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CURRENT SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Mamma Mia!

Hayes Theatre: The View Upstairs

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 

State Theatre: Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES? 

Glugs Awards

Monday, February 5th saw the Sydney Theatre community gather at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel for the 2017 edition of the annual Glugs Awards.

Celebrating the best independant and mainstream plays, cabarets and musicals seen by members of the Glugs theatre loving community between November 1st 2016 and October 31st 2017 the evening was enjoyed by all in attendance.

The Hayes Gordon Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre was presented to Michael Cassel. Cassel formed his company, The Michael Cassel Group to produce and present the world’s greatest musical and theatre productions. Currently he is the Producer of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and the internationational tour of The Lion King. Previously he has produced Kinky Boots and Les Miserables.

michael-cassel

The Rodney Seaborn Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Reg Livermore. Livermore’s first professional job was at the Phillip Street Theatre in Around The Loop covering Gordon Chater and Barry Humphries. In 1964/65 Livermore starred as The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz at the Sydney Tivoli. Since then he has played King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Dr Frank ‘n’ Furter in the original Australian production of The Rocky Horror Show, Max Bialystock in The Producers, The Wizard in Wicked and most recently Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

Reg Livermore

Congratulations to both Michael Cassel and Reg Livermore. A full list of recipients can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/2017-glugs-awards/

 

Matilda Awards

Tis the season for awards nights as the Brisbane Powerhouse hosted Queensland’s night of nights, the Matilda Awards on Tuesday, February 6th. The awards honour those who have contributed to dance, physical theatre, musicals and cabaret the previous year.

American Idiot was awarded a Matilda for Best Musical or Cabaret, for a full list of winners head to  https://www.matildaawards.com.au/recipients

Matilda Awards Entertainment

Photo Credit: Deanne Scott

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jersey Boys

The full cast of Jersey Boys has been announced ahead of opening at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in September 2018.

Joining the previously announced Bernard Angel, Cameron MacDonald, Thomas McGuane and Glaston Toft are Ryan Gonzalez (The View Upstairs) as Frankie Valli Alternate/ Dance Captain, Mia Dabkowski- Chandler (Aladdin) as Lorraine, Cristina D’Agostino (Matilda) as Mary Delgado, Sage Douglas (Wizard of Oz) as Swing, Mackenzie Dunn (Assassins) as Francine, Glenn Hill (Matilda) as Crewe, Luigi Lucente (Muriel’s Wedding) as Norman Waxman, Enrico Mammarella (Jersey Boys) as Gyp DeCarlo, Scott McConnell (Grease) as Hank, Joshua Mulheran (The Book of Mormon) as Joey, Jack O’Riley (Rent) as Swing and Daniel Raso (Matilda) as Swing.

For further information go to http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/ensemble-cast-announced-for-jersey-boys/

Jersey Boys full cast

The Book of Mormon – Sydney

Congratulations to those joining the cast of The Book of Mormon for the Sydney season which commences on February 28th.

Steve Danielsen (Elder Price Standby) and Billy Bourchier (Ensemble) are seasoned Australian performers having appeared in Wicked and Les Miserables respectively.

Steve Danielsen Billy Bourchier

Tickets and further information can be found at http://bookofmormonmusical.com.au

 

Calamity Jane

Christina O’Neill (Vivid White, Avenue Q) will join the cast of Calamity Jane in the role of Susan/Adelaide ahead of their seasons at Riverside Paramatta, IPAC Wollongong, Orange Civic Theatre and Arts Centre Melbourne.

For further season details go to http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/calamity-jane-is-going-on-tour/

Christina O’Neill

Rent – Brisbane

The cast of QPAC and Matt Ward’s production of RENT has been announced ahead of their season which commences on May 2nd, 2018.

