Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Story

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: The Rocky Horror Show

Princess Theatre: Mamma Mia!

Regent Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

School of Rock – Adult Cast Announcement

The adult cast of School of Rock was announced on July 15th. Leading the charge as Dewey Finn is the previously announced Brent Hill with Joe Kosky (Kinky Boots) as alternate Dewey Finn. Leading the school with an iron fist is Rosalie Mullins who will be played by Amy Lehpamer (Sound of Music), Ned Schneebly will be played by John O’Hara (WICKED), Matt Crowley (Next to Normal)  as Theo/ Ensemble, Bree Langridge (Wicked of Oz) as Swing/ Dance Captain, Michaela Powell (Les Miserables) as Swing/ Assistant Dance Captain and an ensemble including Bianca Baykara (Rocky Horror), James Cutler (The Importance of Being Earnest), Ellis Dolan (Chimerica), Andrew Kroenert (Brigadoon), Alex Hyne (Evita), Jenni Little (Kinky Boots), Zachary Pidd (Vanishing Act), Sophie Weiss (Wizard of Oz) and Stephen Wheat (Dusty).

The Australian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway and West End smash hit rock musical, School of Rock will play at Her Majesty’s, Melbourne from 31 October 2018.

Extra dates for School of Rock will be released on Monday 16 July.

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NINE 

StageArt have announced cast members of their production of NINE which will play at Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne from October 12th. Portraying Guido Contini is Anthony Scundi. Scundi is the chief of Q44 Theatre Inc and has starred in featured shows such as ‘Ironbound’ as Maks, Eddie in ‘Hurlyburly’, Ian in ‘Shining City’, Tony Aronica in ‘Savage in Limbo’ and as Andrew in ‘Spike Heels’.

StageArt has gathered a stellar creative team to bring this powerful and award winning musical of self-discovery to life. Directed & choreographed by Michael Ralph (Bring It On, West Side Story) one of the countries leading and most sort after creatives, he will be assisted by Sheridan Anderson (The Wizard Of Oz, We Will Rock You) as Assistant Choreographer and Evan Lever (La Cage Aux Folles, Anything Goes) as Assistant Director. Nathan Firmin (The Full Monty, Memphis) is leading the musical department as Musical Director. The role of Guido Contini will be understudied by talented Melbourne actor/singer Robbie Blowers.

NINE tells the story of famed Italian film director Guido Contini who is suffering debilitating writer’s block, while facing a marriage breakdown in the middle of having a mid-life crisis. At the age of 40, Guido must call on the nine closest and most powerful women in his life to put him back on the road to success and happiness.

Tickets can be purchased from https://www.stageart.com.au/ninethemusical

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Spring Awakening – Brisbane

This week saw the announcement of the cast of Underground Broadway’s production of Spring Awakening. Spring Awakening is a rock musical based on the German play of the same name. Set in the late 19th century, the musical tells the story of a group of teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer layers of teenage sexuality.

Wendla Bergmann (Jacqui McLaren) is a confused teen frustrated about her mother’s lack of openess when it comes to telling her what she believes she needs to know as a adolescent. Similarly disgruntled are Martha (Jordan Malone), Thea (Maddison McDonald), Anna (Monique Dawes) and Ilse (Ruby Clark). Meanwhile the young men become frustrated by their school’s narrow minded attitudes as Moritz (Oliver Lacey) misreads a line in the class appointed literature. When Melchior (Harry Aston) trys to stick up for him he is hit by the classroom teacher. Their classmates Ernst (Michael Nunn), Hänschen (Tim Carroll), Otto (Tom Hooley) and Georg (Sammy Sand) share similar thoughts and frustration with him. Rounding out the cast are Elise Grieg and James Shaw.

Spring Awakening plays from August 23rd to September 2nd, 2018 at Metro Arts, Brisbane with tickets available at https://www.metroarts.com.au/events/spring-awakening/

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Helpmann Awards and Performers announced

The star studded lineup of hosts and performers for the 18th Helpmann Awards to be presented in Sydney on July 15th and 16 has been announced. The hosts include e Olivier & Tony Nominee, performer and writer, Tony Sheldon; acclaimed choreographer Raphael Bonachela; the multiple Helpmann Award winning mezzo soprano Jacqueline Dark, Award winning performer and MEAA president Chloe Dallimore and celebrated musical theatre star and TV host David Campbell.

Attendees will be entertained by the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical performing ‘It’s Raining Men’ and an evocative duet from ab [intra] with electrifying Sydney Dance Company dancers Davide Di Giovanni and Charmene Yap. The stars from the celebrated new Australian musical Muriel’s Wedding,Maggie McKenna and Madeleine Jones, will perform ‘Amazing’ as their characters, Muriel and Rhonda, affirm their new friendship.

The biggest line up of Australia leading female vocalists will bring the show home with songs from the hit musical and film Funny Girl. Divas and funny girls themselves, Michala Banas (Upper Middle Bogan), Natalie Bassingthwaite (The X Factor), Casey Donovan (Australian Idol) Virginia Gay (First Tuesday Book Club), Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins), Dami Im (Eurovision), Maggie McKenna (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical), Queenie van der Zandt (2017 Helpmann Awards Host) and Zahra Newman (Book of Mormon) will have the audience standing in their seats and cheering for more.

The Red Carpet will roll outside the Capitol Theatre from 6pm hosted by the diva of dresses and darling of Australian musical theatre, Rhonda Burchmore OAM.

The Helpmann Awards Act II will broadcast live from the Capitol Theatre on ABC on Monday 16 July at 9.30pm. Highlight from the previous night, Act I, will also be part of the broadcast.

