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CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Hayes Theatre: Gypsy

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

Sydney Opera House: Assassins

 

VICTORIA

Athanaeum Theatre: Bring it On

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Story

Regent Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre Perth: Mamma Mia!

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Helpmann Award nominations announced

Monday, June 17th saw the announcement of the nominations for the 2018 Helpmann Awards which will be held in Sydney on July 15th and 16th.  Leading the nominations is new Australian hit, Muriel’s Wedding with 11 nominations.

For a full list of nominations, information on awards to be presented on each evening and how to purchase tickets head to http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/helpmann-award-nominations-announced/

2018 Best Musical

Trifecta of shows announced for Australia

Announced this week, Sydney is set to enjoy a trifecta of musical theatre hits over the next two years. The Kander and Ebb masterpiece Chicago will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2019; the worldwide hit musical Saturday Night Fever will open at the Capitol Theatre in 2019 and the Australian premiere of the Broadway smash hit Waitress will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2020.

Theatregoers can sign up to waitlists at:

Chicago: https://chicagomusical.com.au

Saturday Night Fever: http://saturdaynightfever.com.au/

Waitress: http://waitressthemusical.com.au/

 

Tony Sheldon celebrates 1900th show as Bernadette

Congratulations to Australian theatre legend Tony Sheldon who celebrated his 1900th show as Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on Wednesday, June 20th. Sheldon has portrayed the iconic role in the original Australian production as well as on the West End and Broadway.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is currently playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre with further tour information available from https://priscillathemusical.com.au

Tony Sheldon as Bernadette

Gypsy Cloak

The Gypsy Cloak is a theatre tradition and honour handed from show to show. The cloak itself is presented to the ensemble member who has performed in the most shows and this week it was presented to Darren Tyler who can currently be seen in The Wizard of Oz. Tyler has performed in over 20 shows.

Congratulations Darren!

Gypsy cloak Darren Tyler

Steve Danielsen to sing Anthem at 2nd Origin match

Book of Mormon’s Steve Danielsen (also known for his portrayal of Fiyero in WICKED) will perform the Australian National Anthem in front of a crowd of 75,000 ahead of the second State of Origin game at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Sunday, June 24th. Televised coverage commences at 7:50pm QLD time on channel 9.

NRL 2018 Season. Pic - Grant Trouville © NRL Photos.

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cry Baby

Joining the previously announced cast of Cry Baby http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/cast-announced-for-cry-baby-at-hayes-theatre-co/ will be Ashleigh Rubenach (The Sound of Music, Anything Goes) as Allison. Cry Baby plays at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre from July 20th with tickets available now at https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/cry-baby/

Ashleigh CryBaby

Funny Girl

If the star studded line up of stars wasn’t enough to entice you into seeing Funny Girl- The Musical in Concert at the Sydney Opera House next month then allow us to introduce the extremely talented ensemble members.

Valerie Bader (The Letdown, Dead Lucky) as Mrs Strakosh, Ryan Gonzales (Kinky Boots, The View Upstairs) as Eddie Ryan, David Whitney (The Merry Widow, My Fair Lady) as Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., Leslie Bell (Chicago, Victor/ Victoria), Nadia Coote (Strictly Ballroom, Singin’ in the Rain), Matt Douglass (Matilda, Curtains), Danielle Everett (Phantom of the Opera, Singin’ in the Rain), Todd Goddard (Georgy Girl, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Nigel Huckle (Hello, Dolly!, Les Miserables), James Maxfield (My Fair Lady, Xanadu),  Laura Murphy (Muriel’s Wedding, Grease), Thern Reynolds (We Will Rock You, Miss Saigon), Ashleigh Rubenach (Singin’ in the Rain, Anything Goes) and Melissa Russo (Bring it On, The Beautiful Game).

Funny Girl plays from July 12th to 14th with tickets available from https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/sydney-symphony-orchestra/2018/funny-girl.html

Funny Girl

The Boy From Oz

The critically aclaimed award winning musical The Boy From Oz will open at Melbourne’s State Theatre in August and joining the previously announced cast members including Rohan Browne as Peter Allen and Caroline O’Connor as Judy Garland are Loren Hunter (Dusty) as Liza Minnelli, Matthew Manahan (Brigadoon) as Greg Connell, Robyn Arthur (Singin’ in The Rain) as Peter’s mother, Marion Woolnough and Francis Greenslade (Winners and Losers) as Dick Woolnough.

