I can’t believe it is already Christmas 2018. It has been a huge year of musicals! I will be taking a break to spend the Christmas and New Year period with my family therefore there will be no column next week but The Weekly Wrap will be back in early 2019. Thank you to  the musical theatre community for your hard but beautiful work this year. Wishing you all a blessed and restful holiday period.  – Nichole xx

 

CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Aspects of Love 

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Melbourne- State Theatre: Evita 

Arts Centre Melbourne- Fairfax Studio: Calamity Jane 

Arts Centre Melbourne- Playhouse: Peter Pan Goes Wrong 

Her Majesty’s Theatre: School of Rock

Southbank Theatre: Twelfth Night

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Award Nominations: Sydney Theatre Awards

December 18th, 2018 saw the nominees for The Sydney Theatre Awards announced ahead of the gala ceremony on Monday 21 January 2019 at 6pm at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre.

Leading the list with 11 nominations is The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two, produced by the Sydney Theatre Company, followed by Cry-Baby from LPD and Hayes Theatre Co and Sydney Theatre Company’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, both on nine nominations. In the Heights, produced by Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co, was awarded eight nominations, while The Flick from Outhouse Theatre Company and Seymour Centre received seven nominations.

The full list of nominees can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/nominations-announced-for-2018-sydney-theatre-awards/

 

Cast Announcement: Billy Elliot

The adult cast for the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of Billy Elliot The Musical was announced this week ahead of shows which commence at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in October 2019.

Starring as Mrs Wilkinson is one of Australia’s most accomplished performers, internationally renowned choreographer and award-winning creative director Kelley Abbey, Billy’s Dad will be played by acclaimed theatre and stage actor Justin Smith, Billy’s Ecentric Grandma will be played by Vivien Davies (Les Miserables, Dusty). Billy’s hotheaded brother Tony will be played by Drew Livingston, George,  a miner and the town’s boxing coach will be played by Robert Grubb (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Dean Vince (Evita, Aladdin) will portray Mr Braithwaite and Danielle Everett will play Billy’s Dead Mum.

Rounding out the cast will be a strong ensemble (in alphabetical order) :

Justin Anderson, Dion Bilios, Josh Gardiner, Isabel Hawthorne, Matt Heyward, Barbara Hughes, Caroline Kaspar, Alexander ‘Zan’ Kermond, Zoë Komazec, Sarah Kate Landy, Michael Lindner, Joe Miller, Joshua Russell, David Sirianni, Lisa Sontag, Darren Tyler and Paul Whiteley.

You can sign up for the wait list at http://billyelliotthemusical.com.au

Billy Australia

 

International Tour Announcement: School of Rock

GWB Entertainment announced this week that School of Rock the Musical will tour China in February 2019 with the Australian cast just weeks after wrapping up in Melbourne!

SOR China

 

Matthew Lee Robinson

Australian born, internationally reknowned composer and lyricist Matthew Lee Robinson is hosting a Singing Actor Workshop Intensive in Melbourne on Tuesday January 8th! With only 3 spaces left, get in quick to secure your position at www.matthewleerobinson.com/workshops

Matt Robinson

CELEBRATIONS

Baby News: Patrice Tipoki 

Congratulations to Les Miserables’ star Patrice Tipoki and her husband Richard on their announcement this week that Patrice will give birth to the couple’s fourth child in June 2019. We wish you all the best!

Patrice Tipoki Baby

 

CHRISTMAS 2018

Denis Walters’ Christmas Lunch

Friday, December 21st saw The School of Rock’s Amy Lehpamer sing and play the violin and The Jersey Boys’ Ryan Gonzalez, Cameron MacDonald, Thomas McGuane and Glaston Toft at Denis Walters’ Christmas Lunch at the Salvation Army HQ in Melbourne.

Videos of the performances can be found at https://www.3aw.com.au/denis-walters-christmas-lunch-at-the-salvation-army-for-melburnians-who-need-it-most/

Amy Lehpamer christmas

 

Hayes’ Carols By Cabaret raises $10,000.00 for Wayside Chapel

Congratulations to the team at Highway Run Productions and Hayes’ Theatre on  their  Carols By Cabaret performance on December 17th. The evening raised an amazing $10,000.00 for the Wayside Chapel.

Wayside Chapel operates a range of services that place dignity, respect and love at the heart of their approach as they serve the community. Further information can be found at https://www.waysidechapel.org.au

Hayes Christmas

 

Lucy Durack and Josh Piterman Spearhead QPAC Christmas Celebrations

Friday, December 21st and Saturday, December 22nd saw Lucy Durack (WICKED, The Wizard of Oz) and Josh Piterman (Beautiful, CATS) spearhead the annual Spirit of Christmas celebration at Brisbane’s QPAC.

They were joined on stage by Jaewoo Kim, The 200 voice Spirit of Christmas Choir will feature the collective voices of the QPAC Choir, Brisbane Chorale, ACU Choir and Queensland Children’s Hospital Choir, the Brisbane Birralee Voices and recent graduates from the musical theatre course at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Hannah Bennett and Jerrod Smith who made their professional debut, the concerts were hosted by television personality Sofie Formica.

Josh and Lucy

 

Carols in the Domain

Congratulations to Muriel’s Wedding leads Natalie Abbott and Elizabeth Esguerra, Ashleigh Rubenach, Matt Lee, Penny McNamee, the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryTodd McKenney, Mark Vincent, Paulini, Rachael Beck and The Tap Pack who represented the musical theatre community so wonderfully at last night’s Sydney Carols in the Domain.

Charlie adult cast

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (January 5th)

Sydney Opera House: In the Heights (January 16th)

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Jersey Boys (January 2nd)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre: Madiba (January 17th)

 

VICTORIA

Comedy Theatre: Calamity Jane (January 1st)

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (January 16th)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: Madiba (January 2nd)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Aspects of Love (January 6th)

Sydney Opera House: In the Heights (January 20th)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre: Madiba (January 20th)

 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Melbourne- Fairfax Studio: Calamity Jane (December 23rd)

Arts Centre Melbourne- Playhouse: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (January 27th)

Southbank Theatre: Twelfth Night (January 9th)

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

Kristian Lavercombe, Ross Chisari and Reece Budin in the UK Tour of Rocky Horror

Congratulations to Kristian Lavercombe, Ross Chisari and Reece Budin who are currently performing in the UK Tour of The Rocky Horror Show. The Rocky Horror Show is currently performing at Theatre Royal in Brighton until January 5th. This is the first time performing internationally for Chisari and the West End debut for Budin.

A full list of tour dates can be found at https://www.rockyhorror.co.uk/tour-dates

 

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