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CURRENT SHOWS 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Aladdin

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Mamma Mia!

Hayes Theatre: The View Upstairs

Lennox Theatre: Calamity Jane

VICTORIA

Chapel off Chapel: Gilligan’s Island

Comedy Theatre: American Idiot

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Story

Regent Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 

State Theatre: Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: The Rocky Horror Show

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES? 

The Production Company announces their 20th year shows

Tuesday, February 20th saw The Production Company announce the shows that would make up their 20th season.

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Oklahoma! was the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams (Anna O’Byrne) and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain (Simon Gleeson) and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry (Ben Mingay) . A secondary romance develops between cowboy Will Parker (Bobby Fox) and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie (Elise McCann).

Announced Cast- Anna O’Byrne (My Fair Lady), Simon Gleeson (Les Miserables), Ben Mingay (The Phantom of the Opera), Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys), Elise McCann (Matilda), Robyn Nevin (My Fair Lady) and Richard Piper (Black Rider).

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Show 2- The Boy From Oz (August 11th- August 19th)

The iconic Australian musical, The Boy from Oz turns 20 in 2018, and to celebrate, The Production Company are staging a new production. Rohan Browne stars as Peter Allen, and Caroline O’Connor  returns to Australia to portray the role of Judy Garland. Matthew Manahan will play Greg Connell.

This is the dazzling, funny and moving story of the legendary Australian entertainer Peter Allen. From a humble start, Peter was singing in country pubs at age 11. He survived family tragedy to become a teenage TV star. Discovered by Judy Garland, he married her daughter Liza Minnelli and went on to achieve international stardom as a performer and songwriter.

Announced Cast- Rohan Browne (Brigadoon), Caroline O’Connor (Anastasia) and Matthew Manahan (Brigadoon).

 

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Show 3- A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (October 27th – November 11th)

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is the drop-dead, uproariously funny musical about Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk who discovers he is ninth in line to be Lord D’Ysquith, the Earl of Highhurst. But when the D’Ysquith family dismiss Monty’s claim, all eight family members in line to be Earl start dying from unnatural causes! This dastardly plot has been created to feature a single virtuoso performer in all eight roles; triple Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel stars in these eight roles.

Between murders, Monty is trying to woo money-minded Sibella Hallward until he finds himself drawn to the young Phoebe D’Ysquith.

How will all these convoluted storylines come together?

Announced Cast- Mitchell Butel (The Mikado), Chris Ryan (All My Sons), Amy Lehpamer (Beautiful) , Genevieve Kingsford (Brigadoon) and Nancye Hayes (Brigadoon).

 

Single Tickets for the 2018 season go on sale Tuesday, April 10th. For further information go to http://www.theproductioncompany.com.au.

Calamity Jane

Due to a sold out March 14th to March 25th Melbourne season, Calamity Jane has announced an encore season.  The encore season will run from December 12th to December 23rd at The Arts Centre.

Tickets and further information can be found at https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2018/musicals/calamity-jane-encore

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In The Heights

Tony Award winning musical In The Heights have extended their performance season at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre. Opening on March 16th the show now runs until Sunday, April 15th.

Be sure to buy your tickets early as shows are already sold out. Further show information and ticket sales can be found at https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/in-the-heights/

In the Heights cast

Home Grown

Melbourne’s renowned Home Grown is back with a bang to present their first 2018 show which will be held on Monday, March 4th at Chapel off Chapel.

The theme for this performance is New Musical Theatre written by Australian Song Wtiters and boasts a strong cast including Adam Noviello (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Alana Tranter (They’re Playing Our Song), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Les Miserables),  Vincent Hooper (Heathers), Allyce Martins (My Fair Lady), Imogen Spendlove, Doron Chester (Beautiful), Callum Warrender (Memphis), Lachie Graham (Falsettoland), Daniel Cosgrove (First Date), Olivia Charalambous (21 Chump St), Jordon Mahar (Paris: A Rock Odyssey) and Joe Meldrum (Curtains).

Tickets are available from https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/home-grown-march-edition/

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Green Room Awards

Thursday, February 22nd saw the announcement of the nominations for the 35th edition of the Green Room Awards. In the Musical Theatre category the following individuals and shows have been nominated:

Female Lead

Anna O’Byrne – My Fair Lady (Opera Australia & John Frost)
Marina Prior – Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company)
Christie Whelan Browne – Vigil (Commissioned by Adelaide Cabaret Festival and presented by Arts Centre Melbourne)
Genevieve Kingsford – Brigadoon (The Production Company)

Male Lead

Charles Edwards – My Fair Lady (Opera Australia & John Frost)
Grant Piro – Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company)
Joel Granger – Ordinary Days (Pursued By Bear)
Ainsley Melham – Aladdin The Musical (Disney Theatrical Productions)
Michael James Scott – Aladdin The Musical (Disney Theatrical Productions)

Female In A Supporting Role

Robyn Nevin – My Fair Lady (Opera Australia & John Frost)
Verity Hunt-Ballard – Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company)
Nancye Hayes – Brigadoon (The Production Company)

