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CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Hayes Theatre: Spamalot

 

VICTORIA

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Regent Theatre: Jersey Boys 

 

AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES

Cast Announcement: Billy Elliot

This week saw the announcement of further adult cast members for the 10th Anniversary Tour of Billy Elliot which commences at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on October 10th 2019.

Aaron Smyth will portray Older Billy as well as being a part of the original West End cast of An American in Paris, Smyth won a Gold Medal at the prestigious Genee International Ballet Competition in 2008,  and most recently portrayed the role of the Snow Cavalier in Disney’s The Nutcracker in the Four Realms. 

Aaron Smyth

Damien Bermingham will take on the role of Big Davy and Ensemble RolesBermingham was a member of the original Australian cast for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert before playing Amos Hart in Chicago and most recently was seen on stage as Tony in The Bodyguard.

Damien Bermingham Billy Elliot

Further information and ticketing details can be found at https://billyelliotthemusical.com.au

Stefanie Jones to play Rhonda in Muriel’s Wedding

Stefanie Jones will play the role of Muriel’s best friend, Rhonda Epinstall, in Muriel’s Wedding. She replaces Elizabeth Esguerra who has had to withdraw for personal reasons. The musical opens at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne’s East End Theatre District in March.

Jones has recently been seen on stage in Oklahoma !, Brigadoon, Dream Lover and Sound of Music. She is also an accomplished violinist. For more details: http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/stefanie-jones-to-play-rhonda-in-muriels-wedding/

Stefanie Jones muriel's headshot

 

Applause named as the next Neglected Musical

On Wednesday, February 27th, Neglected Musicals together with Hayes Theatre announced their next Neglected Musical. Caroline O’Connor will star in Applause.  The story centres on aging star Margo Channing, who innocently takes a fledgling actress under her wing, unaware that the ruthless Eve is plotting to steal her career and her man.

The show will run for 7 script in hand performances only from May 1st, 2019 with tickets available from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/applause/

Applause

CELEBRATIONS

Opening Night: Jersey Boys

Saturday, March 2nd saw Jersey Boys open at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. Jersey Boys tells the story of the band from the early years, when Tommy Devito recruits a young Frankie Castellucio, through their volatile years as The Four Seasons, and into Frankie’s solo career. The audience were transported to the era through the music, sets and costumes, and responded to each musical performance like they were at a Four Seasons concert. Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable show.

A full review can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/jersey-boys-review/

Jersey Boys opening night

 

Baby News: Angela Scundi welcomes baby boy

Congratulations to Angela Scundi (Rob Guest Endowment Awards, The Producers) and her husband Mike on the birth of their son Jude Patrick on Wednesday, February 27th. Welcome to the theatre family Jude.

Jude

 

Gypsy Cloak passes to Jersey Boys cast member, Glenn Hill

Congratulations to Jersey Boys cast member Glenn Hill on being awarded the Australian Gypsy Cloak which was handed to him from the Evita cast on Thursday, February 28th.

Glenn Hill

 

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Ensemble Theatre: The Last Five Years (March 29th)

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon (March 16th)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Theatre: Aladdin (April 6th)

 

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding (March 12th)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

His Majesty’s Theatre: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (March 7th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Spamalot (April 13th)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

His Majesty’s Theatre: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (March 17th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

Aladdin celebrates 900th performances

Last week saw the cast of Aladdin AUS/ NZ celebrate their 900th performance. Sunday, March 3rd is the last performance in Auckland before the show moves to Adelaide in April. Congratulations everyone!

Aladdin 900

 

Scott Morris

Australian Scott Morris (Wizard of OzMy Fair Lady) will take on the role of Dance Captain in ATLANTIS at the Virginia Repertory Theatre from April 2019.

Tickets can be found at https://m.va-rep.org/site/_atlantis-november-theatre-richmond.html

Scott Morris

 

NYC Street named in honour of King Kong

On Wednesday, March 6th, The New York Mayor’s office will hold a ceremonial street naming honouring the contribution which King Kong has made to the culture of New York City by declaring the area outside of the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street) King Kong Court.

The ceremony will celebrate the 86th anniversary of the iconic original film. King Kong the musical  is now playing at the Broadway Theatre where it opened on Thursday, November 8 (previews began October 5, 2018).

King Kong Cast

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