ALL THE LATEST NEWS IN THE WEEKLY WRAP!
Well, this weekend has been interesting… flash flooding is occurring in many parts of our country. To those reading this who are impacted by this event, we send our love and best wishes. We hope that you are finding peace of mind and contentment in theatre.
Exciting news! This week, The Weekly Wrap is turning five! What started as a spark in March 2016 has now brought much joy to not only me when I write it each week but I hope, to many of you.
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Arcadia: Magic Mike Live
Capitol Theatre: Frozen
Comedy Theatre: Come From Away
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra Theatre Centre: Fangirls (Wednesday, March 24th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Well Behaved Women (Wednesday, March 24th)
Hayes Theatre: Half Time (Thursday, April 1st)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Come From Away (Friday, March 26th)
La Boite Roundhouse Theatre: Once On This Island (Wednesday, April 28th)
Adelaide Festival Theatre: Carousel (Friday, March 26th)
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra Theatre Centre: Fangirls (Sunday, March 28th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Well Behaved Women (Sunday, March 28th)
Adelaide Festival Theatre: Carousel (Saturday, March 27th)
Phantom of the Opera to play at the Sydney Opera House this September
Opera Australia in association with The Really Useful Group will present Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, finally making its highly anticipated premiere at the Sydney Opera House.
Marking almost 35 years to the day (October 9th, 1986) since it opened in London’s West End, before going on to become one of the most successful musicals of all time, this will be the first time in the show’s history that it will play in the iconic Joan Sutherland Theatre, Australia’s home of opera when it opens this September.
Playing the coveted Phantom role will be Josh Piterman. Piterman is an established musical theatre performer and classical crossover artist who has been working consistently on Australian and UK stages over the past 15 years. His past credits include being a part of international pop opera group The Ten Tenors, Tony in the 2010 Australian production of West Side Story, Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger in the 2015/16 Australian season of Cats (a role that won him the Green Room Award for best-supporting actor in a Musical), Corny Collins in the UK tour of Hairspray and Gerry Goffin in the 2017/18 Australian tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He made his West End debut came when he took on this role at London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in September 2019.
Come From Away Farewells Melbourne
After a sell-out encore nine-week season, Come From Away has departed Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre (but not without leaving quite a legacy behind). Melbourne’s love affair with the world-wide smash-hit musical Come From Away concludes on a triumphant note this week as the production breaks its own record that was set in January 2020 for the highest weekly box office in the Comedy Theatre’s 92-year history.
In a much-needed boon to the industry, the encore production created 447 jobs over its nine-week encore season, bringing many in the creative industry back to work for the first time since March 2020, and providing substantial stimulus to the economy and the East End of Melbourne.
The next stop is Brisbane where the show opens on Friday, March 26th. Tickets can be purchased from https://www.qpac.com.au/event/come_from_away_21/
World Premiere of The Dismissal Announced
Canberra, 11 November 1975. As Gough Whitlam delivers his iconic speech decrying his dismissal as Prime Minister, a mighty crowd of reporters throngs the steps of Parliament House. Chief amongst them, one of the 1970s most iconic larrikins: Norman Gunston.
Fast forward to Sydney, 2021. The Gold Logie winner and Wollongong’s favourite son returns, played by the hilarious Matthew Whittet, to narrate a rollicking, razor-sharp musical account of Australia’s great constitutional crisis. Fans of political satire will revel in this all-singing, all-dancing, all mud-slinging retelling of Canberra’s most controversial moment.
A co-production with independent music theatre powerhouse Squabbalogic, The Dismissal revives the full rogues’ gallery of 70s Australian politics: ambitious Whitlam, seductive Malcolm Fraser, duplicitous silver-fox Sir John Kerr, and even Her Majesty QEII as you’ve never seen her.
The Dismissal is equal parts toe-tapping time travel and a nuanced commentary on Australia’s place in the world today. With unimpeachable wit and a cracking original score, this world-premiere reckoning for the nation’s soul is set to be a sensational night out.
The show opens in Canberra in October 2021 before playing at the Sydney Opera House later that month. Further information on the Canberra and Sydney seasons are available at https://www.facebook.com/TheDismissal
West Side Story Returns to Brisbane
Opera Australia and GWB Entertainment today announced their rescheduled dates for the acclaimed BB Group production of West Side Story. The show will play at Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre from Friday, July 23rd with tickets available from https://www.qpac.com.au/event/west_side_story_20
Enjoy excerpts from the show at https://youtu.be/dLD066nlLEo
Magic Mike Live to Set Brisbane Alight!
From Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021, Magic Mike Live will play at Brisbane’s Eat Street in Hamilton.
Conceived and directed by Channing Tatum, Magic Mike Live is an immersive, thrilling, live dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the hit movies. With a cast of incredible dancers, Magic Mike Live is equal parts empowering, exhilarating and unexpected.
It’s hot, hilarious, and the good time you have been looking for.
Join the waitlist at https://magicmikelive.com.au/tickets/brisbane/
We Will Rock You
Meet the principal cast! Are you ready, Australia? They will rock you when their national arena tour kicks off in October this year!
Featuring Queen’s greatest hits, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust, I Want to Break Free, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Somebody To Love, Under Pressure, A Kind of Magic, and more, this record-breaking arena show is a must-see for rock fans of all ages.
Featuring Australian singing superstar Paulini (The Bodyguard, Hair) as Killer Queen, this eye-popping spectacular is a unique collaboration between the legends of rock, Queen, and one of the U.K.’s most phenomenally successful writers, Ben Elton. Starring in the role of Galileo will be Ross Chisari, who audiences will remember from the national tours of Shrek, The Rocky Horror Show, and Aladdin. Direct from the US National tour of Kinky Boots and the Australian productions of Hairspray and Rolling Thunder Vietnam, Kirby Lunn will take on the role of Scaramouche. After touring the country as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular, Carly Bettinson will play the role of Oz (a very different kind of Oz for this arena show!) Fresh from roles in Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Rent, Chris White will play the role of Brit. Rounding out the principal cast will be Josh Whitten (Wicked, Grease, Rent) as Khashoggi, Grant Couchman (Footloose, The Wizard of Oz) as Buddy, and newcomers and recent graduates of the Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre, Cristian Robba-Colley, and Victoria Roberts.
Supporting the principal cast will be an ensemble of over 500 performers, making this the largest production of We Will Rock You ever staged. Presented by Harvest Rain, this production follows in the footsteps of their previous sell-out national arena tours of Cats, Hairspray, Grease, and The Wizard of Oz.
The show will be directed by Tim O’Connor, with choreography by Callum Mansfield, Music Direction by Dennett Hudson, Stage Design by Fran Hannaway, Lighting Design by Trudy Dalgleish, and Sound Design by John Taylor.
Further information can be found at https://www.wewillrockyouarena.com/
Hamilton Opens in Sydney to Standing Ovations
The Tony® Grammy®, Olivier & Pultizer Prize-winning musical commenced previews this last week at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. With standing ovations and responsive audiences, it is clear that Sydney theatregoers are thrilled to be back in the room where it happens. Chookas to everyone involved for the season!
In a special tribute to our five years, here are some videos of performances I have enjoyed!