide and Courtney Monsma on stage are James Shaw (Jekyll and Hyde) as The Wizard, Trent Ower (La Cage Aux Folles) as Fiyero, Antonia Marr (RENT) as Nessarose, Tim Carroll (Blood Brothers) as Boq, Shannon Foley (Les Miserables) as Dr Dillamond, Belinda Burton as Ensemble/ Understudy Glinda, Aurelie Roque as Ensemble/ Understudy Elphaba, Josh Whitten as Ensemble/ Understudy Wizard and Dr Dillamond, Carlo Boumouglbay as Ensemble/ Understudy Fiyero, Candice Holyoak as Ensemble/ Understudy Nessarose, Lachlan Greenland as Ensemble/ Chistery, Ben Hambley as Ensemble/ Understudy Boq, Miranda Selwood as Ensemble/ Understudy Morrible and a talented ensemble made up of Joanna Bagley, Alison Miller, Clay English, Elizabeth Johnson, Tomer Dimanstein, Dylan Hodge, Genevieve Alice Matthews, Bianca Coxeter, Monique Mangano, Jeunesse Antao, Natalie Cassaniti, Jeunita Antao, Demi Jenkins and Taneeka Mangano. 

Tickets are on sale now at https://www.wickedinoz.com.au/

CELEBRATIONS

Wedding: Elisa Colla and Zoy Frangos

Congratulations to Elisa Colla (Into the Woods, My Fair Lady) and Zoy Frangos (Evita, Les Miserables) who wed on Sunday, March 31st in front of their family and friends. We wish you all the best.

Engagement: Edward Grey and Chad Whatcott

Congratulations to Edward Grey (WICKED) and his husband to be Chad on their engagement. On Wednesday, March 27th Chad popped the question to which Edward delightfully responded yes. All the best for the future to you both.

OPENING SHOWS

VICTORIA

Comedy Theatre: Barnum (April 27th)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Theatre: Aladdin (April 6th)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Regal Theatre: Mimma: A Musical of War and Friendship (April 9th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Spamalot (April 13th)

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: Jersey Boys (April 14th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

Beetlejuice

The Broadway production of Beetlejuice commenced previews over the weekend at the Winter Garden Theatre. With music and lyrics by our own Eddie Perfect, Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and Beetlejuice, a delightful demon with a real zest for life.

Tickets for this spooktacular production can be found at https://beetlejuicebroadway.com/tickets/

Bernadette Robinson

Congratulations to Australia’s Bernadette Robinson who has been nominated for an award at the UK’s most prestigous theatre awards, The Oliviers. Robinson has gained a nomination in the category of Best Entertainment for her one woman show Songs For Nobodies.

The Olivier Awards will be held on Sunday, April 7th UK time. We wish Robinson all the best.


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