WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK…
*Wednesday, July 8th @7:00PM- Big Night In
*Thursday, July 9th @7:00pm- Play It On
Petition: Make the Metro- Minerva Theatre live again
Originally opening in 1939, the Metro- Minerva Theatre located in Sydney’s Potts Point was once the home to theatre productions including Hair in May 1969 and Pulitzer winning play, Idiot’s Delight and now a Theatre Action Group is petitioning the City of Sydney regarding its’ decision makers to restore the theatre.
Further information and the petition can be found at https://www.change.org/p/lord-mayor-of-sydney-make-the-metro-minerva-theatre-live-again
Kickstarter Campaign: Theatre In A Box
Theatre In A Box is a party board game for musical theatre lovers, created by Brenton Crewes, Flynn Crewes & Paul Morrison however they need your help to make it a reality! Theatre in a Box is is on Kickstarter and will only come to fruition if the project is financially supported on Kickstarter.
Expansion packs are available, including one for “professionals” for anyone who thinks they’re an expert in musical theatre. The questions in this pack are harder, such as, “What is Elphaba’s surname” and questions about Tony Award winners.
Those pledging to support the game will also support the industry. Part of the proceeds of the game will support charities. In Australia, part of the money raised will help charity, Support Act.
Further information is available at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/theatre-in-a-box/
The Kickstarter campaign can be found at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/musicaltheatre/theatre-in-a-box-a-musical-theatre-board-game
The Story Chunder to return to live Brisbane venue
Hosted by Matt Young (Yank, The Producers), The Story Chunder is a weekly storytelling event featuring actors, comedians and writers all around Brisbane, Australia. Monday, July 13th will see the event return to their physical home at Back Dock Arts in Fortitude Valley.
After many weeks of holding the event on instagram due to COVID-19, people are excited to return to live events. It is important however, that due to rules that you book in at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/backdockarts/389823?
Further information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/273101154033952/
Postponed: The Rocky Horror Show
From the team that bought you We Will Rock You and Rock of Ages, John X (The Wizard of Oz) and Theatre Royal, Hobart have announced the postponement of their 2020 production of The Rocky Horror Show. The dates for October 2021 are available below and further information including ticketing details can be seen at https://www.theatreroyal.com.au/shows/rocky-horror-show
UPCOMING EVENTS AND SHOWS
Keeping the Curtain Up
Shane Jacobson (The Rocky Horror Show) together with the Actor’s Benevolent Fund of NSW presents Keeping the Curtains Up. Saturday, July 18th will see many stars of the stage including Lisa McCune (The Sound of Music), Lucy Durack (WICKED), Alinta Chidzey (Chicago), Reg Livermore (My Fair Lady), Jemma Rix (WICKED), Hayden Tee (Les Miserables), iOTA (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Paul Capsis (Cabaret), Esther Hannaford (Beautiful) , Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice), Kate Ceberano (Jesus Christ Superstar), Genevieve Lemon (Billy Elliot) and Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins) revisit much-loved shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliott, My Fair Lady, The Rocky Horror Show and many more.
Information on the evening and how to donate can be found at https://www.actorsbenevolentfund.org.au/campaign/7/keeping-the-curtain-up?fbclid=IwAR30okXhbkFbc2MNY3iFoAyg2WGDGpvoWB5EQYQ6WdPY8qJzue53aEk7f3Y
Australian Artists Launch Play It On
On Thursday, July 9th, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra together with performers including David Campbell (Dream Lover), Kate Miller- Heidke (Music and Lyrics: Muriel’s Wedding), Hayden Tee (Les Miserables, Matilda), Elise McCann (Matilda, The Last Five Years), Katie Noonan, Tim Minchin (Writer: Matilda, Jesus Christ Superstar, Eddie Perfect (Composer: Beetlejuice, King Kong) and Casey Donovan (Chicago) will perform an online concert to raise money for the Actors Benevolent Funds and Trusts in each state, as well as Support Act, recently founded to support actors, musicians and arts workers who are struggling as a result of shutdowns.
Play It On is an initiative created by Elise McCann. Speaking about developing the collaboration, McCann said: “Artists and the live entertainment sector were among the first to be shut down as a result of social distancing laws, and they will likely be one of the last to re-open.
The idea for this series initially grew out of the frustration that the arts were left out of the national dialogue about protecting Australian jobs, and the desire to feel active, find some joy and collaborate with a community of excellent artists. Many of Australia’s arts workers are employed on freelance contracts and with a total shut-down of live performances, theatres, music venues, museums, film and television sets, they can be left with little or no income.
Each of the composers, orchestrators, performers, audio engineers, graphic designers, video editors, and a whole array of creative individuals have donated their time and talent to create this project and give back to their community. Play It On is a chance for the Australian public to show their support for Australian artists as we raise funds for individual workers nationwide. It is also a chance for audiences to come together and be entertained, inspired, uplifted and moved which is what arts and culture is all about.
It’s an honour to be producing this event and campaigning alongside some of Australia’s most accomplished creatives to inspire and celebrate the remarkable talents in our arts industry and help support our wider community.”
Further information is available at https://www.sydneysymphony.com/backstage-news/article/play-it-on
Sydney Opera House presents Let’s Go On With The Show
Saturday, July 11th will see the Sydney Opera House present Let’s Go On With The Show, an entertaining extravaganza of enormous proportions. Host, Simon Burke AO presents an array of musicals produced in Australia performed by artists including Ainsley Melham (Aladdin), Callum Francis (Kinky Boots), Amy Lehpamer (The Sound of Music, Beautiful) and Lara Mulcahy (Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables).
