To Our Dear Theatre Family,
We wish you all the best during this time. We understand that many of you are finding it challenging, if this is you, please talk to someone. The Arts Well-Being Collective helpline can be found at https://www.artswellbeingcollective.com.au/support-act-wellbeing-helpline/
Here’s To The Ladies
On Mother’s Day, Sunday 10th May, MEMO Music Hall will host the unique concert, “Here’s to the Ladies”, a special event celebrating the great moments of Musical Theatre, sung by some of Melbourne’s most celebrated leading ladies.
The all-star line up of Rhonda Burchmore (Mamma Mia!, Mame), Alinta Chidzey (Chicago, West Side Story), Lucy Durack (Wicked, Shrek), Amanda Harrison (Wicked, We Will Rock You) and Queenie Van De Zandt (Funny Girl, Thoroughly Modern Millie) will relive the most famous moments of Musical Theatre, especially for Mother’s Day.
Music Theatre Director, Tyran Parke (Barnum, Follies) and Musical Director Stephen Gray (Priscilla, South Pacific) have assembled an intimate, elegant concert, celebrating musical theatre and the great Australian talent, famous for interpreting it.
Tickets cost $15.00 and are available from https://www.memomusichall.com.au/memo-gig/heres-to-the-ladies-live-stream-from-memo/
Home Grown are excited to announce this insanely talented cast for TRAGIC a song cycle by Indy Angel.
The cast are Natalie Abbott (Muriel’s Wedding), Ruva (Beautiful), Chloe Zuel (SIX), Maggie McKenna (Muriel’s Wedding), Karis Oka (SIX), Samm Hagen (Legally Blonde), James Majoos (Fangirls), Loren Hunter (SIX), Sam Richardson, Indy Angel (Writer), Harriet Angel and Sean Donehue.
Each performer has recorded the song they were to sing from Indy’s incredible show, which was planned to premiere earlier this month at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel. They will be hosting a Rolling Release Concert, premiering all 12 songs, a video each day, starting on May 4th, 2020.
To see the videos head to https://www.facebook.com/homegrownaus/
Victorian Government announces $16.8 million arts survival package
A $16.8 million Victorian Government funding package will provide immediate support to Victorian creative organisations and individuals to sustain employment, develop new works and provide opportunities for creative community participation, in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Announcing the package, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: “Victoria is proudly the creative state. Even in these unprecedented times, our creatives continue to find ways to connect and inspire us- but they are doing it tough and they need our help.
“Ensuring that our cultural and creative sector gets through to the other side of this crisis will be critical to Victoria’s economic, social and cultural recovery.”
The package, which focuses on Victoria’s small to medium and independent creative sector, includes a $13 million Strategic Investment Fund which will boost support to almost 100 non-government arts and cultural organisations.
These span festivals; theatres and performing arts companies; museums and galleries; and First Peoples, youth and culturally diverse arts organisations that collectively employ almost 2,000 people and generate $270 million for the Victorian economy each year.
A new $2.2 million initiative- Sustaining Creative Workers -will offer quick response grants for Victorian-based independent creatives and micro-organisations with at least five years of professional experience.
Grants of $5,000 will be available for individuals, and $10,000 for micro-organisations and businesses. An additional $2,500 in access funding will be available for Deaf and Disabled creatives, and Disability-led organisations.
The full article can be accessed at https://creative.vic.gov.au/news/2020/supporting-our-creative-state-through-coronavirus
Drama Desk Awards
Congratulations to the cast and creative team of Moulin Rouge The Musical for being nominated for 5 Drama Desk Awards!
Founded in 1955, the Drama Desk Awards honour outstanding achievement by professional theatre artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. The Drama Desk Awards are voted on and bestowed by theatre critics, journalists, editors, publishers and broadcasters covering theatre.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, in lieu of a traditional ceremony, the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage on Sunday, May 31, at 7:30 PM. The awards special also will stream on https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs, and https://www.dramadeskawards.com/ Additional details will be announced over the coming weeks.
The IsoLate Late Show
The IsoLate Late Show is a brand new concept concert in a time of social isolation designed to bring relief to artists across the creative industries who have lost an estimated $150 million as a result of show closures and cancellations; many of whom are freelance and independent with no annual leave, sick pay or organisational funding to lean on.
This week’s incredible guest line-up includes musical theatre performers Esther Hannaford (Beautiful, Little Shop of Horrors), Prinnie Stevens (The Bodyguard) plus the cast of The Book of Mormon. Join them from 8:00pm AEST on Friday, May 1st 2020.
The (M)other Life– Highlights from Hope
The team at HOPE: New Work Development Initiative are proud to present these highlights from their development of The (M)other Life.
Book, Lyrics and Music by Amity Dry. Featuring the exquisite talents of Jennifer Vuletic, Natalie O’Donnell, Amanda Harrison and Samm Hagen. The show was Directed/ Facilitated by Meg Deyell with Musical Direction by Jamie Burgess.
Highlights can be viewed at https://youtu.be/J4K6pNfR0e8
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
As a result of nationwide measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the national tour of the Australian production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie cannot proceed. Ticket holders will be contacted directly with further information regarding their ticketing options.
The Secret Garden
Producers Opera Australia and John Frost are disappointed to announce that both the Sydney and Melbourne seasons of The Secret Garden are unable to proceed for reasons outside our control stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related government restrictions that have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus.
While this decision is a devastating blow to all the performers and crews involved, ensuring the health and well-being of artists, staff and the community as a whole is the absolute priority.
We thank our patrons, staff, sponsors and the community for their patience and support as we work through these difficult times.
Patrons who purchased tickets to The Secret Garden will receive an email from the official ticketing provider shortly outlining details of the refund process.
Associated Studios Australia
Associated Studios Australia are starting off May with a bang as three of their Alumni Erin Cornell (CATS), Rachael Ward (Chicago) and Doug Hansell (Come From Away) go to go live at https://www.instagram.com/associatedaus o talk to you about their Musical Theatre journeys and let you ask them questions!