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NEW SOUTH WALES
The Arcadia: Magic Mike Live
Capitol Theatre: Frozen
Hayes Theatre: Half Time
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Come From Away
Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide: The Wedding Singer
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
NEW SOUTH WALES
Roslyn Packer Theatre: Fun Home (Tuesday, April 27th)
La Boite Roundhouse Theatre: Once On This Island (Wednesday, April 28th)
Athenaeum Theatre: The Wedding Singer (Friday, April 30th)
Arts Centre Melbourne: Fangirls (Wednesday, April 28th)
Regent Theatre, Melbourne: Chess ( Thursday, April 22nd)
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Arcadia: Magic Mike Live (Sunday, May 16th)
Hayes Theatre: Half Time (Sunday, May 2nd)
Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide: The Wedding Singer (Saturday, April 24th)
Regent Theatre, Melbourne: Chess (Saturday, April 24th)
Phantom of the Opera Tickets on Sale
Once On This Island
As the cast of Altitude Theatre’s Once On This Island bumps in today at La Boite Theatre in the Brisbane suburb of Kelvin Grove, we take a moment to reflect upon the fantastic work Altitude Theatre is doing to raise the profile of local BIPOC performers.
The show is a one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, it is set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. It concerns a peasant girl on a tropical island, who uses the power of love to bring people together of different social classes.
Ti Moune as an adult will be portrayed by indigenous Australian, Lorinda Merrypor (The Sapphires, American Idiot). Director, Choreographer, and proud Palawa Woman, Bree Langridge spoke of the cast highly “Every person in this cast stands on their own as an outstanding performer. It was important that we cast a truly authentic village. Our cast is made up of artists of First Nations, Maori, Filipino, Mestiza, Indian, Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Torres Strait Island, Rotuman, Tongan, Samoan, South African, African American, and European roots. I’m incredibly proud of what every artist brought into the audition room and because of that the village we have assembled will allow this story to soar with passion, heart, and truth.”
In keeping with the notion of establishing a truly authentic and inclusive village, one of three young actors portraying the character of young Ti Moune (A young orphan girl found and raised by the island’s people after a devastating flood), Adelaide Arkins will make her theatre debut alongside her mum, Patrice Tipoki (Moulin Rouge, Les Miserables) in what will be a very special moment for them both.
Tickets for the show can be purchased from https://laboite.com.au/shows/once-on-this-island
Hope New Works Development
Chloe De Los Santos joins NBC Series
Australian theatre pocket rocket Chloe De Los Santos (Les Miserables) will be joining the cast of NBC Series La Brea as Lilly. Lilly is quiet and introverted.
In La Brea, written by David Appelbaum, when a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother (Natalie Zea) and son (Jack Martin) from father (Eoin Macken) and daughter (Zyra Gorecki). When part of the family finds themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home.
JAGGED LITTLE PILL
Producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, Eva Price, Howard Panter for Trafalgar Entertainment and GWB Entertainment are thrilled to announce that JAGGED LITTLE PILL the 15-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical, inspired by the seminal rock album of the same name by Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette will premiere at Theatre Royal Sydney in September this year. Sydney audiences will be the first outside of Broadway to experience this electrifying and inspiring production. Waitlist now at jaggedmusical.com.
JAGGED LITTLE PILL is an emphatic new musical with a story that takes a fearless look at what it means to be alive in 21st century America ignited by Morissette’s beloved hits such as ‘You Oughta Know,’ ‘Head Over Feet,’ ‘Hand In My Pocket,’ and ‘Ironic’, as well as 2 brand new songs written just for the show. JAGGED LITTLE PILL features lyrics by Alanis Morissette with music by Morissette and six-time Grammy Award winner Glen Ballard and an original story written by Oscar Award winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully). The explosive production is Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin), Movement Direction and Choreography is by Olivier Award winner Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with Music Supervision, Orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt, making it the perfect vehicle to relaunch the iconic Theatre Royal Sydney which is currently undergoing significant multi-million dollar refurbishment ahead of the premiere.
“We are all very excited knowing that our show Jagged Little Pill will be making its way to the Theatre Royal Sydney this year! This show has been a vehicle of healing for so many of us throughout its journey and knowing we are coming your way is such amazing news after these intense 12 months across the world. Can’t wait to share this blood sweat and tears musical with you…as Australia has always held a very special place in my heart.” said Alanis Morissette.
The story of JAGGED LITTLE PILL centres around The Healys, a seemingly perfect suburban family striving to hide the cracks beneath the surface when a troubling event shakes their community. Using themes and emotions in the original album, the musical tackles social issues very relevant in today’s society and burns with passion in its uplifting storytelling, ultimately highlighting the hope and healing that comes when people come together.
Click here to see a video message from Alanis Morissette
The Lion King
Auckland, the wait is over! Tickets are now on sale for Disney’s THE LION KING at Spark Arena. The New Zealand premiere season begins 24 June 2021. For ticket information visit lionkinginternational.com/auckland/
Ben Gerrard returns to lead American Psycho, joined by fellow cast members Angelique Cassimatis (Pippin), Erin Clare (We Will Rock You), Shannon Dooley (Young Frankenstein), Amy Hack (Young Frankenstein), Kristina McNamara (West Side Story), Mark Hill (The Producers), Liam Nunan (Away), Daniel Raso (Jersey Boys), Tom Sharah (Shrek), and Jason Winston (Assassins).
The show opens at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday, June 3rd. Tickets are available at https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/musical-theatre/2021/american-psycho-the-musical.html
Global Creatures today revealed the Australian cast of its Tony-nominated production, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, playing at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre from 13 August 2021.
