Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

 

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane Powerhouse, Visy Theatre: Sweet Charity 

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Jersey Boys

 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Melbourne- State Theatre: Evita

Comedy Theatre: Calamity Jane

Her Majesty’s Theatre: School of Rock

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

NEW ZEALAND

The Civic Theatre, Auckland: Aladdin

Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland: Madiba 

 

AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES

Show Announcement: Frozen

Sydney may be warm at the moment but come July 2020 it will be cold, frozen in fact as Disney’s hit musical Frozen takes over the Capitol Theatre.

Based on the 2013 film written by a trio of Oscar ® winners, Frozen features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Up Here, Winnie the Pooh, In Transit) and EGOT-winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph), the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen won 2014 Oscars for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature.

A full media release and details of how to sign up to the wait- list can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/frozen-coming-sydney/

To get you even more excited here is “Let It Go” as performed by Broadway’s Caissie Levy

 

 

Cast Announcement: American Psycho

Sunday, January 27th saw the announcement of the cast for the Hayes Theatre production of American Psycho. Joining the already announced Ben Gerrard are Shannon Dooley (Diana)Sheridan Harbridge (Calamity JaneMuriel’s Wedding) who will be playing Courtney Lawrence, Evelyn’s best friend. Blake Appelqvist (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Kinky Boots) will play Patrick’s antagonist Paul Owen, while Loren Hunter (Evie MayRent) will play the role of Jean, Patrick’s secretary. Amy Hack (CryBaby) will play the role of Sabrina while Hayes Theatre Co newcomers Daniel Raso (Jersey Boys, Matilda)Julian Kuo (West Side StorySpring Awakening) Liam Nunan (OrphansMiracle City) and Kristina McNamara (West Side StoryThe Faust) play the roles of David Van Patten, Craig McDermott, Luis Carruthers and Christine, respectively.

The season commences on May 10th 2019 with tickets available now from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/american-psycho/

Cast of American Psycho

 

Cast Member Announcement: Saturday Night Fever

Australian entertainer Marcia Hines will join the cast of Saturday Night Fever for the Sydney season which begins on March 29th, 2019 at the Lyric Theatre.

Hines made her stage debut at the age of 16, in the Australian production of the musical Hair and followed with the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. She went on to perform in many other stage productions including GFO’s Big River and Jerry’s Girls, and most recently the national tour of Velvet.

The full cast will be announced on February 3rd. For further information including ticketing head to https://saturdaynightfever.com.au

Marcia Hines (c) Riccardo Raiti

 

Celebrating our Swings

Friday, January 18th was Swing Day. A day in theatre where we celebrate these amazing people. A swing is a performer whose job is to play one or more roles in the acting ensemble of a show when someone else is out. These dedicated professionals learn literally dozens of different parts or “tracks” and may even go on with absolutely no time warning.

To all of our Swings, we thank you !

Aussie Swings

 

Home Grown Song Book Series

Home Grown Songbook Series presents the work of Kurt Kansley and Oliver Lidert.

Returning from the West End to star as Che in Evita, Australia’s own Kurt Kansley has always had his heart in writing. Join Kurt and a host of stars from the Australian stage at Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne on February 25th as they gives us an intimate look into songs from his and co-writer Oliver Lidert’s developing musicals.

With their breakout piece Confessions premiering in West End in 2019, and a thrillingly smooth sound, this is a night of music you can’t afford to miss!

Tickets can be purchased from https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/home-grown-songbook-series/

Kurt and Oliver

SHOW CELEBRATIONS

Show Milestone: School of Rock celebrates 100 shows

Congratulations to the School of Rock company who celebrated their 100th show on Saturday, January 26th. There are only two weeks left of shows in Melbourne before the show closes so get in quick. Tickets can be purchased from https://au.schoolofrockthemusical.com/tickets/melbourne/

School of Rock 100

 

Opening Night: Sweet Charity

Friday, January 25th saw the opening of Understudy Production’s season of Sweet Charity at Brisbane’s Powerhouse Visy Theatre. The cast was met with a well deserved standing ovation at the completion of the performance. For a full review head to http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/sweet-charity-review/

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PERFORMANCES

Australia Day

Well done to Josh Piterman (Beautiful) who performed as part of the Australia Day celebrations held at the Sydney Opera House. Piterman sang Nessun Dorma from well known opera Turandot. 

josh piterman

 

Australian Open

Alexis Van Maanen (Evita) and Ryan Gonzalez (Jersey Boys) sung the Australian Anthem at the Australian Open women’s and men’s finals respectively. We are blessed to have highly talented performers such as Van Maanen and Gonzalez representing musical theatre on an international stage year after year.

Alexis

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Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Geelong local and renowned performer Natalie O’Donnell (Mamma Mia!) sung the Australian Anthem at the commencement of Cadel Evans’ Great Ocean Road Race on Sunday, January 27th. Congratulations Nat !

Nat

CELEBRATIONS

Baby News: Brent Osborne and Stephanie Silcock

Congratulations to Brent Osborne (CATS) and Stephanie Silcock (Grease) who this week announced that Stephanie is pregnant with the couple’s second child, due in May 2019. Congratulations Brent, Stephanie and Charlotte.

Brent and Steph baby

 

Engagement: Ben Miles and Danielle Evrat

Congratulations to Ben Miles and Danielle Evrat (Aspects of Love, WICKED) who announced their engagement to one another on January 13th, 2019. We wish you the best and happiest of futures.

Danielle and Ben

 

OPENING SHOWS

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra Theatre: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (February 6th)

 

QUEENSLAND

Queensland Conservatorium: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (January 30th)

 

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: Jersey Boys (February 23rd)

 

NEW ZEALAND

The Opera House, Wellington: Madiba (February 7th)

Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch: Madiba (February 14th)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra Theatre: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (February 10th)

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon (February 8th)

 

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane Powerhouse, Visy Theatre: Sweet Charity (February 10th)

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Jersey Boys (February 16th)

Queensland Conservatorium: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (February 3rd)

 

VICTORIA

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

Comedy Theatre: Calamity Jane (February 3rd)

Her Majesty’s Theatre: School of Rock (February 10th)

 

NEW ZEALAND

Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland: Madiba (February 3rd)

The Opera House, Wellington: Madiba (February 10th)

Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch: Madiba (February 17th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

 

Matthew Lee Robinson

Congratulations to Matthew Lee Robinson who recently performed for Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the iTheatrics, MTI, Disney, Playbill and EdTA families, and 6529 musical theatre performers in Atlanta, Georgia.

You can watch video footage of his performance at this link: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs4ELmVnr9Y/

 

Declan Egan

Sydney born performer Declan Egan is currently performing as Bob Gaudio in the UK tour of Jersey Boys which is currently running until March 2019.

Here is a recent interview of Declan

If you are in the UK, tickets can be purchased from http://www.jerseyboysuktour.com/tour-dates/tour-tickets/

 

Zoy Frangos

Congratulations to Australian theatre performer Zoy Frangos (Evita, Les Miserables) on his American Australian Association Rising Star Award. Frangos will be presented with his award at a ceremony in New York on January 31st , 2019.

Zoy

 

 

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