It has been a huge few weeks for me. I am sure many other university students have worked hard, ploughing through the final few weeks of semester course work, exam block, and the waiting for marks. We wish you all the best. To the theatre lovers, to those working in the industry who are again enduring lockdown, loss of work, and loss of income, we hope that you are back to enjoying live performance again soon.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Come From Away
Darlinghurst Theatre: Once
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Hamilton
Sydney Opera House: American Psycho
QPAC Concert Hall: Chess
QPAC Lyric Theatre: West Side Story (Saturday, July 24th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Darlinghurst Theatre Company: Once (Sunday, July 18th)
Sydney Opera House: American Psycho (Sunday, June 27th)
QPAC Concert Hall: Chess (Thursday, June 10th)
Awesome, Wow! Hamilton Announces Melbourne Season
After weeks of deliberation and rumours, the producers of Hamilton Australia have officially announced a Melbourne season with the Tony®, Grammy®, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre from Wednesday, March 16th, 2022.
Tickets for the Melbourne season will go on sale Monday, July 19th, 2021. Tickets for the Sydney season are currently on sale through to Sunday, December 19th, only via Ticketmaster.com.au.
New footage of the production was released this week.
Further information can be found at https://hamiltonmusical.com.au/
Supecalifragilisticexpialidocious News as Mary Poppins flies into Sydney
Cameron Mackintosh and Disney are delighted to announce that their acclaimed Tony and Olivier award-winning production of Mary Poppins, ‘practically perfect in every way’ will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in May 2022.
Featuring the beloved quintessentially English magical Nanny, Mary Poppins has been seen by over 12 million people worldwide and was the winner of a record-breaking 8 Helpmann awards in Australia in 2011 including Best Musical, Best Female Actor (Verity Hunt- Ballard), and Best Male Actor (Matt Lee).
You can find further information on the show at https://marypoppinsmusical.com.au/
Small Fact: Mary Poppins’ author PL Travers was born in Maryborough, QLD, the hometown of the weekly wrap’s author’s mum. There is even a Mary Poppins statue and an annual festival!
Phantom of the Opera to take up residency at the Arts Centre, Melbourne
Opera Australia in association with The Really Useful Group will present Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, making its highly anticipated premiere at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre from Sunday, November 14th, 2021.
Marking almost 35 years to the day since it opened in London’s West End (Thursday, October 9th, 1986), before going on to become one of the most successful musicals of all time, this will be the first time it will be staged at Arts Centre Melbourne.
The cast will be led by Melbourne’s Josh Piterman playing the coveted role of The Phantom. Josh recently scored an impressive personal triumph playing the role in London’s West End before sadly the show had to close due to the pandemic. Josh is an established musical theatre performer and classical crossover artist who has been working consistently on Australian and UK stages over the past 15 years. His past credits include being a part of international pop opera group The Ten Tenors, Tony in the 2010 Australian production of Westside Story, Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger in the 2015/16 Australian season of Cats (a role that won him the Green Room Award for best-supporting actor in a Musical), Corny Collins in the UK tour of Hairspray and Gerry Goffin in the 2017/18 Australian tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Further casting will be announced shortly. To sign up to the waitlist, head to https://au.thephantomoftheopera.com/
Next to Normal
After an extensive audition process of over 250 performers, James Terry Collective is thrilled to announce the full cast of Next to Normal.
Previously announced, 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. Returning to the stage is Tyran Parke as Dan Goodman. Making their professional debuts are newcomers Sam Richardson (VCA) as Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Goodman, Melanie Bird (Showfit) as Natalie Goodman, and Liam Wigney (WAAPA) as Henry. Completing the cast as Dr Madden/Dr Fine is the incredibly talented Ross Chisari (Shrek the Musical, We Will Rock You, Ghost the Musical).
The show runs at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel from Thursday, July 15th to Sunday, July 25th with tickets and further information available at https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/next-to-normal/
The Australian cast for Tommy has been announced ahead of the show’s season at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre in August 2021.
Leading the cast as the Narrator / Tommy will be Mat Verevis (Beautiful: The Carole King Story), Captain Walker by Matt Hetherington (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Mrs Walker by Amy Lehpamer (The School of Rock), Cousin Kevin by Vincent Hooper (Heathers), Uncle Ernie by Kanen Breen (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and
The Gypsy (Acid Queen) will be played by Paul Capsis (Cabaret).
The ensemble members are Zoe Coppinger, Mark Doggett, Darcey Eagle, Joshua Gordon, Matt Hamilton, David Hammond, Savannah Lind, Anna Mallows, Joe Meldrum, Nicole Melloy, Adam Noviello, John O’Hara, Matthew Predny, Dean Schulz, Rose Shannon Duhigg, Darren Tyler, Stephanie Wall, Jun Woodfield, and Gary Yong.
Young Tommy will be played on alternative nights by Hamilton Binnie Garcia, Sebastian Sero, Elijah Slavinskis, and Will Wiseman.
Tickets are available online at https://www.victorianopera.com.au/season/the-whos-tommy
AROUND THE THEATRES
Merrily We Roll Along at Rehearsals
Set to open at Hayes Theatre, Sydney on Thursday, June 24th, the company of Merrily We Roll Along are in the last few weeks of rehearsals. You can purchase tickets from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/merrily-we-roll-along/
The Elephant in the Room at Moulin Rouge
Opening at Melbourne’s stunning Regent Theatre in August, Moulin Rouge is set to be an amazing show, not only performance-wise but set wise. Photos of the stunning elephant have been released. The set is being designed by Derek McLane.