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BY NICHOLE CONOLLY
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: School of Rock
Hayes Theatre: H.M.S. Pinafore
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Billy Elliot
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Chicago
Comedy Theatre: Come From Away
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Crown Theatre, Perth: Book of Mormon
AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Opening Night- Chicago
The company of Chicago brought the razzle dazzle to Brisbane on Thursday, November 7th wowing an elated, responsive audience.
With the band on stage, the cast of Chicago used the remainder of the space to the fullest of their advantage. The iconic songs including ‘All That Jazz‘ were showcased beautifully by Natalie Bassingthwaighte as Roxie Hart and Alinta Chidzey as Velma Kelly. Bassingthwaighte and Chidzey were supported by Casey Donovan as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, Tom Burlinson as Billy Flynn, J.Furtado as Mary Sunshine and Rodney Dobson whose rendition of Amos’ Hart’s ‘Mr Cellophane’ was met with rapturous applause.
Chicago runs until Saturday, December 7th at Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre but very quick because many performances are already selling out. Tickets can be purchased at https://chicagothemusical.com.au/tickets/brisbane/
Cast of Chicago at Brisbane Opening Night party
Show Announcement: Trevor Ashley
For one night only during the 2020 Mardi Gras, join Austria’s greatest glam pop vocalist along with Australia’s queen of cabaret in an evening to remember.
Eurovision legend Conchita Wurst returns to Sydney with dear friend Trevor Ashley for an evening of musical magic. Joined by Kate Miller- Heidke, conductor Michael Tyack and a full symphony orchestra, they will perform their greatest hits, alone and together.
Tickets for Sydney (February 27th, 2020) and Melbourne (February 28th, 2020) are available for sale from the following links-
Cast Announcement: Lisa Sontag to step up as Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot
Due to personal circumstances it has been announced that Kelley Abbey is unable to continue in her role as Mrs Wilkinson and has had to withdraw from the production.
Stepping into the role will be Lisa Sontag who was recently seen on stage in the Australian National Tour of Mamma Mia!
We at Theatre People wish both Lisa and Kelley all the best.
Lisa Sontag in Mamma Mia!
Cast Announcement: Leads for Dolly Patton’s 9 to 5 announced
Congratulations to Caroline O’Connor (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Anastasia), Erin Clare (American Psycho, We Will Rock You), Marina Prior (Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Sound of Music) and Samantha Dodemaide (Chicago, The Wizard of Oz) who have been cast as Roz Keith, Doralee Rhodes, Violet Newstead and Judy Bernly respectively.
9 to 5 will begin previews at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on April 21st, 2020. Theatre People’s media release can be read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/lead-cast-announced-for-dolly-partons-9-to-5-the-musical/
Further email and updates can be found at https://9to5themusical.com.au
Cast Announcement: SIX
Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.
This opening song of SIX: The Musical serves as introduction to each of the women who married Henry VIII. It draws attention to rhyme to remember the wives that many British children are taught in primary school: ‘Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived’
Henry VIII’s wives were women in their own right but are only remembered or referred to with reference to their relationship with a man and now they have their own story to tell.
Telling that story when the show opens in Australia in 2020 are Chloé Zuel (Ragtime, Les Miserables) as Catherine of Aragon, Kala Gare (RENT) as Anne Boleyn, Loren Hunter (The Boy From Oz, Evie May) as Jane Seymour, Kiana Daniele (The Boy From Oz, Nine) as Anne of Cleves, Courtney Monsma (Aladdin, Grease) as Katherine Howard and Vidya Makan (Sunday in the Park With George, Hairspray) as Catherine Parr.
Rounding out the cast will be Dance Captain/ Swing Ella Burns (Hello Dolly!, West Side Story), Karis Oka (On the Town, Woodstock) as a Swing and Shannen Alyce Quan (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Atlantis) as a Swing.
A full media release is available at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/queens-of-six-the-musical-announced/
SIX opens at the Sydney Opera House in January 2020 with tickets available from https://www.sixthemusical.com/australia/home
Wedding: Danielle Evrat and Ben Miles
Congratulations to Australian performer and choreographer Danielle Evrat (Wicked, Funny Girl) and her husband Ben Miles who tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony in front of family and friends on Monday the 4th November. We wish Danielle and Ben the best for the future.
Photo: Gavin Cato Photography (@gavincatophotography)
Wedding: Suzie Melloy and Jan Di Pietro
Congratulations to Suzie Melloy (Thoroughly Modern Millie, CATS) and Jan Di Pietro (Muriel’s Wedding, Dream Lover) on their wedding which took place in front of family and friends in a beautiful ceremony on Saturday, November 9th. We wish Suzie and Jan the happiest of futures.
Photo: Fox and Kin Photography (@foxandkin)
Chapel off Chapel: Legally Blonde (November 23rd)
Gasworks Theatre: Electric Dreams (November 20th)
Southbank Theatre: Kiss of a Spider Woman (November 18th)
Adelaide Festival Centre: West Side Story (November 28th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: H.M.S. Pinafore (December 14th)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Chicago (December 6th)
Adelaide Festival Centre: West Side Story (December 8th)
Gasworks Theatre: Electric Dreams (November 24th)
Crown Theatre, Perth: Book of Mormon (November 17th)
Congratulations to Hayden Tee (Les Miserables, Matilda ) whose Album entitled Face to Face was released on Friday, November 8th. Face to Face can be purchased from media channels including from iTunes .
Joel Parnis (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables) will portray British sailor and crew man Frederick Fleet in the Chinese Tour of Titanic the Musical.
The musical will be performed at the Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center from November 12 to 24 and then in Shanghai from November 27.
Oliver De Los Santos
Congratulations to young Australian theatre performer Oliver De Los Santos (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Kinky Boots) who has recently filmed the pilot for the Punky Brewster reboot in L.A.