All the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!
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
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
Adelaide Festival Theatre: Aladdin
Regal Theatre: Mimma: A Musical of War and Friendship
AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Final Adult Cast Members Announced: Billy Elliot
Jordana Beatty, Jayme-Jo Massoud and Tahlia Traecey will join the cast of Billy Elliott The Musical as the show tours Australia starting in Sydney in October 2019. Beatty and Massoud will be making their professional musical debut while Traecey appeared in Gordon Frost’s production of Annie in 2012. We congratulate the three ladies and hope this is the start of a wonderful career in Musical Theatre.
Tickets for Billy Elliot can be purchased from http://billyelliotthemusical.com.au
Sneak Peak: Barnum
With circuses and circus schools around the world preparing for World Circus Day festivities on Saturday, April 20th, what better time than now is there to give audiences a sneak peak at the new production of Barnum starring Todd McKenney in the title role.
Barnum opens next week in Melbourne with further information available from http://barnumthemusical.com.au
Baby Announcement: Harrison Jack
Congratulations to Sarah Kate Landy (CATS, Mary Poppins) on the birth of her son Harrison Jack this week. Welcome to the Australian Theatre Community Harrison!
Baby News: Rebecca Selley
Also joining the Australian Theatre Family will be Baby Selley, a baby girl for Rebecca Selley (Beautiful), her husband Jake and their son JJ. We wish you the best during your pregnancy.
Comedy Theatre: Barnum (April 27th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Ensemble Theatre: The Last Five Years (April 27th)
Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point: West Side Story (April 21st)
Arts Centre Melbourne: West Side Story (April 28th)
Matthew Lee Robinson’s Atlantis opens in USA
Congratulations to Matthew Lee Robinson and his husband Scott Anderson Morris whose show Atlantis opened at the Virginia Repetory Theatre this past weekend.
The new, original musical Atlantis takes us to an idyllic and isolated island just days before its sudden disappearance. When an outsider washes ashore and exposes a dark secret, the faith and duty that bonds all Atlanteans is fractured, giving rise to a new and unexpected leader.
The show runs until May 5th with tickets available from https://m.va-rep.org/?smallView=1
Congratulations to Robert Tripolino (Aladdin) who will portray Jesus in the upcoming Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Jesus Christ Superstar opens at The Barbican on July 4th, 2019 with tickets available from https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/show/jesus-christ-superstar
Olivier Award: Stephen Dandry
Congratulations to Billy Elliot Director Stephen Daldry who was just awarded The Sir Peter Hall Olivier Award for Best Director on his production of ‘The Inheritance’ at the 2019 Olivier Awards in London.
Disney on Broadway celebrates 25th Anniversary
Ainsley Melham (Aladdin) joined other stars of Broadway including Aladdin co-star Arielle Jacobs and Frozen stars Patti Murrin and Caissie Levy to perform those memorable tunes from Disney’s 25 years on Broadway.
Ainsley can be seen performing here https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/disney-broadway-celebrates-25th-anniversary-magical-mashup-62341305
Mamma Mia! on West End celebrates 20th Anniversary
Congratulations to Lara Mulcahy on her performance on April 7th at the curtain call performance of Mamma Mia! in the West End to celebrate the show’s 20th Anniversary.
Beetlejuice opens in previews
Audiences are raving about the new musical Beetlejuice! Here’s a look at the musical, with music by Eddie Perfect.