Also announced this week were Baylis Carson (Dusty) as Sheena, Josie Lane (Little Shop of Horrors) as Karen, Phoenix Mendoza as Linelle, David James as Wally Bell, Belinda Hanna Reid as Josie Mann and Nathan Pinnell as Chris Bell. The Ensemble members include Luke Alleva, Amy Berrisford, Nadia Coote, Zoe Coppinger, Kiana Daniele, Jan Di Pietro, Joe Donovan, Matt Douglass, Alex Given, Melanie Hawkins, Joe Meldrum, Priscilla Stavrou, Jordan Turner, Jessica Vellucci and Celina Yuen. The role of Young Peter will be shared by Hudson Sharp and Lenny Thomas.

Boy from oz cast

Thomas Lacey to join the cast of Grease

Joining the cast of Grease, The Arena Experience in Brisbane as head T-Bird, Danny Zuko will be Thomas Lacey. Lacey is best known for his roles as Scott Hastings in the Australian stage musical production of Strictly Ballroom and and Ben in Dance Academy.

Grease, The Arena Experience plays at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on July 14th with tickets available from https://www.greasearenashow.com

Thomas Lacey 2

Tony Llewellyn- Jones named as final She Loves Me cast member

Tony Llewellyn-Jones (My Fair Lady) has been announced as Mr Maraczek, the owner of a perfume store in Budapest, Hungry in the Hayes Theatre Company production of She Loves Me.

She Loves Me revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg Nowack (Rowan Witt) and Amalia Balash (Caitlin Berry) who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other’s secret pen pal through lonely-hearts ads.

The show runs from August 24th at the Hayes Theatre Company in Potts Point, Sydney. Tickets and further information are available from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/she-loves-me/

Tony Llewellyn-Jones

OPENING NIGHTS

Assassins

Having previously played at Hayes Theatre, Assassins opened for a return season at Sydney Opera House’s Playhouse where it will run until July 1st 2018. The show set in a fairground shooting gallery to which nine incongruent patrons are enticed by a Proprietor who offers a prize to those who are prepared to shoot the President of the United States. Some succeed – among them, actor John Wilkes Booth (David Campbell) who kills Abraham Lincoln at a Washington DC Theatre, and anarchist Leon Czolgosz (Jason Winston) who causes the death of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States in upstate New York. Five other wannabee assassins fail but find themselves forever entrenched in history.  Over the course of 105 minutes, the show delves back through 250 years of American history.

Tickets and further information can be found at https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/musical-theatre/2018/assassins.html

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OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

State Theatre: Sleeping Beauty (July 13th)

QUEENSLAND

Entertainment Centre: Grease- The Arena Experience (July 14th)

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Beautiful (July 13th)

VICTORIA

Comedy Theatre: Sleeping Beauty (June 29th)

Princess Theatre: Mamma Mia! (July 10th)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre Perth: Aladdin (July 19th)

 

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Gypsy (July 7th)

Sydney Opera House: Assassins (July 1st)

QUEENSLAND

Entertainment Centre: Grease- The Arena Experience (July 14th)

VICTORIA

Athanaeum Theatre: Bring it On (June 23rd)

Comedy Theatre: Sleeping Beauty (July 8th)

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Beautiful (July 1st)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre Perth: Mamma Mia! (July 1st)

AUSSIES ABROAD

Australian performers shine at West End Live

Congratulations to the Australian performers who took part in the London Theatre Community’s festival of theatre West End Live over the weekend. Joining the multitude of both established and up and coming performers on stage were Suzie Mathers (I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical), Ben Lewis (Phantom of the Opera), Daniel Downing (Kinky Boots) and Seb Witt (Sylvia Young Theatre School).

VIDEO 1 – SUZIE MATHERS (FROM 6.05)

VIDEO 2- BEN LEWIS (FROM 4.32)

VIDEO 3- DANIEL DOWNING (FROM 3.38)

VIDEO 4- SEB WITT

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