*Monday, August 17th: Bumpwell Manor @7:00pm AEST
Antipodes Theatre, Melbourne (Show Online)Antipodes Theatre
*Monday, August 17th: The Story Chunder @7:00pm AEST
Back Dock Arts, Brisbane The Story Chunder
Show Announcement: PIPPIN
The Tony Award® winning PIPPIN will premiere at the Sydney Lyric at The Star in November 2020.
Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from Stephen Schwartz (the composer of WICKED and GODSPELL), PIPPIN has been lovingly crafted to become Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying musical. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and was hailed as “Astonishing. A PIPPIN for the 21st century. Dazzling and awe-inspiring.” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times.
It is unlike anything Australia has seen on stage and now Sydney audiences have the opportunity to experience PIPPIN!
PIPPIN tells the story of a young man at a crossroads in his life. Does he follow in the footsteps of his father, one of the most powerful men in the land? Or does he strike out on his own, to find his own ‘corner of the sky?’ PIPPIN is a play within a play. The story is told by a travelling troupe of actors and acrobats (called ‘Players’), directed by the mysterious Leading Player. Like a vaudeville act, the Players both act out the roles of the story and speak directly to the audience.
This award-winning production features many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky”, “Magic To Do”, “Glory”, “No Time At All”, “Morning Glow” and “Love Song”.
Information on the show and ticketing information is available at PIPPIN
Show Announcement: Farewell Concert
Nundawing, Victoria’s Whitehorse Centre says So Long Farewell after 34 years of serving the community.
Join them as we celebrate the end of an era with a free online event featuring Marina Prior with special guest Kane Alexander. Premiering at 8pm on Friday, August 28th, the concert will be available to watch at https://www.whitehorsecentre.com.au/farewell-concert or via their Facebook page or YouTube channel.
Relive your favourite musical theatre memories from Cats, Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music and many other shows. After the premiere screening, the concert will then be available for on-demand viewing until midnight on Sunday, August 30th.
Cast Announcement: Bumpwell Manor
Melbourne-based actor and writer Don Winsor has concocted an over-the-top comedy delight that takes on class debates, rival feuds, and estate disputes in this Monty Python-meets-Downton Abbey parody of a traditional radio play.
The cast of Bumpwell Manor is Benji Blowers (She Would Stand Like This), Rob Blowers (Nine), Joti Gore (Ragtime), Tony Llewellyn-Jones (Caroline, Or Change), Vidya Makan (Six), Octavia Barron Martin (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Robert Pearson (The Four Kinsmen), Vanessa Rosewarne (My Fair Lady), Ursula Searle (Pining for Affection), Hayden Tee (Les Miserables), John Voce (Downton Abbey), and Francesca Waters (Emily).
The play will be available to watch live tomorrow (Monday, August 17th) at 7:00pm AEST. Head to the Antipodes Theatre Company Facebook page for the show and further information.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND SHOWS
QPAC Unlocked: An Evening with Amy Lehpamer
QPAC is hosting an exclusive dinner and live performance experience as Helpmann Award winning Australian musical theatre star Amy Lehpamer shares the songs that have defined and inspired her career in musical theatre.
Lehpamer is well known for her lead roles in hit musicals such School of Rock, (Principal Mullins), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Cynthia Weill), The Sound of Music (Maria), Rock of Ages (Sherrie), Dusty: The Dusty Springfield Musical (Dusty) and The Rocky Horror Show (Janet). Amy will be accompanied on grand piano by Brisbane musician Brendan Murtagh.
With a strictly limited number of tickets available per night, be quick to secure your booking for this unique evening of dining and entertainment. Tickets and further information are available from An Evening with Amy Lehpamer.
QPAC Unlocked: The Sky’s the Limit
The next generation of Australian musical theatre stars – Bachelor of Musical Theatre Students from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) – will take to the Concert Hall stage to perform a mix of popular musical theatre songs from Les Misérables, Wicked, Boy from Oz, Carousel and more.
The show is to be held at QPAC’s Concert Hall for two performances (an evening show & a matinee) on the weekend of Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd, 2020. Tickets can be purchased at The Sky’s the Limit .
State Theatre Company SA Presents: GASLIGHT
The State Theatre Company of South Australia presents a modern take on a mind-bending Victorian thriller, Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight is the stuff of legend. Written in 1938 and spawning the 1944 film starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, director Catherine Fitzgerald brings this classic creepshow storming into 2020 in a production that sees it become more vital than ever.
Bella Manningham is on edge. She’s hearing footsteps in the night, pictures are moving by themselves and the gaslights in the drawing room dim without even a touch. Her husband is constantly disappearing. He tells her she may be mad and she starts to believe him… As her grip on reality begins to slip, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery most foul.
The show runs from September 4th- 19th, 2020 at Adelaide’s Her Majesty’s Theatre with tickets available for all shows (including Auslan and Audio- described performances) at https://statetheatrecompany.com.au/shows/gaslight/
Get Ready For Your HAMILTON Tickets
Be guaranteed a place in the room where it happened when tickets for hit musical HAMILTON become available on Monday, August 24th to those signed up on the waitlist at Hamiltonmusical.com.au. Tickets for the Australian premiere of HAMILTON will go on sale to the general public at 9:00am (AEST) Tuesday 1 September 2020 via Ticketmaster.
HAMILTON makes its Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, in a new production beginning March 17th, 2021. Final casting for the Australian company is underway with an announcement to be made later in the year.
Further information on the show can be found at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/get-ready-for-your-hamilton-tickets/
Diana: A New Musical
A musical based on the life of Diana, Princess of Wales is set to premiere on Netflix before its Broadway debut.
Diana had been originally slated for an official opening on March 31st, 2020 after previews earlier that month but production was shut down as a result of Covid-19. It’s now set to open in May 2021 but in an unprecedented move, it will now premiere on Netflix before then.
Diana: A New Musical features two Australian performers in their cast lineup: Shaye B. Hopkins (Grease, The Boy From Oz) and Gareth Keegan (Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You).
Information on the Netflix recording and the musical can be read at https://thedianamusical.com/press/
ENGAGEMENT & BABY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Engagement: Stefanie Jones & Aaron Tsindos
Congratulations to theatre performers Stefanie Jones (Muriel’s Wedding, The Sound of Music) and her fiance Aaron Tsindos (Good Omens, Spamalot) on the announcement of their engagement this week. We wish you both a long and happy future!
Baby News: Jade Hui- Wen Coutts
Congratulations to Jade Hui- Wen Coutts (CATS, West Side Story) on the announcement that her and partner, film producer Chris Baker are expecting their first child in February 2021. We wish you both the best and look forward to welcoming the little one to the theatre family.
Tim Minchin’s new album ‘Apart Together’ will be released on Friday, November 20th, 2020.
You can pre-order the album at Apart Together
For now, enjoy listening to the titular track at Tim Minchin Website
Georgina Hopson: ‘Come To My Garden’
To celebrate what would have been The Secret Garden’s Sydney Opening Night this week, here is a video of Georgina Hopson (Lily) performing ‘Come to my Garden’