Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Cry Baby

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

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: Aladdin

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Helpmann Award winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of the musical theatre categories at this year’s Helpmann Awards which were held in Sydney on Sunday, July 15th and Monday, July 16th 2018.

Leading the charge, winning Best Female and Male Actor in a Musical were Esther Hannaford for her portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful and David Campbell who portrayed Bobby Darrin in Dream Lover.

The awards for Best Female Actor and Male Actor in supporting roles were presented to Amy Lehpamer (Beautiful) and Mat Verevis (Beautiful) respectively.

Topping off an already successful evening Beautiful: The Carole King Musical won Best Musical.

A full list of winners can be found at http://www.helpmannawards.com.au/2018/nominees-and-winners/

Full write ups from night one and two can be found at

ACT 1http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/helpmann-award-winners-act-one/

ACT 2- http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/helpmann-award-winners-for-act-two/

Helpmanns Beautiful Cast

Madiba announces Adelaide and Perth seasons

Madiba The Musical will play in Perth, Adelaide and New Zealand this January! Celebrating the life of the former South African leader Nelson Mandela, the energetic and compelling show interweaves stories of the fight against apartheid & forbidden love in a troubled land. African dance & vocal traditions are given a contemporary setting alongside eternal love songs & stirring anthems.

Further information and tickets can be found at https://madibamusical.com.au

Madiba logo

West Side Story to play in Sydney and Melbourne

Opera Australia and GWB Entertainment this week announced that West Side Story will play in two of Australia’s most iconic theatres in 2019. The Arts Centre Melbourne will host the show from April 6th-28th before it transfers to the Sydney Opera House from August 16th – October 6h.

A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet; this tragic love story tells the tale of two young people whose happiness is destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle.  The ‘Jets’, sons of previous immigrants to America, battle the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the ‘Sharks’, for domination of the streets.

Audition submissions are now open to find Australia’s most exciting young talent to play dream roles in this timeless classic, which features Jerome Robbins’ ground-breaking choreography. Details can be found at http://www.westsidestory.com.au

West Side Story 2019

 

Theatre People Industry Night

Join Theatre People next 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

 

JD Smith CD

Musical Theatre performer and musician JD Smith (Wicked, The Ten Tenors) is set to release his album “The Sea of Tears” next month. Available on iTunes and other digital musical sites from August 1st, Smith’s CD will also be available in hard copy form at a later date. To stay up to date with news head to https://www.facebook.com/JDSmithmuso/

JD Smith CD

Debora Krizak

Star of of musicals Sweet Charity, Anything Goes, Cabaret and A Chorus Line Debora Krizak will be performing at  Claire’s Kitchen for one night only on Wednesday, August 29th at 8pm. Boasting an intimate collection of songs ranging from career highlights to lowlights, Debora will bare all as she takes us on a journey of what it’s like to be a true life “Funny Girl” of Australian theatre. Booking information can be found at http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/53fff5_a3c0036351db4781939a9abb784037bf.pdf

Deb Krizak Photo

Erin Cornell

Sydney based musical theatre performer Erin Cornell diva stylings of classic songs will take you on a spellbinding journey through the ages – from Loreena Mackenitt to John Farnham, Sondheim to Annie Lennox, Schwartz to Queen, Lloyd Webber to Adele.

This special concert will feature Erin Cornell’s incredible vocal talents, supported by some very special guests, a four-piece band and backing vocalists.

Come celebrate Erin’s international career and enjoy an evening full of music that transcends musical genres.

There will be songs. There will be stories.

There will be laughter. There will be tears.

Cornell starred as Grizabella in CATS (Asia tour), Grizabella standby to pop icon Delta Goodrem (Australian tour), Mona in A Class Act (London), Lead vocalist in Bohemian Rhapsody “West End stars sing QUEEN” (European tour) and Elphaba in WICKED (Osaka).

Erin Cornell Photo

The Tap Pack

October will see world renowned performers The Tap Pack perform at the Sydney Opera House for the first time since 2013.

Continuing a hit global tour, The Tap Pack will bring Sydney to swinging life, with an invigorating take on the classic Rat Pack. This is a highly entertaining chance to be surrounded by a full cabaret experience of table service, music and comedy.

