Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Lyric Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Roslyn Packer Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Aladdin

The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

Darlinghurst Heights

The full cast has been announced for the 30th anniversary revival of Australian musical Darlinghurst Heights. Darlinghurst Heights will feature Baylie Carson (Dusty, Hello,Dolly!) as Mabel, Andrew Cutcliffe (Melba, Calendar Girls) as Frank, Natalie Gamsu (Ladies in Black, Strictly Ballroom) as Rose, Abe Mitchell (Paper Planet) as Spud, Billie Rose Prichard (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Cora, Sean O’Shea (Dinner, Rupert) as Ken and Justin Smith (Assassins, The Detective’s Handbook) as Joe.

Darlinghurst Nights explores the seductiveness of a life authentically lived, of a world where people can live without fear of intolerance amidst Sydney’s most colourful strip. Set during the 1920s and 30s, and inspired by Sydney poet Kenneth Slessor, writer Katherine Thomson (Diving For Pearls) and composer Max Lambert (Miracle City) capture a time when Kings Cross was the only place in Sydney where a person could live anonymously; where bohemian lifestyles were accepted and even encouraged.

The season runs from January 5th to 27th (excluding the 26th) . Tickets can be purchased from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/darlinghurst-nights/

Darlinghurst Nights cast

Motown Live in Concert

After a sold out season, Motown Live returns for a one night only at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel on December 15th.The cast includes Duane McGregor (GreaseStarlight Express)Nik Murillo (Memphis)James Terry (Beauty and the Beast)Anna Francesca Armenia (The Color Purple, In The Heights)Jacqueline Irvine (The Cover Girls), and Rachel Bronca (The Cover Girls).

With tickets selling fast be sure not to miss your chance to see this fast pace, toe tapping events.

Tickets can be purchased from http://chapeloffchapel.com.au/melbourne-comedy-theatre-art/melbourne-events/melbourne-theatre/motown-live-in-concert-return-season-15-december/

For further information on the show, tap on over to http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/cast-announcement-motown-live-2/

Motown Live in Concert (James Terry Photography)-4522

OPENING NIGHTS

The Wizard of Oz – Brisbane Opening

Thursday, November 9th saw audience follow the yellow brick road into QPAC’s Lyric Theatre for the magic of the Australian Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz. The audiences in Brisbane have been loving every moment of this much loved, multi- generational show which stars Jemma Rix, Lucy Durack, Anthony Warlow and introduces the talented Samantha Dodemaide as Dorothy Gale.

The Wizard of Oz has a limited season in Brisbane before flying into Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. For tickets head to https://www.wizardofozthemusical.com

Wizard of Oz cast

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Melbourne to do the Time Warp again!

Get ready to do the Time Warp again Melbournians! The Rocky Horror Show will play at Her Majesty’s Theatre from July 13th, 2018.

Featuring Craig McLachlan (The Rocky Horror Show, Dr Blake) as Frank N Furter, Kristian Lavercombe (Rocky Horror Show UK) as Riff Raff, Brendan Irving (The Bodyguard) as Rocky, Amanda Harrison (WICKED) as Magenta/ Usherette, Nadia Komazec (Matilda) as Columbia, Michelle Smitheram (Cabaret) as Janet and Rob Mallet (Singin’ in the Rain) as Brad , the much loved classic will be sure to have your toes tapping.

Tickets go on sale November 24th, tickets and further information can be found at https://rockyhorror.com.au

Rocky Horror Cast

Underground Broadway celebrates BRISmas!

December 4th will see Underground Broadway celebrate Christmas 2017 at The Paddo with BRISmas! Performers for this evening will be announced soon but with tickets guaranteed to sell out quickly, purchase yours from https://www.trybooking.com/SXVB

You can keep up to date with everything Underground Broadway at their new website https://www.undergroundbroadway.com

Underground Broadway Brisbane Christmas

American Song Cycle: A Double Bill

Lisa- Marie Parker (Blood Brothers) and John O’Hara (WICKED) feature in American Song Cycle: A Double Bill, a one night only event to be held at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel.

