NEW SOUTH WALES
The Arcadia: Magic Mike Live
Capitol Theatre: Frozen
Roslyn Packer Theatre: Fun Home
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Hamilton
La Boite Roundhouse Theatre: Once On This Island
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Come From Away
Athenaeum Theatre: The Wedding Singer
Arts Centre Melbourne: Fangirls
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Come From Away (Thursday, June 3rd)
Hayes Theatre: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Wednesday, May 19th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Sweeney Todd (Saturday, May 8th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Chess (Thursday, May 27th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Arcadia: Magic Mike Live (Sunday, May 16th)
Capitol Theatre: Frozen (Sunday, May 23rd)
Roslyn Packer Theatre: Fun Home (Saturday, May 29th)
La Boite Roundhouse Theatre: Once On This Island (Saturday, May 8th)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Come From Away (Sunday, May 9th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Sweeney Todd (Saturday, May 15th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Chess (Saturday, May 29th)
Arts Centre Melbourne: Fangirls (Sunday, May 9th)
Opening Night: Fun Home
Opening Night: Once On This Island
Once On This Island is a one-act musical based on the book and lyrics written by Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, A Christmas Carol) and music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Anastasia). Charles Isherwood speaks of Ahrens and Flaherty as “continuing to see the humanist potential in the medium. Their musicals explore the struggles of men and women as opposed to synthetic razzle-dazzle.”
The show runs until Saturday, May 8th with tickets available from https://laboite.com.au/shows/once-on-this-island
Opening Night: The Wedding Singer
Congratulations to everyone working on The Wedding Singer. The Wedding Singer opened at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre this weekend past. From all reports, the show is an astounding success and audience favourite!
It runs in Melbourne until Saturday, June 5th before heading to the Gold Coast. Tickets are available from https://weddingsingermusical.com.au/ticket_information/
The cast of The Wedding Singer.
TV Appearance: Frozen
Thomas McGuane and Courtney Monsma, known to many as Hans and Princess Anna from the cast of Frozen will be appearing on The Morning Show (Channel 7) on Tuesday, May 4th.
Next To Normal
James Terry Collective has announced it will be bringing the Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal, to Chapel Off Chapel for a limited season this July.
This electric production will star Queenie van de Zandt in the leading role of Diana Goodman, the matriarch of a modern-day family traumatised by loss and the unpredictable effects sparked by her Bipolar diagnosis. One of Australia’s most exciting stars of the stage, Queenie’s credits include King Kong (Global Creatures), Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Production Company), and Into The Woods (Victorian Opera).
Next to Normal is a powerful rock musical that grapples with crisis and mental illness. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won Best Original Score, Best Orchestration, following a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. With music by Tom Kitt, and Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey.
This production will be directed by Mark Taylor (RENT, Bright Star) Choreographed by Freya List (RENT, Chess), and Musical Direction by Nathan Firmin (Bright Star, Memphis).
Next to Normal will be produced by James Terry Collective which received 7 Green Room Award nominations including Best Production for Legally Blonde the Musical (2019) and produced the critically acclaimed and sold-out season of RENT the Musical (2018).
Director, Mark Taylor, said: “While Next to Normal had its Broadway debut in 2009, its themes of mental health and our need for connection seem even more relevant in 2021. Despite some of the darkness of the story, the musical ultimately offers us hope and light – two things we need more than ever today.”
Sign up for pre-sale with exclusive ticket discounts available until May 14 at www.nexttonormal.com.au
Venue: Chapel off Chapel, Prahran (Melbourne)
Season: Strictly July 15 – July 25
Price: From $59 (+booking and handling fees)
Merrily We Roll Along
The award-winning producer of Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors, Luckiest Productions, and Hayes Theatre Co, have announced the cast for the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along. A thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise, and the high price of success, Merrily We Roll Along will open at the Hayes in June this year.
Returning to Hayes Theatre Co in the role of Mary Flynn is Helpmann Award winner and one of Australia’s finest leading ladies Elise McCann (Matilda, Everybody Loves Lucy). In the role of Charley and also returning to the Hayes for the first time since he played Sonny in Xanadu will be Ainsley Melham, who starred in a title role in Disney’s Aladdin across Australia and on Broadway. Recent WAAPA graduate Andrew Coshan (Jersey Boys, MTC’s A View from the Bridge) will perform the role of Franklin Shepard. Georgina Hopson (Ragtime, West Side Story) will play the role of Gussie while Aaron Tsindos (Muriel’s Wedding, Shakespeare In Love) takes on the role of Joe. A recent graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Tiarne Sue Yek plays the role of Beth, Evan Lever (Anything Goes, Muriel’s Wedding) takes on Jerome, while Vidya Makan (Once On This Island, Six, American Idiot) will perform the roles of KT and Meg.
The creative team is led by the award-winning team that gave the Hayes Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors, director Dean Bryant, choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, and musical director Andrew Worboys. They will be joined by set designer Jeremy Allen, costume designer Mel Liertz, lighting designer Veronique Bennett and sound designer Dave Bergman.
“When we cancelled a week before rehearsals last year, there was the fear of not being able to fulfil the dream we’d been planning for so long – so pertinent to Merrily’s heartbreaking narrative of the complexities of making art with your closest friends,” said director Dean Bryant. “So to return with Ainsley Melham joining our leading trio is true wish fulfilment.”
Merrily We Roll Along is the heartbreaker of Sondheim musicals, looking at how the best of friends lose their way as they fight to win at life. It follows a trio of friends – composer Franklin Shepard, his writing partner lyricist Charley Kringas and upcoming novelist Mary Flynn. The three are primed to change the world through words and music, however success has a way of opening doors that take them further away from what – and who – they love. Famously told in reverse, Merrily We Roll Along is an emotional detective story that investigates how grown-up sellouts are forged from wide-eyed poets.
Merrily We Roll Along brilliantly blends the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one’s ideals. It’s a show that crackles with the wit, humour, and intensity that embody the spirit of New York City. With a brilliant “Broadway-style” score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavour, Merrily We Roll Along is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.
Cast photo credit: Peter Brew Bevan
Bringing Broadway Back… In Australia.
This week saw cast members from current Australian musicals perform in Bringing Broadway Back… In Australia. The performances were recorded for the New York Times!