Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Choco
Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon
Brisbane Powerhouse, Visy Theatre: Sweet Charity
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Jersey Boys
Arts Centre Melbourne- State Theatre: Evita
Comedy Theatre: Calamity Jane
Her Majesty’s Theatre: School of Rock
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The Civic Theatre, Auckland: Aladdin
Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland: Madiba
AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Show Announcement: Frozen
Sydney may be warm at the moment but come July 2020 it will be cold, frozen in fact as Disney’s hit musical Frozen takes over the Capitol Theatre.
Based on the 2013 film written by a trio of Oscar ® winners, Frozen features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Up Here, Winnie the Pooh, In Transit) and EGOT-winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph), the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen won 2014 Oscars for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature.
A full media release and details of how to sign up to the wait- list can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.
To get you even more excited here is “Let It Go” as performed by Broadway’s Caissie Levy
Cast Announcement: American Psycho
Sunday, January 27th saw the announcement of the cast for the Hayes Theatre production of American Psycho. Joining the already announced Ben Gerrard are Shannon Dooley (Diana), Sheridan Harbridge (Calamity Jane, Muri
The season commences on May 10th 2019 with tickets available now from https://hayestheatre.com.au/
Cast Member Announcement: Saturday Night F
Australian entertainer Marcia Hines will join the cast of Saturday Night Fever for the Sydney season which begins on March 29th, 2019 at the Lyric Theatre.
Hines made her stage debut at the age of 16, in the Australian production of the musical Hair and followed with the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. She went on to perform in many other stage productions including GFO’s Big River and Jerry’s Girls, and most recently the national tour of Velvet.
The full cast will be announced on February 3rd. For further information including ticketing head to https://saturdaynightfever.
Celebrating our Swings
Friday, January 18th was Swing Day. A day in theatre where we celebrate these amazing people. A swing is a performer whose job is to play one or more roles in the acting ensemble of a show when someone else is out. These dedicated professionals learn literally dozens of different parts or “tracks” and may even go on with absolutely no time warning.
To all of our Swings, we thank you !
Home Grown Song Book Series
Home Grown Songbook Series presents the work of Kurt Kansley and Oliver Lidert.
Returning from the West End to star as Che in Evita, Australia’s own Kurt Kansley has always had his heart in writing. Join Kurt and a host of stars from the Australian stage at Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne on February 25th as they gives us an intimate look into songs from his and co-writer Oliver Lidert’s developing musicals.
With their breakout piece Confessions premiering in West End in 2019, and a thrillingly smooth sound, this is a night of music you can’t afford to miss!
Tickets can be purchased from https://chapeloffchapel.com.
Show Milestone: School of Rock celebrates 100 shows
Congratulations to the School of Rock company who celebrated their 100th show on Saturday, January 26th. There are only two weeks left of shows in Melbourne before the show closes so get in quick. Tickets can be purchased from https://au.
Opening Night: Sweet Charity
Friday, January 25th saw the opening of Understudy Production’s season of Sweet Charity at Brisbane’s Powerhouse Visy Theatre. The cast was met with a well deserved standing ovation at the completion of the performance. For a full review head to http://www.theatrepeople.com.
Well done to Josh Piterman (Beautiful) who performed as part of the Australia Day celebrations held at the Sydney Opera House. Piterman sang Nessun Dorma from well known opera Turandot.
Alexis Van Maanen (Evita) and
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Geelong local and renowned performer Natalie O’Donnell (
Baby News: Brent Osborne and Stephanie Silcock
Congratulations to Brent Osborne (CATS) and Stephanie Silcock (Grease) who this week announced that Stephanie is pregnant with the couple’s second child, due in May 2019. Congratulations Brent, Stephanie and Charlotte.
Engagement: Ben Miles and Danielle Evrat
Congratulations to Ben Miles and Danielle Evrat (Aspects of Love, WICKED) who announced their engagement to one another on January 13th, 2019. We wish you the best and happiest of futures.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra Theatre: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (February 6th)
Queensland Conservatorium: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (January 30th)
Regent Theatre: Jersey Boys (February 23rd)
The Opera House, Wellington: Madiba (February 7th)
Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch: Madiba (February 14th)
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra Theatre: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (February 10th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon (February 8th)
Brisbane Powerhouse, Visy Theatre: Sweet Charity (February 10th)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Jersey Boys (February 16th)
Queensland Conservatorium: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (February 3rd)
Arts Centre Melbourne- Playhouse: Peter Pan Goes Wron
Comedy Theatre: Calamity Jane (February 3rd)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: School of Rock (February 10th)
Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland: Madiba (February 3rd)
The Opera House, Wellington: Madiba (February 10th)
Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch: Madiba (February 17th)
Matthew Lee Robinson
Congratulations to Matthew Lee Robinson who recently performed for Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the iTheatrics, MTI, Disney, Playbill and EdTA families, and 6529 musical theatre performers in Atlanta, Georgia.
You can watch video footage of his performance at this link: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs4ELmVnr9Y/
Sydney born performer Declan Egan is currently performing as Bob Gaudio in the UK tour of Jersey Boys which is currently running until March 2019.
Here is a recent interview of Declan
If you are in the UK, tickets can be purchased from http://www.jerseyboysuktour.
Congratulations to Australian theatre performer Zoy Frangos (Evita, Les Miserables) on his American Australian Association Rising Star Award. Frangos will be presented with his award at a ceremony in New York on January 31st , 2019.