The cast members are Tom Oliver (Velvet) as Mark, Kirrah Amosa (The Bodyguard) as Joanne, Luigi Lucente (Muriel’s Wedding) as Roger, Trent Owers (La Cage Aux Folles) as Angel, Stephie Da Silva (Rent) as Mimi, Ruby Clark (Grease- The Arena Experience) as Maureen, James Shaw (Mamma Mia!) as Collins, Isaac Lindley (Memphis) as Benny and a strong ensemble including Hannah Grondin (Bare), Lauren Wood (Sweet Charity), Josh Witten (A Little bit of Christmas Magic), Antonia Marr (West Side Story), Heidi Enchelmaier (Wicked) and Stephen Adams (Kiss Me Kate in Concert).

Featuring classic hits ‘Seasons of Love’ and ‘Take Me or Leave Me’, Rent follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in New York’s East Village, whose dreams and heartbreak intertwine in the shadow of HIV and AIDS.RENT Brisbane

Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, this groundbreaking musical is a modern classic.

Tickets can be purchased from https://qpac.com.au/event/rent_18/

 

OPENING NIGHTS

The View Upstairs

The View Upstairs, directed by Shaun Rennie tells the story of a young, social media famous fashion designer Wes (Henry Brett) who in 2017 is preparing to buy the abandoned space of what was once the vibrant Upstairs Lounge, a 1970s gay bar. As he attempts to remove the singed, old curtain he is transported back to June 24, 1973 on the afternoon of the fire that tore apart the Upstairs Lounge killing 32 people.

The View Upstairs is playing at the Hayes Theatre until March 11th as part of Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival with tickets available from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/the-view-upstairs/

The View Upstairs promo

CELEBRATIONS

Adelaide Festival Centre

Sunday, February 11th saw the re-opening of the Adelaide Festival Centre take place with celebrations being held from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The celebrations included a meet and greet with the stars of The Wizard of Oz which will be performing in Adelaide from April 1-29.

Opened on June 2nd, 1973, it was Australia’s first capital city arts venue (opened 4 months before the Sydney Opera House) and hosts more than one million people annually.

Wizard of Oz Adelaide

Photo Credit: Thomas Day

Parramatta Australia Day Awards

Congratulations to Director and Producer Neil Gooding who was presented with the Parramatta Council’s Arts and Cultural Award.

Gooding has helped the musical theatre community of Western Sydney thrive having produced sell-out shows at Riverside Theatres, including The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. He has also provided mentorship for young artists and encouraged an appreciation of the arts within the greater Sydney community.

Neil Gooding

WEDDINGS

Ben Mingay and Kirby Burgess

Congratulations to Ben Mingay (Packed to the Rafters, Dirty Dancing) and Kirby Burgess (Heathers, Dirty Dancing) who wed on Friday, February 9th in front of family and friends.

Congratulations Ben and Kirby!

Kirby Burgess and Ben Mingay

ENGAGEMENTS

Daniel Assetta and Tobias Madden

Congratulations to newly engaged couple Daniel Assetta  (The Book of Mormon) and Tobias Madden (CATS) who announced their engagement on Saturday, February 10th. The proposal from Assetta took place in front of the Hogwarts School Castle at Universal Studios, Japan.

Daniel and Toby

Michael Whalley and Sheridan Harbridge

Congratulations to Michael Whalley (Muriel’s Wedding) and Sheridan Harbridge (Muriel’s Wedding) on their engagement on Sunday, February 11th.Sheridan and Michael

OPENING SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon (February 28th)

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Aladdin (February 20th)

The J Noosa: A Chorus Line (February 14th)

Caloundra Event Centre: A Chorus Line (February 22nd)

VICTORIA

Chapel off Chapel: Gilligan’s Island (February 15th)

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Story (February 16th)

Comedy Theatre: American Idiot (February 23rd)

The National Theatre Melbourne: A Little Night Music (February 28th)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: The Rocky Horror Show (February 17th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: The View Upstairs (March 11th)

QUEENSLAND

The J Noosa: A Chorus Line (February 17th)

Caloundra Event Centre: A Chorus Line (February 25th)

VICTORIA

The National Theatre Melbourne: A Little Night Music (March 3rd)

Chapel off Chapel: Gilligan’s Island (March 4th)

State Theatre: Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical (March 4th)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: American Idiot (February 11th)

 

 

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