NEW SOUTH WALES
The Arcadia: Magic Mike Live
Capitol Theatre: Frozen
Hayes Theatre: Half Time
Roslyn Packer Theatre: Fun Home
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Hamilton
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Come From Away
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Wednesday, May 19th)
La Boite Roundhouse Theatre: Once On This Island (Wednesday, April 28th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Sweeney Todd (Saturday, May 8th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Chess (Thursday, May 27th)
Athenaeum Theatre: The Wedding Singer (Friday, April 30th)
Arts Centre Melbourne: Fangirls (Wednesday, April 28th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Arcadia: Magic Mike Live (Sunday, May 16th)
Hayes Theatre: Half Time (Sunday, May 2nd)
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)
Tickets on Sale for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Tickets for the Tony® Award-winning Broadway production of one of the most beautiful musicals of all time, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, will go on sale this week on Friday, April 30th. The contemporary retelling of this beloved story will have its Australian Premiere in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre from Tuesday, November 16th.
Auditions for the 26-strong cast begin next week, and Opera Australia and The Gordon Frost Organisation have received almost 1500 submissions.
“We can’t wait to audition musical theatre performers to fill these classic roles. And we’re looking forward to announcing our Cinderella, Prince Charming, Fairy Godmother, Stepmother and Stepsisters and the full cast in due course,” said Producers John Frost and Lyndon Terracini. “This is one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s greatest scores and this production with beautiful orchestrations, magnificent costumes and sets, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love from the classic story, will have audiences clamoring for more.”
The Australian premiere has been secured exclusively for Sydney by the Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and will be a major drawcard for visitors to NSW.
To keep up to date with information, head to https://cinderellamusical.com.au/
Season Extension: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
New tickets for the record-breaking theatrical event Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will go on sale to the general public at 9.00 am on Thursday, April 29th, 2021, via the official website HarryPotterThePlay.com. The booking period will be extended, with tickets made available for performances up until and including Sunday, December 12th, 2021.
Season Extension: Friends the Musical Parody
Due to high demand, the Melbourne season of Friends the Musical Parody has been extended! The show will now play from Tuesday, June 15th until Sunday, July 4th at the Comedy Theatre. Tickets are now available from http://friendsmusical.com.au/
Based on the 1990 cult-classic John Waters (Hairspray) film, CRY-BABY The Musical will be presented in the Opera House’s Drama Theatre from Thursday, July 22nd to Sunday, August 15th, 2021. Highly subversive and proudly irreverent, CRY-BABY The Musical, which won four 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards during its season at the Hayes Theatre Co, is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the teen rebel genre.
Writer and Director of the 1990 film CRY-BABY, John Waters, says: ”CRY-BABY celebrates the joy all bad little teenage boys and girls feel the first time they hear music that causes trouble in their own homes. Parents hate the new sound but the kids love it. Finally, the soundtrack of their young lives can begin.”
“Aren’t all Australians secretly juvenile delinquents at heart? CRY-BABY, Hairspray’s bad little brother is coming to Sydney Opera House so look out! There might be a musical riot!”
Returning from the highly successful 2018 Hayes Theatre Co is Director, Alexander Berlage (American Psycho- The Musical), Christian Charisiou (The Wedding Singer) as “Wade ‘Cry Baby’ Walker”, Ashleigh Rubenach (Sound of Music, Muriel’s Wedding) as “Allison”, Joel Granger (Book of Mormon, Pippin) as Allison’s boyfriend and King of the Squares, “Baldwin”, Beth Daly (Grey Gardens, Fiddler on the Roof) as Allison’s protective grandmother, Alfie Gledhill (Griffin’s Replay) as Cry-Baby’s best friend “Dupree”, Laura Murphy (Muriel’s Wedding, Grease) as the Cry-Baby obsessed “Lenora” and Blake Erickson (Shrek).
New to the CRY-BABY The Musical cast is Melissa Russo (Fan Girls) as “Wanda”, Stacey Thomsett (RENT) as “Mona/ Hatchet–Face”, Zoe Ioannou (West Side Story), Shay Debney (Wizard of Oz), Morgan Palmer (The Book of Mormon) as the doo-wop band “Whiffles”, and Chiara Assetta (West Side Story), and Jordan Tomljenovic (Mamma Mia!) in the ensemble.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 30th at https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/musical-theatre/2021/cry-baby-the-musical.html
Rumour Has It
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Celebrating its 11th year, Neglected Musicals will present Nice Work If You Can Get It this May. This presentation will be directed and choreographed by Cameron Mitchell (Catch Me If you Can, Applause). Nice Work If You Can Get It is a new take on classic 1920s musical farce, the tale of Jimmy Winter, a wealthy and carefree playboy living the good life in the midst of Prohibition. Jimmy has an unfortunate habit of marrying chorus girls until he’s forced to marry a woman of substance- Eileen Evergreen, the finest interpreter of modern dance in the world. On the weekend of their nuptials, Jimmy meets Billie Bendix, a tough-as-nails bootlegger who has inadvertently stashed 400 cases of gin in Jimmy’s basement. Knocked out by this one-of-a-kind woman, Jimmy must deal with his high strung fiancée and an assortment of bootleggers, prohibitionists, G-Men, and chorus girls, as well as one very moralistic senator.
Starring Georgina Hopson (Ragtime, My Fair Lady) as Billie Bendix, Rob Mallett (Les Miserables, Aladdin) as Jimmy, Angelina Thomson (Beautiful, RENT) as Eileen Evergreen, Rob Johnson (Spamalot, Calamity Jane) as Cookie McGee, Margi De Ferranti (Carrie, Falsettos) as The Duchess, Kaeng Chan (Muriel’s Wedding, Meet Me in St. Louis) as Duke, Leah Howard (School of Rock, Aladdin) as Chief Berry, Madison McKoy (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The View Upstairs) as Senator Max Evergreen, Jordan Tomljenovic (A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!) as Ensemble and, Suzanne Steele (Pippin, Shrek) as Ensemble.
Shows commence on Wednesday, May 19th with tickets available from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/nice-work-if-you-can-get-it/
Debra Byrne to lead cast of The Music of the Night
Spears Entertainment proudly presents THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT – The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber with special guest star Debra Byrne, at Chapel off Chapel from May 12th, 2021. And heading up the dynamic creative team are director Theresa Borg and music director Stephen Gray, it promises to be a night of ALW musical bliss that audiences won’t soon forget.
The starry cast of performers also includes Bianca Bruce, Andy Conaghan, Madison Green, Genevieve Kingsford, Cherine Peck, Christopher Scalzo, Caitlin Spears, Tod Strike, and Raphael Wong.
This amazingly talented group of performers, accompanied by a live band, will perform songs from beloved ALW worldwide hits from Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Starlight Express, Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat, Song & Dance, Love Never Dies, Sunset Boulevard and even a few rarities.
Tickets are available from https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/the-music-of-the-night-the-songs-of-andrew-lloyd-webber/
Paul Ettore Tabone
Phantom of the Opera’s Paul Ettore Tabone’s new single “Brave New World” featuring fellow cast member and friend, Dutch soprano Britt Lenting will be available in all major music stores on Friday, May 7th. Here is a video preview.
Star of Once On This Island and SIX, Vidya Makan will blow you away with her voice. Here she is in rehearsal for the show which commences previews on Wednesday, April 28th. You can watch a sneak peek at