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NEW SOUTH WALES
The Arcadia: Magic Mike Live
Capitol Theatre: Frozen
Seymour Centre- York Theatre: Fangirls
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Shrek
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)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Shrek (Sunday, February 14th)
Queensland Theatre- Bille Brown Theatre: Our Town (Saturday, February 20th)
CHESS THE MUSICAL
Monday, February 8th saw the cast announced for the National Tour of CHESS.
Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Chicago, Grease) will portray Hungarian born chess player, Florence Vassy, presumed lover of Freddie Trumper (The American), portrayed on stage in this production by Mark Furze (Home and Away). Joining them on stage are Alexander Lewis (West Side Story, Ragtime) as Anatoly Sergievsky (The Russian), Eddie Muliaumaseali’i (Show Boat) will portray Alexander Molokov, Sergievsky’s second. Paulini (The Bodyguard, Saturday Night Fever) appears as Sergievsky’s estranged wife Svetlana Sergievsky, Global TV representative, Walter de Courcey will be played by Rob Mills (Grease), and The Arbiter by Brittanie Shipway (Big Fish, The Sapphires).
Set during the height of the Cold War, two of the world’s greatest chess players, one American, one Russian, find themselves pawns of their own governments’ sparring in the turbulent East-West political arena. As the game climaxes and stakes rise, Florence Vassy, a Hungarian-born refugee finds herself caught in the hurricane between the two grandmasters, in a triangle of power and love.
With music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA), book and lyrics by Tim Rice, CHESS THE MUSICAL is arguably one of the most memorable scores ever heard. Featuring global smash hits ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’, this extraordinary sung-through production also features much-loved standards such as ‘One Night in Bangkok’, ‘Anthem’, ‘Someone Else’s Story’, ‘Heaven Help My Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’.
CHESS will open at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on Thursday, April 22nd- Saturday, April 24th before heading to Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbane.
Tickets can be purchased from https://www.chessmusical.info/
Theatre People sat down with Director, Tyran Parke to speak about the show https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/tyran-parke-chess/
Once On This Island
Brisbane based professional theatre company, Altitude Theatre has announced the cast of their production of Once On This Island.
Directed and Choreographed by Bree Langridge with Musical Direction by Kuki Tipoki, Once On This Island is the sweeping, bewitching tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the mighty gods who preside over the island make a bet: which is stronger, love or death – the stakes being Ti Moune’s life.
Ti Moune will be played by Lorinda Merrypor (The Sapphires, American Idiot). Other principal cast members are Conor Putland (Les Miserables) as Daniel, Asabi Goodman (A Tribute to Hello, Dolly!, RESPECT: The Show) as Mama Euralie, Henry Kafoa (State of Origin: The Musical!) as Ton Ton Julian, Patrice Tipoki (Les Miserables, WICKED) as Erzulie, Vidya Makan (SIX) as Papa Ge, Rhys Velasquez (Shrek) as Agwe, Garret Lyon (Boy & Girl) as Asaka.
The storytellers are Jade Delmiguez, Winston Morrison, Danielle Remulta, Alvin Rostant, Tallis Tutunoa, Peter Wood, and Mike Zarate. Little Ti Mourne will be played on a rotational basis by Adelaide Arkins, Tia Godbold, and Harriet Naidoo.
Once On This Island will play at Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre in April with more details to be released soon!
Frozen to Play at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre
Frozen is set to take Melbourne by storm this winter when it moves into Her Majesty’s Theatre in June. With presales beginning on Monday, March 1st be sure not to miss out on this amazing show!
The Australian principal cast features Melbourne’s Jemma Rix in the role of Elsa, Courtney Monsma as Anna, Matt Lee as Olaf, Thomas McGuane as Hans, Sean Sinclair as Kristoff, Aljin Abella as Weselton, and sharing the role of Sven, Jonathan MacMillan, and Lochie McIntrye.
You can sign up for the waitlist at https://www.frozenthemusical.com.au/
Hope, New Works
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2021 program of Hope New Works. Following on from a successful 2020 program that saw 10 developments, the team is calling for new development. Criteria and a submission form can be found at https://www.hopenewworks.com/
Singer, Songwriter, and Composer, Amity Dry is set to bring two shows to the Adelaide Fringe Festival this February and March.
39 Forever (plus GST!) is a laugh out loud comedy about ageing is back. With the same 80’s & 90’s soundtrack and raw honesty audiences loved this is the same hilarious show but with a new ending! So if you still feel like you’re 25, even though your birthdate insists you’re not, if you get a fright when you catch your own reflection or are enquiring about Botox “for a friend”, this show is for you. It’s the perfect girls’ night out!
Dates: February 19th- 21st, 23rd- 26th, 27th and 28th
Beautifully Brave is an intimate showcase of her favourite songs so far. From her own critically acclaimed musical ‘The (M)other Life’ and albums ‘The Lighthouse’ and ‘True To Me’ to the artists that have inspired her, including Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Adele, and more. This is a celebration of female singer-songwriters and the stories behind the music.
Dates: March 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th
Australia’s favourite showgirl celebrates 40 years from stage to jungle with her dazzling new show GLAMAZONIA.
Rhonda Burchmore takes centre stage to share songs, stories, and secrets about surviving four decades in one of the world’s most formidable industries. The Glamazonia herself will exhilarate audiences on a high-octane thrill ride through forty years of entertainment.
The show will play at Adelaide’s Regal Theatre on Friday, March 5th, and Saturday, March 6th with tickets available from https://www.theregaltheatre.com.au/events/rhonda-burchmore-glamazonia/
UNDERSTUDY DEBUT SHOUTOUTS
Congratulations to Frozen cast members Todd Jacobsson and Kimberley Hodgson who went on stage in the principal roles of Hans and Anna respectively this week. This was the first time both had played the principal roles.
Rehearsals: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Rehearsals for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have recommenced ahead of the show’s reopening on Thursday, February 25th at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.
Ticketing and further information can be found at https://www.harrypottertheplay.com/au/
Rehearsals: The Producers
Rehearsals are well underway for Altitude Theatre’s production of The Producers. The Producers will play at the Brisbane Powerhouse from Thursday, March 4th to Saturday, March 13th. Ticketing and show information can be found at https://www.theproducers.com.au/
You can watch the video of the cast’s first table read at https://fb.watch/3wif0bPbCA/