Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Wizard of Oz 

Hayes Theatre: Darlinghurst Heights 

Lyric Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Roslyn Packer Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Mamma Mia

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Aladdin

State Theatre: Dream Lover 

The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

Adelaide Festival Centre: The Rocky Horror Show 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES? 

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bare

The cast of StageArt’s 2018 production of Bare was announced on Thursday, January 4th ahead of their March 20th to April 15th season.

The students are struggling with religion, sexuality and identity. As they rehearse for a production of Romeo and Juliet, parallels are drawn between the play’s star crossed lovers and students Peter  (Adam Di Martino) and  Jason (Finn Alexander) . While Peter is preparing to come out to his mother, Jason fights to keep their relationship a secret in fear of losing his status as a popular athlete. Jason is also being pursued by Ivy (Hannah McInerney), the beautiful but troubled girl with a bad reputation, much to the dislike of his outspoken sister Nadia (Hannah Grodin).

The full cast of the Victorian professional premiere of Bare can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/cast-of-bare-the-musical-announced/

Bare cast

Grease – The Arena Experience

Christine Anu (Rent, Little Shop of Horrors) will join the cast of Grease – The Arena Experience for the Sydney season of the show which runs from January 19th to 20th for 3 shows only at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

Anu, Australia’s most iconic Indigenous entertainer will portray the role of Teen Angel. Joining Anu on stage are Isaiah Firebrace (Eurovision) as Johnny Casino and Beau Ryan (The Footy Show) as Vince Fontaine.

Tickets are available from http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=GREASE17&v=SSD

CHRISTINE ANU HEADSHOT

Underground Broadway

Underground Broadway, Brisbane’s bi- monthly theatre event will start 2018 with a bang with their Summer Edition event. January 22nd will see local juniors and amateur artists perform along side professional musical theatre performers from touring productions of Mamma Mia! and The Rocky Horror Show.

Tickets and further information are available from https://www.facebook.com/Undergroundbway/

 

OPENING NIGHTS

Mamma Mia!

Heralded as The Party of the Year, hit musical Mamma Mia! has arrived in Brisbane! December 28th, 2017 saw the stars gather at the Opening Night at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre.

Set on a Greek island, Mamma Mia! tells the story of Sophie (Sarah Morrison) who is set to marry Sky (Stephen Mahy) but Sophie who wishes to invite her father to the wedding discovers through her mother’s diary that there are three possibilities.

The story is told using the timeless magic of 22 of ABBA’s tunes.

Tickets are available through https://www.qpac.com.au/event/mamma_mia_17/

Mamma Mia Brisbane Opening

The Rocky Horror Show

New Years Eve 2017 saw party guests celebrate the opening of The Rocky Horror Show at Adelaide’s newly renovated Festival Theatre.

The 2018 cast is lead by Craig McLachlan as Frank n Furter and plays in Adelaide until January 13th.

Further information on the show can be found at https://rockyhorror.com.au

Rocky Horror Adelaide Opening

Dream Lover

Not to be outdone, Melbourne’s State Theatre came alive on New Years Eve 2017 to celebrate the opening of Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical. Starring David Campbell as Bobby Darin the show has received standing ovations in every performance and broken box office records at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.

The musical includes some of Bobby Darin’s biggest hits including Mack the Knife, Splish Splash and the titular song Dream Lover.

Dream Lover plays in Melbourne until March 4th, 2018 with tickets available from https://dreamlover.com.au/tickets/melbourne/ .

Dream Lover Melbourne Opening

The Wizard of Oz

The stars of the Sydney entertainment industry had their opportunity to follow the Yellow Brick Road outside the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, January 4th 2018 before audience members packed the stalls ahead of the Sydney opening night of The Wizard of Oz.

Samantha Dodemaide wowed theatre goers as she portrayed the story’s heroine Dorothy in what is her lead role debut in a mainstream musical. Dodemaide shares the stage with some of Australia’s most talented performers including Anthony Warlow, Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix.

