ALL THE LATEST NEWS IN THE WEEKLY WRAP!
Wow! It has been a crazy few weeks with flooding rains and now we have a Covid outbreak in Queensland & Northern NSW. We are sending love to all theatre creators and readers affected by the three-day lockdown. Hopefully, we will all be enjoying theatre again soon!
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Arcadia: Magic Mike Live
Capitol Theatre: Frozen
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Come From Away
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Half Time (Thursday, April 1st)
La Boite Roundhouse Theatre: Once On This Island (Wednesday, April 28th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide: The Wedding Singer (Friday, April 9th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Well Behaved Women (Sunday, March 28th)
Congratulations to the company of Hamilton on their official opening night which took place on Saturday, March 27th. Theatre People were thrilled to be in the room where it happened! Enjoy the interviews from the media call.
Come From Away
Come From Away opened at Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre on Sunday, March 28th to rave reviews from all in attendance. The show is currently on hiatus until after the Brisbane lockdown. If you need to contact QPAC or book tickets, head to https://www.qpac.com.au/
A review can be read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/come-from-away-brisbane-season/
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella to Sparkle at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre
One of the most loved fairytale musicals of all time, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, will have its Australian Premiere in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre in November, presented by Opera Australia and the Gordon Frost Organisation.
Continuing their wildly successful collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless musicals, most recently The King and I, Opera Australia and The Gordon Frost Organisation are uniting again to produce the Tony® Award-winning Broadway production for the first time in Australia, with support from the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella combines the story’s classic elements – the glass slippers, pumpkin, a beautiful masked ball and more – along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion, and making the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.
“Rodgers & Hammerstein have written some of the most beautiful scores in musical theatre including The Sound of Music, Carousel, and Oklahoma, and we’re thrilled to continue our association with this lush and romantic new production,” said producers John Frost and Lyndon Terracini. “Featuring incredible orchestrations, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love from the classic story, you’ll be transported back to your childhood and also be delighted by the contemporary twists. Auditions are coming up, and we can’t wait to find our Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, Stepmother, and all the other characters for this hilarious and romantic tale.”
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.
“Sydney is a city of the stage and we’ve been leading the world in getting COVID-safe productions up and running – now we’re building on the calendar to keep audiences engaged and visitors planning their next city escape to see a show. We anticipate this production will attract more than 20,000 visitors to Sydney, delivering $13.3 million in visitor expenditure for NSW,” said Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres.
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most popular titles, Cinderella was written for television, debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance. More than 100 million viewers saw the broadcast, more people than any other program in the history of television at the time. Cinderella was re-made for television in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren in the title role, Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon as the King and Queen, and Celeste Holm as the Fairy Godmother. A further television remake followed in 1997 with Brandy as Cinderella, Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, Bernadette Peters as the Stepmother, Whoopi Goldberg as the Queen, and Jason Alexander as Lionel.
The stage version of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella made its long-awaited Broadway debut in January 2013, featuring a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and direction by Mark Brokaw, and it ran for two years. Mr. Beane’s book blends masterfully with the musical’s cherished score, with songs including In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It’s Possible, Ten Minutes Ago, and Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a romantic and exciting experience for anyone who’s ever had a dream. Tickets will go on sale on 30 April, with pre-sales from 26 April, waitlist now at www.cinderellamusical.com.au.
Merrily We Roll Along
After being postponed due to COVID in 2020, new dates for Merrily We Roll Along have been announced. Opening at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre on Friday, June 25th and running until Saturday, July 31st, tickets are on sale now from www.hayestheatre.com.au/event/merrily-we-roll-along
Merrily We Roll Along is the heartbreaker of Sondheim musicals, looking at how the best of friends lose their way as they get to win at life. We follow a trio of friends. Franklin Shepard, a composer; Charley Kringas, his writing partner lyricist; and Mary Flynn, an upcoming novelist. All three are primed to change the world through words and music. However, success has a way of opening doors that take them further away from what and who they love. Famously told in reverse, Merrily We Roll Along is an emotional detective story that investigates how grown-up sellouts are forged from wide-eyed poets.
The show will be created by a multi-award winning team of director Dean Bryant (Sweet Charity, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors), choreographer Andrew Hallsworth (Muriel’s Wedding, Sweet Charity)
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 (Sweeney Todd). Heading up our dynamic team are director Theresa Borg and music director Stephen Gray, it promises to be a night of ALW musical bliss you won’t soon forget.
The starry cast of performers includes Bianca Bruce (In the Heights), Andy Conaghan (Shrek), Madison Green (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Genevieve Kingsford (Brigadoon), Cherine Peck (Avenue Q), Christopher Scalzo (RENT), Caitlin Spears (Much Ado About Nothing), Tod Strike (Hair), and Raphael Wong (Sunday in the Park with George). This amazingly talented group of performers, accompanied by a live band, will perform songs from beloved ALW worldwide hits from Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, Sunset Boulevard, and even a few rarities. The Music of the Night will be presented for 6 shows only at Chapel off Chapel in Prahran, running May 12th to 16th, tickets are limited so book now at https://www.spearsentertainment.com.au/what-s-on
SUDDENLY: A Short New Musical
A stretched relationship between a mother, Lindsay, and her daughter, Max, reaches its breaking point, pushing Max to leave. Following her into the subway, the pair find themselves in separate carriages of a train that experiences an engine failure, causing a complete halt.
Unaware of how long they’ll be trapped; they are forced to confront the issues causing their rift, by reflecting on their past, their innate insecurities, and personal struggles.
SUDDENLY is a short new contemporary musical that foregrounds the importance of strong familial relationships, the power of confronting your past traumas, and acts as a reminder to appreciate what, and who, you have. SUDDENLY has been designed for the camera in a thrilling new way, unifying the scale and electricity of live performance, with the nuance and intimacy of film. The show will be streamed worldwide on YouTube from Friday, April 30th, 2021.
Further information can be found at https://www.suddenlymusical.com/
Ensemble Announced for Tour of Chess
Joining the previously announced cast including Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Paulini for the Australian Tour of Chess are Bianca Baykara (The School of Rock), Brianna Bishop (Professional Debut), Devon Braithwaite (Aladdin), Kaya Byrne (West Side Story), Jillian Green (Singin’ in the Rain), Scout Hook (Mary Poppins), Adam Noviello (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) and Thern Reynolds (Jekyll and Hyde).
Chess opens in Melbourne in April 2021 for four shows only before heading to Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbane. Tickets are on sale at https://www.chessmusical.info/tickets
Once On This Island
Rehearsals have commenced for Altitude Theatre’s production of Once On This Island ahead of the show season which commences on Wednesday, April 28th in Brisbane. Tickets for the show can be purchased from https://events.humanitix.com/tours/once-on-this-island
Engagement: Amy Lehpamer
Congratulations to Amy Lehpamer (The School of Rock, Beautiful) on her engagement to Tom Cooney. Tom proposed in WA on Sunday, March 21st. We wish you both the best of futures together.
Baby News: Welcome Harley Rose
Congratulations to Alinta Chidzey (Chicago) and her husband Remco Keijzer on the birth of their daughter, Harley Rose on Friday, March 19th. We wish the three of you all the best!
Tuesday, March 30th saw Jemma Rix perform ‘Let it Go’ on Channel 7 breakfast program Sunrise before an interview with the star. Frozen is currently playing in Sydney until Sunday, May 23rd with tickets available from https://frozenthemusical.com.au/tickets/
NEWS FROM ABROAD
CATS Pounce on 200th Show
Congratulations to the company of CATS who celebrated the performance of their 200th show on the weekend. They are currently performing in South Korea.