Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Hayes Theatre: Gypsy
Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Aladdin
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Story
Regent Theatre: The Wizard of Oz
State Theatre: Oklahoma!
Crown Theatre Perth: Mamma Mia!
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?
Evita to show in Melbourne
Cry no longer Melbourne as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical, Evita will be playing at Melbourne’s State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne from 5 December following the Sydney Opera House premiere season. Tickets for the Melbourne season will go on sale on 20 June. Optus customers can beat the rush for tickets with the Optus Perks pre-sale, along with registered members of the waitlist at www.evitathemusical.com.au
School of Rock
This week saw the announcement of Brent Hill (Little Shop of Horrors) as Dewey Finn, a down and out musician wannabe who disguises himself as a substitute teacher and takes on the role of teaching a class of pupils at the prestigious Horace Green Prep School. Portraying the straight A musicians turned rock band are 36 9-12 year olds who will alternate the 12 child roles. After a nation wide search for talented youngsters who can sing, dance, act and play instruments we are proud to announce the following child cast.
Ben Swissa, 12, Jayden Tatasciore, 9, and Zane Blumeris, 11, playing Zack.
Kempton Maloney (Wind in the Willows), 9 , Bailey Landeg, 11 and Ethan Stephenson, 12, playing Freddy.
Caleb Elbourne, 11, Orlando Schwerdt (Carmen, Matilda), 12 and Heath Jelovic (Parsifal and Turandot, The Secret River), 13, playing Lawrence
Samantha Zhang, 10, Remy Grunden, 10, and Tiana Mirra (Matilda, Strictly Ballroom), 13, playing Katie.
Ava McInnes, 10, Stephanie Kipnis (Matilda), 10 and Yvette Pugat, 10, playing Summer.
Bella-Mia Bortolin, 11, Chihana Perera (Matilda), 12 and Riley Thomas, 10 playing Tomika.
Annie Jones (Sound of Music), 10, Kayla Muir (Sound of Music), 10 and Riya Mandrawa, 10, playing Marcy.
Ashlyn Norman, 11 Ava Rose Houben-Carter, 10 and Rachel Kipnis (Sound of Music, Les Misérables), 13, playing Shonelle.
Lucia Schwerdt (The Wind in the Willows), 10, Maya Corbett, 10 and Ruby Moore (Sound of Music), 11, playing Sophie.
Hudson Sharp (Matilda, Dream Lover), 12, Amon Prete (Dream Lover, Carmen), 12 and Lenny Thomas (Priscilla), 11, playing Billy.
Aston Droomer (The Bodyguard, The King And I), 10, Oscar Mulcahy (Dream Lover, Kinky Boots), 11 and Elijah Slavinskis (Kinky Boots, Priscilla), 9, playing Mason and
Gabriel Ingram (The Bodyguard, Kinky Boots), 11, Zac El-Alo, 10 and Lachlan Young (Dream Lover, Kinky Boots), 12 playing James.
Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses.
Previews from Wednesday 31 October, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne with tickets from $69.90* Subject to availability. $69.90 is restricted view seating on all performances.
Tickets can be purchased from www.schoolofrockmusical.com.au
Ray Meagher to play Bob in Brisbane season of Priscilla
Ray Meagher, known to Australian television audiences as Alf Stewart on Home and Away will portray the role of Bob during the Brisbane Season of hit musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Meagher portrayed the role of Bob in the 2007 Australian production of Priscilla and has also played the role on London’s West End. His other musical credits include Aladdin and Peter Pan.
The Brisbane season runs from September 26th at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre. Further information can be found at https://priscillathemusical.
QPAC’s New Theatre
Monday, May 27th saw the announcement that the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (affectionately known as QPAC) would see the addition of a fifth theatre. The new theatre will have a seating capacity between of 1700.
The Queensland government will set aside $125 million in this year’s state budget with the additional $25 million coming from QPAC. The new theatre is expected to be complete by 2022.
For further information head to http://www.theatrepeople.com.
Helpmann Awards to move to Melbourne
2019- 2022 will see the Helpmann Awards, Australian theatre’s night of nights held in Melbourne. Live Performance Australia Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson addressed the media by saying “After 18 years in Sydney, we are delighted to bring the Helpmann Awards to Melbourne and extend the national presence of the live performance industry’s most prestigious award events.”
The 2018 Helpmann Awards will be held on July 15th and 16th with nominees announced on Monday, June 18th. Tickets for the event can be purchased from http://www.helpmannawards.com.
Saturday night saw the opening night of The Production Company’s Oklahoma! With a brilliant cast including Simon Gleeson, Anna O’Byrne and Elise McCann, Oklahoma! tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.
The show runs until June 3rd with tickets available from http://www.
Sydney’s Hayes Theatre saw the opening of Stephen Sondheim’s Gypsy, a 1920s story of one of the world’s most famous burlesque artists and the life that led her down that career path. Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee the musical focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.”
Gypsy follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee’s sister, the actress June Havoc.
In the Hayes Theatre production Louise is played by Laura Bunting, Rose by Blazey Best, Baby June by Jessica Vickers and Sophie Wright as June in her late teenage years.
Gypsy is playing at Hayes until June 30th with tickets available from https://hayestheatre.com.au
Theatre Football Day
Monday, May 28th saw the Australian theatre community gather at St Kilda’s Peanut Farm Reserve for their annual Theatre Football Day. Alongside a great game of football, a bbq, a raffle with fantastic prizes and plenty of laughs, the event saw more then $3,000.00 raised for Beyond Blue.
Congratulations to all involved and in case you are wondering, the Lions won by 16 points.
Tim Dashwood and Sally Hare expecting
Australian performers Tim Dashwood (Sport for Jove, FAME) and his wife Sally Hare (Mack and Mabel, FAME) have announced that they are expecting an addition to their family in October this year. Congratulations to you both!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Riverside Theatre: Lola Montez (June 2nd)
State Theatre: Oklahoma! (June 3rd)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Aladdin (June 3rd)
Matthew Lee Robinson first U.S. commission
Congratulations to Matthew Lee Robinson who has received his first U.S. commission writing the music lyrics for The Magic School Bus- Lost in the Solar System. Everyone’s favourite teacher, Miss Frizzle, and the kids are back and touring the U.S. for a year starting September.