Here’s the latest news in Australian musical theatre
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Sydney Lyric: Singin’ in the Rain
Roslyn Packer Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors
QPAC Lyric Theatre: We Will Rock You
Chapel off Chapel: Titanic The Musical
The Princess Theatre: Matilda The Musical
The Regent Theatre: The Sound of Music
Athenaeum Theatre:Menopause The Musical
Crown Theatre: Georgy Girl – The Seekers Musical
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?
Little Shop of Horrors
After many months touring Australia, Little Shop of Horrors has returned to NSW. Brent Hill, Esther Hannaford, Tyler Coppin, Scott Johnson, Angelique Cassimatis, Josie Lane, Chloe Zuel, Dash Kruck and Kuki Tipoki are performing at the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay. For tickets go to: https://www.
On Monday, July 25th the Helpmann Awards will be hosted at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on the set of Singin’ in the Rain.
Tickets still available from: http://www.helpmannawards.com.
You can tune into watch the ceremony on the Foxtel Arts Channel or online on the Helpmann Award’s livestream: http://www.foxtelarts.com.au/
Rolling Thunder Vietnam
Starring Wes Carr, Ben Mingay, Tom Oliver, William Ewing, Kirby Lunn and Caitlin Spears, Rolling Thunder Vietnam combines the personal stories of young Vietnam War soldiers with hit songs of the era including Billy Thorpe’s ‘Most People I Know Think That I’m Crazy’, Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Joe Cocker’s ‘The Letter’.
Returning for an exclusive national tour from July to August 2016; Rolling Thunder Vietnam commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. The Battle of Long Tan took place on August 18th, 1966 in the Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. Whilst resulting in an Australian victory out of the 108 Australians who fought, 18 were killed and 24 were wounded. The Vietnam War was also the world’s first televised war.
Rolling Thunder Vietnam begins in Melbourne at the Palais Theatre the show begins on Saturday July 23rd before continuing on to Sydney, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Canberra, Wollongong and Perth. For tickets and more information go to: http://tickets.
Underground Brisbane Open Mic Night
On Monday August 8th, Underground Brisbane together with The New Globe Theatre will be hosting the premiere of their open mic night. The show includes performers from We Will Rock You (currently showing at QPAC) as well as full-time musical theatre students and local Brisbane Talent. To book tickets, head to: https://www.trybooking.com/
Matilda Melbourne Closing Date Announcement
Matilda must close at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on November 11th. Final tickets are on sale now: https://m.ticketmaster.com.au/
The cast and crew of Aladdin moved into The Capitol Theatre, Sydney this week ahead of their first preview on August 3rd .
The Production Company’s Funny Girl held it’s sitzprobe this week ahead of opening night this weekend on Saturday 23rd July. Funny Girl will be their first production for their very own orchestra. Congratulations all!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Aladdin (opens August 3rd )
Roslyn Packer Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (opened July 20th)
State Theatre: Funny Girl (opens July 23rd for 10 shows only)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (closes July 30th)
Chapel off Chapel: Titanic The Musical (closes July 24th)
The Regent Theatre: The Sound of Music (closes July 31st)
Crown Theatre: Georgy Girl (closes July 31st)
AUSTRALIAN PERFORMER SPECIAL MENTIONS
Brisbane children’s cast named for Matilda
The Brisbane children’s cast of Matilda was announced at QPAC on Wednesday, July 20th. Playing the title character of Matilda will be Izellah Connelly (King and I, Sound of Music), Annabella Cowley, Venice Harris (Les Miserables Australian and Asian Tours, Annie (NZ), Sound of Music (NZ) and Eva Murawski.
The other children’s roles will be performed by:
Dominic Ambrose (Bruce), Ethan Beer (Bruce), Jake Binns (Tommy), Brady Burchill (Tommy), Lily Burke (Amanda), Emma Cobb (Hortensia), Tahlae Colson (Alice), Joey Gandin (Eric), Elias Geffen (Eric), Taye Grant (Bruce), Alfie Jamieson (Nigel), Exodus Lale (Bruce), Alice Loather (Lavender), Zac McCulloch (Tommy), Caliese McEachern (Amanda), Shontae Minniecon (Hortensia),Damon Poletto (Nigel), Sophia Portas (Lavender), Madison Randl (Hortensia), Reuben Rivalland (Nigel), Charlotte Smith (Lavender), William Todd (Eric), Ava Walters (Alice), Isla White (Amanda) and Romme Williams (Alice).
The children will perform on a rotational basis and will make up the cast for Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide seasons. Congratulations; we can’t wait to see you on stage!
Nine the Musical in concert for Think Pink
Nine the Musical was last performed professionally in Australia in 1987 at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne. The cast included John Diedrich (who also produced and directed the show), Nancye Hayes, Maria Mercedes, Tina Arena and Sally Anne Bourne.
There is no better time to reprise the show then as a fundraiser for the Think Pink Foundation which supports women going through Breast Cancer. The show will be performed in Melbourne at The Recital Centre on October 31st, 2016 at 8:00pm.
The all-star cast includes Lucy Maunder (Heathers, Grease), Alinta Chidzey (CrossXroads), Chelsea Gibb (Jerry’s Girls), Fem Belling (The Boy From Oz, Hairspray-West End), Claire Lyon (Anything Goes), Michael Cormick (Blood Brothers, Annie) and original cast member Maria Mercedes.
For further information including how to buy tickets, go to: http://www.theatrepeople.com.
Cast Announced for Life Like Company production of The Light in the Piazza
Winner of six TONY Awards including Best Original Score, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA is set to romance Melbourne audiences this year when it opens at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse for 2 weeks only from 28th October. Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster on Thursday 28th July.
Produced by Life Like Company, best known for the 2014 production of Sondheim and Lapine’s PASSION and the award-winning CITY OF ANGELS in 2015, this new Australian production of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA is the first fully staged professional production of the show to be seen in Australasia.
This new production stars Chelsea Plumley, Josh Piterman, Anton Berezin, Madison Green and Jeremy Stanford, some of Australia’s most established musical theatre talent alongside impressive newcomers Genevieve Kingsford and Jonathan Hickey.
For more details http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/light-piazza-melbourne/
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