ALL THE LATEST NEWS IN THE WEEKLY WRAP!
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NEW SOUTH WALES
The Arcadia: Magic Mike Live
Capitol Theatre: Frozen
Seymour Centre- York Theatre: Fangirls
Queensland Theatre- Bille Brown Theatre: Our Town
Comedy Theatre: Come From Away
NEW SOUTH WALES
Civic Theatre, Newcastle: Chess (Friday, February 26th)
Hayes Theatre: Young Frankenstein (Thursday, February 18th)
Brisbane Powerhouse: The Producers (Thursday, March 4th)
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Thursday, February 25th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Civic Theatre, Newcastle: Chess (Sunday, February 28th)
Queensland Theatre- Bille Brown Theatre: Our Town (Saturday, February 20th)
The Wedding Singer
The Australian principal cast of The Wedding Singer has been announced ahead of their tour which commences in Adelaide on Thursday, April 8th, 2021. Playing Robbie Hart, a wedding singer living with his grandma is Christian Charisiou (The Last Five Years, The Dismissal). Joining Charisious are Teagan Wouters (Kinky Boots, Dirty Dancing) as waitress, Julia, Nadia Komazec (The School of Rock, Matilda) as Julia’s Madonna obsessed cousin Holly, Stephen Mahy (Mamma Mia!, The Rocky Horror Show) as extremely obnoxious Glen Guglio, Julia’s Wall Street Banker fiance, Ed Deganos (Reefer Madness, The Lion King) as George and Susan-ann Walker (Funny Girl, Once) as Grandma Rosie.
Tickets and further information are available at https://weddingsingermusical.com.au/
Australian Musical Theatre Festival announces 2021 Headline Artists
The headline artists for the 2021 edition of the Australian Musical Theatre Festival were announced this week ahead of the festivities in Launceston, Tasmania from May 19th to 23rd.
Theatre patrons will be familiar with Gleeson’s portrayal of Jean Valjean in the Australian and West End productions of Les Miserables. This portrayal earned him the 2015 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical. He has also appeared in Love Never Dies and multiple The Production Company shows.
O’Donnell will be recognisable to Australian theatre audiences as Donna in the latest Australian tour of Mamma Mia which travelled to Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, and Adelaide. Other roles include Eponine in Les Miserables, Diana in Next to Normal, and Viola in Twelfth Night.
British born, Australian adopted. Francis has called Australia home since portraying Lola in the Australian Tour of Kinky Boots. Francis also performed the role on the West End and Broadway. He won the 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical and the Green Room Award for Male Lead in a Musical. Most recently he appeared as Collins in RENT at the Sydney Opera House.
Further information on the festival can be found at https://www.amtf.org.au/
Cancelled Season: Hot Shoe Shuffle
Unfortunately, the production of Hot Shoe Shuffle which was due to play at Perth’s Crown Theatre next month has been cancelled. We send our love to everyone involved in the production during this time.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company Announces 2021 Season
Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre Company promises an exciting year ahead as performances recommence. Musicals include ONCE and A Chorus Line.
ONCE, thankfully for us, it will come to life more than once when Richard Carroll’s production heads on the road after their Sydney season which runs from Friday, June 4th to Sunday, July 18th, 2021.
The company of Amy Campbell’s production of A Chorus Line will put their dance shoes back on when the show returns to Sydney. Playing four sold-out previews in March last year, the production received nightly standing ovations before being postponed on the day of its premiere due to the pandemic.
Further information on both shows can be found at https://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/2021season
Sexy, dark, and disturbing, American Psycho- The Musical will be presented in the Sydney Opera House’s Playhouse from June 3rd to 27th, 2021. Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 famed novel American Psycho and the 2000 film of the same name, American Psycho- The Musical is a chilling yet wickedly comedic insight into a society driven by capitalism, self-image, and wealth. The production returns after a successful season at the Hayes Theatre Co. in 2019 that earned the musical nine Sydney Theatre Awards.
Starring Ben Gerrard, the pitch black, social satire tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome member of Manhattan’s elite who indulges in sadistic sex and murder. With the book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and featuring classic ‘80s hits from Phil Collins, Tears for Fears, New Order, and Huey Lewis and the News, American Psycho- The Musical is both cult-classic and crime thriller.
Tickets and further information are available at https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/musical-theatre/2021/american-psycho-the-musical.html
Once On This Island
Further to the cast announcement of Queensland company, Altitude Theatre’s production of Once On This Island, tickets are available for the Wednesday, April 28th to Saturday, May 8th season at https://laboite.com.au/shows/once-on-this-island
Wedding: Lauren Jimmieson and Anthony Craig
Congratulations to Lauren Jimmieson(Bright Star, Sweeney Todd) and Anthony Craig (Bright Star, Private Peaceful) on their wedding which took place on Sunday, February 7th 2021. The Queensland based actors met while performing in A Very Potter Musical.
We wish you the happiest of futures together.
If the latest works being released by our next generation of performers is anything to go by, our industry is in safe hands. Here are some of the latest videos.
Deeana Cheong Foo
Deaeana is currently playing Young Elsa in Frozen.
Izellah played Matilda in Matilda.