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CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Jersey Boys

Hayes Theatre: Aspects of Love 

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

 

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: School of Rock

Southbank Theatre: Twelfth Night

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Ben Gerrard announced as Patrick Bateman

Ben Gerrard, best known for playing Ian Meldrum’s transgender flatmate in the mini-series Molly and Linus in a stage production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, will take on the role of Patrick Bateman in the Hayes Theatre production of American Psycho, a role made famous by Christian Bale in a movie adaptation of the same name in 2000.

Patrick Bateman, a handsome investment banker with a psychopathic dark side during the Wall Street boom of the late 1980s, in a musical that features hit songs from the era by Phil Collins, Tears for Fears, New Order and Huey Lewis and the News.

The show will have its Australian Premiere in Sydney on May 10, 2019 with tickets available from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/american-psycho/

American Psycho CREDIT George Sandman Popov-min

 

NSW Premiere of Ned Kelly musical

December 2018 will see the NSW Premiere of Ned: A New Australian Musical at Newtown’s New Theatre from the 18th- 22nd.

Set in rural Victoria in the late 1800s, it charts Ned Kelly’s transformation from a local hero into a cold-blooded criminal. When his mother, Ellen Kelly, is unjustly convicted of attempting to murder a policeman, Ned, his brother Dan, and their two friends Joe Byrne and Steve Hart flee into the bush to avoid their own arrests by the corrupt police force. They are soon outlawed and vilified as the feared ‘Kelly Gang’, and are to be caught at any cost – dead or alive. But swearing that their “orders must be obeyed”, the gang takes their final, and ultimately fatal, stand against the police.

Ned features the talents of Josh McElroy (ATYP’s Spring Awakening, Performing Line’s A Town Named Warboy) who takes on the iconic role of  Ned Kelly, with Jodie Harris (Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady) by his side as the strong, Kelly family matriarch, Ellen. The incredible Marcus Rivera (Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon, Opera Australia’s The King and I) tackles the complexity of early Australian law and order through his portrayal of Superintendent Hare.

These three powerhouses are joined by a stellar cast of some of Australia’s finest musical theatre performers including: Cypriana SinghSiobhan Clifford and Rowan Brunt (as Maggie, Kate and Dan Kelly). Guy WebsterLincoln Elliott and Martin Everett (as Joe Byrne, Aaron Sherritt and Steve Hart). David HovCourtney PowellJacqui Greenfield & Rob Hartley (as Alexander Fitzpatrick, Ann Jones, Mrs. Kennedy and Kennedy). The cast is completed by an incredible ensemble of triple threats including Erin BogartSinead CristaudoDenzel BruhnCarmel Rodrigues and Georgia Rodgers.

Tickets and further information are available from https://newtheatre.org.au/33086-2/

Ned Kelly Cast

 

Cast Announcement: West Side Story

This week saw the announcement of the full cast of West Side Story announced ahead of seasons in Melbourne and Sydney in 2019.

The all Australian Cast includes established performers with a lifetime of experience alongside talented emerging performers making their debut on the stage.

The production will feature Ritchie Singer as Doc, Paul Dawber as Lt. Schrank, Dean Vince as Officer Krupke and Paul Hanlon as Glad Hand.

As “The Jets” the ensemble will include Joshua Taylor, Nicholas Collins, Christian Ambesi, Nathan Pavey, Blake Tuke, Sebastien Golenko, Molly Bugeja, Joseph Donovan with Natasha O’Hehir, Angelica Di Clemente, Taylah Small and Sarah Dimas. 

Completing the cast as “The Sharks” will be Anthony Garcia, Keanu Gonzalez, Daniel Assetta, Matt Antonucci, Jason Yang-Westland, Brady Kitchingham, Daniel Wijngaarden with Zoe Ioannou, Olivia Carniato, Nikki Croker, Amba Fewster and Ariana Mazzeo.

They join the previously announced Todd Jacobsson as Tony, Sophie Salvesani as Maria, Chloe Zuel as Anita, Noah Mullins as Riff, and Lyndon Watts as Bernardo.

Tickets and further information are available from https://westsidestory.com.au

west side story

 

Concert: Broadway to La Scala

Soaring with the exuberance of the great stage musicals and enriched with the passion of grand opera, From Broadway to La Scalahas become one of the most popular orchestral concerts on the entertainment calendar.

