The Theatre People Weekly Wrap team would like to thank you for your readership and contributions to the Australian Musical Theatre community in 2019. We wish you a Happy Festive season and we hope that however you celebrate that is a time of love and of hope. See you in 2020 for another year full of musical entertainment.
We want to take a moment to thank the firefighters (many of whom are volunteering their time) who are spending the traditionally festive season ensuring fires are extinguished and people are safe.
Arts Centre, Melbourne- State Theatre: Chicago
Comedy Theatre: Come From Away
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Southbank Theatre: Kiss of The Spider Woman
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AUSTRALIAN THEATRE
Melbourne’s Regent Theatre to re-open in 2020
Wednesday, December 18th saw the refurbished Regent Theatre unveiled. After three years of planning and eight months of works and $19.4 million, the Regent Theatre will re-open in 2020. The refurbishment will ensure the theatre continues to be one of Melbourne’s cultural icons and a world- class live performance venue for generations to come.
The first show to play there will be War Horse which opens on January 10th, 2020. Further information can be found at https://marrinergroup.com.au/venues/regent-theatre
Images from the refurbished Regent Theatre
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne to hold backstage tours in 2020
Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne is now offering venue tours with the opportunity to go backstage. Tours will be held on Monday’s at 10:30am with further information available at https://www.hmt.com.au/hmt_tours/
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Sydney Theatre Awards- nominations announced
The nominations for the 2019 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced on Thursday, December 12th 2019 ahead of the ceremony at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre.
Leading the nominations are American Psycho with 9 nominations and H.M.S Pinafore with 8 nominations.
A full list can be found at http://www.sydneytheatreawards.com/history/2019
GLUGS Awards- nominations announced
The GLUGS Theatre Awards will be held on Monday, February 3rd 2020 at Sydney’s Castlereagh Boutique Hotel/ Masonic Club.
The GLUGS are a Sydney based group of theatre lovers who hold regular lunches and an annual awards event.
Nominees can be found at https://www.facebook.com/GLUGS-1531193940458026/
Cast Announcement: Stepping Out
In addition to the previously announced cast members of Stepping Out, joining them will be Luisa Scrofani (In the Heights), Nicholas Eaton (Aladdin), Hayley Martin (Chicago), Meredith O’Reilly (My Fair Lady), Zuleika Khan (RENT), Carla Jane McCallum (Pirates of Penzance) and Erica Wild (Lazarus).
Stepping Out plays at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel from April 15th. Tickets and further information are available from https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/stepping-out-20/
Opening Night: Chicago
Friday, December 20th saw the company of Chicago paint the town red as Chicago opened at The Arts Centre in Melbourne. Joining Alinta Chidzey, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Casey Donovan on stage was Jason Donovan who has returned to the Australian stage as lawyer Billy Flynn.
Tickets to the remainder of the Melbourne season are available from https://chicagothemusical.com.au/
Melbourne cast of Chicago
Engagement: Hannah Fredericksen and Connor Crawford
Congratulations to performers Hannah Fredericksen (Dream Lover) and Connor Crawford (Peter Pan Goes Wrong) who became engaged this week. We wish you both all the best!
Hannah Fredericksen and Connor Crawford
Engagement: Thomas Lacey and Georgia Hayden
Congratulations also to Thomas Lacey (Strictly Ballroom) and his fiance, Australian Moulin Rouge dancer Georgia Hayden who became engaged this week when Lacey proposed in front of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. We wish you the best for the future.
Georgia Hayden and Thomas Lacey
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE COUNTRY
It is that time of year again! With many musical theatre performers taking to the stage around the country to spread Christmas cheer to many communities.
Lucy Durack, Penny McNamee and Ashleigh Rubenach
Lucy Maunder and Blake Bowden
Alex Rathgeber, Michael Cormick and Todd McKenney
Cast of Come From Away at rehearsals for Christmas Eve
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Irene (January 8th, 2020)
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Shrek (January 1st, 2020)
Sydney Opera House: SIX (January 4th, 2020)
Qudos Bank Arena: Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular (January 25th, 2020)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon (January 3rd, 2020)
Adelaide Festival Centre: Billy Elliot (December 29th)
The Regent Theatre: War Horse (January 10, 2020)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Irene (January 11th, 2020)
Southbank Theatre: Kiss of The Spider Woman (December 28th)
Come From Away
After starting their days at Tim Horton’s Zoe Gertz, Luke Hunter and Ashleigh Ryan from the Australian Company of Come From Away embarked on a whirlwind promotional tour in China ahead of the six city show run commencing in Beijing in April 2020.
Come From Away will play at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre until March 8th with tickets available from https://comefromaway.com.au/
That’s not pepsi…
Caitlin Berry (She Loves Me) has made her UK performance debut as Doris Walker in Everyman Playhouse’s production of Miracle on 34th Street. The show runs until January 4th, 2020 with tickets available at https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-on/miracle-on-34th-street
Berry (right) with her co-stars
Scott Anderson Morris
Scott Anderson Morris (Grease) will perform in the World Premiere of Bliss the Musical. BLISS is an electrifying new musical about four royal sisters- a warrior, a pop diva, an animal whisperer, and a science whiz- determined to take charge of their own futures. Brilliant, unique, and blessed with killer voices, these sisters set out in search of their destinies…only to find that “happily ever after” is theirs to decide. See what’s possible when you leave behind the fairy tale and discover your BLISS.
Bliss will play at New York’s 5th Avenue Theatre from January 31st, 2020. Tickets are available from https://blissthemusical.com/
Anderson Morris with his script