Hello and welcome to a new year! Our thoughts go to the company of Shrek and the team at QPAC who await further announcements from the Queensland Government regarding COVID measures that have impacted the beginning of Shrek previews today. We hope that you can be on the stage doing what you love soon!
If you have any concerns regarding future travel and attendance at upcoming performances, please contact the ticket sellers who you purchased your tickets through. Remember to be kind, we are all in this together.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Belvoir: My Brilliant Career
Capitol Theatre: Frozen
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Pippin
Sydney Opera House: RENT
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra Theatre Centre: Shrek (Sunday, February 14th)
Comedy Theatre: Come From Away (Tuesday, January 19th)
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Thursday, February 25th)
PIPPIN TO CLOSE SUNDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 2020
Pippin will close on Sunday, January 24th, 2020, a week ahead of the aforementioned January 31st. After a successful season at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, the captivating production has been described as a spectacular, irresistible night of magic. For tickets and information on COVID restrictions, head to https://pippinthemusical.com.au/
POSTPONEMENT: FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
Due to the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in NSW and interstate borders on both patrons and performers the scheduled performances of “FNL .. Alive & Unlocked” for January 7th to 9th, 2021 have been rescheduled to January 28th to 30th, 2021.
Join multi-award-winning star and roof-raiser Catherine Alcorn ably abetted by her devilishly inappropriate co-host, music and comedy legend Paul McDermott (Fri + Sat nights only), maestro Daniel Edmonds and Resident Goddess Verushka Darling as they wrangle an array of super-special guests and surprise performances each night.
The show will be performed at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. Tickets are available at https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/fnl/
UPCOMING MUSIC RELEASES
PAUL ETTORE TABONE: ‘THIS IS ME’
From a closed West End theatre stage of lockdown to the recording studio, ‘This is Me’ Paul Ettore Tabone’s new album is crafted from the heart. From 4 years on the stage of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, in the role of Ubaldo Piangi, tenor, Paul Ettore Tabone is about to release his first album, ‘This Is Me’.
‘In the shadow of lock-down and theatre closure, I missed singing, performance and audiences and for me, this became a time to reflect on my journey and the burning need to get on and make my first album, and re-popularise this fabulous art form.’
From a small town, on a sugarcane & pumpkin farm in the tip of Far North Queensland (Australia) to a leading tenor opera & musical theatre singer is the stuff of fantasy and dreams, but that is the story of Paul Ettore Tabone.
He fell in love with singing at the age of 6 and followed his dream to study music, graduating from CQUniversity in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre degree. Since then he has been in huge demand – and has been dubbed, ‘Australia’s answer to Andrea Bocelli’. Paul says, “I loved opera from the very first moment I heard it, and as a small boy couldn’t understand why everyone around me didn’t share that love.”
At 28, Paul was chosen by Signora Nicoletta Mantovani (wife of the late renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti), to perform as one of four tenors at the world-renowned, Arena in Verona, sharing the stage with operatic icons, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Jose Carraras, and Ambrogio Maestri to an audience of 20,000, in memoriam to Luciano Pavarotti for the 100th year birthday celebration of the Arena in Verona. It was here in 2014 at the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation that Paul met music producer/arranger/ composer, Robin A Smith who is working with him on the album.
Robin said, “Paul has a beautifully warm and rounded tone and is an incredibly versatile singer. He can cover all material from Bocelli and Pavarotti to high opera; Neapolitan songs and his Caruso is formidable. His style is as original as it is eclectic – a classical crossover, luscious and rich, reflected perfectly in the songs he has chosen for this album.”
‘Every song in the album is special to me and reflects who I am and where I come from and the people and places that matter to me. I’ve lived in Italy and UK and sang all over the world, but I’m close to my roots and have a deep love and respect for the land, the earth, and my heritage, Australia’s heritage. It’s important my album reflects this.’ With the help of Wirandjuri Soprano/Composer, Shauntai Batzke, Paul had part of the song, ‘I am
Australian’ translated into an Aboriginal language to pay respect to the Wirandjuri people, the first people of his nation, and he continues the song in Italian, honouring his own family and all the Italians who have made Australia their home.
He sings the song performed at his own parents’ wedding – a gift for them and a homage to Pavarotti and he sings songs he loves, with a passion he hopes to share with people who may never go and watch opera, but who will be inspired by the joy and heart.
The Tenor from Oz’ debut album “This is me” will be released for pre-sale on February 15, 2021, together with the video clip of the track “Paradiso” (an arrangement of Bryan Adam’s “Heaven”). Pre-Sale copies will be personally signed and include a free gift. Copies can be pre-ordered at www.paultabone.com and will be available for worldwide purchase on May 2, 2020, via all online music platforms including Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and iTunes.
You can subscribe to be the first to buy your own signed copy at https://www.paultabone.com/
SONGS FOR MY FRIENDS
New Zealand born, Melbourne based composer and lyricist Luke Di Somma’s album ‘Songs For My Friend’ will be released in February 2021. The album features the voices of many other New Zealand artists who have previously tread the boards of theatres in Australia including Laura Bunting (Muriel’s Wedding, Calamity Jane), Akina Edmonds (Hamilton, Beautiful), Joel Granger (Pippin, Cry-Baby), and Hayden Tee (Cinderella, Les Miserables).
You can follow Di Somma on Instragam at https://www.instagram.com/lukedisomma for further details.
WELCOME RAFFERTY GENE SIMPSON
We welcome to the theatre community, Rafferty Gene Simpson, son of Ellen Simpson (Ladies in Black) and husband Nick. Rafferty was born on January 2nd, 2021.
BABY NEWS: SOPHIE WEISS AND DREW COLLET
Congratulations to Sophie Weiss (Frozen, School of Rock) and her husband Drew Collet on the news that they are expecting a child in June 2021. We wish you all the best.
ENGAGEMENT NEWS: MITCHELL FISTROVIC AND EUAN DOIDGE
Saturday, January 9th saw the exciting news regarding the engagement of Mitchell Fistrovic (Frozen, Chicago) and Euan Doidge (Kinky Boots, Priscilla Queen of the Desert). We wish you both the happiest of futures together.
ENGAGEMENT: HANNAH WATERMAN AND HUW HIGGINSON
Christmas Day definitely meant something more to Hannah Waterman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Huw Higginson (Top End Wedding, The Bill). The couple announced their engagement on Sunday, December 27th. We wish you the best.
ENGAGEMENT NEWS: VINCENT HOOPER AND DAN BAKER
Congratulations to Vincent Hooper (The Rocky Horror Show, Heathers) and Dan Baker (Blue Angel) on their engagement during celebrations on December 31st, 2020. We wish you both a happy and long life together!
The start of the third test between Australia and India saw Stefanie Jones (Muriel’s Wedding, The Sound of Music) perform the Australian Anthem at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of the day’s action. Here is a video of her performance.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PERFORMANCE: COME FROM AWAY
CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE: FROZEN
CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE: HAMILTON
NEW YEAR’S EVE PERFORMANCE: HAMILTON