From Puccini to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bizet to Gershwin, Verdi to Cole Porter, Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this bi-annual concert event is renowned for its world-class presentation of the greatest songs, arias and duets of the last two centuries.

From Broadway To La Scala will be performed by six of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary singers including the magnificent award winning lyric coloratura soprano Emma Matthews, greatly loved tenor David Hobson, acclaimed bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, West End/Broadway star Caroline O’Connor and the brilliant young Australian tenor Alexander Lewis, who has been impressing audiences as Count Danilo in The Merry Widow for Opera Australia, The West Australian Opera and the State Opera of South Australia.

They will be joined by emerging artist Genevieve Kingsford, who made her debut as Fiona in Brigadoon and was nominated for best Leading Actress in a Musical at the Greenroom Awards.

The show opens on Steptember 7, 2019 in Adelaide before heading to Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. To join the waitlist for your city head to http://www.frombroadwaytolascala.com.au/#buy-tickets

broadway to la scala

Cast Announcement: Muriel’s Wedding

Further to the announcement of Natalie Abbott as Muriel Heslop and Elizabeth Esguerra as Rhonda, the full cast of the upcoming Melbourne and Sydney seasons of  Muriel’s Wedding has been announced.

David James (The Boy From Oz, The Sound of Music) as Bill Heslop, Pippa Grandison (Mary Poppins, We Will Rock You) as Deidre Chambers and Manon Gunderson-Briggs (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original Sydney season) as Joanie Heslop.
 
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Christie Whelan Browne (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original Sydney season) will play the role of Tania Degano, with Stefanie Jones (The Sound of MusicLes Miserables) as Nicole Stumpf, Imogen Moore (Oklahoma!Anything Goes) as Janine Nuttall and Catty Hamilton (MAMMA MIA!) as Cheryl Moochmore.
 
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Jaime Hadwen (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original Sydney season) will play Agnetha Fältskog with Laura Bunting (Wicked, Mary Poppins) playing Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Maxwell Simon (Green Day’s American Idiot, The Boy From Oz) as Björn Ulvaeus and Evan Lever (Anything GoesLa Cage Aux Folles) as Benny Andersson.
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Brice Nobes will be played by Jared Griffiths (professional debut) with Stephen Madsen (Muriel’s Wedding TheMusical original Sydney season) as Alexander Shkuratov, Dave Eastgate (Doctor Doctor, Open Slather) as Ken Blundell and Kenneth Moraleda (Muriel’s Wedding The Musical original Sydney season) as Charlie Chan.
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The Muriel’s Wedding The Musical ensemble cast includes Colin Dean, Tom Sharah, Kaeng Chan, Noni McCallum, Ashleigh Rubenach, Prue Bell, David Ouch, Jan Di Pietro, Zoe Coppinger and Caitlen Quinn.
Tickets are on sale now for both Melbourne and Sydney with details below:

MELBOURNE SEASON 2019
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Previews from March 12
Opening night March 23
tickets on sale at  www.ticketek.com.au

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SYDNEY SEASON 2019
Sydney Lyric Theatre
Previews from June 28
Opening night July 4
tickets on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.au

Muriel's Wedding logo

 

 

Annie Aitken wins 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award

Congratulations to the awardees at the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Awards which were held in Sydney on Monday, November 19th.

Annie Aitken is the winner of the $20,000 cash prize which will be used for professional development purpose while the $5,000 East End Theatre District Artist Development Award went to Ashleigh Rubenach and the Playbill Future Prospect award went to Stephanie Wall.

Two other awards were presented recognising further excellence in other fields of musical theatre. The Rob Guest Endowment Technical Award in Honour of Sue Nattrass was awarded to Brittany Coombs and the Rob Guest Endowment Musician Award was won by Katie Robinson. Funded by the Capitol Theatre and the Sydney Lyric Theatre, both winners took home a $10,000 cash prize intended to help fund the tuition and experience needed to help them become leaders in their field.

Annie Aitken, winner of the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment (c) Brian Geach

 

Broadway Unplugged: December Edition

The cast of the December Edition of Broadway Unplugged has been announced ahead of the December 3rd performance at Melbourne’s The Toff In Town. Join host Gillian Cosgriff and performers Chris Scalzo (Evita), Alana Tranter (NINE), Angela  Scundi (Into the Woods), Bianca Baykara (School of Rock), Dean Vince (Evita), Drew Weston (Dream Lover) and Elenoa Rokobara (Book of Mormon) for a night of celebration.

