Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS  

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Kinky Boots

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Centre: Matilda

VICTORIA

Chapel off Chapel: Melbourne Cabaret Festival

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Aladdin

Southbank Theatre: Merrily We Roll Along

The Butterfly Club: Melbourne Cabaret Festival

The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon

Regent Theatre: My Fair Lady

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?  

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Australian Tour announced for 2018 

This week it was announced that Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the quintessentially Aussie story about mateship, self discovery, determination and a fair go will tour Australia in 2018. The show will open at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre before the iconic bus travels to Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.

For tickets and further information head to http://priscillathemusical.com.au

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The Last Five Years announced for Brisbane  

Wax Lyrical productions are bringing Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed 2001 musical, The Last Five Years to the Brisbane Powerhouse from October 7-14, 2017. Jamie and Cathy will be played by Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing) and Lizzie Moore (Kiss Me Kate). 

Jamie, an up and coming writer, struggles to balance his sudden success with his increasing tumultuous love life. Meanwhile Cathy, an aspiring actress deals with the frustrations of her own career while watching her husband from the sidelines in this story of two twenty- somethings who fall in and out of love over the course of a five year relationship.

For further information go to the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thelastfiveyearsQLD/

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The Book of Mormon – cast change 

Congratulations to Canadian, Nyk Bielak who has stepped into the shoes of Elder Cunningham in the Australian production of Helpmann Award nominated show, The Book of Mormon after the departure of AJ Holmes. Bielak’s previous shows include the Broadway and North American touring productions of The Book of Mormon.

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Announcers and Performers announced for the 2017 Helpmann Awards  

This week saw the announcement of the announcers and performers for the 2017 Helpmann Awards which will be held on the set of Kinky Boots at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Monday, July 24th.

The hosts for the evening include Queenie van de Zandt, Tim Draxl, Brooke Satchwell, Trevor Ashley, Garry Stewart, David McAllister AM, Stephen Page AM, Richard Mills AM, Emma Mathews, Lyndon Terracini AM, Deborah Hutton, Kate Mulvany, Charles Edwards, Jimmy Barnes AO and many more.

The evening will include performances from musicals My Fair Lady, Kinky Boots, Aladdin, Beautiful, The Book of Mormon and American Idiot. 

For further information head to https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/17th-annual-helpmann-awards/

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Broadway Rebooted – Brisbane 

June 26th saw the Brisbane theatre community gather at the New Globe Theatre for Broadway Unplugged, a night that saw amazing local performers take the stage to perform some classical musical theatre tunes and put a spin on some old favourites including a mashup of Fiddler on the Roof’s Matchmaker and The Sound of Music’s My Favourite Things.

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Broadway Unplugged – Melbourne 

Broadway Unplugged presented their musical showcase at Melbourne’s The Toff in Town on Monday, June 26th. With talented performers including Aladdin’s Heather ManleyBook of Mormon’s Morgan PalmerOrdinary Day’s Joel Granger and Helpmann Award nominated Actress Amy Lehpamer. The show included hits from films.

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Greenhouse Project Junior – Gold Coast  

Congratulations to the Gold Coast juniors who performed at the Arts Centre on Monday, June 26th together with star of Matilda the Musical, Elise McCann. 

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Sophie Wright and Drew engaged

Congratulations to Helpmann Award nominated, Kinky Boots performer Sophie Wright and her partner Drew on their engagement this week. The team at Theatre People wish you all the best.

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Baby News- Congratulations James and Emma 

Congratulations to musical theatre performers James Smith (Dirty Dancing) and his wife Emma Delmenico- Smith (CATS) on the birth of their beautiful baby boy Morrison.

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Jacqui Dark – CD 

Jacqui Dark, the Helpmann and Green Room Award winning star of opera and The Sound Of Music, assembles here some of the most beautiful songs of all time, in stunning new arrangements by musical director Daryl Wallis.

From the iconic Climb Ev’ry Mountain to the gentle wisdom of Both Sides Now, they are all songs with a message or a moral, songs that teach and inspire and urge us to battle our demons and follow our dreams. To ‘pin our clouds’.

Jacqui’s CD can be purchased from https://www.facebook.com/jacquelinedarksinger/

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OPENING SHOWS  

NEW SOUTH WALES

Australian Theatre For Young People: Between Worlds (July 15th)

Hayes Theatre: MAME (July 5th)

Hayes Theatre: Under the Covers (July 19th)

State Theatre: The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Return to Pantoland (July 7th)

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane Powerhouse: Joh for PM (July 7th)

QPAC Lyric Theatre: The Bodyguard (July 19th)

VICTORIA

Arts Centre: Jesus Christ Superstar (July 29th)

Comedy Theatre: The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Return to Pantoland (July 21st)

Melbourne Recital Centre: PARIS- A Rock Odyssey (July 13th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Australian Theatre For Young People: Between Worlds (July 16th)

Hayes Theatre: MAME (July 9th)

Hayes Theatre: Under the Covers (July 23rd)

Lyric Theatre: The Bodyguard (July 2nd)

State Theatre: The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Return to Pantoland (July 16th)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Centre: Matilda (July 16th)

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane Powerhouse: Joh for PM (July 16th)

VICTORIA 

Comedy Theatre: The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Return to Pantoland (July 30th)

Melbourne Recital Centre: PARIS- A Rock Odyssey (July 15th)

Regent Theatre: My Fair Lady (July 29th)

Southbank Theatre: Merrily We Roll Along (July 15th)

AUSSIES ABROAD 

CATS Korea 

This week saw the Korean tour of CATS kick off their tour. Their first preview was held on Thursday, June 29th after a long rehearsal period. Congratulations to the Australian cast members

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Connecticut Critics Circle Awards 

Congratulations to David Harris and the cast of Next to Normal who won Best Musical at the Connecticut Critics Circle Awards on Monday, June 26th.

 

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