CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: School of Rock

Sydney Lyric Theatre: War Horse 

Sydney Opera House- Joan Sutherland Theatre: Carmen

Sydney Opera House- Studio: SIX

 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre, Melbourne- State Theatre: Chicago

Comedy Theatre: Come From Away

Her Majesty’s Theatre:  Shrek

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES

Closure: The Production Company

It is with great sadness that The Production Company has announced their closure after 21 years of presenting quality musicals in Melbourne. Since 1999, they have presented 65 outstanding shows and introduced us to many stars of the Australian stage. To commemorate their contribution to our theatre community. For a trip down memory lane one can see the show posters for all 65 shows at https://www.theproductioncompany.com.au/history/

Here is a video of Genevieve Kingsford (Brigadoon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) singing “It’s Almost Like Being in Love” from Brigadoon.

A full statement from The Production Company:

Given the unique challenges of the current economic climate, we will not be proceeding with previously announced plans to present a musical in May.

Today, we simply want to say thank you for being part of the past 21 wonderful years.

Since 1999 we’ve presented 65 outstanding musicals at our home, Arts Centre Melbourne: we’ve laughed, cried and applauded the best of the best Australian talent, as we supported live entertainment and local artists.
So many of our current stars were given their first major roles at TPC, and boy, were they in great company performing in musicals created by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Jerry Herman, George & Ira Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Jule Styne, Frank Loesser, Nick Enright, Peter Allen, Irving Berlin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, David Bowie and Leonard Bernstein to name a few!

With more than a million tickets sold and thousands of jobs created, it’s time to say goodbye.

Thank you to our artists, audiences, creatives, crew, musicians, makers, patrons, sponsors and subscribers. You have have been our Production Company family.

We’ll see you at the theatre!

Jeanne Pratt AC, Ken Mackenzie-Forbes AM & Rachel D Taylor
xo

 

Show Announcement: Cinderella

Continuing their wildly successful collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless musicals including The King and I and South Pacific, Opera Australia and John Frost announced today they will be collaborating again to produce the glorious Cinderella for the first time in Australia.

 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®-winning musical from the creators of The Sound of Music, Carousel and Oklahoma which has delighted audiences with its surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more, plus some surprising new twists. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs including In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It’s Possible and Ten Minutes Ago in this hilarious and romantic experience for anyone who’s ever had a dream.

Based on the fairytale story of Cinderella, this is the only collaboration by Rodgers and Hammerstein written for television. Cinderella aired on 31 March 1957 on CBS. More than 100 million viewers saw the broadcast, more people than any other program in the history of television at the time, and Julie Andrews was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance as Cinderella. Cinderella was re-made for television in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren in the title role, Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon as the King and Queen, and Celeste Holm as the Fairy Godmother. A further television remake followed in 1997 with Brandy as Cinderella, Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, Bernadette Peters as the Stepmother, Whoopi Goldberg as the Queen and Jason Alexander as Lionel. The stage version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella debuted on Broadway for the first time in January 2013, featuring a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and direction by Mark Brokaw, and ran for two years.

Dates, venues and casting for Cinderella, including the city in which the production will premiere, will be announced at a later time.

Further information can be found at :

www.cinderellamusical.com.au

Cast Announcement: Australia’s Elsa and Anna announced

Sunday, February 16th saw the long awaited announcement of Australia’s Elsa and Anna. Jemma Rix (WICKED, Ghost)  and Courtney Monsma (SIX) will portray Elsa and Anna respectively when Frozen opens at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in July.

Some of Australia’s most outstanding musical theatre performers and exciting fresh faces have also been assembled and will be announced at a later date including the roles of Olaf, Kristoff, Hans and Sven.

A full media release can be read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/disney-announces-australias-elsa-and-anna/

Jemma Rix (Elsa) and Courtney Monsma (Anna) 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Show Milestone: Come From Away celebrates their 250th show

Congratulations to the company of Come From Away Australia who celebrated their 250th show on Wednesday, February 12th. That is 250 times that Australian audiences have seen the story of kindness and generosity told on the Melbourne Comedy Theatre stage.

Come From Away must close in Melbourne on March 21st, remaining tickets can be purchased from https://comefromaway.com.au/

The Australian Come From Away cast celebrates 250 shows.

