Hello!

Can you believe we are already half-way through January, 2022! I am very excited to be returning as the creator of Theatre People’s Weekly Wrap after what was a chaotic end to 2021. It was all worth it though. I graduated from my Masters’ Degree with a Distinction and have been re-contracted as a Teacher Aide at my current school. With so much going on in Australian theatre, I can’t wait to dive into the beautiful art-form once again.

If you wish to contact me regarding the column, my email address is [email protected]

 

Chookas for the year ahead,

– Nichole –

 

 

NOW SHOWING

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Come From Away

Hayes Theatre: Lizzie

Riverside Theatres: A Chorus Line

State Theatre: The Wedding Singer

Sydney Lyric Theatre: Hamilton

Sydney Opera House (Studio): SIX

Theatre Royal, Sydney: Girl From the North Country

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: An American in Paris

 

VICTORIA

Comedy Theatre: Jagged Little Pill

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Frozen

Meat Market, North Melbourne: Into the Woods

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Regent Theatre: Moulin Rouge

 

UPCOMING SHOWS

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: 9 to 5 (February, 2022)

Hayes Theatre: Queenie Van De Zandt in Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell (February, 2022)

Seymour Centre: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (February, 2022)

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Frozen (February, 2022)

 

 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre, Melbourne (Playhouse): Fun Home (February, 2022)

 

 

AROUND THE REHEARSAL ROOMS

 

9 TO 5

The company of Dolly Parton’s hit musical, 9 to 5 are preparing to shine like the sun. Monday, January 17th saw rehearsals commence in Sydney ahead of previews which commence on Wednesday, February 16th. If you are looking for a little heart to hart and a great night out with friends, 9 to 5 is the musical to see!

 

Tickets are available for purchase at 9 to 5 Tickets.

 

9 to 5- what a way to eat a cookie. Cookies were given to company members on the first day of rehearsals.

 

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

JAGGED LITTLE PILL

Congratulations to the Company of Jagged Little Pill upon their highly anticipated Opening Night which took place at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on Sunday, January 16th. We wish you all the best for your upcoming performances!

Tickets for Jagged Little Pill can be purchased from Jagged Little Pill.

 

The company of Jagged Little Pill.

 

CANCELLATIONS

 

Due to Covid-19, many shows have unfortunately needed to cancel upcoming performances. Our thoughts are with the company members during this time. Please remember to be kind to cast, crew, ticket sellers, and theatre workers who are doing their best to ensure you have the best experience possible during this time.

 

MOULIN ROUGE

Unfortunately performances of Moulin Rouge! The Musical from Tuesday, January 11th to Sunday, January 16th (inclusive) have had to be cancelled. Affected patrons will be contacted by Ticketmaster and receive a full refund.

 

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

It has been announced that due to the current impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, next month’s Adelaide and Perth seasons of An American in Paris will be postponed.
New season dates will be announced as soon as possible for both cities, with ticket holders urged to hold onto their tickets until new dates are confirmed. Your ticket provider will be in touch as soon as possible with details.

The Melbourne and Sydney seasons of the production will perform as scheduled, from March 18th at Arts Centre Melbourne, and April 29th at Theatre Royal Sydney. The Company is looking forward to resuming its Brisbane season at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre on Tuesday, January 18th.

 

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER

Following in the footsteps of their award-winning, sell-out productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and Man of La Mancha, Squabbalogic once again blends the ingredients of time, genre, heart and humour by revising, revamping and completely reimagining this winsome 1960s screwball comic gem for 2022 with a modern queer twist.
In an effort to quit nicotine at the behest of his humourless fiancé, David Gamble (Jay James-Moody- Herringbone) enlists the services of psychiatrist and hypnosis researcher, Dr Mark Bruckner (Blake Bowden-The Book of Mormon). What begins as a simple regression soon turns into something otherworldly as the doctor discovers inside David the presence of Melinda Welles, a charming young woman who died tragically decades earlier. As Dr Bruckner continues to meet with and fall for the scintillating Melinda via dowdy David’s subconscious, the unaware David finds that he is falling for the handsome Dr Bruckner.
Moody and Bowden will be joined on stage by Blake Appelqvist, Stefanie Caccamo, Grace Driscoll, Lincoln Elliot, and Madeleine Jones. 
The show commences at Sydney’s Seymour Centre on Thursday, February 17th with tickets available from On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

Blake Bowden and Jay James- Moody.

 

 

AUSTRALIAN PERFORMERS A GREAT MATCH FOR OPEN

Are you game? Well get set to watch some of Australia’s best musical performers take centre court during the two week Australian Open tournament. Performers include Josh Piterman (The Phantom of the Opera), the cast of The Wedding Singer, Rob Mills (Ghost, Grease), and Annie Jones (School of Rock, The Sound of Music).

 

Josh Piterman is excited to perform ahead of the Men’s Semi Final on Friday, January 28th.

 

CELEBRATIONS

 

EUAN AND MITCHELL FISTROVIC- DOIDGE

Congratulations to theatre performers Euan Fistrovic- Doidge (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fun Home) and his husband Mitchell Fistrovic- Doidge (Frozen, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) on their wedding. They were wed in an intimate ceremony on Monday, January 3rd, 2022. We wish you all the best in your future together!

 

Mitchell (left) and Euan (right) Fistrovic- Doidge. Family in theatre, husbands in every day life.

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

 

THE TRUE ESSENCE OF COMING FROM AWAY

There are swings and understudies and then there are swings and understudies! The role of these people is to be ready to go on stage, at any moment when regular members of a show’s cast are ill or away. Over the last few weeks however, company members of international hit, Come From Away have taken it to a whole new level!

US National Tour cast member, Marika Aubrey recently took control of the plane when she was called to go on as Beverley/ Annette and others, ultimately making her Broadway debut. Fellow Australian, Amelia Cormack has recently taken the stage in Minneapolis, Minnesota as part of the US tour company. Most recently she portrayed Beulah and others. Sharriese Hamilton and Kilty Reidy who spent time as members of the Australian company have also been performing as part of the US tour.

We extend a warm thank you to our international theatre family members Holly Ann Butler (Broadway Cast), Happy McPartlin (Broadway Cast), James Kall (Toronto Cast), and David Shannon (West End Cast) for ensuring that the kettle is always on!

 

Marika Aubrey (far right, red hair) recently made her Broadway debut as Captain Beverley Bass.

 

Amelia Cormack (front, laying down) with the international cast of Come From Away.