Alinta Chidzey (Chicago, West Side Story) will star as the sparkling diamond, Satine, opposite newcomer Des Flanagan as bohemian dreamer Christian. Simon Burke AO will play legendary club impresario Harold Zidler and Andrew Cook will play The Duke. Montmartre’s resident artists will be played by Tim Omaji as Toulouse-Lautrec and Ryan Gonzalez as Santiago. The club’s famed entertainers known as the ‘Lady Ms’ will be played by Samantha Dodemaide as Nini, Elenoa Rokobaro as Arabia, Ruva Ngwenya as La Chocolat, and Christopher J Scalzo as Babydoll.
Also joining the company is Fabian Andrés, Amy Berrisford, Devon Braithwaite, James Bryers, Anica Calida, Kahlia Davis, Rodney Dobson, Joseph Donovan, Jarrod Draper, Bayley John Edmends, Brittany Ford, Chaska Halliday, Scout Hook, Graeme Isaako, Keian Langdon, Bree Langridge, David Ouch, Sam Parkes, Clay Roberts, Emma Russell, Maxwell Simon, Kara Sims, David Sirianni, and Patrice Tipoki.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Producers Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender, and Michael Cassel are thrilled to announce new cast members joining the multi-award-winning theatrical event Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Joining the company are Green Room Award-winner Natasha Herbet as Dolores Umbridge, Torres Strait-Islander, former professional rugby league player and Wagadagam man Michael Bani as Bane, NIDA and VCA graduate Aisha Aidara making her professional debut as Rose Granger-Weasely and Melbourne-based actor Ben Walter who will assume the role of Albus Potter.
Also joining the production are Gabriella Barbagallo, Luke Clayson, Axel Duffy, Katie-Jean Harding, Matt Holly, Abdul Muhaimin, Harrison Riley, Tom Russel, and David Spencer.
New cast members are now in rehearsals, ahead of their first performances with the company on Wednesday 26 May 2021.
Continuing in their roles are Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Michael Whalley as Ron Weasley, Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy, and Nyx Calder as Scorpius Malfoy.
The company of 42 performers is completed by Lucy Ansell, Alexander Artemov, Damien Avery, Jai Bacak, Bonnie Barlow, Mike Bishop, Clare Chihambakwe, Gillian Cosgriff, Hannah Fredericksen, Lyndall Grant, George Henare, Soren Jensen, Debra Lawrance, Monet Lewis, James O’Connell, David Ross Paterson, Naomi Rukavina, John Shearman, Liam Smith, Connor Sweeney, Archie Thomson, Jessica Vickers, and Mackenzie Vokes.
The team of seasoned performers will take to the stage alongside Gold Coast local, Madeline Grice, who won the lead role of ‘Sophie Sheridan’ during MAMMA MIA!’s Star Search announced last month.
Telling the much-loved story of a young bride-to-be whose quest to discover the identity of her father draws three men from her mother’s past back to a Greek Island on the eve of her wedding, this beloved musical is set to the toe-tapping songs of ABBA.
With a profile rapidly on the rise, Lakota Johnson is the actor, model, and digital influencer born and bred on the Gold Coast set to play the lead role of Sophie’s soon-to-be husband ‘Sky’.
Cast as ‘Donna Sheridan’ and playing the role of Sophie’s mother is Jayde Westaby. Hailing from the UK, Jayde trained at Bird College of Performing Arts in London and has had a successful career overseas playing ‘Judy Haynes’ in White Christmas, ‘Magenta’ in The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour), ‘Velma Kelly’ in Chicago (London West End), ‘Tanya’ in MAMMA MIA! (Australian Tour), and several other musical theatre performances to date.
Sean Mulligan is no novice to the stage, playing ‘Sam Carmichael’ who is one of Sophie’s three fathers in the production. Sean began training at the age of four under the direction of Peta Norton and has toured Australia with Sophie Monk, Danni Minogue and performed with Drew Anthony and Leonie page in The Fabulous Rhythm Boys. Most recently, Sean has been travelling the world with The Tap Pack.
Local Gold Coaster, James Shaw, is set to star as ‘Harry Bright’ after his lead role of ‘The Wizard of Oz in Wicked. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, James is a seasoned actor, writer, and director who has boasted a successful career in Australia and abroad. He previously played ‘Harry’ in Little Star/RCCL’s production of MAMMA MIA!, ‘Amos’ in Chicago, and ‘Collins’ in RENT to name a few.
With a background in music, cabaret, opera, and musical theatre, Sandro Colarelli’s award-winning talents will see him play the role of ‘Bill Austin’. A contemporary performance maker, Sandro has received a Matilda Award for his roles in The Odyssey for Zen Zen Zo/QPAC and The Venetian Twins for Queensland Theatre Company. Sandro has also played in Twelfth Night, Summer Rain (Queensland Theatre), The Adventures of Figaro (Opera Queensland), and more.
Following an extensive audition process conducted by Matt Ward Entertainment last month, 16 additional performers have been cast in various supporting and ensemble roles for the iconic production, including Kyra Thompson ‘Ali’, Alicia Fox ‘Lisa’, DonAlex Vilitama ‘Pepper’ and Zane Powell, Jackson Brash, Maddi Coleman, Ryley Shaw, Carla Doyle, Selin Doygun, David Cuny, Shyan Andrews, Aurelie Roque as the ensemble – with a handful of roles still to be announced.
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketek and for more information on Matt Ward Entertainment or MAMMA MIA! the musical, head to the website: www.mammamiamusical.com.au