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CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Catch Me If You Can

Sydney Lyric Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: School of Rock

VICTORIA

Athenaem Theatre: Bring It On 

Comedy Theatre: Come From Away

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES

Arts Centre Melbourne launches 24/7 Wellbeing Helpline 

Thursday, July 18th saw the launch of the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Arts Wellbeing Collective’s new pilot program, the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline.

Partnering with Support Act to provide a free and confidential Wellbeing phone service, the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is particularly targeted at those who may not have access to professional support such as independent theatre makers, and those working in small to medium arts organisations.

The confidential, 24/7 service’s number is 1800 959 500 and further information can be found at https://www.artswellbeingcollective.com.au/resources/support-act-wellbeing-helpline/

Theatre People’s article on the launch can be read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/24-7-wellbeing-helpline-for-performing-arts/

Opening Night: Come From Away

On Saturday, July 20th, theatre lovers converged on Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre for the Opening Night of hot musical Come From Away.

Melbourne is the first country in the Southern Hemisphere to play home to this inspiring, real life story and the real life “Come From Aways” and Gander residents were down under to help our company celebrate.

Long story short, Come From Away tells the story of a community following the September 11, 2001 attacks. US airspace was temporarily closed, resulting in the diversion of all flights. In Newfoundland, Canada, the tiny town of Gander and its even smaller airport was thrown into the midst of the ensuing chaos. With a population of just 8,000, Gander not only welcomed, but for 5 days, managed to accommodate, feed and entertain 7,000 displaced passengers and crew from some 38 flights – a feat that nearly doubles their population within a few hours – all during a local bus strike.”

Theatre People’s full review can be read here https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/come-from-away/

Tickets for Come From Away are available from https://comefromaway.com.au/

My Brilliant Career – A New Musical

Starring James Millar (Matilda, Grey Gardens), Anne Wood (Mamma Mia!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Nat O’Donnell (Mamma Mia!, Songs For A New World), My Brilliant Career is a new Australian musical written by Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank and the World Premiere will be held at Melbourne’s Monash University from October 18-25th.

Based on the legendary coming-of-age novel by Miles Franklin, the musical adaptation of My Brilliant Career takes us into the world of fiery misfit Sybylla as she wrestles against the restricted life on offer for a young woman in rural Australia a hundred years ago.

Further information and ticket details can be found at https://www.monash.edu/mlive/whats-on/events/my-brilliant-career/

CELEBRATIONS

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – 100 shows 

Friday, July 19th saw the company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child celebrate their 100th performance at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. They celebrated with cake. Congratulations everyone!

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Caroline, Or Change (August 23rd)

VICTORIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (August 9th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Catch Me If You Can (August 18th)

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: School of Rock (August 18th)

VICTORIA

Athenaem Theatre: Bring It On (July 27th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

Moulin Rouge – CD Recording

The Australian spring will bring with it an Original Broadway Cast Recording of Moulin Rouge. Moulin Rouge is currently playing at Al Hirschfield Theatre. Exact dates of release are to be announced at a later date.

You can sign up news at https://www.moulinrougemusicalalbum.com/

Robert Tripolino

Congratulations to Aussie performer Robert Tripolino who celebrated the opening of Jesus Christ Superstar with friends this month. Tripolino is portraying Jesus in the production at The Barbican until August 24th. Tickets are available from https://jcsuperstar.co.uk

Aladdin to wow Singapore

The cast of Aladdin have arrived at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore with shows commencing this evening (Singapore is 2 hours behind East Coast Australia). The cast is lead by Graeme Isaako as Aladdin and Shubshri Kandiah as Jasmine. 

Tickets can be found at https://www.marinabaysands.com/entertainment/shows/aladdin.html

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