NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: School of Rock
Hayes Theatre: H.M.S. Pinafore
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Billy Elliot
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
Show Announcement: Bat out of Hell
Based on one of the best-selling albums of all time, the award-winning wild child musical features a powerhouse of hits including “You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth”, “Bat Out Of Hell” and “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” An epic love story of rebellious youth and passion, this rock spectacular brings to life the legendary hits of Jim Steinman in an exhilarating two and a half hour rock event.
Bat out of Hell opens in Sydney on June 4th, 2020 before heading to Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Tickets are available from https://batoutofhellmusical.com.au/
Cast Announcement: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fresh from performing the role of Henry Ford in The Production Company’s production of Ragtime, John O’May recently took over the role of Grandpa Joe from Tony Sheldon who finished up with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on December 1st, 2019.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently playing at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre before it moves to Brisbane and Sydney in 2020.
Tickets and further information can be found on the factory website at https://charliethemusical.com.au
Cast Announcement: Do You Hear The People Sing
It is more than forty years since Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg first met and began a collaboration that would change the course of musical theatre history with their musicals Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.
In June 2020, leading stars from Broadway, the West End and Australia will gather to celebrate these unparalleled musicals and their writers in Do You Hear The People Sing?
Headlined by Alfie Boe and Lea Salonga, Do You Hear The People Sing? features West End star and original Kim in the Australian production of Miss Saigon Joanna Ampil, alongside Australians David Harris (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Miss Saigon, Wicked), Helpmann Award winner Amanda Harrison (Wicked, Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You) and Suzie Mathers (Wicked, Barnum, Mamma Mia!).
The show will tour Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne with tickets available from http://www.thepeoplesing.com/
Cast Announcement: Secret Garden
Much loved Australian opera and theatre performer Anthony Warlow (Jekyll and Hyde, Fiddler on the Roof, Wizard of Oz) will reprise the role Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden.
The musical, based on the popular classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett about an orphan, Mary Lennox Mary Lennox, who arrives at her uncle’s home to find distant, grieving relatives. She soon discovers a mysterious garden laden with secrets and discovers truths about herself, together with newfound friends.
Warlow played the master of Misselthwaite Manor in the 1995 Australian tour, with co-stars Marina Prior and Philip Quast.
The Secret Garden opens at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in August 2020. Further information is available from https://secretgardenmusical.com.au
Cast Announcement: Rolling Thunder Vietnam
The Vietnam War was the world’s first televised war. More than any other conflict it inspired some of the most powerful and lyrical songs ever written.
The uplifting theatrical concert Rolling Thunder Vietnam captures the pulse and drama of a momentous era. Combining intimate stories, epic songs and stunning visuals, the show transports audiences to an era of political unrest, anti-war protest and a generation on the brink of revolution.
The cast of Rolling Thunder Vietnam was announced recently with Tom Oliver (Velvet, original cast of Rolling Thunder Vietnam), Toby Francis (Kinky Boots, High Fidelity), Matthew Pearce (Calamity Jane, original cast of Rolling Thunder Vietnam), Annie Aitken (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dream$ong) and Imogen Moore (Muriel’s Wedding, Oklahoma!) headlining the show.
Rolling Thunder Vietnam opens in Geelong in March 2020 before showing in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and West Sydney.
Further information is available from http://www.rollingthundervietnam.com
Cast Announcement: Stepping Out
Opening at Melbourne’s Chapel of Chapel in April 2020, Stepping Out follows the lives and loves of an unlikely group of women (and one man) as they stumble through their weekly tap class in a shabby North London church hall.
Mavis (Deone Zanotto) is an out-of-work professional dancer/actor who runs the amateur tap class to support herself between occasional paid gigs. Pressure rises when Mavis decides to enter the class into a public fundraiser concert performance night. There’s only one problem, they are terrible at tapping.
Joining Zanotto on stage are Debora Krizak (Mamma Mia!, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line) and Annie Aitken (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dream$ong).
Directed and choreographed by the fierce female team of Madison Lee (Dream$ong, Razorhurst) and Ellyn Gwillim (NINE, Girls on Tap), this story is equal parts slapstick and soul. These women give 99% of their time to the men in their lives, but their tap class is their time. It’s group therapy, in leg warmers and top hats.
Tickets and information can be found at https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/stepping-out-20/
Cast Recording: My Brilliant Career
After a successful Melbourne season in 2019, Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank’s new musical My Brilliant Career has announced that they will release a cast recording in 2020. Further information will be available soon.
Elton John joins Billy Elliot cast on stage
World renowned artist and composer of the music for Billy Elliot, Sir Elton John paid a surprise visit to the Australian company during the Sydney season on November 28th.
Elton John donned a tutu and joined the cast onstage during the finale much to their delight.
Billy Elliot closes in Sydney on Sunday, December 15th 2019 and opens at Adelaide’s Festival Centre on December 29th, 2019. Tickets for the Adelaide season can be purchased from https://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/events/billy-elliot-the-musical/
The National Performers Committee of The Actors Equity Section of MEAA met today to start a campaign to fight for the restoration of respect for the Arts in Australia.
Are you angry about what’s happening with the Arts? Are you angry enough to get off your keyboard?
There will be a gathering at 5pm this Thursday December 12th outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Circular Quay to share ideas and find the way forward.
Further information can be found at https://facebook.com/events/575465726563733/?ti=as
Wedding: Elysha Manik and Thomas Egan
Australian performers Elysha Manik(Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Dancing) and Thomas Egan (Singin’ in the Rain, The Tap Pack) wed in front of family and friends during a beautiful ceremony in New South Wales on November 25th. Congratulations Elysha and Tom!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Irene (January 8th, 2020)
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Shrek (January 1st, 2020)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon (January 3rd, 2020)
Adelaide Festival Centre: Billy Elliot (December 29th)
Arts Centre, Melbourne- State Theatre: Chicago (December 14th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: H.M.S. Pinafore (December 14th)
Hayes Theatre: Irene (January 11th, 2020)
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Billy Elliot (December 15th)
Southbank Theatre: Kiss of The Spider Woman (December 28th)
Actor and violinist Ruby Clark (Bright Star, Grease) headed off to Miami, Florida on Friday, December 6th ahead of rehearsals. Clark will portray the character of Rizzo on board the Royal Caribbean’s production of Grease. We wish you the best.
December 6th saw US based Karli Dinardo make her Broadway Principal debut as Nini in Moulin Rouge. Congratulations Karli!
Alex Gibson- Giorgio
Alex Gibson- Giorgio(Mamma Mia!) will play union supporter Saul in the Park Theatre, London production of RAGS the Musical. RAGS the Musical tells the story of Jewish immigrants to the USA in 1910.
This will be Gibson- Giorgio’s London debut. The show commences on January 9th, 2020 with tickets available from https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/rags-the-musical
Congratulations to Amy Manford (Phantom of the Opera- West End) who is set to portray Christine Daae in the Greek production of The Phantom of the Opera in the capital city of Athens.
The Phantom of the Opera opens on February 1st, 2020 and will be performed in English with Greek subtitles. Tickets are available from https://www.vrisko.gr/en/theatre/shows/the-phantom-of-the-opera/athens/
Velvet is an electrifying trip to a world of glamour and abandon, a high energy fusion of disco, dance, burlesque and circus. The cast and crew of the internationally renowned show is off to Germany in 2020. The show opens at Hansa Theater in Hamburg in May ahead of a two month long season.
Further information (in German) can be found at https://velvettheshow.de/