Their performance earned the cast a standing ovation.

The Wizard of Oz is playing in Sydney until February 4th before seasons in Adelaide and Melbourne. Further information can be found at https://www.wizardofozthemusical.com

Samantha Dodemaide, Toto and the cast of Wizard of Oz (c) Jeff Busby

PERFORMANCES

Josh Piterman

Australian musical theatre performer Josh Piterman (Beautiful) performed “Advance Australia Fair” at the commencement of the 5th game of the 2017/18 Ashes Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, January 4th, 2018.

Well Done Josh!

 

AWARDS

Broadway World Sydney Region Awards

January 3rd, 2018 saw the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Broadway World Sydney Region Awards. Leading the winners tally is Miss Saigon by Packemin Productions with 6 awards. A full list of winners can be found at https://www.broadwayworld.com/sydney/article/Winners-Announced-For-The-2017-BroadwayWorld-Sydney-Awards-Willoughbys-WICKED-Wins-Best-Musical-20180103

Miss Saigon scene

CELEBRATIONS

WEDDINGS

Sally Hare and Tim Dashwood

Congratulations to performers Sally Hare (Carmen) and Tim Dashwood (Richard 3) who were wed on Saturday, December 30th 2017 in front of family and friends.

Sally and Tim wedding

ENGAGEMENTS

Suzie Mathers and Laura Francis

December 27th, 2017 saw the public announcement of Suzie Mathers (WICKED) to her girlfriend Laura Francis (The Martin Lewis Money Show).

Congratulations Suzie and Laura.

Laura and Suzie engagement

Kat Hoyos and Rhys Jack

Kat Hoyos (Xanadu) and Rhys Jack (Writer) started the new year off with the news of their engagement on New Years Eve 2017.

Congratulations Kat and Rhys

Kat and Rhys engagement

BIRTHS

Aurora Scundi

Congratulations to Nicole Melloy (Merrily We Roll Along, Dusty) and Anthony Scundi (Hurly Burly) on the December 20th, 2017 birth of their daughter Aurora. A fantastic Christmas present for both families!

Aurora Melloy

OPENING SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

New Theatre: Three in the Bed (January 11th)

Qudos Bank Arena: Grease – The Arena Experience (January 19th) 

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre: Miracle City (January 24th)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Centre: American Idiot (January 19th) 

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (January 21st)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Darlinghurst Heights (January 27th) 

Roslyn Packer Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding (January 27th) 

New Theatre: Three in the Bed (January 26th)

Qudos Bank Arena: Grease – The Arena Experience (January 20th)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

Adelaide Festival Centre: The Rocky Horror Show (January 13th) 

Adelaide Festival Centre: American Idiot (January 28th) 

AUSSIES ABROAD

Monica Swayne

Congratulations to Monica Swayne (Fiddler on the Roof) who made her West End debut in the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin on December 28th, 2017. Swayne is currently 2nd cover for Jasmine as well as an attendant and ensemble.

Monica Swayne Princess Jasmine

Suzie Mathers

March 4th will see Suzie Mathers tread the boards of London’s Hippodrome alongside a star studded line up of West End Musical Theatre performers. The one night only performance will see the cast perform the music of Alexander S. Bermange.

Tickets can be purchased from https://www.hippodromecasino.com/events/londons-leading-luvvies-perform-alexander-s-bermange .

Further information on Bermange’s works can be found at http://www.bermange.co.uk

 

The Southern Stars 

Direct from The Phantom of the Opera, join talented Australian performers Paul Ettore Tabone, Jordan Simon Pollard, Amy Manford and Una Reynolds in their celebration of Australia at The Pheasentry, Chelsea on January 14th, 2018 at 8pm. Tickets are £15.00 (approx $25.00) and can be purchased from https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-southern-stars-australians-of-the-west-end.

Southern Stars Poster

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