NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Come From Away
Darlinghurst Theatre: Once
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Hamilton
Sydney Opera House: American Psycho
Hayward Street Studios: Spamalot
HOTA (Gold Coast): The Wedding Singer
Star Theatre, Wynnum: Hot Shoe Shuffle
The Star Gold Coast: Mamma Mia!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Merrily We Roll Along (Thursday, June 24th)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: West Side Story (Saturday, July 24th)
Twelfth Night Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Friday, July 9th)
Chapel off Chapel: Next to Normal (Thursday, July 15th)
Southbank Theatre: Cyrano (Saturday, July 31st)
Princess Theatre, Launceston: Carmen (Monday, June 28th- One Night Only)
Paranaple Arts Centre, Devonport: Carmen (Tuesday, June 29th- One Night Only)
Theatre Royal, Hobart: Carmen (Thursday, July 1st)
Crown Theatre Perth: West Side Story (Tuesday, June 29th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Sydney Opera House: American Psycho (Sunday, June 27th)
Hayward Street Studios: Spamalot (Saturday, June 26th)
HOTA (Gold Coast): The Wedding Singer (Saturday, June 26th)
Star Theatre, Wynnum: Hot Shoe Shuffle (Saturday, July 3rd)
Theatre Royal, Hobart: Carmen (Saturday, July 3rd)
Crown Theatre Perth: West Side Story (Saturday, July 17th)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
An update regarding upcoming performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Further updates on the Frozen show schedule will be posted when available.
Once Season Extended
Darlinghurst Theatre Company has announced that Once has been extended until Friday, August 6th with no further extensions possible. Director Richard Carroll’s production stars Toby Francis, Stefanie Caccamo, and Jay Laga’aia. It features musical direction by Victoria Falconer and stunning movement sequences created by Hamilton’s resident director Amy Campbell. Playing to packed houses and nightly standing ovations since it opened on June 7th, ONCE has received unanimous critical acclaim. The show then heads on tour through NSW and to Melbourne.
Further information can be found at https://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/once
Claire’s Kitchen Line- Up
Claire’s Kitchen has an enormously talented lineup waiting to entertain Sydney audiences in the coming weeks. Here are just a few:
Friday, June 25th: Nat Jobe (Shrek, Aladdin)
Friday, July 2nd: Declan Egan (Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon)
Wednesday, July 7th: Melody Beck (Unseen: A Tribute to Marni Nixon, WICKED)
Thursday, July 29th: Stefanie Jones (Muriel’s Wedding, The Sound of Music)
Further information can be found at https://www.claireskitchen.com.au/cabaret
Lyndon Terracini for Opera Australia and John Frost for Crossroads Live have announced the lead cast for their contemporary retelling of one of the most loved musicals of all time, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The Tony® Award-winning Broadway production will have its Australian Premiere in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre from 16 November.
The role of Ella (Cinderella), a strong and intelligent young woman who dreams of escaping her endless chores so she might see the world, will be played by rising musical theatre star Shubshri Kandiah. Shubshri shot to fame when she made her professional debut as Princess Jasmine in the Australian tour of Disney’s Aladdin. She also played Ismene in Antigone with Queensland Theatre, performed in The Pearlfishers, and has just completed a national tour of Belvoir’s Australian musical Fangirls.
Playing opposite Shubshri will be her Aladdin co-star Ainsley Melham as Prince Topher, the charming Prince of the kingdom who needs guidance and inspiration to realise his full potential. Ainsley most recently starred as the title role of Pippin, the musical which reopened Sydney theatres, but has also featured as Aladdin across Australia and on Broadway, Molina in MTC’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sonny in Xanadu at the Hayes Theatre Co and is currently performing in Merrily We Roll Along at the Hayes.
One of Australia’s most loved performers, Silvie Paladino, will play Marie, a senile poor woman who magically transforms into her true form as Ella’s wise and compassionate Fairy Godmother. Her many musical theatre roles have included Eponine (in Australia and London) and Fantine (London) in Les Misérables, Jeannie in Hair, Grizabella in Cats, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Donna in Mamma Mia!, Rita in Sideshow Alley, and Florence in Chess.
