Arts Centre Melbourne, one of Australia’s most important artistic hubs for more than 35 years, has teamed up with John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra to present a weekly live digital show, Arts Centre Melbourne’s  Big Night In with John Foreman every Wednesday at 7pm, starting on 29 April. In a time of physical isolation, the program will be live streamed on Arts Centre Melbourne’s website and provide audiences with uplifting, inspiring, fun and familiar entertainment that reconnects artists with audiences.

John Foreman, the much-loved musical director, pianist and composer, catches up with different stars of the entertainment industry each week from their homes about their career highlights and favourite showbiz stories. They chat and perform some long-distance piano and vocal numbers. Then, as the spectacular finale of each episode, the artist is joined (virtually) by the 60-piece Aussie Pops Orchestra, which for more than 30 years has brought popular music to the people.

In the first episode John Foreman catches up with a beloved regular on the Australian theatre and music scene, Casey Donovan, and Australian musical theatre performer, Josh Piterman, who will dial in from London’s West End where he is currently starring in The Phantom of the Opera.

Episodes will feature cameo appearances from television, stage and screen stars including some of Arts Centre Melbourne’s most popular performers, a weekly appearance by a “Hollywood star”, and some satirical political commentary. Viewers can also expect some fun, digital audience participation.

Recently John Foreman rallied artists including Rhonda Burchmore, Casey Donovan, Bert and Patti Newton and Courtney Act to support the arts community through a united video of these artists singing “What a Wonderful World”, backed by a virtually-conducted orchestra. The clip went viral, receiving over 200,000 views in just seven days. There was heartfelt gratitude and pleasure from many who have watched and re-watched.

Arts Centre Melbourne announced on 15 March the cancellation of all scheduled performances and events and temporary closure of its buildings to the public due to COVID-19. Now Arts Centre Melbourne is focussed on finding new ways to engage with audiences including the digital online hub – Together with You.

On Wednesday 29 April at 7pm audiences can access Arts Centre Melbourne’s Big Night In with John Foreman via Arts Centre Melbourne digital initiative Together with You on Arts Centre Melbourne’s website.

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