 

AWARDS

Awards: Matilda Award winners announced 

Monday, February 17th saw the Queensland Arts community gather at the Brisbane Powerhouse for the 2019 Matilda Awards. The evening saw a great night of recognition achievements and beautiful live performances. The Gold Award winner was theatre company Shake & Stir.

Shake & Stir is one of Australia’s leading contemporary theatre companies, formed in 2006, and creating bold and exciting mainstage and in-school productions that tour Australia and New Zealand. Shake & Stir has built a company that doesn’t just entertain existing audiences with their spectacular main house productions that display a consistent level of excellence, but the company also cultivates a new audience, creating the artists of tomorrow through their in-school programs.

The best musical or cabaret was awarded to Fangirls, a bold new musical, delivered a genuinely fresh, loud and proud female-centric production that brought the experiences of young women front and centre on our stages.  First love meets fan culture in this hilarious musical work that combines pop culture, touches of rave and the soul of choir, to cleverly explore the brave new world taking place right now through the online media experiences of young people. Acute, edgy, and very sharp direction and command of each element from Paige Rattray and her team made this production of Fangirls a highlight on stage this year, embraced by female and male audiences alike, and reminding us to never underestimate teenage girls.

A full list of winners can be found at https://www.matildaawards.com.au/2019-winners

Fangirls

 

Awards: Green Room Award nominations announced

Tuesday, February 18th saw the announcement of the nominees for the 37th Annual Green Room Awards. The Green Room Awards were established in 1982, with our first Awards Ceremony taking place in 1984 celebrating works seen in 1983. Since then, the Green Room Awards have been Melbourne’s premier peer-presented, performing arts industry awards.

Within the musical theatre categories, the following productions and individuals have received nominations:

Lead Role (2 winners)

  • Kurt Kansley – Ragtime (The Production Company)
  • Vidya Makan – Sunday in the Park with George (Watch This)
  • Richard Piper – Come From Away (Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby
  • Natalie Abbott – Muriel’s Wedding (Global Creatures with Sydney Theatre Company)
  • Ainsley Melham – Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Melbourne Theatre Company)
  • Zoe Gertz – Come from Away (Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby)
  • Ryan Gonzales – Jersey Boys (Dodger Theatricals, Rodney Rigby, TEG Dainty, Joseph J. Grano, Pelican Group, Michael Watt, Tommy Mottola in association with Latitude Link & Anita Waxman)
  • Georgina Hopson – Ragtime (The Production Company)
  • Samm Hagen – Legally Blonde (James Terry Collective)
  • Anthony Warlow – Sweeney Todd (TEG, Life Like Company)

 

Supporting Role (2 winners)

  • Stefanie Jones – Muriel’s Wedding (Global Creatures with Sydney Theatre Company)
  • Adam-Jon Fiorentino – Body Of Work
  • John O’May – Ragtime (The Production Company)
  • Queenie Van De Zandt  – Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company)
  • Sam Skuthorp – The Beautiful Game (Manilla Street Productions)
  • Kirby Burgess – Barnum (Storeyboard Entertainment in association with National Institute of Circus Arts Australia, Yourshow & JTM Productions)
  • Cameron MacDonald – Jersey Boys (Dodger Theatricals, Rodger Rigby, TEG Dainty, Joseph J. Grano, Pelican Group, Michael Watt, Tommy Mottola in association with Latitude Link & Anita Waxman)
  • Willow Sizer – Body of Work
  • Verity Hunt-Ballard – A Little Night Music (Victorian Opera)
  • Evan Lever – Legally Blonde (James Terry Collective)

 

Ensemble

  • The Band – Rebel (Starlight Productions, Front & Centre Australia, Drew Downing)
  • The Company – Jersey Boys (Dodger Theatricals, Rodger Rigby, TEG Dainty, Joseph J. Grano, Pelican Group, Michael Watt, Tommy Mottola in association with Latitude Link & Anita Waxman)
  • The Company – Ghost Quartet (Antipodes Theatre Company)
  • The CompanyCome From Away (Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby)
  • The Circus Performers Barnum (Storeyboard Entertainment in association with National Institute of Circus Arts Australia, Yourshow & JTM Productions)

