We hope to continue bringing you news from Australia and internationally during this time. We send much love to everyone who is faced with challenges.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Oz Panto- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Director and Producer BONNIE LYTHGOE wishes to announce that due to the worldwide spread of COVID-19 she has re-scheduled SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS to now play at Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ from FRIDAY, JULY 2nd to SUNDAY, JULY 11th.
When making the announcement Bonnie said “It’s with great sadness that we announce our annual beloved panto is being postponed. We must respect the experts advice and all practice social distancing and self isolation to ensure the safety of ourselves and our families and the greater community.
We’ll get through this and when we’re out the other side of this terrible situation, we’ll have so much fun with this show, I promise you it will be worth the wait and the perfect antidote to such heavy times.
Wishing you much love, stay safe and be kind.
Bonnie and the entire panto team”
Patrons are advised to hold onto existing tickets which will be automatically transferred to the new dates when announced.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
News from the Factory:
We regret to advise that in the current uncertain times it is not possible to reschedule the final leg of our tour at QPAC in Brisbane.
Thank you to the hundreds of thousands of people who shared the joy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are disappointed we didn’t get to open our chocolate factory doors for you one last time, but we hope you all stay safe and remember…
“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination
Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.”
Tuesday, April 14th saw the Queensland (and Australian) theatre community gather together online for ShowTune Tuesday in Isolation. Local and International performers treated us to a myriad of show tunes from their lounge rooms all while raising money for the QLD branch of the Actors’ and Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund. If you didn’t have the opportunity to watch or you want to re- live the event, you can view the performances at https://www.facebook.com/ShowTuneTuesday/videos/265044664661501/
If you are able, please consider donating at https://abfqld.com.au/
Michael Cassel Group’s Musical Mondays
Monday, April 13th saw musical theatre trivia buffs gather from all around to play for the ultimate bragging rights. Even a blackout at the host’s venue couldn’t stop the 180+ attendees from having a great evening. We hope that this will become a regular event on the isolation calendar, thanks to Michael Cassel and the host of the evening, Lara Mulcahy.
To cheer our readers up, we have collated a number of videos for you to watch:
Hilary Cole and Ryan Bondy
Hilary Cole (Muriel’s Wedding, Kinky Boots) and husband Ryan Bondy(Book of Mormon) filmed an acoustic version of My Girl.
It can be viewed at https://www.instagram.com/p/B-7J67zng6I2bf0O2dTioR-y-KvHNn5wqlwzwc0/?hl=en
Stefanie Jones and Aaron Tsindos
Stefanie Jones (Muriel’s Wedding, Sound of Music) and Aaron Tsindos (Good Omens, Big Fish) recently re-wrote the lyrics to Feist song 1234 to highlight the plight of many performers around the country. The video can be viewed at
Robert Tripolino (Jesus Christ Superstar, Aladdin) recently performed the iconic role of Jesus in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Barbican production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Here he is with iconic song Gethsemane.
April 21st: The (M)other Life by Amity Dry
April 23rd: Tickets Please by Paul Morrison & Jacob Nicholls
April 28th: Gold by Jess Newman & Richard Lindenfelzer
April 30th: Beau wants to be a Billionaire by Neylon & Peele
Josh Piterman Self Isolation- Live Performances
Josh Piterman (Phantom of the Opera, Beautiful) and his self isolation live performances return this week with a bevy of beautiful, amazing talented Australian performers.
Wednesday, April 15th will see Piterman present performers including Barry Conrad (Beautiful), Blake Bowden (Book of Mormon), Stefanie Caccamo (Once), Georgina Hopson (Ragtime), Naomi Price (Yank), Mat Verevis (Beautiful) and Luke Kennedy (Swing on This) whilst Friday, April 17th we will be serenaded by the sweet voices of Lucy Maunder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys), Rob Mills (Grease), Sam & Sam, Sarah Morrison (Come From Away), Stephen Mahy (Mamma Mia!), Louis Lucente (Ragtime) and Amy Manford (Phantom of the Opera).
The performances will commence at 9PM AEST (12 PM BST) and can be viewed at https://www.instagram.com/joshpiterman/?hl=en
Lights Up on the Arts
‘Lights Up On The Arts: Home Delivery!’ is a special and important concert created by James Cutler and Joshua Robson Productions, which serves as a way to shine a light on our Arts industry and support performers whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 arts shutdown.
Over an incredible evening, we will take a live audience into the living rooms of performers from shows such as Shrek, School of Rock, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Merrily We
Roll Along, Come From Away, Harry Potter, 9 to 5 and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, to name a few.
We have had express permission from Mr Stephen Schwartz to have access to his catalogue of music. Stephen has an incredible and rich collection of songs that taps into so many
important themes that will create the through-line of our concert: connection, togetherness, unity, a second chance, finding oneself, the joys of a simple life, and hope. It is our hope that the optimistic and uplifting nature of his music, together with our program, will remind Australia and beyond that the arts matter, that we are a source of joy in the world, and, failing all else, the arts will sustain our world even through the toughest of situations. We think that’s worth celebrating!
We look forward to having you tune in from the comfort of your couch on Monday, May 4th, 2020 on Facebook live. For more details on the evening head to: facebook.com/joshuarobsonproductions .