While the curtain remains down, the performing arts industry faces an ongoing battle. The Actors Benevolent Fund provides financial assistance to artists and technicians in the Australian performing arts. The Sydney Opera House is proud to join forces with Live Performance Australia, the Helpmann Awards, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, and the commercial producing industry to support their cause.
To donate to The Actors Benevolent Fund and to read about the event in detail, head to
Who’s Your Baghdaddy?
Following a successful season during the initial season of Who’s Your Baghdaddy? or How I Started the Iraq War, Curveball Creations has made the show available On Demand until Sunday, July 12th.
Australia’s first musical performed and streamed live, Who’s Your Baghdaddy? or How I started the Iraq War is presented as a zoom support group for people who started the Iraq War, this dark, boisterous and irreverent story follows a handful of mid-level spies whose vanity and office politics contributed to the worst intelligence blunder in modern history. The Australian Premiere of this 2017 hit Off- Broadway musical was presented by Curveball Creative and directed by Neil Gooding.
A full review can be read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/whos-your-baghdaddy-or-how-i-started-the-iraq-war/
Hope Initiative: The Lorelei and The Siren
The Lorelei is a cruise ship. The Siren is a research base in the Antarctic. Aboard the former and trapped in the latter are people whose lives have not turned out the way they would have liked. Through a series of outrageous circumstances, including a maritime tragedy, an attempted assassination and a lot of theme parties, they find love, enlightenment and the courage and determination to get on with their strange and wonderful lives.
This absurdist comedy brings together the outrageousness of The Book of Mormon with the lyricism of a 50s Broadway musical.
Written by Victorian College of the Arts graduate Geoff Wallis (Blood Brothers, Sweet Charity) the show is presented by a stellar team of artists including Annie Aitken (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Jean, Lachlan Graham (Follies in Concert) as Captain Roger, Penny Larkins (Boy From Oz) & Willow Sizer (Dance Hall) as Therese, Bianca Bruce (In The Heights) & Michaela Powell (School of Rock) as Lucille, Caitlin Spears (Brigadoon) as Dolly/ Show Producer, Genevieve Kingsford (Brigadoon) as Barbie, Connor Leech (Blue Room) as Renee, Andre Jewson (The Lion King) & Cameron Steens (RENT) as Joe, Jennifer Vuletie (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Desiree, Christian Cavallo (It’s Only Life) as Rock/ Development Facilitator, Cameron Taylor (Sleeping Beauty) as Rock, Lachlan Hewson (42nd Street) as Ken, James Coley (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Leon, Maureen Andrew (Phantom of the Opera) & Judi Johnson (Hairspray) as Ruth and Barry Mitchell (Ragtime) & Troy Sussman (Who’s Your Baghdaddy) as Jim.
Note: Due to availability and some of our original cast being interstate, some roles have multiple actors attached to them.
A Q & A with Geoff Wallis can be viewed at
Hamilton now available on Disney+
Hit musical, Hamilton is now available to watch on Disney+!
Starring Lin Manuel Miranda as USA founding father Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton tells the story of his life, the people who influenced him, his involvement in major battles such as The Siege of Yorktown, his marriage & birth of his children, the Presidential Election of 1800, his duel with Aaron Burr and his eventual death.
Highlights include the rapped ‘My Shot’
Caroline O’Connor awarded AM at Government House, Brisbane
This week saw Caroline O’Connor (Chicago, Anastasia) presented with her AM for her significant services to performing arts. The ceremony took place at Brisbane’s Government House.
Baby News: Cristina D’Agostino and Jordan Pollard
Exciting news in the midst of COVID-19 with the news of another theatre baby on the way. Cristina D’Agostino (Jersey Boys, Shrek) and husband Jordan Pollard (Tap Pack, Singin’ in the Rain) are expecting their second child in January 2021. The child will be a sibling to the couple’s 2 year old daughter Frankie.
Live Music Venue Support
The Live Music Venue Support program supports Queensland-based live music venues with a track record in presenting original live music that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.
The program is part of the Queensland Government’s Arts and Culture Recovery Package of $22.5 million over two years to stabilise Queensland’s arts companies, secure employment for artists and arts workers and deliver COVID-safe cultural experiences for Queensland audiences.
A full range of funding programs and further information is available from https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding/live-music-venue-support
Workshops: Josh Piterman
Josh Piterman (Phantom of the Opera, Beautiful) has created the opportunity for up and coming performers to work with him in an online masterclass series. Starting on Sunday, August 30th, the series is limited to a maximum of 12 students. The series of 3 masterclasses over 3 weeks will include:
• Weekly 1 on 1 Performance Coaching
• Audition technique
• Acting through song
• Mindset & Goal setting
and loads more…
For more information, you can contact Josh at [email protected]
Alfie Boe & Friends present Lights On Broadway
Furthermore, Josh Piterman will be appearing alongside world class performers Alfie Boe (Les Miserables), Alice Fern (Come From Away) and Bradley Jaden (Les Miserables) later this year for two performances at Tokyo, Japan’s Tokyu Theatre Orb.
The performances will be held on Friday, October 30th at 7:00pm and Saturday, October 31st at 2:00pm. Further information is available at https://theatre-orb.com/english/lineup/20201216.html