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NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Ensemble Theatre: The Last Five Years
Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point: West Side Story
Hayes Theatre: Spamalot
Lyric Theatre: Saturday Night Fever
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon
Arts Centre Melbourne: West Side Story
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Regent Theatre: Jersey Boys
Adelaide Festival Theatre: Aladdin
Regal Theatre: Mimma: A Musical of War and Friendship
AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Current Gypsy Cloak handed to Muriel’s Wedding’s Jan Di Pietro
Saturday, April 6th saw the handover of the current Australian Gypsy Cloak from Jersey Boy’s Cameron MacDonald to Muriel’s Wedding’s Jan Di Pietro. Di Pietro has previously appeared in Sweet Charity, Anything Goes, The Boy From Oz, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Singin’ in the Rain and Dream Lover. Congratulations Jan!
Tour Announcement: Chicago
Chicago, winner of 6 Tony Awards and 2 Olivier Awards will head to Brisbane and Melbourne after seasons for the two cities were announced on Tuesday, April 2nd. Chicago will open in August at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre before moving to Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre in November and Melbourne’s Arts Centre in December.
Further information can be found at https://chicagothemusical.com.auI
Green Room Award Winners Announced
At the iconic Comedy Theatre on April 1st, 2019 the Melbourne Arts industry celebrated and applauded the achievements of our talented peers. Now in its 36th year, the Green Room Awards Association (GRAA) is Victoria’s peak body for honouring excellence and innovation across our vibrant Arts sector.
Opening Night: Saturday Night Fever
Tuesday, April 2nd saw the opening of the highly anticipated Saturday Night Fever at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre. The show is led by the extremely talented artists Euan Doidge and Melanie Hawkins. A video from opening night can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/SatNightFeverAU/
Tickets for Saturday Night Fever can be purchased at https://saturdaynightfever.com.au
Opening Night: West Side Story
West Side Story opened at the State Theatre Arts Centre, Melbourne, to a standing ovation and rave reviews. To read our full review go to: https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/west-side-story-melbourne/
Opening Night: The Last Five Years
On Wednesday, April 3rd, The Last Five Years opened at The Ensemble Theatre in Sydney. Starring Christian Charisiou (Cry Baby) as Jamie and Elise McCann (Matilda) as Cathy, The Last Five Years tells the story of two young and ambitious New Yorkers. Cathy is an actor. Jamie is a writer, Cathy and Jamie fall in love and dive head first into a relationship.
Further information can be found at https://www.ensemble.com.au/shows/the-last-five-years/
Milestone: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory celebrates 100th show
Congratulations to the company of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory who celebrated their 100th show on Thursday, April 4th. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre with information on the show and tickets available from https://charliethemusical.com.au
Comedy Theatre: Barnum (April 27th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Ensemble Theatre: The Last Five Years (April 27th)
Hayes Theatre: Spamalot (April 13th)
Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point: West Side Story (April 21st)
Regent Theatre: Jersey Boys (April 14th)
The Broadway production of Beetlejuice has new music and lyrics by Australian Eddie Perfect (King Kong). “I was in a really fortunate position to have a great, funny and surprisingly moving script in my hands to go off of,” says Perfect.
Here are videos of new songs ‘Dead Mom’ and ‘Say My Name’.