Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Wizard of Oz
Hayes Theatre: Darlinghurst Nights
Lyric Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
New Theatre: Three in the Bed
Roslyn Packer Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Mamma Mia!
QPAC Concert Hall: The Rocky Horror Show
Adelaide Festival Centre: American Idiot
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Aladdin
Regent Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
State Theatre: Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical
The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?
Adelaide Walk of Fame
Friday, January 19th saw the official opening of Adelaide’s Walk of Fame. The star-studded walkway initially included the names of more than 130 of the greatest artists that have graced the stages of the Adelaide Festival Centre since it opened in 1973.
Musical theatre industry people include Sir Robert Helpmann, Anthony Warlow, Rhonda Burchmore, Todd McKenney, Nancye Hayes, Tim Minchin, David Campbell, Bert Newton, Tina Arena and Johanna Allen.
For a full list of names head to https://www.adelaidefestiva
Grease – The Arena Experience
This weekend saw the cast of Harvest Rain’s Grease – The Arena Experience including a mass ensemble of over 500 local youngsters converged on Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena over the past weekend for three shows.
Headlining the cast were Christine Anu as Teen Angel, Isaiah as Johnny Casino, Beau Ryan as Vince Fontaine, Meghan O’Shea as Sandy and Damon Wade as Danny.
The Rocky Horror Show
The Concert Hall of Brisbane’s QPAC came alive on Friday, January 19th as the party guests arrived for the opening night of The Rocky Horror Show. Adam Rennie is delighted the QLD audience with his portrayal of Frank N Furter. The cast received a standing ovation during curtain calls.
The Rocky Horror Show runs until Sunday, February 11th at QPAC before jumping to Perth and Melbourne.
Tickets are available from https://rockyhorror.com.a
Saturday, January 20th saw American Idiot open at Adelaide’s Festival Centre to a standing ovation. The show is about three boyhood friends who search for meaning in their post 9/11, Trumpian suburbia. Opening night saw the cast led by Magic Dirt’s Adalita.
Tickets for Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Darwin can be found at http://americanidiotlive.co
Earlier this week Theatre People sat down with Phoebe Panaretos who portrays Whatsername, this interview can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.co
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Sunday for the city of Melbourne has started fabulously as the cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert converged upon the city for a media call before their first preview of the show run at the Regent Theatre. Onlookers were treated to the appearance of the show’s three stars David Harris, Tony Sheldon and Euan Doidge who will portray Tick, Bernadette and Felicia respectively.
The Melbourne season runs until April 15th before the bus travels to Sydney, Adelaide, and Brisbane. Tour and cast information can be found at https://priscillathemusical
The first Broadway Unplugged of 2018 will be held at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on Sunday, February 11th starting at 6:00pm. The spectacular cast includes Elise McCann (Matilda), Gillian Cosgriff, John O’Hara (WICKED), Ross Hannaford (CATS), Angela Scundi (Tick, Tick, Boom!), Angela Lumicisi (WICKED), Vincent Hooper (Heathers), Josie Lane (Miracle City) and Luigi Lucente (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown).
Tickets are available from https://www.facebook.com/
The View Upstairs
Rehearsals have commenced for the company of Sugary Rum Production’s The View Upstairs. Previews commence on Thursday, February 8th 2017 at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre.
Tickets are available from https://hayestheatre.com.
Rob Guest Endowment Awards
Congratulations to Morgan Palmer (The Book of Mormon), Stefanie Caccamo (Beautiful), Jayme- Lee Hanekom (The Book of Mormon), Imogen Moore (Anything Goes), Georgina Hopson (My Fair Lady) and Thomas McGuane (Jersey Boys) who will compete for the title of the Rob Guest Endowment Award winner on Monday, January 22nd. Chookas!
Matilda Award nominations
Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated for an award in the 2017 Matilda Awards. The Matilda Awards celebrate the achievements of the Queensland Theatre Industry across Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Plays, Circus and Physical Theatre.
A full list of nominees can be found at https://www.matildaawards.c
The ceremony will be held at The Brisbane Powerhouse on Tuesday, February 6th.
Theatre Royal Sydney Update
An update from Theatre Royal, Sydney (as of January 17th, 2017):
“We understand that many members of Sydney’s theatre-going public are keen for an update on plans for the Theatre Royal. The owners are currently undertaking planning for the wider MLC precinct which includes the Theatre Royal and the podium levels of the building. It is their intention to provide the best possible experience for customers and we look forward to updating you later this year.”
Swing Appreciation Day
On Thursday, January 20th, the Australian Theatre community celebrated Swing Appreciation Day. What is a swing you may ask? A swing is a member of a company whose job it is to cover the role of one or more characters within the ensemble of a show. These hardworking, talented performers learn many roles and often have to step into a role just a few hours before or even during a show.
Thank you for your contribution and dedication!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Mamma Mia! (February 11th)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Aladdin (February 20th)
Chapel off Chapel: Falsettos (February 1st)
Chapel off Chapel: Gilligan’s Island (February 15th)
Comedy Theatre: American Idiot (February 23rd)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Story (February 16th)
Crown Theatre: American Idiot (February 2nd)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Wizard of Oz (February 4th)
Hayes Theatre: Darlinghurst Nights (January 27th)
Lyric Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Story (February 4th)
Roslyn Packer Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding (January 27th)
New Theatre: Three in the Bed (January 26th)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Mamma Mia! (February 4th)
QPAC Concert Hall: The Rocky Horror Show (February 11th)
Adelaide Festival Centre: American Idiot (January 28th)
Chapel off Chapel: Falsettos (February 11th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Aladdin (January 28th)
Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon (February 4th)
Crown Theatre: American Idiot (February 11th)
Australian cabaret performer, Catherine Alcorn will head abroad next month with her show The Divine Miss Bette. The show will tour Tucson, Arizona, Los Angeles, California, San Diego, California, New York, New York and Palm Springs, California.
Tickets and further information can be found at https://www.catherinealcorn
Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing) has recently participated in a workshop for the Broadway bound Reefer Madness where he played the role of Ralph.
Tickets for the Boston Premiere of Moulin Rouge! are on sale to the general public from January 28th ahead of the show’s run at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts.
The show was written by Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom) and is being produced by Australian company Global Creatures (King Kong). Moulin Rouge will be the first show at the newly renovated theatre.
For show information and tickets head to http://moulinrougemusical.c