Male In A Supporting Role

Reg Livermore – My Fair Lady (Opera Australia & John Frost)
Glenn Hill – Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company)
Michael Cormick – Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company)
Aljin Abella – Aladdin The Musical (Disney Theatrical Productions)
Luke Joslin – Brigadoon (The Production Company)

Lighting Design

Richard Pilbrow – My Fair Lady (Opera Australia & John Frost)
Trent Suidgeest – Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company)
Chris Petridis – Vigil (Commissioned by Adelaide Cabaret Festival and presented by Arts Centre Melbourne)
Natasha Katz – Aladdin The Musical (Disney Theatrical Productions)

Set Design

Oliver Smith – My Fair Lady (Opera Australia & John Frost)
Christina Smith – Brigadoon (The Production Company)
Bob Crowley – Aladdin The Musical (Disney Theatrical Productions)
Owen Phillips – Vivid White (Melbourne Theatre Company)

Costume Design

Cecil Beaton recreated by John David Ridge – My Fair Lady (Opera Australia & John Frost)
Isaac Lummis – Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company)
Gregg Barnes – Aladdin The Musical (Disney Theatrical Productions)

Sound Design

Michael Waters – My Fair Lady (Opera Australia & John Frost)
Kelvin Gedye, Julian Spink & John Scandrett (System Sound) – Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company)
Ken Travis – Aladdin The Musical (Disney Theatrical Productions)

Music Direction/Supervision

Guy Simpson – My Fair Lady (Opera Australia & John Frost)
Vanessa Scammell – Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company)
Joe Chindamo – Vigil (Commissioned by Adelaide Cabaret Festival and presented by Arts Centre Melbourne)
Geoffrey Castles – Aladdin The Musical (Disney Theatrical Productions)
Michael Tyack – Brigadoon (The Production Company)

Betty Pounder Award For Excellence In Choreography

Kirsten King – Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company)
Casey Nicholaw – Aladdin The Musical (Disney Theatrical Productions)

Direction

Gary Young – Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company)
Tyran Parke – Ordinary Days (Pursued By Bear)
Andy Packer – Vigil (Commissioned by Adelaide Cabaret Festival and presented by Arts Centre Melbourne)
Jason Langley – Brigadoon (The Production Company)

Production

My Fair Lady (Opera Australia & John Frost)
Hello, Dolly! (The Production Company)
Vigil (Commissioned by Adelaide Cabaret Festival and presented by Arts Centre Melbourne)
Aladdin The Musical (Disney Theatrical Productions)
Brigadoon (The Production Company)

The Green Room Awards will be held at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on Monday, April 9th, further information can be found at https://www.greenroom.org.au

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OPENING NIGHTS

The Rocky Horror Show

The Perth season of the 2018 Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show opened on Wednsday, February 21st at The Crown Theatre. The cast was joined by Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien who is performing the role of Narrator for the Perth season.

The Rocky Horror Show plays in Perth until March 4th with tickets available from https://rockyhorror.com.au/tickets/perth/

Rocky Horror Perth Cast

Beautiful

Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre was lit up on Thursday, February 22nd when hit musical Beautiful: The Carole King Story opened.

Esther Hannaford,who earlier this week was described by playwright Doug McGrath as “The best in the world” lead the show with a strong and moving performance of the titular role. Joining Hannaford on stage was Lucy Maunder (Matilda) who has taken over the role of Cynthia Weil from Amy Lehpamer, Josh Piterman as Gerry Goffin and Matt Verevis as Barry Man.

For a full review head to http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/beautiful-melbourne-review/

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Aladdin

On Saturday, February 24th Brisbane audiences were introduced to a whole new world as Aladdin- The Musical opened at QPAC – the first official opening night for Gareth Jacobs since taking over the role of the Genie. In what was a magical performance from start to finish, the cast led by Ainsley Melham as Aladdin and Hiba Elchikhe as Jasmine received a standing ovation.

Aladdin is in Brisbane until June 3rd.

Aladdin Brisbane Opening

OPENING SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon (February 28th)

Orange Civic Theatre: Calamity Jane (February 28th)

Illawara Performing Arts Centre: Calamity Jane (March 7th)

Hayes Theatre: In The Heights (March 16th)

VICTORIA

The National Theatre Melbourne: A Little Night Music (February 28th)

Arts Centre Melbourne: Calamity Jane (March 14th)

Chapel off Chapel: Bare (March 20th)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Lennox Theatre: Calamity Jane (February 25th)

Orange Civic Theatre: Calamity Jane (March 4th)

Hayes Theatre: The View Upstairs (March 11th)

Illawara Performing Arts Centre: Calamity Jane (March 11th)

VICTORIA

The National Theatre Melbourne: A Little Night Music (March 3rd)

Chapel off Chapel: Gilligan’s Island (March 4th)

State Theatre: Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical (March 4th)

Arts Centre Melbourne: Calamity Jane (March 25th)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: The Rocky Horror Show (March 4th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

Sarah Bowden

Congratulations to Sarah Bowden (Der Glöckner von Notre-Dame) who made her Broadway debut performing the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line at New York’s Westchester Broadway Theatre. A Chorus Line runs until April 1st, 2018.

If you are in New York, tickets can be purchased from https://www.broadwaytheatre.com

Sarah Bowden A Chorus Line

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