NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: School of Rock
Hayes Theatre: The Life of Us
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta: Bran Nue Dae
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Shrek
Sydney Opera House- Joan Sutherland Theatre: Carmen
Sydney Opera House- Studio: SIX
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon
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
Regent Theatre: War Horse
Australia Day Awardees
Congratulations to the many Australia Day Awardees who have given many years of service to the musical theatre and theatre community.
(I apologise to anyone whom I have forgotten)
Actor and Comedian Noeline Brown (OAM), Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch (AM) , Actor Rachel Griffiths (AM), Charity Founder- Annamila Foundation Julie Kantor (AO), Director and Actor Rachael Maza (AM), Actor Paul Mercurio (AM), Writer and Composer Tim Minchin (AM), Actor Heather Mitchell (AM) Actor and Playwright Kate Mulvany (OAM), Actor Caroline O’Connor (AM), Conductor and Musical Director Roland Peelman (AM), CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne Claire Spencer (AM) and Musical Director Michael Tyack (AM).
Opening Night: Bran Nue Dae
Congratulations to the company of Bran Nue Dae who opened at Riverside Theatre this week ahead of their Australian tour.
Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia. Young Willie embarks on a journey of discovery, hitchhiking his way from mission school back to Broome, determined to win the heart of the girl he left behind.
The first ever Aboriginal musical celebrates family, forgiveness and reconciliation with a feel-good mash-up of rock-and-roll, gospel, country and blues music. It returns to the stage 30 years after its sparkling 1990 debut.
A full tour schedule can be found at https://brannuedaemusical.com.au/tickets/
Billy Elliot celebrates 100 shows
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Billy Elliot who celebrated their 100th show on January 18th while in Adelaide.
Billy Elliot opens at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on February 20th. Tickets are available from https://billyelliotthemusical.com.au
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Announcement regarding Darlinghurst Theatre’s A Chorus Line
After consultation between the Equity Diversity Committee and Darlinghurst Theatre Company, a decision was made to re- cast the role of Connie in the upcoming production of A Chorus Line.
Emma Jarman (The King and I) a proud Asian Australian performer will now be playing the above mentioned character while Molly Bugeja will play the reinstated role of Vicki as well as taking on the role of Dance Captain.
A full statement can be read below:
Sydney Theatre Awards
Monday, January 20th saw members of the Sydney Theatre community converge on the Seymour Centre for the annual Sydney Theatre Awards.
In the musical theatre categories, the Hayes Theatre production of American Psycho swept the awards taking away 9 from 9 awards that they were nominated for including Best Production of an Independent Musical and Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Musical.
Elenoa Rokobaro won the award for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Musical for her role in Caroline, or Change, Stefanie Jones won the award for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her portrayal of Rhonda in Muriel’s Wedding and Thomas Campbell the award for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his characterisation in H.M.S. Pinafore.
A full list of awardees can be found at http://www.sydneytheatreawards.com/history/2019
School of Rock cast busks for bush fires
This past week, the cast of School of Rock (currently playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre) have been busking in the theatre foyer after each show to raise money for those affected by the Australian Bush fires.
Close to $5,000.00 was raised by very generous theatre goers.
H.M.S. Pinafore Regional Tour
The H.M.S. Pinafore is back on the high seas with their swashbuckling, comedic take on the classic musical.
The dates are listed below with tickets for all venues available to purchase now.
Glen Street Theatre 20th -22nd February
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre – 25th -29th February
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre – 3rd March
Capitol Theatre Tamworth – 5th March
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre – 7th March
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre – 10th March
Orange Civic Theatre – 12th March
Glasshouse Port Macquarie – 14th March
The first Broadway Unplugged event of 2020 will be held on Sunday, February 2nd in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens from 6pm.
Performers for the evening include musical theatre performers Angela Scundi (Electric Dreams, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Les Miserables), Ross Hannaford (CATS, Sweeney Todd), Angela Lumicisi (Sunday in the Park with George, WICKED), Fem Belling (The Boy From Oz), Kaori Maeda- Judge (Lazarus), Baylie Carson (Bring It On, Dusty), Genevieve Kingsford (Brigadoon) and Vincent Hooper (Heathers).
Tickets can be purchased from https://asc.sproutix.com.au/event/?e=27517
Underground Broadway brings to you ‘The Corner Of Brisbane And Broadway’ with Billy Bourchier and guests!
Currently performing in Book of Mormon, he’ll be singing songs that have shaped his performance career so far including songs from The Pirates of Penzance, Les Misérables and more!
Tickets are $20 and are available from www.trybooking.com/BHYOT
NEW SOUTH WALES
Sydney Lyric Theatre: War Horse (February 15th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Shrek (February 16th)
Regent Theatre: Billy Elliot (February 20th)
Regal Theatre: Bran Nue Dae (February 6th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: The Life of Us (February 9th)
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta: Bran Nue Dae (February 1st)
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Shrek (February 9th)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon (February 16th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (February 2nd)
Regent Theatre: War Horse (February 8th)
Regal Theatre: Bran Nue Dae (February 15th)
Australian Performers honoured in USA
Congratulations to Elise McCann (Matilda) and Hilary Cole (Kinky Boots) who were awarded Joey Awards this weekend in recognition of their support of the Australian Community from The Australian Community, an organisation which helps and connects Australians living in the USA.