CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW Regional Tour: H.M.S. Pinafore

Sydney Lyric Theatre: War Horse 

Sydney Opera House- Joan Sutherland Theatre: Carmen

Sydney Opera House- Studio: SIX

 

VICTORIA

Comedy Theatre: Come From Away

Her Majesty’s Theatre:  Shrek

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Regent Theatre: Billy Elliot 

 

NEW ZEALAND

The Civic (Auckland):  The Book of Mormon

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES

Cast Announcement: Eddie Perfect to join 9 to 5 

Sunday, March 1st saw Producers John Frost, Suzanne Jones and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions today announced that one of Australia’s leading television and musical theatre stars, Eddie Perfect, will play the egotistical boss Franklin Hart Jnr in Dolly Parton’s hit musical 9 to 5.

Perfect is perhaps best known as gardener turned musician and all-round nice guy Mick Holland on six seasons of Channel 10’s hit series Offspring. Also on the small screen, he’s been seen in Kath and KimSpicks And Specks and numerous comedy shows including ABC TV’s Stand UpThe Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala and Good News Week. On stage Eddie has performed in Keating! The Musical, Misanthropology, The Threepenny Opera and Shane Warne The Musical, which he wrote himself. In 2019, Eddie wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway premiere of Beetlejuice, for which he was nominated for Best Original Score at the 2019 Tony Awards.

9 to 5 commences previews on Sunday, April 19th, 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre before moving to Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from July 25th.

A full press release can be read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/the-perfect-boss-announced-for-dolly-partons-9-to-5/

Full cast details and ticketing information can be found at https://9to5themusical.com.au/

 

Eddie Perfect will play Franklin Hart Jnr.

 

 

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.

Tom Oliver (Rolling Thunder Vietnam 2016, Velvet), Toby Francis (Once, Kinky Boots), Matthew Pearce (Calamity Jane), Annie Aitken (Melba, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Imogen Moore (Muriel’s Wedding, Hello Dolly!) and Will Ewing (Rolling Thunder Vietnam 2016) will tell the electrifying and emotional story with deeply-felt songs and stories about love, endurance, bravery and loss on the battlefield and at home.

The tour commences in Geelong on March 13th, 2020 before touring to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Tickets and further details can be found at http://www.rollingthundervietnam.com/

Rolling Thunder Vietnam

Tasmania to play host to Major Productions
2020 will see Hobart, Tasmania’s Theatre Royal play host to The Rocky Horror Show and Opera Australia’s Carmen.
Returning to Tasmania for the first time in 40 years, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show is being produced by Ben Armitage, Cassie Xintavelonis and John X and  will be performed by a full professional cast of both local and national stars. The show runs from September 30th to October 24th with tickets available from https://www.theatreroyal.com.au/shows/rocky-horror-show
Carmen, tells the story of a young woman destined to fight for her life. This new production highlights the colour and vibrancy of postcard Spain, with vintage-inspired costumes it evokes an era of bikers and shady police in a post-war setting of teen angst and rebellion. The show runs from September 17th-19th with tickets available from https://www.theatreroyal.com.au/shows/carmen

The Rocky Horror Show

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

The Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is smashing records faster than you can say Ministry of Magic. Sunday, March 1st saw the show celebrate their first birthday (and Ron Weasley’s) with cake and the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the show’s success.  Due to this success, the show’s season has been extended for a seventh time, with new tickets made available for performances up until and including Sunday 13 September, 2020. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11.00am on Tuesday 3 March via the official website https://www.harrypottertheplay.com/au/

Don’t miss the train!

The plaque now adorns the pavement outside of Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

 

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Civic Theatre, Newcastle: Chess the Musical (March 27th)

Darlinghurst Theatre- Eternity Playhouse: A Chorus Line (March 13th)

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

Riverside Theatre: Spamalot (March 19th)

Roslyn Packer Theatre: Bran Nue Dae (April 16th)

 

QUEENSLAND

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

HOTA (Gold Coast): Spamalot (March 5th)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Civic Theatre, Newcastle: Chess the Musical (March 28th)

Hayes Theatre: The Bridges of Madison County (April 5th)

Riverside Theatre: Spamalot (March 22nd)

Sydney Lyric Theatre: War Horse (March 15th)

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

Sydney Opera House- Joan Sutherland Theatre: Carmen (March 26th)

QUEENSLAND

HOTA (Gold Coast): Spamalot (March 7th)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Theatre: School of Rock (April 19th)

 

VICTORIA

Comedy Theatre: Come From Away (March 21st)

Regent Theatre: Billy Elliot (April 19th)

 

NEW ZEALAND

The Civic (Auckland):  The Book of Mormon (March 21st)

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

Josh Piterman

In exciting news, current Phantom in the West End’s Phantom of the Opera, Josh Piterman (Beautiful) will perform on March 12th at a Bushfire Relief Appeal in London. The ritzy event with a guest list including Prince Charles is being organised by the Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK George Brandis.

Congratulations on the honour, Josh!

Josh Piterman outside London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre
Photo: Andrew Mason

 

Karina Russell

Congratulations to Karina Russell (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, CATS Asia Tour) who has been invited to join the International Touring Company of CATS for the 2020/21 season. Russell who toured with the show throughout Asia in 2017 will join the show in May 2020.

FUN FACT: Since its World Premiere in 1981, CATS has been presented in over 30 countries, translated into 15 languages and seen by more than 73 million people including yours truly who fell head over heels in love with musicals after seeing the show as a child!

Karina Russell is currently playing Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

 

 

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