Tonight as I write from you Meanjin land, this NAIDOC Week, the team at Theatre People also send their love to the New South Wales theatre community as their theatre’s remained closed during this challenging and stressful time. As Victorian theatres re-open we wish you a long and successful season, and to the rest of Australia, we stand with you as you face ongoing uncertainty during this time.

 

NOW SHOWING

QUEENSLAND 

The Star Gold Coast: Mamma Mia! 

 

VICTORIA

The Arcadia- Birrarung Marr: Magic Mike Live

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Frozen

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre Perth: West Side Story

 

UPCOMING SHOWS

 

 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: West Side Story (Saturday, July 24th)

Twelfth Night Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Friday, July 9th)

 

VICTORIA 

Chapel off Chapel: Next to Normal (Thursday, July 15th)

Southbank Theatre: Cyrano (Saturday, July 31st)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

 

 

QUEENSLAND

The Star Gold Coast: Mamma Mia! (Sunday, July 11th)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre Perth: West Side Story (Saturday, July 17th)

 

 SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

 

Come From Away

From the Team at Come From Away:
Due to the recent announcement by the NSW Government, performances of Come From Away at the Capitol Theatre through to Friday 9th July will be rescheduled. Customers holding tickets for performances until Friday, July 9th will be contacted by Ticketmaster with further details. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you to The Rock soon.

 

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

The Phantom of the Opera

As previously announced the lead role of The Phantom will be played by Josh Piterman and now joining him in this new Australian production making her Australian theatre debut, Perth’s own Amy Manford (The Phantom of the Opera West End and Greece) will take on the role of the ingénue Christine Daaé and Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny will be played by acclaimed musical theatre star Blake Bowden (The Book of Mormon). 

Starring alongside the lead cast will be Australian musical theatre stalwart David Whitney (West Side Story) playing shrewd theatre manager Monsieur Firmin, the newly appointed theatre manager Monsieur Andre will be played by experienced musical and opera performer Andy Morton (Les Miserables), soprano Giuseppina Grech (Carmen) will play the role of opera diva Carlotta Guidicelli, seasoned musical theatre performer Jayde Westaby (Mamma Mia!) will take on the role of ballet mistress Madame Giry, the Italian opera singer Ubaldo Piangi will be played by classical crossover artist Paul Tabone (The Phantom of the Opera West End)and newcomer Mietta White will play young ballerina Meg Giry.

Joining them will be the talented ensemble cast including Annie Aitken, Anton Berezin, Laura Bianchi-Bishop, Eleanor Blythman, Gavin Brown, Benjamin Clark, Bridget Costello, Andrew Dunne, Lewis Francis, Christina Gibbs, Claudia Hastings, Olivia Jenkins, Daniel Koek, Naomi Livingston, Aaron Lynch, Kayleigh Marven, Emma McFarlane, Lachlan O’Brien, Brittany Page, Kiran Rajasingam, Edward Smith, Anna Stephens, Troy Sussman, Liam White, Paul Whiteley, Raphael Wong and Elisha Zion Lee.

Tickets are on sale for the Sydney season which commences in September and interested people can join the waitlist for Melbourne which goes on soon. Further information can be found at https://au.thephantomoftheopera.com/

 

Amy Manford, Josh Piterman, and Blake Bowden
Photo by Jake Terry

 

Joe Kosky to Join Come From Away

In addition, the new cast members announced in the last column, Joe Kosky (The School of Rock, Kinky Boots) will join the cast of Come From Away. Welcome to the Rock, Joe!

 

The Rocky Horror Show

Give yourself over to absolute pleasure and for the first time in Tasmania in nearly 40 years, join Brad and Janet as they do the Time Warp, again!

Shiver in anticipation for the arrival of Richard O’Brien’s comic musical masterpiece to Tasmania with a full professional cast of both local and national stars.From the team that brought you Rock of Ages and the sold-out smash hit We Will Rock You, comes an evening you will remember, for a very long time.

Starring Rob Mallett (Aladdin, Singin’ in the Rain) as Brad, Imogen Moore (Muriel’s Wedding, Anything Goes) as Janet, John X (The Wizard of Oz) as Narrator, Scott Farrow (Hamlet, The Club) as Riff Raff, Vincent Hooper (Tommy, Heathers) as Rocky Horror, and John O’Hara (The School of Rock, WICKED,  as Frank-N-Furter.

The show runs from Wednesday, October 6th to Sunday, October 31st, 2021 at Hobart’s Theatre Royal. Tickets are on sale at https://www.theatreroyal.com.au/shows/rocky-horror-show

 

REHEARSALS

 

 

Victoria Opera’s Tommy

Rehearsals have commenced for Victoria Opera’s production Tommy which is due to open next month at The Palais Theatre in St Kilda. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.victorianopera.com.au/season/the-whos-tommy

Chookas for a successful season!

 

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

 

 

The Lion King

Congratulations to the Michael Cassel Group production of The Lion King on their opening in Auckland, NZ. Nick Afoa who played Simba in the Australian production reprises the role in NZ. He is joined by Melbourne born actor, Andre Jewson who portrays Zazu and Whyalla actor Benn Welford who is a standby for  Scar, Timon, Pumbaa, and Zazu.

 

Nick Afoa as Simba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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