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CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Jersey Boys

 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Melbourne- State Theatre: Evita

Comedy Theatre: Calamity Jane

Arts Centre Melbourne- Playhouse: Peter Pan Goes Wrong 

Her Majesty’s Theatre: School of Rock

 

AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES

Opening Night: Jersey Boys

Saturday, January 5th saw Jersey Boys open at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre, QPAC. Jersey Boys is the story of The Four Seasons, made up of band members; Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. Originally from New Jersey, USA, The Four Seasons became internationally successful during the 1960s and 1970s with hits such as their 1962 album Sherry and Others which included songs such as the titular song and Big Girls Don’t Cry, their February 1963 album with hits such as Walk Like A Man  and December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) from their 1975 album Who Loves You.

These songs and more are weaved effortlessly into the story line performed by a talented cast of 18 including Ryan Gonzalez (Frankie Valli), Cameron MacDonald (Tommy DeVito), Thomas McGuane (Bob Guadio) and Glaston Toft (Nick Massi).

Jersey Boys runs at QPAC until February 17th with tickets available from https://jerseyboys.com.au/tickets/brisbane/

Jersey Boys Bris

 

Opening Night: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The pink carpet was rolled out at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Friday, January 11th. The cast received a standing ovation. On the evening Charlie was played by 13 year old Ryan Yeates. 

Ryan Yeates Charlie

 

Show Milestone: Evita celebrates 100th show

The company of Opera Australia’s Evita have rounded out their first week of 2019 performances by celebrating their 100th show on Sunday, January 6th. Congratulations to all involved!

Evita 100

 

Performance: School of Rock play at the MCG

New Years Day 2019 saw cast members from The School of Rock perform as part of the the pre- match entertainment at the Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades match at the MCG! Well done everyone !

School of Rock MCG

 

Performance: Female cast of Jersey Boys at Brisbane International

Sunday, January 6th saw the female cast members of Jersey Boys Sage Douglas, Mia Dabkowski- Chandler, Cristina D’Agostino and Mackenzie Dunn perform the National Anthem at the Women’s Final of the Brisbane International. Well done ladies!

Jersey Boys girls

Performance: Steve Danielsen

You may of spotted a familiar face at the cricket this weekend when Steve Danielsen (Book of Mormon) sung the National Anthem prior to the Australia vs India match at the SCG on Saturday, January 12th.

Steve SCG

Carols By Candlelight – Melbourne Christmas Eve

Musical theatre performers dominated the line up for the traditional Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne on Christmas Eve. If you missed it, you can watch the full night’s entertainment here:

CELEBRATIONS

Wedding: Andrea Arena

Congratulations to Andrea Arena (Aladdin, Grease) on her wedding to Shake and Stir Theatre Touring Company Manager Johnny Balbuziente on December 22nd, 2018. We wish you the best of futures together.

Andrea and Johnny

 

Wedding: Shaun Rennie and Ben Gerrard

December 26th, 2018 saw director of The View Upstairs and Only Heaven Knows Shaun Rennie wed his now husband Ben Gerrard (American Psycho, I Am My Own Wife) in front of family and friends. Congratulations Shaun and Ben.

Shaun and Ben

 

Engagement: Jan Di Pietro and Suzie Melloy

Boxing Day also saw Jan Di Pietro (Dream Lover, Singin’ in the Rain) propose to his girlfriend Suzie Melloy (CATS, Anything Goes) in the NSW Northern Tablelands. We wish for you both the best and most beautiful years.

Suzie and Jan

 

OPENING SHOWS

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

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

 

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane Powerhouse: Sweet Charity (January 24th)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre: Madiba (January 17th)

 

VICTORIA

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

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

RAC Arena: Grease – The Arena Experience (January 19th)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

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

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre: Madiba (January 20th)

 

VICTORIA

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

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

RAC Arena: Grease – The Arena Experience (January 19th)

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

 

Ainsley Melham

Ainsley Melham is about to take on a whole new world as he takes on the role of Aladdin in the Broadway production of Aladdin. Melham starts in the role on February 19th. Congratulations and chookas Ainsley!

Ainsley Broadway

 

 

Callum Francis

One of our favourite adopted Australian’s Callum Francis  is taking his sparkling personality to Broadway  as he commenced performances as Lola in Kinky Boots on January 11th. Congratulations from everyone at Theatre People Callum!

Callum Broadway

 

Laura Greenhalgh

Congratulations to Brisbane performer Laura Greenhalgh (Garfield, Memphis) who will join the cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert  2019 cast aboard the Norwegian Epic. Happy Sails Laura!

Laura G

 

Trevor Ashley

Trevor Ashley’s “Liza’s Back (Is Broken)” will make its American debut at Sony Hall on February 4. The evening’s set goes beyond Liza’s existing catalog by featuring interpretations of songs from musicals Minnelli might have sung in her heyday, including “Sunset Boulevard” and “Wicked.”

Tickets are available from https://www.sonyhall.com/shows/2018/trevor-ashley

Trevor Ashley NYC

 

Heather Makalani

Many Australian performers have started 2019 with a bang and none more then Heather Makalani (previously Heather Manley) who soared above the stage of the New Amsterdam Theatre (Saturday, January 5th) making her Broadway debut as Princess Jasmine. We wish you many more magical adventures!

Heather Broadway

 

Aladdin in NZ

The cast of Aladdin commenced their Auckland, NZ season this week with audiences already in love with the production. The Auckland season runs until March 3rd, 2019 before the magic sweeps over Adelaide in April.

Tickets are available from the below links-

AUCKLAND: https://www.aucklandlive.co.nz/show/aladdin

ADELAIDE: https://www.bass.net.au/events/aladdin/

Aladdin NZ red carpet

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