Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS  

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Kinky Boots

Hayes Theatre: Only Heaven Knows

Lyric Theatre: The Bodyguard


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Centre: Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Adelaide Festival Centre: Matilda


VICTORIA

Chapel off Chapel: 21 Chump Street

Chapel off Chapel: Ordinary Days

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Aladdin

The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon

Regent Theatre: My Fair Lady


WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?  

Calendar Girls – Cast Announcement

The full cast of Prince Moo Productions season of Calendar Girls was announced this week. The heartwarming, comedic tells the true story of a friendship, determination and hope.

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris agree to raise money for a new couch in the local hospital waiting room where they spent so many uncomfortable hours. They manage to persuade fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence.

The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.

The cast includes Jenny Seedsman as Chris, Abi Richardson as Annie, Tottie Goldsmith as Celia, Kate Gorman as Cora, Lulu McClatchy as Ruth, Francesca Waters as Jessie, Fiona Stewart as Brenda/ Mrs C, Lise Rodgers as Marie, John Voce as John, Richard Moss as Rod, Johnathan Peck as Lawrence, Vincent Hooper as Liam and Jennifer Sarah Dean as Elaine.

Calendar Girls will show at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre commencing on September 27th. Tickets can be purchased at http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=CALENDAR17

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Muriel’s Wedding – Cast Announcement 

Sydney Theatre Company presents a Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures Production, the world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding.

Muriel’s Wedding tells the story of Muriel Heslop, a young lady stuck in a dead end life in Porpoise Spit. Her dream is a perfect wedding- the white dress, the church and the attention. Unfortunately there is one thing missing- a groom.

Making her professional stage debut as Muriel will be Melbournite, Maggie McKenna. Joining McKenna on stage is Justine Clarke as the long-suffering Betty, with other members of the Heslop clan played by Briallen Clarke as Joanie, Michael Whalley as Perry, and Connor Sweeney as Malcolm, while Helen Dallimore plays the strangely ever-present beauty consultant, Deidre Chambers.

Celebrating her marriage to Chook (Aaron Tsindos), Tania Degano is brought to life by Christie Whelan- Browne, accompanied by a posse of bridesmaids, two of whom are played by Manon Gunderson Briggs and Laura Murphy. Brice Nobes, the first guy to ever ask Muriel on a date, is played by Ben Bennett and Stephen Madsen is Olympic swimming hopeful Alexander Shkuratov, coached by Josh Quong Tart’s ruthless Ken. The cast also includes Sheridan Harbridge, Mark Hill, Annie Aitken, Kaeng Chan, Tony Cogin, Adrian Li Donni and Kenneth Moraleda.

The world premiere of Muriel’s Wedding will play at Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre from November 6th. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/campaign/2017/muriels-wedding#tickets

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Merrily We Roll Along– Rehearsals 

Rehearsals for the Independent Music Theatre Company Watch season of Merrily We Roll Along are well under way ahead of their season which opens on June 29th at Southbank Theatre, Melbourne.

Telling the story of Franklin Shepard, a wealthy LA movie producer as he desperately wishes things could of turned out differently. Merrily We Roll explores the forces that shape our lives; success and what it costs, friendships and what it can bear, dreams and what they become.

An outstanding cast is lead by Lyall Brooks (A Prudent Man, North by Northwest)Nicole Melloy (Dusty)Nelson Gardner (NED- A New Australian Musical)Cristina D’Agostino (Matilda, Strictly Ballroom) and Sophie Weiss (The Full Monty, The Sound of Music).

Tickets can be purchased from https://tickets.mtc.com.au/production/13669

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Confused

Passion Productions together with the QLD Conservatory of Music presents CONfused, a fun- filled night of gender swap cabaret featuring a stellar cast of some of Brisbane’s most talented performers. The show runs from June 29th to July 1st with tickets start at $30.00 each with all proceeds going directly to two charities (Headspace and the Actors’ and Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund QLD).

Purchase your tickets from https://www.qtix.com.au/qcgu/event/CONfused_17.aspx

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Grease- The Arena Experience

The Newcastle season of Grease- The Arena Experience will play at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre from Friday, July 14th until Sunday, July 16th. Starring Meghan O’Shea (Singin’ in the Rain) and Drew Weston (Ghost the Musical) as Sandy and Danny, Grease- The Arena Experience includes a mass ensemble of over 600 young performers and guest stars Jemma Rix (Ghost the Musical, WICKED) as Teen Angel.

For further information and tickets head to http://www.greasearenashow.com

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Elise McCann – CD release 

Much loved Australian theatre performer Elise McCann’s (Matilda) debut CD Dahlesque is due for release on Friday, June 23rd. The CD features songs from movies and musicals based on books by Roald Dahl. Songs include My House, which McCann sung during her time in the Australian season of Matilda.

The CD can be pre- ordered from iTunes or purchased as a hard copy from http://elisemccann.com

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OPENING SHOWS  

VICTORIA

Southbank Theatre: Merrily We Roll Along (June 29th)

CLOSING SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Only Heaven Knows (June 24th)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Centre: Adelaide Cabaret Festival (June 24th)


VICTORIA

Chapel off Chapel: 21 Chump Street (June 18th)

Chapel off Chapel: Ordinary Days (June 18th)


AUSSIES ABROAD

Trevor Ashley

After wowing the London audiences at Wonderland in 2016, Australian performer Trevor Ashley (Les Miserables) presents his brilliant tribute to the iconic Liza Minnelli. LIZA’s Back! (is broken) explores the parts that Minnelli should have done over the last forty years.

The show runs from June 27th to July 2nd and tickets can be purchased from http://www.underbellyfestival.com/whats-on/trevor-ashley

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Broadway in the Park 

As part of the 2017 Broadway in the Park season Caroline O’Connor and the cast of Anastasia will perform at Bryant Park in New York on Thursday, July 27th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm alongside other on and off Broadway casts.

The event is free to attend and information can be found at http://bryantpark.org/programs/broadway-in-bryant-park

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West End Live

June 24th and 25th will see popular event West End Live return to Trafalgar Square for two days of free performances by the casts of West End musicals. Among them will be Australian performers Monica Swayne (Aladdin)Hugo Chiarella (Les Miserables)Suzie Mathers (WICKED) and Trevor Ashley (Liza’s Back! Is broken).

Further information can be found at http://www.westendlive.co.uk

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