Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

 

CURRENT SHOWS 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra Theatre Centre: Mamma Mia

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: High Fidelity

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

Southbank Theatre: Vivid White

The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES? 

Gareth Jacobs

Melbourne based performer Gareth Jacobs is set to take over the role of Genie in Disney’s Aladdin from Tuesday, December 19th 2017 with Michael James Scott‘s final performance being held on Sunday 17th.

Aladdin plays at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre until January 28th, 2018 before casting its spell over Brisbane and Perth.

Tickets can be purchased from http://aladdinthemusical.com.au/index.php/Melbourne

Gareth Jacobs takes over Genie role

 

The Making of Muriel and Friday on My Mind to air tonight

Tonight (Sunday, November 26th) will see ABC TV and iView air two documentaries.

The first, The Making of Muriel follows the creative team behind Muriel’s Wedding the Musical through the process of writing the music and the casting process. The Making of Muriel airs at 7:40pm before the first of a two part series on The Easybeats, Friday on My Mind featuring Du Toit Bredenkamp (Mamma Mia, Sound of Music) at 8:40pm.

Making Muriel promo

 

 

Luke Kennedy performs anthem at Ashes Series Game 1

Congratulations to Luke Kennedy (Jesus Christ Superstar) who performed the National Anthem on Thursday, November 23rd ahead of the first game of the Ashes series in Brisbane.

Luke Kennedy cricket

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

Falsettos

Wednesday, November 22nd saw the cast announced for StageArt’s 2018 season of Falsettos. Joining the 9 member cast are Don Winsor (Titanic the Musical) as Marvin, Sarah Shahinian (Les Miserables- USA Tour) as his wife Trina, Sam Ward (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Whizzer, Nick Simpson- Deeks (NED- A New Australian Musical) as Mendel, Francesca Arena (In the Heights) as Charlotte, Jenni Little (Kinky Boots) as Cordelia, Ben Jason- Easton (Les Miserables Australia)Lachie Graham (Follies In Concert) as Male Cover and Bianca Bruce (Into the Woods) as Female Cover.

Falsettos is set in 1979 in New York City, Marvin has left his wife Trina for another man, Whizzer. Marvin wants a tight knit family with the inclusion of Whizzer but it is a situation no one is happy with.

The show runs at Chapel off Chapel from February 1-11, 2018. Further information can be found at http://www.stageart.com.au/falsettos

Falsettos cast

Gilligan’s Island

Set your sails and join the castaways as the iconic tv show Gilligan’s Island comes to life on stage at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel from February 15th to March 4th. Joining Gilligan (Riley Nottingham) on the island are Sam Marzden (One Man, Two Guvnors) as The Skipper, Joshua Monaghan as Mr Howell, Lauren Jimmieson (Singin’ in the Rain) as Mrs Howell, Alexia Brinsley (Anyone Can Whistle) as Ginger, Kaya Byrne (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Professor, Molly Fisher (Nine) as Mary Ann, Frank Kerr (Mary Poppins) as Swing/ Ensemble and Belinda Jenkin (Motor Mouth Loves Suck Face) as Swing Ensemble.

Tickets can be purchased from https://www.gilligansislandthemusical.com.au

Gilligans Island Cast promo

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

This week saw the full adult cast announcement of the 10th Anniversary Tour of PriscillaQueen of the Desert. The tour commences in Melbourne on January 21st before seasons in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Joining the previously announced Tony SheldonDavid Harris and Euan Doidge on the bus are Jakob Ambrose (Aladdin)Blake Appelqvist (Kinky Boots)Michelle Barr (Cabaret)Angelique Cassimatis (Little Shop of Horrors)Lena Cruz (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)Xander Ellis (Dream Lover)Mitchell Fistrovic (Aladdin)Robert Grubb (We Will Rock You)Samm Hagen (Kinky Boots)Tom Handley (My Fair Lady)Haydan Hawkins (Dogfight)Luke Jarvis (Jesus Christ Superstar)Joe Kosky (High Fidelity)Leonard Mickelo (Bangarra Dance Theatre)Cle Morgan (Matilda)Adam Noviello (Matilda), Adèle Parkinson (Les Miserables)Emma Powell (Kinky Boots)Shannen Alyce Quan (The Gathering)Glaston Toft (The Bodyguard) and Patrick Whitbread (Matilda).

Tickets and tour details can be found by heading to https://priscillathemusical.com.au/

Priscilla full cast pic

OPENING NIGHTS

High Fidelity

Highway Run Production’s production of High Fidelity opened at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre on Wednesday, November 22nd in front of a very enthusiastic crowd who had been encouraged to dress up as their favourite film clip.

High Fidelity runs until December 17th with tickets available from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/high-fidelity/

High Fidelity cast

Vivid White

Vivid White tells the story of Liz (Verity Hunt- Ballard- Mary Poppins) and Ben (Brent Hill- Little Shop of Horrors) who have been friends with Cynthia (Christina O’Neill- Avenue Q) and Evan (Ben Mingay- The Phantom of the Opera) for years and would not let anything get in the way of their friendship except when both couples set their sights on buying the same house.

Written by Eddie Perfect and directed by Dean Bryant, the full cast also includes Gillian Cosgriff (To the Moon & Back) Virginia Gay (Calamity Jane) and Keegan Joyce (Once).

The show opened at Southbank Theatre, Melbourne this week and runs until December 23rd. Tickets can be purchased from http://www.mtc.com.au/plays-and-tickets/season-2017/vivid-white/#unit-production-info

The cast performing a song from the show: https://www.facebook.com/MelbourneTheatreCompany/videos/10156127738188392/

Vivid White opening night

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday Night Spectacular!

The Royal Hotel, Wyong is hosting their Saturday Night Spectacular on Saturday, December 2nd. Hosted by Marney McQueen (Dream Lover) the night includes performances from Pippa Grandison (WICKED) and Debora Krizak (Cabaret).

Further information can be found at http://royalhotelwyong.com.au

Pippa Grandison headshot.jpg

OPENING SHOWS

VICTORIA

Arts Centre: Dream Lover (December 27th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: High Fidelity (December 17th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

Caroline O’Connor

Australian performer Caroline O’Connor who is currently portraying Countess Lily in the Broadway production of Anastasia performed alongside fellow cast mates during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

 

 

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