Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

 

CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Belvoir St Theatre: Calamity Jane

Capitol Theatre: Jersey Boys 

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

Sydney Opera House: Evita

The Depot Theatre: Stalker – The Musical

 

VICTORIA

Princess Theatre: Mamma Mia!

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: Aladdin

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Rehearsals commence for shows across Australian Theatre

Rehearsals have commenced this week for the Australian cast of The School of Rock and Evie May: A Tivoli Story. The companies will rehearse their respective shows ahead of previews next month.

Further information and ticketing details can be found at:

EVIE MAY: A TIVOLI STORY: https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/evie-may-a-tivoli-story/

SCHOOL OF ROCK: http://au.schoolofrockthemusical.com

School of Rock cast

 

Rob Guest Endowment Awards – Semi Finalists announced

Monday, September 17th saw the announcement of the 30 semi finalists in this year’s edition of the Rob Guest Endowment Awards.

The following Semi-Finalists will perform in front of a panel of judges on October 1st, 2018 to determine the six finalists for the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award:

Annie Aitken Todd Jacobsson
Kirrah Amosa Oliver Lacey
Embla Bishop Jenni Little
Alessandra Bizzanelli Rubin Matters
Georgina Charteris Joe Meldrum
Jemma Cher Alessandra Merlo
Doron Chester Courtney Monsma
Rachel Davies Caitlin Rose
Tom Davis Ashleigh Rubenach
Pia Frangiosa Cypriana Singh
Joel Granger Molly Stewart
Manon Gunderson-Briggs Connor Sweeney
Zoe Ioannou Stephanie Wall
Gareth Isaac Monique Warren
Luke Jarvis Lyndon Watts

The Rob Guest Endowment Award, now in its 10th year, is awarded annually to an emerging musical theatre performer selected by a panel of industry experts. The Rob Guest Endowment 2018 panel will seek out Australia’s brightest and most talented young rising stars through a multistage audition process. Six finalists will be shortlisted and will have the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of an audience of Australia’s leading and most established producers and casting agents at the final event. The winner will take home the highly coveted Rob Guest Endowment Award of $20,000.

Congratulations everyone !

RGE Semi-finalists 2018

 

Matthew Manahan sings anthem at Wallabies match

Saturday, September 15th saw Matthew Manahan (Aspects of Love, Brigadoon) perform the National Anthem prior to the Australia vs Argentina match at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Congratulations Matthew!

Matt Manahan Anthem

 

Kids Cast named for Brisbane season of Priscilla

Congratulations to Jordy Campbell, Oliver De Los Santos (Kinky Boots), Mason Kidd and Flynn Nowlan who will portray the role of Benji for the Brisbane season of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert which commences on September 26th.

Campbell, Kidd and Nowlan will make their professional musical theatre debut while De Los Santos appeared as Young Lola in Kinky Boots. Tickets for the Brisbane season can be found at https://priscillathemusical.com.au/tour/

Congratulations boys!

Priscilla Brisbane Kids

 

CELEBRATIONS

Rob Mallet and Chloe Zuel announce their engagement

Congratulations to Australian performers Rob Mallet (The Rocky Horror Show) and Chloe Zuel (Beautiful) on the announcement of their engagement. Mallet proposed to Zuel on September 10th while on holiday in Greece.

Chloe and Rob Engagement

 

Calamity Jane celebrates their 100th show

The company of Calamity Jane celebrated their 100th whip-cracking, fantastically fast paced show on Thursday, September 13th. Currently showing at Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney before a regional tour commencing in late 2018, Calamity Jane has been a roaring success.

 

2018 Tour Dates:

Fairfax Studio

From December 12th

 

2019 Tour Dates: 

Comedy Theatre

From January 1st

 

Riverside Theatres 

From February 21st

 

Orange Civic Theatre 

From February 28th

 

IIlawarra Performing Arts Centre 

From March 7th

 

Canberra Theatre Centre 

From August 15th

 

BELVOIR

From August 23rd

 

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Calamity Jane 100 shows

 

OPENING SHOWS

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

AIS Arena: Grease- The Arena Experience (October 12th)

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Meet Me in St. Louis (September 26th)

Hayes Theatre: Evie May: A Tivoli Story (October 12th)

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (September 26th)

 

VICTORIA

Comedy Theatre: Madiba (October 3rd)

Lighthouse Theatre: Madiba (September 27th)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Festival Theatre: Mamma Mia! (October 9th)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

AIS Arena: Grease- The Arena Experience (October 14th)

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Belvoir St Theatre: Calamity Jane (September 30th)

The Depot Theatre: Stalker- The Musical (October 6th)

 

VICTORIA

Lighthouse Theatre: Madiba (September 29th)

Princess Theatre: Mamma Mia! (September 30th)

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

Daniel Belle

Congratulations to Daniel Belle (Les Miserables Australia) who is currently performing the role of Jean Valjean in Showbiz Christchurch’s production of Les Miserables  which runs at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch until October 6th, 2018.

Tickets and further information can be found at https://www.showbiz.org.nz/les-miserables . NZ reviewer, Patrick Stewart wrote of Belle “ Belle brings all the physicality and presence to the role, as well as a voice that has emotional depth across a wide range, Bring Him Home and its reprise being the epitome of his stamina and control.”

Here is a video of Belle performing Bring Him Home.

Maggie McKenna

Australia’s Maggie McKenna (Muriel’s Wedding) will play Zoe Murphy in the USA National Tour of Dear Evan Hansen. The USA National Tour commences on September 25th in Denver, Colorado before touring 16 states. A full schedule and ticket links can be found at https://dearevanhansen.com/tour

Maggie McKenna

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