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NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Adelaide’s annual Cabaret Festival opened with a star studded event on Friday, June 7th. Now in its 19th year and the biggest festival of its kind, Adelaide Festival Centre’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival continues to attract truly outstanding artists from around the country and the world.
The festival runs until June 22nd with information available from https://www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au
Cast Announcement: Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim
The music of multi-award winning composer Stephen Sondheim arrives at Chapel Off Chapel in this sensational concert selection of his Broadway hits! Watch eight incredible singers and a live band perform tracks from Sondheim’s classic productions of Into the Woods, The Frogs, Company and more!
Director Tyran Parke (Barnum) and musical director Stephen Gray (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) lead an extraordinary cast starring Embla Bishop (Barnum, Oklahoma!), Sally Bourne (Brigadoon, Boy From Oz), Alex Gibson–Giorgio (Mamma Mia!, Oklahoma!), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Side Show, Les Miserables), Genevieve Kingsford (Sweeney Todd, Brigadoon), Phillip Lowe (Mamma Mia!, Into The Woods), Caitlin Spears (Brigadoon, Oklahoma!) and Cameron Taylor (Spring Awakening). Join them for an unforgettable celebration of this beloved musical icon!
The show runs from August 2nd to 4th at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel. Tickets are available from https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/everythings-coming-up-sondheim/
Cast Announcement: Hair
Fifty years ago, Hair opened at the Metro Theatre in Kings Cross to rave reviews and controversy. The show also launched the careers of stars such as Reg Livermore, John Waters and Marcia Hines. Now a new production of the rock musical Hair is set to hit Perth, Geelong, Wyong, Wollongong, Sydney and the Gold Coast in August, September and October.
Four-time Logie winner Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters) and pop star turned musical theatre performer Paulini (Saturday Night Fever) will step into the lead roles of George Berger and Dionne in this new production. They will be joined on stage by Prinnie Stevens (The Bodyguard) as Sheila, Matthew Manahan (Brigadoon, Cabaret) as Clyde, Angelique Cassimatis (Mack & Mabel, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Jeanie, Harris M. Turner (Australian Debut) as Hud, Stefanie Caccamo (Applause, Beautiful) as Crissy and Callan Purcell (Professional Musical Theatre Debut) as Woof.
The Tribe (ensemble) is made up of Emma Hawthorne (West Side Story, Mamma Mia!), Luke Jarvis (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, West Side Story), Joe Kalou (Jesus Christ Superstar), Julian Kou (American Psycho), Louis Lucente (Jersey Boys, Assassins), Sun Park (Mamma Mia!, The Boy From Oz) and Monique Sallé (A Chorus Line, Ghost).
The show commences performances in Perth on August 22nd. A full performance schedule and further information can be found at http://www.hairthemusical.com.au/packages-tickets
Cast Announcement: Yank!
Based on the true, hidden history of gay soldiers during World War II, and billed as the musical Rodgers and Hammerstein never wrote, this Australian premiere love story, explores what it means to fall in love and struggle to survive, in a time and place where the odds are stacked against you.
It’s 1943, when being gay was a crime. Young and scarred, 18 year old Stu is drafted to fight in one of history’s deadliest wars. As Stu struggles through basic training, he falls for the handsome all-American Mitch.
The cast of Yank! are Naomi Price (Beautiful, Sweet Charity), Andy Johnston (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Alex Gibson- Giorgio (Mamma Mia!, Oklahoma), Matt Young (Annie, The Producers), Eli Cooper (The Wizard of Oz, Grease), Callum Slater (Godspell, Little Women), Casey Martin (Disney Tokyo), Henry Kafoa, Jared Mifsud, Jarrod Moore, Joel O’Brien (Cluedo, Bare) and Lachlan Griffith (Little Women, Godspell).
The show runs from July 4th to 14th 2019 at Brisbane Powerhouse. Further details including ticketing information can be found at https://www.yankmusical.com
Australia’s journey to A New World ends after nearly three years
After nearly three years of telling the magical love story of a street boy named Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, the company of Aladdin hung up the magic carpet. The Australian and NZ production started in Sydney with its first performance at the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, August 3rd 2016.
Ainsley Melham who originated the role of Aladdin in Australia is currently playing the title character on Broadway alongside Michael James Scott who originated the Genie role in Australia and Arielle Jacobs who originated the role of Jasmine in Australia.
Since performing in Aladdin in Australia cast members have gone on to perform in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sapphires, Mamma Mia! and Saturday Night Fever to name a few however, during the three years on the road and seasons in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland one man has been there the whole time. Adam Murphy has portrayed evil villian Jafar about 900times. A highlight of these three years for Murphy was showing his wife and three children where he grew up while the show was in NZ.
Theatre People wish the company of Aladdin all the best in the future.
Lucy Maunder performs National Anthem at Suncorp Stadium
Wednesday, June 5th saw musical theatre star Lucy Maunder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beautiful) perform the National Anthem before the commencement of Game 1 of the State of Origin Series at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Congratulations Lucy!
Gypsy Cloak Ceremony – From Porpoise Spit to the Circus
This week saw the Australian Gypsy Cloak pass from Muriel’s Wedding cast member Jan Di Pietro to Barnum’s Matt Hamilton. Congratulations to Matt on receiving the honour.
Celebrating 100 Shows: Muriel’s Wedding
Congratulations to the cast of of Muriel’s Wedding on their 100th show. The cast celebrated with a unique chocolate mud cake in the shape of a prawn. Tickets and further information can be found at https://murielsweddingthemusical.com
Engagement: Jess Lindon
Congratulations to performer Jess Lindon (Dream Lover, Grease) on her recent engagement to her partner Nick this week. We wish you both happiness.
Baby Announcement: Patrice Tipoki
Congratuations to the Tipoki-Arkins family on the birth of their son Edward Robert on Wednesday, June 5th. Edward is the fourth child for theatre performer Patrice Tipoki (Les Miserables) and her husband Richard.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Darling Harbour Theatre: Sweeney Todd (June 13th)
Eternity Playhouse: Once (June 26th)
Hayes Theatre: Razorhurst (June 14th)
Seymour Centre: The Dismissal: A New Australian Musical (June 18th)
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding (June 28th)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: School of Rock (July 12th)
Arts Centre Melbourne: A Little Night Music (June 27th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Sweeney Todd (June 20th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Darling Harbour Theatre: Sweeney Todd (June 16th)
Hayes Theatre: Razorhurst (July 13th)
Seymour Centre: The Dismissal: A New Australian Musical (June 22nd)
Arts Centre Melbourne: A Little Night Music (July 6th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding (June 16th)
King Kong wins Drama Desk Award
Congratulations to the Broadway company of King Kong who this week won Drama Desk awards for Outstanding Projection Design and Outstanding Puppet Design. In addition to this, The Tony Awards will see the creature designers behind the show honoured with a special award for outstanding contributions to the theatre.
Real Dirty Dancing for Seven
Todd McKenney will host a short series titled The Real Dirty Dancing which will see celebrities including Hair’s Hugh Sheridan perform in the actual locations used in the 1987 hit film.
West Side Story
Friday, June 7th saw the Opening Night of the Australian and NZ production of West Side Story at Wellington, NZ’s beautiful Opera House. West Side Story is on in Wellington until June 16th. The cast returns to Australia later this year with seasons in Canberra and Adelaide. Tour information can be found at https://westsidestory.com.au/