For further information and tickets go to http://chapeloffchapel.com.au/melbourne-comedy-theatre-art/melbourne-events/melbourne-theatre/american-song-cycle-a-double-bill-19-november/

American Song Cycle Double Bill

RENT– Brisbane

After a sell out season in February 2017, Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical  RENT opens at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre in May 2018. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.qpac.com.au/event/rent_18/

RENT Brisbane poster

Show Queen

The November edition of Show Queen will take place at Gingers, Sydney on Sunday the 19th. This month’s lineup includes Trevor Ashley (Les Miserables)Naomi Price (Beautiful)Robert McDougall (Assassins)Sarah Murr (Les Miserables)Cameron MacDonald (Beautiful) and Naomi Livingston (Evie May: A Tivoli Story).

Purchase your tickets for this evening from https://www.stickytickets.com.au/60413/show_queen__november_19.aspx

Show queen

THIS WEEK IN MUSICAL THEATRE

The Wizard of Oz raises funds for the RSPCA

Audiences at last weekend’s charity dress rehearsal of The Wizard of Oz in Brisbane helped raise $30, 264.00 for RSPCA Queensland.

Wizard of Oz cheque

Silvie Paladino releases a new Christmas CD

Talented performer Silvie Paladino has released a new Christmas CD titled O Holy Night. The CD is available on iTunes and from http://silviepaladino.com

Silvie Paladino album cover

Making Muriel to air on ABC

After the success of her documentary Matilda & Me, Nel Minchin is back in the director’s chair with her new documentary, Making MurielMaking Muriel follows the journey of bringing Muriel’s Wedding to the Australian Stage. From the very first auditions to the final casting decisions audiences have the opportunity to see the hard work and passion that has gone into turning this iconic story into a hit on stage.

The ABC are airing the documentary on Sunday, November 26th at 7:30pm

Making Muriel doco

OPENING SHOWS

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra Theatre Centre: Mamma Mia ! (November 24th)

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (December 30th)

Hayes Theatre: High Fidelity (November 18th)

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Mamma Mia! (December 26th)

VICTORIA

Arts Centre: Dream Lover (December 27th)

MC Showroom: The Last Five Years (November 21st)

CLOSING SHOWS

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra Theatre Centre: Mamma Mia! (December 17th)

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: High Fidelity (December 17th)

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (December 3rd)

VICTORIA

MC Showroom: The Last Five Years (November 26th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

King Kong stomps onto Broadway

The dream of taking King Kong to Broadway is finally happening. Previews commence at The Broadway Theatre on October 5th with the official opening on November 8th. Theatre People sat down with Carmen Pavlovic, CEO of Global Creatures to discuss what it takes to achieve this dream. The interview can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/tenacity-takes-kong-to-broadway/

King Kong Broadway

David Harris

David Harris (Legally Blonde, WICKED) has been nominated for a Broadway World regional Connecticut Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in Next to NormalNext to Normal ran at TheaterWorks in Hartford from March 24th to May 14th, 2017.

Congratulations David!

David Harris Next To Normal cake

Anna O’Byrne

A recording of ‘I Believe My Heart’, a song from act 1 of The Woman in White featuring Australia’s Anna O’Byrne (My Fair Lady) and fellow cast member Ashley Stillburn has been released ahead of the show which begins its limited run at London’s Charing Cross Theatre on November 20th.

The Woman in White – http://thewomaninwhite.co.uk

Lauren Ashlea Fraser

Congratulations to Brisbane performer Lauren Ashlea Fraser who has been cast as Peron’s Mistress in House Seats Presents one day only concert performance of Evita to be held on December 3rd at 2pm at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas.

The show also will feature live musicians, an onstage choir and dancers as part of a charity benefit.

Further information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Houseseatspresents/

Lauren Fraser

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