Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS  

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Aladdin

Hayes Theatre: Cabaret

 

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre): RENT

QPAC (Lyric Theatre): Matilda

QPAC (Playhouse): Ladies in Black

 

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Kinky Boots

The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Abba- Solutely Fabulous 

Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy team up again to bring you Abba- Solutely Fabulous a cabaret act celebrating 40 years since Abba landed on Australia shores. Their show will be performed at The Palms, Crown Melbourne on May 20th, 2017. Tickets can be purchased from: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/abbasolutely-fabulous-southbank-victoria-20-05-2017/

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American Idiot company commence rehearsals

January 30th saw the company of American Idiot commence rehearsals for the show which commences previews on February at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre. For further information head to: http://americanidiotlive.com.au 

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Book Of Mormon lottery tickets

Want to see Book of Mormon but you’re a bit short on cash? Don’t worry because the Mormons have introduced a lottery! For rules and further information go to: http://bookofmormonmusical.com.au/40-lottery-ticket-policy-announced/

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Book of Mormon – Opening Night

February 4th saw Book of Mormon open at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne.

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Creators Matt Stone and a Trey Parker on the red carpet

 

Cast announcement- Big Fish

Thursday, February 2nd saw the announcement of the cast of Hayes Theatre’s Big Fish. Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom and his remarkable adventures and will be brought to life at the Hayes Theatre, Sydney from April 18th to May 14th. Starring in this production are Phillip Lowe (Georgy Girl, High Society) as Edward Bloom, Katrina Retallick (RuthlessDirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Addams Family) as Sandra Bloom, Adam Rennie (Love Never Dies, Next to Normal, The Producers) as Will Bloom, Kirby Burgess (Heathers, Dirty Dancing) as Jenny Hill, Brenden Lovett (Hidden Sydney, Little Shop of Horrors) as Amos Calloway/ Dr Bennett, Alessandra Merlo (Spring Awakening) as Josephine Bloom, Aaron Tsindos (The Merchant of Venice) as Don Price, Joel Granger (The Gathering, Dog Fight) as Zacky Price, Seth Drury as Karl the Giant, Brittanie Shipway as The Witch, Zoe Iaonnou as The Girl in The Water, Zachary Webster (Mack and Mabel) as the Frustrated Fisherman and sharing the role of Young Will are Sam Wood and Brendan Godwin.

For tickets head to: http://www.hayestheatre.com.au/what-s-on/book-tickets.html

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Cabaret– Opening Night 

January 30th saw Cabaret officially open at Hayes Theatre, Sydney. The Sydney season is completely sold out but tickets are still available for the Melbourne leg of the tour. To purchase tickets for Melbourne head to: http://www.cometothecabaret.com.au

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Chelsea Gibb and Debora Krizak

 

Every Musical Ever

Director, writer and producer Richard Carroll has released a new podcast series titled Every Musical Ever. Carroll’s first guests are David and Lisa Campbell discussing Les Misérables. To subscribe follow this link:

Every Musical Ever by Richard Carroll: https://itun.es/au/QPsIhb.c

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Lara Mulcahy- New youtube channel

Australian musical theatre performer, Lara Mulcahy (Detective’s Handbook, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia) has launched a new youtube series. Each new episode is released on Friday. To follow and subscribe head to: https://youtu.be/QFG5PRkgbb8

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Ladies in Black – Brisbane Opening Night and 100th Show

January 31st Queensland Theatre Company’s Ladies in Black officially open in Brisbane to an enthusiastic audience. Set in the 1950’s, the show tells the story of Lisa, a young lady and her journey between the end of high school and the beginning of adulthood. Ladies in Black finishes in Brisbane on February 19th but not before celebrating their 100th show on Saturday, February 4th . The Melbourne season commences on February 25th at the Regent Theatre.

For ticketing information go to: http://ladiesinblack.com.au

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Matilda company celebrates their 600th show

Congratulations to the Australian company of Matilda who last week celebrated their 600th show! Matilda finishes in Brisbane on Sunday, February 12th before heading to Perth and Adelaide. For all ticket information head to: http://au.matildathemusical.com/tickets/tickets/

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McKenney hooked on playing the villain

February 4th saw the announcement that Todd McKenney (Grease, The Boy from Oz) will be lacing up his boots as Peter Pan’s arch nemesis Captain Hook in Bonnie Lythgoe’s upcoming pantomime Peter Pam. Peter Pan the timeless story about the boy who never grew up will hold its world premiere at the Gold Coast Arts Centre from June 23rd to July 1st before flying to seasons at Sydney’s State Theatre from July 7th to 16th and Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from July 21st to 30th. For further details and information on ticket sales fly to: http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/bonnie-lythgoes-peter-pan-panto-set-for-an-australian-world-premiere/

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NED

NED rides again! NED: A New Australian Musical in concert tells the story of Ned Kelly as a young man, a brother, a song and a mate. Beyond the iconic bushranger into the heart and soul of of a boy who grew up too quickly and died too young.  July 17, National Theatre St Kilda.

For further information head to: http://www.nedmusical.com.au

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Stefanie Jones to join Naomi Price in Rumour Has It 

Stefanie Jones (Sound of Music, Once) will be joining Naomi Price (Ladies in Black) on the national tour of Price’s cabaret show Rumour Has It. Beginning in Newcastle on February 2nd before finishing up in Nowra on October 14th. To purchase tickets dance on over to: http://www.rumourhasittheshow.com

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Todd McKenney- National Tour 

2017 marks 20 year since Todd McKenney (Grease, The Boy from Oz) immersed himself in the colourful, musical world of the late, great Peter Allen. The 20th anniversary tour begins on March 31st in Brisbane. For more dates and to book go to: http://www.toddmckenney.com.au/schedule/todd-mckenney-sings-peter-allen-2/

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OPENING SHOWS  

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: Ladies in Black (February 25th)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

Crown Theatre: Matilda (February 28th)

 

CLOSING SHOWS 

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre): RENT (February 11th)

QPAC (Lyric Theatre): Matilda (February 12th)

QPAC (Playhouse): Ladies in Black (February 19th)

 

AUSSIES ABROAD 

Justine Puy

Together with her Ghost Asian tour cast mates, Justine Puy (Ghost Australia, WICKED) celebrated the bringing in of the Chinese New Year in China.

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