Original Australian Writing

  • Drew Downing (Book, Music & Lyrics) – Rebel (Starlight Productions, Front & Centre Australia, Drew Downing)
  • PJ Hogan (Book), Kate Miller-Heidke & Keir Nuttall (Music & Lyrics) – Muriel’s Wedding (Global Creatures with Sydney Theatre Company)

 

Sound Design

  • Marcello Lo Ricco – The Beautiful Game (Manilla Street Productions)
  • Jack Scandrett – Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim (Spears Entertainment)
  • Gareth Owen – Come From Away (Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby)
  • System Sound – Body of Work (The Production Company)
  • Nick Walker – Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Melbourne Theatre Company)

 

Set Design

  • Alicia Clements – Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Melbourne Theatre Company)
  • Beowulf Boritt – Come From Away (Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby)
  • Christina Smith – Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company)
  • Gabriela Tylesova  – Muriel’s Wedding (Global Creatures with Sydney Theatre Company)
  • Sarah Tulloch – Bright Star (Pursued By Bear)

 

Costume Design

  • Jodi Hope – Bright Star (Pursued By Bear)
  • Gabriela Tylesova  – Muriel’s Wedding (Global Creatures with Sydney Theatre Company)
  • Isaac Lummis  – Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company)
  • Jacinda Hall – Legally Blonde (James Terry Collective)
  • Toni-Leslie James – Come From Away (Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby)

 

Lighting and Multimedia Design

  • Howell Binkley (Lighting) – Come From Away (Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby)
  • Dean Drieberg & Damian Dunne, Milked Studios (Multimedia) – Sunday In The Park (Watch This)
  • Nick Roux (Multimedia) – Lazarus (By arrangement with Robert Fox & Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment. The Production Company in association with Mens Mens Theatre)
  • Trent Suidgeest (Lighting) – Muriel’s Wedding (Global Creatures with Sydney Theatre Company)
  • Trudy Dalgleish (Lighting) – A Little Night Music (Victorian Opera)

 

Betty Pounder Award for Excellence in Choreography

  • Freya List – Bright Star (Pursued By Bear)
  • Christopher Horsey – Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company)
  • Andrew Hallsworth – Muriel’s Wedding (Global Creatures with Sydney Theatre Company)
  • Kelly Devine – Come From Away (Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby)
  • Michael Ralph – Legally Blonde (James Terry Collective)

 

Music Direction

  • David Butler – Ghost Quartet (Antipodes Theatre Company)
  • Katie Weston – Legally Blonde (James Terry Collective)
  • Luke Hunter – Body of Work
  • Nathan Firmin – Bright Star (Pursued By Bear)
  • Phoebe Briggs – A Little Night Music (Victorian Opera)

 

Direction

  • Sonya Suares & Dean Drieberg  – Sunday In The Park (Watch This)
  • Roger Hodgman – Ragtime (The Production Company)
  • Michael Kantor – Lazarus (By arrangement with Robert Fox & Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment. The Production Company in association with Mens Mens Theatre)
  • Christopher Ashley – Come From Away (Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby)
  • Simon Phillips – Muriel’s Wedding (Global Creatures with Sydney Theatre Company)

 

Production

  • Bright Star (Pursued By Bear)
  • Come From Away (Junkyard Dog Productions, Rodney Rigby)
  • Legally Blonde (James Terry Collective)
  • Muriel’s Wedding (Global Creatures with Sydney Theatre Company)
  • Ragtime (The Production Company)

The awards will be held on Monday, March 30th at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. Tickets and further information are available from https://www.greenroom.org.au/awards/nominees2020/

 

Green Room Award nominee Zoe Gertz with the real life Captain Beverley Bass whom she portrays in Come From Away.

 

PERFORMER ANNOUNCEMENTS (BIRTHS AND MARRIAGES)

Engagement: Callum Francis and Ainsley Melham

 Congratulations to Callum Francis (Kinky Boots) and Ainsley Melham (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aladdin) on the news of your engagement. The team at Theatre People wish you both a future of love, happiness and joy.

Ainsley Melham and Callum Francis

 

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: The Bridges of Madison County (March 6th)

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (March 18th)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Theatre: School of Rock (March 20th)

 

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: Billy Elliot (February 20th)

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CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: School of Rock (March 1st)

Sydney Lyric Theatre: War Horse (March 15th)

Sydney Opera House- Studio: SIX (March 5th)

VICTORIA

Arts Centre, Melbourne- State Theatre: Chicago (February 23rd)

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