With joy, we continue to bring our readers theatre 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

 

Cast Announcements

Lights Up On The Arts

James Cutler and Joshua Robson Productions are thrilled to announce a special and unique online concert which will shine a light on the Australian musical theatre industry and support performers whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 arts shutdown. LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS [HOME DELIVERY] will be held on Monday 11 May from 7pm.

Over one incredible evening hosted by James Cutler (School of Rock), the concert will feature elite performances from the homes of Johanna Allen (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Michelle Brasier (Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Andrew Cook (A Chorus Line), Ryan Gonzalez (Merrily We Roll Along), Doug Hansell (Come From Away), Glenn Hill (A Chorus Line), Georgina Hopson (The Secret Garden), Loren Hunter (Six), Joe Kosky (School of Rock), Andrew Kroenert (School of Rock), Lucy Maunder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Todd McKenney (Shrek), Ben Mingay (Shrek), Cle Morgan (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Sarah Murr (Shrek), John O’Hara (School of Rock), Monique Salle (Shrek), Jamie Rogers (Billy Elliot), Justin Smith (Billy Elliot), Alana Tranter (Come From Away), Lyndon Watts (A Chorus Line), Chloe Zuel (Six) and more.

Join Australia’s leading musical theatre talent from their homes for some very special performances including couples Joe Kosky & Alana Tranter and Georgina Hopson & Monique Salle performing duets for the first time at a public event. LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS [HOME DELIVERY] will be held on Monday 11 May from 7 pm on Facebook live. For more details on the evening head to facebook.com/joshuarobsonproductions.

 

Live From Your Lounge Room: Episode 3

With a stellar cast of local and international professional performers, from theatre stars to comedians and musicians, LIVE: From Your Living Room is an unprecedented spectacle of high-quality entertainment, delivered to you from the comfort of your very own living room.

Week 3, brings to you performances from Lala Barlow (Rock of Ages), Anthony Craig (Bright Star), Sian Crowe (Into the Woods), Isabelle Davis (Company), Axel Duffy (Irene), Madison Green (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Nigel Huckle (West Side Story), Lauren Jimmieson (Singin’ in the Rain), Quin Kelly (Saturday Night Fever), Deirdre Khoo (Cry Baby), William Maloney (The Wild Man), Sarah Murr (Shrek), John Reed (Funny Girl), Sara Reed (Billy Elliot) and Ursula Searle (Songs for a New World).

The performances will be available to watch online from 7:20pm on Saturday, April 25th at https://livefromyourlivingroom.com.au/.

 

New Works

Daniel Assetta 

Musical theatre performer Daniel Assetta (West Side Story, WICKED) is excited to Excited to be partnering with Sole Sessions to bring a new mini ‘isolation creation’ cabaret, SONGS UNSUNG. Accompanied by the talented Nicholas Griffin the 25 minute show brings some music theatre tunes and hopefully a little joy to your lounge room!

The show can be viewed at https://youtu.be/aopf0zBGKtM

Daniel Assetta

 

Adam Noviello

In partnership with the Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust, Adam Noviello (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is thrilled to present his 2019 cabaret show recording exclusively to YouTube, Thursday, April 23rd & Thursday, April 30th.

Whilst appearing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical, Adam was hard at work producing his award winning feature film debut, SPENCER, and in order to secure funding for post production, he embarked on a Pozible crowd funding campaign to complete this ambitious feature film project. An exclusive reward in this successful campaign was a ticket to a ONE NIGHT ONLY cabaret performance, An Evening With Adam Noviello which played to an enthusiastic audience at Hares & Hyenas in Fitzroy, Melbourne. The night of the show was filmed for archival purposes only, but thanks to the generous support of the team that filmed the show, they have edited and buffed and pimped it to look and sound magnificent so… it can now be proudly shown to the world.

While this show will be available for FREE, a link will be available for you to make any donations, large or small, to the Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust, a non-profit organisation providing emergency assistance to those in the entertainment industry who find themselves with nowhere else to turn.

Tune in on YouTube at: https://bit.ly/adamnovielloact1

Donate at: bit.ly/VABTdonate

Adam Noviello

 

Kerrie and Dolly’s House Party

Launching on Thursday, April 23rd, Kerrie & Dolly’s House Party’ is a new live-streamed light entertainment variety program to be hosted by Kerrie Stanley and Dolly Diamond twice weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30pm, on the freshly launched JOY TV.

“It’s time to switch over to something that is community based, informative, interactive and a whole lot of fun,” says comedy-cabaret icon and host, Dolly Diamond. “We’re here to take the LGBTIQA+ community’s mind off the challenges we are facing right now. And we certainly won’t be forgetting our allies!”, Dolly added.

“Dolly Diamond and I are excited to bring you all the variety you can handle, not once, but twice a week,” said co-host, Kerrie Stanley. “We believe in accentuating the positive so we will focus on good news stories and subjects, especially ones that make us all laugh”, Kerrie added.

The show can be watched at https://joy.org.au/

 

Fundraisers

Hayden Tee

Star of the stage Hayden Tee (Les Miserables, Matilda) recently made his Philippine stage debut as the authoritative principal Miss Trunchbull as part of the international touring company of Matilda The Musical, and now he is helping raise funds for the displaced workers of the local theatre community, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Of the local community, Tee recently said “Filipinos are one of the friendliest and most thoughtful people I know. I instantly warmed up to them when I landed in Manila. That’s why it was sad when we were forced to cut our stay short.” Tee adds, “Everyone involved in the performing arts all over the world was robbed of their source of income because of the cancelled shows. We are all in this together, so when Palabas Tayo reached out to me, I easily said ‘sure.’ I am just happy to do what I can to help out.”