Returning to the stage after an extensive film and television career will be Tina Bursill, to play Madame, Ella’s stepmother, a vain and tyrannical woman only concerned with her wealth and the happiness of her two daughters at the expense of her stepdaughter. Widely known for her current role as Meryl in Channel 9’s hit series Doctor Doctor, Tina began her career in revues and political satire and has performed on stage for most Australian theatre companies and in the musicals Godspell, Grease and Manning Clark’s A History of Australia- The Musical.
The role of Prince Topher’s Lord Chancellor, Sebastian, will be played by Todd McKenney. Todd’s extensive stage career includes his acclaimed performance as Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, and lead roles in Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, Singin’ In the Rain, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Annie, Grease, Anything Goes and recently as Lord Farquaad in Shrek. Todd is perhaps best known as a judge on Dancing With the Stars.
Cinderella will cast its’ magic on Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from Tuesday, November 16th with tickets available from https://cinderellamusical.com.au/tickets/sydney/
Come From Away
With all shows there comes a time where we must bid farewell to the performers we have fallen in love with, performers who have made the characters they play, there own. In this case, at the end of the Sydney season, we will bid farewell to Kellie Rode who plays the vivacious, determined Bonnie and Sarah Morrison who portrays the bubbly, anxious Janice. We wish these ladies the best in their future endeavours.
Joining the cast will be Kat Harrison (Rock Bottom, Ladies in Black) as Bonnie and Others, Manon Gunderson- Briggs (Shrek, Muriel’s Wedding) as Janice and Others and Teddy Trice (The Book of Mormon) as Bob and Others. In addition, three new cast members will swing into Gander with Kaya Byrne (Chess), Michael Lee Porter (Jekyll and Hyde), and Noni McCallum (Muriel’s Wedding) named as Standbys.
Tuesday, June 22nd also saw the announcement that Come From Away will play at Canberra’s Theatre Centre from Thursday, November 4th. Further information can be found at https://comefromaway.com.au/
The Australian producers of SIX, the electrifying musical phenomenon by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, are thrilled to announce its tour will resume in Australia in November 2021. Following a sold-out season at the Sydney Opera House in 2020, this new Australian production will premiere in Brisbane at QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre in November and make a triumphant return to the Studio at Sydney Opera House from December. The tour will then continue to the Canberra Theatre Centre, Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide, and Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in 2022.
Two new Queens are crowned as they join the Australian cast, Phoenix Jackson Mendoza (American Idiot, The Boy From Oz) playing the first wife of Henry VIII, the sassy Catherine of Aragon and Chelsea Dawson (Shrek) taking on the role of the playful fifth wife, Katherine Howard.
Returning to the cast as the rule-breaking second wife Anne Boleyn is Kala Gare having graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and starred in productions including Bright Star and Rent at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel.
Loren Hunter resumes her role as the loyal third wife Jane Seymour adding to her unfaltering musical theatre career including roles in Strictly Ballroom the Musical and King Kong the Musical.
The independent Anna of Cleves will be once again played by VCA graduate Kiana Daniele who made her professional debut in The Production Company’s Boy from Oz and played Baby in Dirty Dancing presented by Immersive Cinema.
Musical maven Vidya Makan reprises her role as the empowering Catherine Parr, a graduate of Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Vidya’s previous roles include Once On This Island and Fangirls.
Joining the SIX Australian Queens as they embark on this new tour will also be the extremely talented swings made up of returning cast members Karis Oka (Fangirls) and Shannen Alyce Quan (Fangirls) and brand new swing and Dance Captain Chiara Assetta (Cry-Baby).
Further information can be found at https://www.sixthemusical.com/australia/home
Chloe Isobel Collet
We welcome to the theatre family, Chloe Isobel Collet. Chloe was born on Thursday, June 10th. Her parents Sophie Weiss (Frozen, The School of Rock) and Drew Collet are besotted with their daughter. We wish you all the best as you settle into life as a family of three.