Tickets can be purchased from https://m.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/broadway-unplugged/107824

Broadway Unplugged

Junior Eurovision

Congratulations to Melbourne performer Jael Wena on her 3rd place overall at the Junior Eurovision which was held overnight Australian time in Belarus. Wena won the Jury Vote with her song Champion. If you can’t wait for her performance to be aired on ABC ME at 6pm tonight, here is the official video

 

Congratulations also to Gold Coast based performer Luke Harrison (The Sound of Music) who represented Australia as a judge at the competition.

Steve Danielsen sings anthem at Australian Supercar Final

Congratulations to Book of Mormon’s Steve Danielsen on his great performance of the Australian National Anthem at the weekend’s Newcastle 500. It was a dream come true for Danielsen to sing at the event.

Steve Danielsen

 

CELEBRATIONS

Wedding: Steve Danielson and Elisha Chin

Congratulations to Steven Danielson (Book of Mormon, WICKED) and Elisha Chin (Grease) on their wedding held on Friday, November 16th 2018. We wish you the very best for the future.

Steve and Elisha

 

Engagement: Elysha Manik and Thomas Egan

Congratulations to Elysha Manik (Dirty Dancing) and Thomas Egan (The Tap Pack) on the news this week of their engagement. We wish them all the best in their next chapter of life together.

Elysha and Tom

 

Engagement: Jayde Westaby and Sean Mulligan

Congratulations to Mamma Mia! cast member Jayde Westaby and her fiance Sean Mulligan (The Tap Pack) on their special, unique engagement this week. We wish the  Westaby-Mulligan family all the best.

Sean Bay and Jayde

 

Engagement: Bronte Florian and Blake Appelqvist

Congratulations from the Theatre People team to Australian theatre performers Bronte Florian (Cry Baby, High Fidelity, Kinky Boots) and Blake Appelqvist (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Kinky Boots) on the news of their engagement. Florian proposed to Appelqvist on November 7th and he said yes.

bronte and blake

 

Welcome: Oliver Domonic Mottau

Welcome to the Theatre People family Oliver Domonic Mottau son of Sarah Clarke (We Will Rock You, A Chorus Line) and Daniel Mottau (Jekyll and Hyde). We wish you all the best.

Sarah Dan and Oliver

 

Baby News: Allyce Martins

Congratulations to Allyce Martins (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables) and her partner Mario on the news of their baby who is due in April/ May 2019. May it be a smooth pregnancy and a great time of celebration.

Allyce Baby

 

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Sydney Opera House: In the Heights (January 16th)

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Jersey Boys (January 2nd)

 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Melbourne- State Theatre: Evita (December 5th)

Arts Centre Melbourne- Fairfax Studio: Calamity Jane (December 12th)

Arts Centre Melbourne- Playhouse: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (December 19th)

Chapel off Chapel: RENT (November 29th)

Comedy Theatre: Calamity Jane (January 1st)

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (January 16th)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: Madiba (January 2nd)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Aspects of Love (December 30th)

Sydney Opera House: In the Heights (January 20th)

 

VICTORIA

Chapel off Chapel: RENT (December 9th)

Arts Centre Melbourne – Fairfax Studio: Calamity Jane (December 23rd)

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

Moulin Rouge

Congratulations to the Global Creatures team and Baz Lurhmann whose production of Moulin Rouge will move to Broadway in 2019! Previews will commence on June 28th, 2019 at Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Tickets can be purchased from https://moulinrougemusical.com

Moulin Rouge

 

Anna O’Byrne

Anna O’Byrne (My Fair Lady, Love Never Dies) has been named in the cast of upcoming workshop of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Unmasked, based on the composer and theatre institution’s life.

Tickets for these public workshops can be purchased from https://www.theotherpalace.co.uk/whats-on/unmasked

Anna O'Byrne My Fair Lady

 

Lion King Roars into 200th show

The international cast of Disney’s The Lion King, produced my the Australian company Michael Cassel Group and featuring Australian performer Andre Jewson as Zazu recently celebrated their 200th show while in South Korea. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Lion King 200

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