CURRENT SHOWS

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

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon


VICTORIA

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

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS

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).

Musical Theatre performer Caroline O’Connor

SHOW MILESTONES

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/

Cast of Bran Nue Dae on Opening Night

 

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

Australian Cast of Billy Elliot

 

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

Cast of American Psycho


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

EVENTS

Broadway Unplugged 

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

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

 

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Sydney Lyric Theatre: War Horse (February 15th)

 

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Shrek (February 16th)

Regent Theatre: Billy Elliot (February 20th)

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Regal Theatre: Bran Nue Dae (February 6th)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

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)

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon (February 16th)

 

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (February 2nd)

Regent Theatre: War Horse (February 8th)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Regal Theatre: Bran Nue Dae (February 15th)

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

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.

 

Elise McCann and Hilary Cole

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