Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Belvoir St Theatre: Calamity Jane

Capitol Theatre: Jersey Boys 

Hayes Theatre: She Loves Me

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

Sydney Opera House: Evita 

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Story

Metro Arts: Spring Awakening

 

VICTORIA

Princess Theatre: Mamma Mia!

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Festival Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: Aladdin

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Beautiful tour comes to an end after a year on road

After commencing previews at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on September 17th 2017 before seasons at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre and Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre, hit musical Beautiful: The Carole King Story has come to an end.

Throughout the show run, there were many highlights, some of these are winning five Helpmann Awards at the 2018 ceremony including Best Musical, leading man Josh Piterman releasing his debut album and 370 earth moving shows.

To the cast of Beautiful , Chookas for your future endeavours and we will still love you tomorrow.

 

Meet Me In St. Louis – Cast Announcement

Set in 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri in the lead up the the 1904 World Fair, Meet Me in St. Louis tells the story of the Smith Family and features famous songs including ‘The Trolley Song’ and ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’.

Playing Esther Smith in a role made famous by Judy Garland will be the previously announced Kerrie- Anne Greenland. Joining Greeland will be Kaeng Chan(MAME, Muriel’s Wedding)Beth Daly (Cry Baby, Grey Gardens)Jacqui Dark (The Sound of Music)Jonathan Mill (Moby Dick, West Side Story) Lauren McKenna(Heathers, Hairspray) Bardiya McKinnon(Metamorphosis) Cameron Rhodes, (Rake, Secrets & Lies) Aaron Tsindos, (Big River, Goodbye Girl) and Jessica Vickers (Gypsy, Miracle City).

Tickets are on sale now at https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/meet-me-in-st-louis/

The show runs from September 26th, 2018 for a limited season only.

 

 

Muriel’s Wedding – Melbourne Season Announcement

After a sell out season at Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre in 2017, five Helpmann Award wins and a highly anticipated return season at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, Global Creatures CEO Carmen Pavlovic, has announced that Muriel’s Wedding The Musical will play a strictly limited season in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre from March 2019 before returning to Sydney in July 2019 playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Dates and tickets for the Sydney and Melbourne seasons are below:

MELBOURNE SEASON 2019
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Previews from March 12
Opening night: March 23
Tickets on sale Thursday, September 20th from www.ticketek.com.au

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

Muriels Wedding beanbag

 

NINE – Cast Announcement

From the romantic streets and canals of Venice, comes the exquisite and captivating story of NINE –  The Musical. The spotlight is on famed Italian film director Guido Contini, who is suffering debilitating writer’s block, while facing a marriage breakdown in the middle of having a mid-life crisis. At the age of 40, Guido must call on the nine closest and most powerful women in his life to put him back on the road to success and happiness.

Based on Federico Fellini’s Academy Award winning semi- autobiographical film 8 ½, the musical opened on Broadway in 1989, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. NINE – The Musical celebrates our mothers, our sisters, our teachers, our wives, our mistresses and our muses. Our women, our world.

Leading as the charming yet confused womaniser, Guido is played by Anthony Scundi (executive of Q44 Theatre Inc, Ironbound, Hurlyburly, Shining City) and cover Robbie Blowers. With young Guido will played by 9-year-old Kershawn Theodore (Madam Butterfly, The Bodyguard The Musical) and 11-year-old Brierley Smith (Centerstage Performing Arts School).

One of Guido’s major pillars during his mid-life crisis is his strong, forceful and loyal wife Luisa, Alana Tranter (Hello Dolly, California Dreaming) who is the envy of sexy and naive mistress Carla, debuting Rachel Bronca (Saturday Night Fever, Miss Saigon).

Courtney Glass (The Woman In White, Oklahoma, Brigadoon) plays Claudia, Guido’s switched-on movie star muse, who’s classy nature contrasts against the controversial and erotic prostitute Sarraghina , Bronte Florian (Kinky Boots, High Fidelity) with a show shopping performance of ‘Be Italian’.

The shrewd, sharp movie producer Lillian La Fleur is played by Rebecca Morton (Sweeney Todd, South Pacific) together with her mysterious accomplice Lina, Eilannin Harris-Black(Lysistaria, Company). Stephanie John (A New Brain, The Pied Piper) plays the saucy nuisance Stephanie, alongside Lady of the Spa, Leah Zilberman (Kismet, Rebecca The Musical).

In amongst the many lovers, mistresses and women of inspiration is also Guido’s mother, Ana Mitsikas (Sound Of Music, Merrily We Roll Along) who shines the light on Guido’s “good” side.

NINE – The Musical’s fantastic female ensemble also features Luca Dinardo (Bring It On, Billy Elliot)Daisy Calnin (Hansel & Gretel), Josephine Marchant (Spring Awakening, Guys and Dolls)Kiana Daniele (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Georgina Charteris (Cats, Dollhouse).

NINE opens at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel on October 12th with tickets available from http://www.stageart.com.au/ninethemusical

Nine cast

 

Calamity Jane – Melbourne Season extension

Following sell out performances and rave reviews, Calamity Jane has announced an extension of their Melbourne season. Following their return season at Arts Centre Melbourne this December, Calamity Jane will then transfer to the stunning Comedy Theatre in Melbourne’s theatre district in January. They will specially adapt the historic theatre using just downstairs and onstage seating to turn the whole place into the Golden Garter saloon .

Tickets for all performances of Calamity Jane are available from https://www.calamityjaneoz.com/dates

Calamity Jane two

 

PERFORMANCES

Steve Danielsen

Congratulations to The Book of Mormon’s Steve Danielsen who sung the Australian anthem ahead of the SRU Grand Final.

Steve Danielsen anthem

Amy Lehpamer

Soon to be seen in The School of Rock, leading lady of Australian musical theatre, Amy Lehpamer (Beautiful, Sound of Music) this week shared the stage with legendary rocker Gene Simmons in Melbourne this week. Rock on Amy!

Amy with Gene

 

OPENING SHOWS

QUEENSLAND

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

 

VICTORIA

Athenaeum Theatre: Disenchanted (September 6th)

Comedy Theatre: Madiba (October 3rd)

Lighthouse Theatre (Warrnambool): Madiba (September 27th)

DISENCHANTED invitation

 

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Belvoir St Theatre: Calamity Jane (September 30th)

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Story (September 2nd)

Metro Arts: Spring Awakening (September 8th)

 

VICTORIA

Lighthouse Theatre: Madiba (September 29th)

Princess Theatre: Mamma Mia! (September 30th)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Festival Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (September 15th)

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

Matthew Lee Robinson

Australian writer and actor Matthew Lee Robinson (Atlantis, Happy People) has written the music and lyrics for TheaterWorks USA new show The Magic School Bus. The Magic School Bus is currently on a tour around the USA in their yellow bus. Listen to the interview with Robinson to find out more about the show. https://www.facebook.com/TheaterWorksUSA/videos/10157584732488082/

https://matthewleerobinson.com/the-magic-school-bus

Magic School Bus musical

 

Marika Aubrey

Marika Aubrey (Matilda) has commenced rehearsals with her fellow performers in the USA ahead of the national tour of Come From Away. The show opens in Seattle, Washington next month ahead of visiting 17 states and Canada. Tickets are available from http://comefromaway.com/tour.php

Come From Away US Marika

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