Tapping, singing and joking in snappy style, the modern kings of swing transport us to a world of timeless entertainment. Their speed, energy and sass make for a high octane evening. Toe tapping is impossible to resist with these masters of dance at their brilliant best.

Become part of this most modern of classics in this specially created cabaret style performance.

Tickets and Further information can be found at https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/dance/2018/the-tap-pack.html

 

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

Evita Children’s Cast Announced

Congratulations to the 18 young performers who have been cast in the upcoming production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA at the Sydney Opera House from September. Three sets of six children will alternate in ensemble roles.

The young actors are Jack Barton (aged 10, of Maroubra), Alysiah Carlino (12, Alfords Point), Julien Daher (8, Queens Park), Jacob Drew (11, Mosman), Paige Hewlett (9, Balgowlah), BeBe Liu-Brennan (8, Strathfield), Robbi Morgan (9, Hornsby), Allerah Murdock (10, Condell Park), William Oakley (12, Woodcroft), Pamelia Papacosta (11, Earlwood), Benjamin Park (10, Strathfield), Sara Petrovski (11, Peakhurst), Raffaella Reid (8, Bellevue Hill), Avaleigh Rock (10, Hurstville Grove), Amelie Rose (9, Allambie Heights), Austin Taylor (10, Balgowlah), Oliver Trus (10, Darlinghurst) and Zoe Zantey (9, Sans Souci).

Information on the Sydney and Melbourne seasons can be found below:

SEASON DETAILS

SYDNEY

Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Season: 13 September – 3 November
Performance Times: Tues–Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 1pm, Sun 3pm
Price: From $109.90*
Bookings: evitathemusical.com.au or 9318 8200 or 02 9250 7777
Groups of 20 or more call 02 9250 7700

NEW TICKETS ON SALE FROM FRIDAY 27 JULY
* An additional transaction fee and/or a credit/debit payment processing fee may apply

MELBOURNE

Venue: State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne
Season: From 5 December
Performance Times: Tues 6.30pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed 1pm & Sat 2pm, Sun 3pm
Price: From $59.90*
Bookings: evitathemusical.com.au or artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183

Evita Childrens cast

 

OPENING NIGHTS

Aladdin

The magical show of Aladdin, the story of Agrabah peasant Aladdin and Princess Jasmine have taken their story of love, hope and a search for something more to Perth’s Crown Theatre where they opened on Saturday, July 21st. Perth holds a special place for principal performers Ainsley Melham who plays Aladdin and Shubshri Kandiah who plays Jasmine. Melham studied at WAAPA, graduating in 2012 and Kandiah was born in Perth.

Perth tickets can be purchased from http://aladdinthemusical.com.au

Aladdin Opening Night

Beautiful: The Carole King Story

The talented cast of Carole King biographical musical, Beautiful opened at Brisbane’s QPAC on Friday, July 20th to a full theatre. When you see the show it is not hard to see why it won 5 Helpmann Awards including Best Musical.

Beautiful runs at QPAC until Sunday, September 2nd with tickets available from https://www.qpac.com.au/event/beautiful_18/

Beautiful Brisbane Opening

The Rocky Horror Show

The Transylvannians have arrived at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre with a bang. Rocky Horror held their opening night on Wednesday, July 18th with audience members swept up in the fun of the show as the cast, led by Todd McKenney as Frank ‘n’ Furter, danced the time warp and performed their hearts out.

The show runs in Melbourne until August 26th with tickets available from https://rockyhorror.com.au

A full review can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/rocky-horror-show-review-melb/

Rocky Horror Melb Cast

 

CELEBRATIONS

Wizard of Oz celebrates 200th show

Congratulations to the company of the Wizard of Oz who celebrated their 200th show on Saturday, July 21st during their Melbourne season at The Regent Theatre. With only one week of shows left (tickets available from https://www.wizardofozthemusical.com/ ) let us take you back to Samantha Dodemaide’s performance at the Melbourne media call.

 

OPENING SHOWS

VICTORIA

State Theatre: Boy From Oz (August 11th)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Cry Baby (August 19th)

State Theatre: Sleeping Beauty (July 22nd)

 

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: The Rocky Horror Show (August 26th)

State Theatre: Boy From Oz (August 26th)

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