GLOBAL CREATURES STRIDES THE WORLD STAGE

WITH A SLATE OF INTERNATIONAL BLOCKBUSTERS

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Australia’s Global Creatures will secure its place as a leading international theatre production company as it celebrates its biggest year ever in 2018.

This year in the UK, the company opens Strictly Ballroom on the West End in April and Walking with Dinosaurs will again roam the globe on a new world tour with August dates confirmed at London’s O2 Arena.

Moulin Rouge has its pre-Broadway engagement in Boston in July while the giant gorilla Kong will storm into New York for a season of King Kong on Broadway in November.

Back in Australia, Global Creatures wrapped up a world premiere season of Muriel’s Wedding in January with rave reviews, sold-out houses, a swag of Sydney Theatre awards and a stunning cast recording. The production returns to Sydney next year.

Muriels Wedding
By any measure, it’s a remarkable achievement. For an Australian producer and theatre company, it’s unheard of.

The chief executive officer of Global Creatures, Carmen Pavlovic, couldn’t be happier to reap the rewards of a decade of planning, negotiation and hard work.

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“2018 is the year we’ve been working towards since I set the company up 10 years ago,” Ms Pavlovic said.

“Standing at the top of 2018, it’s so rewarding and thrilling to know that all of these shows are actually going to happen.  We’ve developed the work, secured the necessary rights and coveted theatres. Now we can just get on and bring the plan to life.”

Since being coaxed back to Australia to set up Global Creatures in 2008 after many years working in the UK and Europe, Ms Pavlovic has worked hard to develop and produce a slate of internationally successful shows.

The company’s slate of shows represent $200 million dollars of production investments alone.

Ms Pavlovic believes success only flows when key elements are in place, including alchemy and collaboration within the creative team, a producing environment that facilitates the team’s vision, and plenty of time.

It took six and a half years from the time Global Creatures first approached PJ Hogan about Muriel’s Wedding for the show to open on stage.

King Kong with Esther
King Kong’s return to New York has been 10 years in the making and by the time Moulin Rouge opens in Boston, it will be more than nine years since the first deal was done over lunch with Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin. It took seven years and multiple flights to Paris, Los Angeles and New York to finally secure the rights.

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Moulin Rouge was the complex one because there were so many rights owners, including Fox Studios, the Moulin Rouge in Paris and a very large number of music publishers,” she said.

The musical opens at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre on 21 July, directed by Alex Timbers from a book by John Logan.

It was a similar story for Muriel’s Wedding with creator PJ Hogan anxious to maintain the ABBA soundtrack from his hit 1994 film before he would consider a theatrical adaptation.

After 18 months of rejections by ABBA’s management, Ms Pavlovic flew to Stockholm to meet the band’s songwriters, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and a deal was struck.

The show finally opened in Sydney in November 2017 to rave reviews with Simon Phillips as director and a book by PJ Hogan.

The company also has brought Luhrmann’s popular 1992 film Strictly Ballroom to the stage, and after seasons in Australia, the UK and Canada, Strictly Ballroom The Musical makes its West End debut at the Piccadilly Theatre on 24 April. The Oliver Award winning Drew McOnie will direct and choreograph the production from a book by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce, while Catherine Martin returns as costume designer.

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“Working collaboratively with the right creative team is essential to the success of any production and we look for good collaborators, whose style, tone and skills match the needs of each show,” she said.

Ms Pavlovic said the nature of the story, the quality of the music, and identifiable, relatable characters are essential elements for ensuring universal appeal.

“There’s also another layer to that, a level of innovation, something special about the work that people haven’t really seen before.”

Global Creatures strives to innovate in each of its new shows.

Since its first foray onto the world stage in 2007 with Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular – now a phenomenal international success story – the company has been at the forefront of innovative stagecraft and spectacular theatricality.

The animatronic masterpieces of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus, Plateosaurus and Stegosaurus made famous in Walking with Dinosaurs have been seen by over nine million people in 250 cities around the world.

Walking With Dinosaurs
The state-of-the-art animatronics and puppetry continued in How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, which brought mythical dragons to vivid life.

Five years in the making, the ground-breaking production of King Kong launched in Melbourne in 2013, where audiences fell in love with its leading man, arguably the most authentic, technologically-advanced puppet in the world.

King Kong opens at the Broadway Theatre on 8 November. The book was written by Jack Thorne. Drew McOnie will direct and choreograph the creature, created Sonny Tilders.

 

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A BIG YEAR IN THEATRE

27 January, 2018
MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL finishes its sell-out season in Sydney

24 April, 2018
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL opens on the West End

21 July, 2018
MOULIN ROUGE has its pre-Broadway engagement in Boston

20 July, 2018
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS worldwide tour commences in the UK

8 November, 2018
KING KONG opens on Broadway

July 2019
MURIEL’S WEDDING returns to Sydney

 

THE CREATIVE TEAMS

Muriel’s Wedding
Book: PJ Hogan
Director: Simon Phillips
Composers: Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttal
Set and Costume Designer: Gabriela Tylesova
Choreographer: Andrew Hallsworth
Lighting Designer: Trent Suidgeest
Sound Designer: Michael Waters
Music Supervisor: Guy Simpson
Video Designer: David Bergman
 
Moulin Rouge
Book: John Logan
Director: Alex Timbers
Music Supervisor/Co-Orchestrator/Arranger: Justin Levine
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
Scenic Designer: Derek McLane
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer: Justin Townsend
Sound Designer: Peter Hylenski

King Kong
Book: Jack Thorne
Director: Drew McOnie
Composer: Marius DeVries
Songs by: Eddie Perfect
Choreographer: Drew McOnie
Production and Projection Designer: Peter England
Creature Designer: Sonny Tilders
Costume Designer: Roger Kirk
Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford
Sound Designer: Peter Hylenski
Aerial and King Kong Movement Director: Gavin Robins

Strictly Ballroom
Book: Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
Director: Drew McOnie
Choreographer: Drew McOnie
Set Designer: Soutra Gilmour
Costume Designer: Catherine Martin
Lighting Designer: Howard Hudson
Sound Designer: Gareth Owen
Music Supervisor: David Caddick

Walking With Dinosaurs
Book: Warner Brown
Director: Scott Faris
Composer: James Seymour Brett
Creature Designer: Sonny Tilders
Set and Projected Image Designer: Peter England
Lighting Designer: John Rayment
Sound Designer: Peter Hylenski

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