The performance will be on Friday, April 24th at 9:00pm AEST and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/PalabasTayo

Hayden Tee

 

Postponements 

Magic Mike

Following advice received from the Federal Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Melbourne season of Magic Mike Live has been postponed. Changes have been made to the performance schedule, and we will now open at Birrarung Marr in June 2021.

The health and well-being of our audiences, cast, crew and all staff is our absolute priority and we thank all patrons for their understanding. We are committed to ensuring that we comply with the latest advice from the Australian Federal and state governments.

Patrons who purchased tickets to the Melbourne season of Magic Mike Live will receive an email from Ticketmaster outlining details for options relating to performances that have been postponed.

The Sydney season will proceed as planned from November 2020, and Brisbane and Perth remain on waitlist. Channing Tatum and the Producers of Magic Mike Live thank you for your support. Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you to The Arcadia.

 

Cancellations

Menopause The Musical

It is with great disappointment that SK Entertainment, producer of Menopause The Musical, advises that after taking into consideration the current affect of COVID-19 and all information currently available from Australian Government, and the relevant health authorities in Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia, that our performances at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre, Adelaide’s Festival Centre and Perth’s Regal Theatre will be cancelled.

We are saddened that this is the case, especially at a time when the world is looking for relief. We do hope to reschedule these performances in the future.

Ticket holders will be automatically refunded in full. There is nothing you need to do for your refund to be completed. However, if you have any questions please contact the ticket agent from whom you purchased your tickets. We, our venues, and ticket agents appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

From all of us in the Menopause The Musical family, we wish you and your loved ones safety and comfort, and look forward to celebrating sisterhood and “the change” with you in the future!

Videos

To cheer our readers up, we have collated a number of videos for you to watch:

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies

Don’t miss this weekend’s #TheShowsMustGoOn live streaming of Love Never Dies. Available from 4:00am Saturday, April 25th to 4:00 am Monday, April 27th (AEST), the Australian Production stars Ben Lewis (Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) as The Phantom and Anna O’Byrne (Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady) as Christine Daae.

Other performers that you may recognise include Simon Gleeson (Les Miserables, Oklahoma) as Raoul, Maria Mercedes (NINE, Sunset Boulevard) as Madame Giry, Sharon Millerchip (Phantom of the Opera, Chicago), Emma J Hawkins (I am A Unicorn, Big Bad Wolf) as Fleck, Dean Vince (Evita, Aladdin) as Gangle, Paul Tabone (Phantom of the Opera) as Squelch and a young Claire Lyon (Phantom of the Opera, Anything Goes) in the ensemble.

The story picks up 10 years after the final events of The Phantom of the Opera, and tells the story of Phantom and Christine’s new lives and how they reconnect when their new lives become entwined with one another.

The show can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag/featured

Ben Lewis and Anna O’Byrne in Love Never Dies.

 

Anna O’Byrne

Anna O’Byrne recently recorded a version of All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera with Broadway performer, Max Von Essen as part of Lock Down duets. You can listen at https://www.instagram.com/p/B_F2MrCFmpV/

Max Von Essen and Anna O’Byrne

 

Phantom of the Opera: South Korean Cast

Recently, the South Korean cast of Phantom of the Opera (which includes Australian Claire Lyon who portrays Christine Daae) recorded their version of Masquerade for the world to hear. This can be listened to at https://www.instagram.com/musicofthenightkr/

 

RENT

The The Welsh of the West End recently perform Seasons of Love from the musical RENT by Jonathan Larson. Enjoy!

Seasons of Love [Rent] – The Welsh of the West End

"…measure your life in Love." The Welsh of the West End perform 'Seasons of Love' from the musical 'Rent' by Jonathan Larson. With thanks to Iori Haugen and Josh Moon.Sophie Evans, Luke McCall, Glain Rhys, Mared, Jade Davies, Samantha Thomas, Tom Hier, Siwan Henderson, Rhidian Marc

Posted by Steffan on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

 

Opening Shows

 

Live Streams

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

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Performances

Josh Piterman 

Tonight at 9:00pm (AEST),  Josh Piterman will perform his Dublin, Ireland isolation concert alongside Irish musician Stephen Barry. The two performers met when Piterman hijacked Barry’s performance of Time To Say Goodbye at Waterloo Station back on March 18th, 2019.

You can tune into https://www.instagram.com/joshpiterman for tonight’s performance.

Here is the March 2019 performance- https://www.instagram.com/p/BvJXov1n4M5/

 

Trevor Ashley

One of Australia’s finest performers, Trevor Ashley (Les Miserables) will be performing on Sunday, April 26th at 7.30pm. Join The Dame for her all-singing no-dancing extravaganza with the incomparable Miss Bev.

 

Aussies Abroad

Claire Lyon

The South Korean leg of the world tour Phantom of the Opera will recommence on Thursday, April 23rd at Blue Square. The show will be performing here until June 26th, 2020. Tickets are available from https://worldtour.thephantomoftheopera.com/tour_date/seoul/

Claire Lyon performing in the Phantom of the Opera.

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