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NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Jersey Boys
Hayes Theatre: Aspects of Love
Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon
Arts Centre Melbourne – State Theatre: Evita
Arts Centre Melbourne – Fairfax Studio: Calamity Jane
Her Majesty’s Theatre: School of Rock
Southbank Theatre: Twelfth Night
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?
Show Announcement: Lazarus
Friday, December 14th saw The Production Company announce their first show for the 2019 season.
With music and lyrics composed by David Bowie and a book written by Enda Walsh, Lazarus (inspired by Walter Tevis’ novel The Man Who Fell To Earth) tells the story of Thomas Newton, as he remains still on Earth – a ‘man’ unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. We follow Newton during the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul – might set him finally free.
The public are now invited to join the wait–list to be one of the first in line for ticket information at lazarusthemusical.com.au
Lazarus will be staged in the Playhouse at Arts Centre Melbourne in May and June 2019 for a strictly limited season.
Season 2019, The Production Company’s 21st birthday year, will be launched on February 19, 2019. All cast and ticketing details will be available at that time.
Show and Cast Announcement: The Sapphires
**THE SAPPHIRES SET TO SPARKLE IN 2019 **
The acclaimed musical play The Sapphires written and directed by Tony Briggs will tour across the length and the breadth of Australia from 2019-2020 reaching over 140+ locations.
2019 will represent The Sapphires’ first major Australian regional tour. This production seeks to take The Sapphires on stage, further than ever before, both ‘on the road’ in theatres and ‘off the road’ on a special ‘Pop-Up’ stage for remote Indigenous Australian Communities.
Here’s our exciting and very talented 2019 cast:
Aljin Abella (Joe, till March 31st), Don Battee (Robby), Mat
Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing sequins, armed only with microphones they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War. The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing classic soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.
Further details can be found at https://m.facebook.com/HIT.
Opening Night: Evita
Evita opened at the Melbourne’s State Theatre (The Arts Centre) on Sunday, December 9th 2018 in front of a sold out theatre. The performance which included Tina Arena as Eva Peron was met by a standing ovation.
For a full review and ticketing information go to http://www.theatrepeople.com.
Cast Announcement: Muriel’s Wedding
Friday, December 14th saw further cast announcemenfs ahead of the 2019 season of Muriel’s Wedding. Moving into the town of Porpoise Spit will be Pippa Grandison (Muriel’s Wedding Movie, WICKED) will play the role of our beloved Mum, Betty Heslop, Chelsea Plumley (Guys and Dolls) will play the famous Deidre Chambers, Jacob Warner (Luna Gale) will play Perry Heslop and joining the ensemble company is Joshua Robson (Dream Lover).
Cast Announcement: Suzie Mathers to join Barnum
Cast announcement! Suzie Mathers will return to Australia to star as the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind, in the all-new spectacular production of Barnum. In recent years, the theatre starlet has taken London’s West End by storm most notably in the role of Glinda in the 10th Anniversary cast of Wicked.
“I am so excited to be returning home to play such a wonderful role alongside a stellar all Australian cast and creative team,” says Mathers.
Ticketts for Barnum can be found at http://barnumthemusical.
Charlie and Make A Wish Foundation team up
Producers John Frost and Craig Donnell are delighted to announce Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is partnering with Make-A-Wish® Australia to bring hope, strength and joy to children facing life-threatening illnesses.
As the official charity partner of the Sydney musical production, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will host a Gala Performance on Thursday 21 February 2019 at 7:30pm with the proceeds from 500 ticket sales going directly back to Make-a-Wish. Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.makeawish.org.au/
The full article can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.
Season Extension: Aspects of Love
Walk this Way Productions and Hayes Theatre Company have announced that due to popular demand, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless story Aspects of Love will now run until Sunday, January 6th 2019.
Tickets for all shows are available from https://hayestheatre.com.au/
Closing Date Announced: Book of Mormon (Sydney Season)
Following a record-breaking season, The Book of Mormon will hold its final performance at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on Friday, February 8th 2019 ahead of the move to the Lyric Theatre, QPAC March 16th, 2019 followed by the Festival Theatre, Adelaide from June 27th, 2019
Final Sydney tickets will go on sale on January 17th, 2019 from bookofmormon.com.au
Engagement: Nathan Wright and Andrew Bevis
Congratulations to Aspects of Love Company members, choreographer Nathan Wright and director Andrew Bevis on the news of their engagement. Nathan proposed to Andrew on stage in a post show speech on November 22nd. We wish you both the best of future together.
NATHAN’S PROPOSAL https://www.facebook.com/
Show Milestone: Jersey Boys celebrates 100th Show
Congratulations to the Company of Jersey Boys who performed their 100th show of the season on Wednesday, December 5th. Jersey Boys runs until December 15th at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre with tickets available from https://jerseyboys.com.au/#
Chookas to everyone performing at Christmas Carols and New Year Events over the 2018/ 2019 holiday period. Sydney’s Carols in the Domain (December 22nd) features artists including Paulini (The Bodyguard), the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mark Vincent (Dirty Dancing), Matt Lee (Mary Poppins), The Tap Pack and Todd McKenney (Barnum) whilst Melbourne’s Carols By Candelight on Christmas Eve features artists including David Campbell, Marina Prior, Silvie Paladino, Tim Campbell, David Hobson, Anthony Callea and the cast of The School of Rock.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (January 5th)
Sydney Opera House: In the Heights (January 16th)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Jersey Boys (January 2nd)
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre: Madiba (January 17th)
Arts Centre Melbourne – Playhouse: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (December 19th)
Comedy Theatre: Calamity Jane (January 1st)
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (January 16th)
Crown Theatre: Madiba (January 2nd)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Jersey Boys (December 15th)
Hayes Theatre: Aspects of Love (January 6th)
Sydney Opera House: In the Heights (January 20th)
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre: Madiba (January 20th)
Arts Centre Melbourne- Fairfax Studio: Calamity Jane (December 23rd)
Southbank Theatre: Twelfth Night (January 9th)
West Side Story to show in NZ
One of the largest theatrical events of 2019- the Opera Australia, GWB Entertainment and BB Group production of West Side Story will be showing in Wellington, NZ in June 2019 for an exclusive limited season.
Tickets can be purchased from http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/
Aussies take on Flashdance
Congratulations to UK based Australians David Muscat (Billy Elliot UK) and Belinda Wollaston (Dr Zhivago) who have been cast in the Korean Tour cast of Flashdance. Shows commence on January 18th, 2019 with the season running until February 17th, 2019.
London’s biggest, boldest and bravest arts and entertainment festival returns in 2019 from January 23 to March 17 and with it is Australian company Unlikely Production’s The Apologists. The producer of the show is musical theatre performer Hugo Chiarella (Les Miserables). The dates for their show is February 20th to February 24th with tickets and further information available from https://vaultfestival.com/
Congratulations to Heather Manley (Aladdin, RENT) who made her Broadway Debut this week in Disney’s Aladdin at New York’s New Amsterdam Theatre. We wish you a magical time!
Congratulations to Monica Swayne (Fiddler on the Roof, WICKED) who will perform in the 2019 season of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. The season runs from February 12th at London’s National Theatre.
Tickets and further information are available from https://www.nationaltheatre.