Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS  

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Kinky Boots

Hayes Theatre: Big Fish

Lyric Theatre: The Bodyguard

QUEENSLAND

QPAC (Lyric Theatre): My Fair Lady

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Aladdin

The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: Matilda

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Amity Dry

After a sell out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, singer and songwriter Amity Dry is bringing her show 39 Forever to Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel from May 3rd to 7th. The laugh out loud comedy about ageing will take you from laughter to tears and back again.

Tickets can be purchased at http://chapeloffchapel.com.au/melbourne-comedy-theatre-art/melbourne-events/39-forever-3-7-may/

Amity Dry 39 Forever promo

 

Aladdin Opening Opening Night

Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne has been transformed into the fictional city of Agrabah and on Thursday, April 20th the stars gathered on the purple carpet before being transported to a Whole New World at the official Melbourne opening. Aladdin and Jasmine were portrayed by Ainsley Melham and Hiba Elchike who, along with strong performances from Michael James Scott as the Genie and a talented ensemble, earned a very well deserved standing ovation.

Tickets for the Melbourne season of Aladdin can be purchased from http://m.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ALADDIN17

Aladdin opening night cast

 

Big Fish Opening Night

Big Fish opened Friday, April 21st at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre to a full house. In true showmanship the cast proved in previews that the show must go on after leading man Phillip Lowe fell ill with laryngitis. Lowe performed the physical theatre attributes while director Tyran Parke did the speaking and singing from the front row of the audience.

We are blessed to have such an amazing and supportive industry. Big Fish is playing until May 14th.

To purchase your tickets go to http://www.hayestheatre.com.au/what-s-on/book-tickets.html

Big Fish Australia

 

Kinky Boots Opening Night

Wednesday, April 19th saw hit musical Kinky Boots open at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Among the attendees were pop icon Cyndi Lauper who wrote the music and lyrics, and Tony Award winning Director/Choreographer Jerry Mitchell. If the glamour and fashion on the red carpet was anything to go by then audiences were in for a real treat. Callum Francis who plays Lola/ Simon lead an amazing cast of performers on stage including Toby Francis as Charlie, Sophie Wright as Lauren, Joe Kosky as Don, Teagan Wouters as Nicola and Nathan Carter as George.

Tickets for the Sydney season of Kinky Boots are available from http://kinkybootsthemusical.com.au/ticketssydney

VIDEO: Kinky Boots on the Today Show https://www.facebook.com/kinkybootsoz/videos/698705946967649/

Kinky Boots cast opening night Sydney

 

The Bodyguard previews commence

The Bodyguard began previews at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on Friday, April 21st to a full house. The show will run in Sydney before a Brisbane and Melbourne season.

For further information and tickets head to http://www.thebodyguardmusical.com.au/tickets/

Bodyguard preview full house

 

Cabaret rehearsals

The Kit Kat Klub are back into the swing of rehearsals ahead of their Melbourne season which begins previews on Thursday, April 27th at the Athenaeum Theatre. Your Emcee for the evening will be Paul Capsis with Sally Bowles played by Chelsea Gibb. The remaining Kit Kat Klub members and Germans are played by Michael Cormick, Kate Fitzpatrick, John O’May, Debora Krizak, Jason Kos, Michelle Barr, Nick Jones, Matthew Manahan and Angelique Cassimatis.

Tickets are selling fast and are available from http://www.cometothecabaret.com.au/packages-tickets

Cabaret logo Chelsea

 

Australian Dance Awards

The nominations for the Australian Dance Awards were announced yesterday with Jack Chambers (Singin’ in the Rain) and Christopher Horsey (Swing on This) nominated in the Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance, Musicals or Physical Theatre Category. The shortlist will be announced mid July and the awards held in Melbourne on Sunday, September 24th.

Jack Chambers headshotChris Horsey

 

 

OPENING SHOWS  

VICTORIA 

Athenaeum Theatre: Cabaret (April 27th)

Athenaeum Theatre: RENT (April 28th)

Regent Theatre: My Fair Lady (May 12th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Big Fish (May 14th)

QUEENSLAND 

QPAC (Lyric Theatre): My Fair Lady (April 30th)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: Matilda (May 7th )


 

AUSSIES ABROAD

Cats South Korea Cast

Congratulations to the Australians who have been cast in the CATS South Korea Tour. The cast will be travelling to Seoul to begin rehearsals within the next few weeks.

Leading the cast is Ross Hannaford (CATS Australia, WICKED) whose role is translated into Korean as “Boss of the residents”.

Under his watchful eyes will be fellow Australians Hayden Baum (The Beautiful Game, Bring it On) as Skimbleshanks, Amy Berrisford (CATS Australia, We Will Rock You) as the residential choreographer, Taryn Donna Borman (Disney) as Cassandra, Andrew Dunne (CATS Australia, Love Never Dies) as a swing, Christopher Favaloro (CATS Australia, Opera Australia) as Mr. Mistoffelees , Madison Green (The Light in the Piazza, Georgy Girl) as Jennyanydots, Ashleigh Hauschild (CATS Australia) as Demeter, Aaron Lynch (CATS China) as Coricopat, Suzie Melloy (We Will Rock You, Anything Goes) as Bombalurina, Jazz Miller (Matthew Lee Robinson’s New Voices) as Electra/on stage swing, Ellie Nunan (RENT), Taylor Scanlan (CATS Australia) as George and Ashlee Smith (We Will Rock You) as a swing.

For further information, the official facebook page for the South Korean tour is: https://www.facebook.com/seolcompany/

Ross Hannaford as Skimbleshanks

 

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