Tickets are still available from http://www.helpmannawards.com.au

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Funny Girl

Thursday, July 12th to Saturday July 14th saw Michala Banas, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Casey Donovan, Virginia Gay, Verity Hunt-Ballard, Dami Im, Maggie McKenna, Zahra Newman, Caroline O’Connor, Queenie van de Zandt, Megan Washington and Trevor Ashley take on the role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Sydney Opera House.

Each performer brought something different, a part of Fanny and were adored by the audiences. Rounding out an already fabulous cast were Nancye Hayes, Ryan Gonzalez and Valerie Bader.

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Billy Elliott auditions

Billy Elliott is the heartwarming and tear provoking story of a young boy who upon observing a ballet class lead by Mrs Wilkinson trades in his boxing gloves for ballet shoes. The story is told against the backdrop of UK miners’ strike.

Do you see yourself as the next Billy or Mrs Wilkinson? well good news! auditions are now open for the 10th Anniversary Tour of Billy Elliott the musical which will open at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre next year.

For full requirements dance on over to http://billyelliotthemusical.com.au/auditions/

Theatre People Industry Night

Join Theatre People on Monday 30 July 2018 at 8:00pm for Melbourne’s favourite Industry Night featuring Australia’s emerging and professionally established performers in a intimate night of Musical Theatre.

From the classics to contemporary theatre, audiences will be treated to a night of special performances from leading performers currently touring shows The Wizard of Oz, The Rocky Horror Show, Mamma Mia, and many more!

The event will be held at La Di Da with tickets available from https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=351971&

INDUSTRY NIGHT JULY 30

Underground Broadway presents Astonishing

Join the Brisbane Theatre Community for an astonishing night of celebration of Women in Theatre. Underground Broadway’s Industry Night is BACK with a stellar combined line up of theatre professionals and local talent celebrating Women In Theatre!

Featuring Cast Members from ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’

Don’t miss this one night only event!

On Monday 30 July 2018 at 7:30pm at Paddington Tavern. Tickets are available from

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=401989&

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Priscilla’s David Harris sings Anthem at State of Origin

Congratulations to David Harris (currently portraying Tick in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) on his great performance of the Australian Anthem on Wednesday, July 11th at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

David Harris Anthem

OPENING NIGHTS

Mamma Mia!

Congratulations to fabulous cast of Mamma Mia! on their Melbourne Opening Night which took place on Thursday, July 12th at the Princess Theatre. Donna is played by Melbourne local Natalie O’Donnell who played the role of Sophie (played in this production by Sarah Morrison) in the 2001 production. O’Donnell spoke of this change in a recent interview of this change “It’s been such a gorgeous full circle. When I first got into it, I was excited but also thought, ‘my god, I’ve got to get my head around this, it’s such a gear change’. But I think enough time has gone by. I reminisce on doing the show the last time but it feels like Donna is very much a new role in a new show for me, which is really great,” 

Playing Donna’s besties are Jayde Westaby as Tanya and Alicia Gardner as Rosie, Stephen Mahy as Sophie’s boyfriend Sky and Ian Stenlake, Phillip Lowe and Josef Ber as Sophie’s possible dads.

The cast earned a well deserved standing ovation.

A full review can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/mamma-mia-review/

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Grease- The Arena Experience 

Congratulations to the Grease- The Arena Experience Brisbane cast and mass ensemble on their two great performances on Saturday, July 14th at Brisbane’s Entertainment Centre.

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Sleeping Beauty

Congratulations to the company of Bonnie Lythgoe’s panto Sleeping Beauty which opened at Sydney’s State Theatre on Friday, July 13th. The show features Rhonda Burchmore who as the Evil Queen flys above the audience. Other performers include Melissa Tkautz as the Good Fairy, Embla Bishop as Sleeping Beauty, Daniel Milne as The Prince, Kev Orkian as Silly Billy, Frazer Hines as King Louis, Katrina Retallick as The Nanny and Cameron Taylor as the Evil Queen’s equally as evil henchman.

Sleeping Beauty runs in Sydney until July 22nd. Tickets and further information is available from https://www.ozpanto.com/shows/sleepingbeauty/

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CELEBRATIONS

Wedding: Rowena Vilar and Joel Rasmussen

Rowena Vilar (American Idiot, FAME) and Joel Rasmussen (Carmen, Grease- The Arena Spectacular) were married in front of a small gathering of family and friends on Monday, June 25th in Thailand.

Congratulations Rowena and Joel!

Rowena and Joel

 

Engagement: Elisa Colla and Zoy Frangos

Congratulations to Elisa Colla (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables) and Zoy Frangos (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables) on the announcement of their engagement last week. We wish you the best!

Elisa and Zoy

 

Baby News:  Sarah Clarke and Daniel Mottau

Congratulations to Sarah Clarke (Grease, A Chorus Line) and her partner Daniel on the announcement of their child, due November. The couple announced the news with a cute photo of their pet cat and dog with the ultrasound image.

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OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Cry Baby (July 20th)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre Perth: Aladdin (July 19th)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

State Theatre: Sleeping Beauty (July 22nd)

AUSSIES ABROAD

Lion King roars into Singapore

Friday, June 29th saw the opening of Disney’s The Lion King at Singapore’s Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. The show is being produced by Australian producers The Michael Cassel Group and stars Australian performer André Jewson as Zazu.

The show runs in Singapore until August 26th with tickets available from http://lionkinginternational.com/singapore/

Congratulations to everyone involved.

 

Moulin Rouge sparkles in Boston

Produced by Australian Carmen Pavlovic ( Muriel’s Wedding,  King KongMoulin Rouge is the based on musical is based on the 2001 film of the same name. The pre- broadway world premiere season is currently underway at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre and is set to run until  August 19th.

Congratulations Carmen!

Carmen Pavlovic

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