*Monday, June 22nd- Story Chunder
*Wednesday, June 24th- Sunday, June 28th- Who’s Your Baghdaddy or How I Started the Iraq War
*Wednesday, June 24th– Elenoa Rokobaro
*Wednesday, June 24th- Big Night In
*Friday, June 26th- Reservoir Room- Friday Night Live
*Friday, June 26th – Red Carpet Cabaret
Alan Cumming appointed as new Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director
Exciting news from the Adelaide Cabaret Festival as Alan Cumming (Cabaret, Endgame) becomes the Alan Cumming is the first-ever international Artistic Director in Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s history.
Cumming speaks highly of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, explaining that “To be asked to come and curate Adelaide Cabaret Festival after this missing year, to be able to bring together the most vibrant of the world’s cabaret performers, to ask them to entertain us, provoke us, make sense of the maelstrom we’re living through, and most of all remind us why cabaret is such a vital form of connection between performer and audience – well, it’s doesn’t get much better! ”
The full press release can be read at https://www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au/about/artistic-director/
Drama League Awards
Announced this week, the Drama League Awards saw Moulin Rouge! take home two awards including Outstanding Production of a Musical and the Distinguished Performance Award.
Moulin Rouge! is based on the 2001 Australian film by Baz Luhrmann with the musical written by Luhrmann and fellow Australian screenwriter Craig Pearce. The musical first opened in Boston, USA in 2018 before moving to Broadway in 2019. On July 28th, 2019 producer Carmen Pavlovic of Global Creatures announced that the international premiere of the musical would take place in her home country of Australia. The show will open in Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in 2021.
Australia is represented in the Moulin Rouge! cast by Karli Dinardo, Reed Luplau and Ricky Rojas.
About the Drama League Awards:
First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honours in the USA. They are the only major theatre awards chosen by a cross-section of the theatre community, specifically, by the industry professionals, producers, artists, audiences, and critics who are Drama League members nationwide.
Petition- Support for Australian Arts and Entertainment Workers
As aforementioned above, a petition to the Parliament of Australia has been started to ask the House to extend the JobKeeper payment to arts and entertainment sector workers who are currently ineligible; and deliver the Arts and Entertainment sector a tailored and properly targeted relief package to ensure its ongoing viability.
The petition was submitted by MEAA President, Chloe Dallimore is open until July, 8th 2020 and can be found at https://www.aph.gov.au/petition_list?id=EN1609
Thank you to everyone who has signed so far!
Lights Up On The Arts- Not Done Yet!
The team at Josh Robson Productions would like to thank everyone for tuning into Lights Up On The Arts- Not Done Yet! on Friday, June 19th. Starring performers from many Australian productions, the evening highlighted not only the amazing talent we have here but the plight of our performers during this time. You can still donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/luota2
The videos from the evening are available to watch at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=555099731828803
Hope Initiative- Tied Up With Strings
Written by A.J. Ridefelt (Post, Songs of the Northern River) and directed by Christian Cavallo (Kinky Boots, Heathers), Tied Up With Strings is a dark, quirky satire about the things we can’t let go of and how they consume us. It explores how material possessions can either enhance or inhibit our quality of life. At its core, the play is about consumerism and addiction. Starring Jacqueline Dark (The Sound of Music, The Ring Cycle) as Pearl, Michele Landsdown (NINE, The Hatpin) as Libby and Justin Smith (Billy Elliot, The Dismissal) as Julian, the highlights from this beautiful but heart wrenching story and a Q & A with Ridefelt can be viewed at https://www.hopenewworks.com/developments/tied-up-with-strings
Elenoa Rokobaro (Book of Mormon, Hairspray) will perform her ‘At Last’ concert on Wednesday, June 24th from the Old Fitz Theatre in an exclusive globally-streamed LIVE concert. 9 cameras, one unforgettable performance.
Performing with special guests Paulini (The Bodyguard) and Nana Matapule (Saturday Night Fever, RENT), Rokobaro delves deep into the musical canon that has marked the turning points of her life.
Tickets and further information are available from https://www.redlineproductions.com.au/elenoa-rokobaro-live-in-concert
QLD Arts and Cultural Recovery Package
Announced on Tuesday, June 16th, saw the Queensland Government’s Arts and Cultural Recovery Package includes a range of measures to strengthen the sector’s foundations for the future, drive new creative work, employ artists and arts workers, retain our skilled and talented creatives, and importantly, ensure the activation of our venues.
The package is part of stage two of their economic recovery strategy and includes:
*$11.3m – to offset revenue losses in our music and performing arts venues and organisations.
*$4.2m – to provide a pipeline of performing arts and live music to support our cultural and tourism recovery.
*$2.9m – partnerships with local councils, venues, artists, festivals and organisations to continue employment and provide unique experiences and
*$4.15m – to support temporary outdoor infrastructure, capital grant funding and to fund a virtual venue for performances and the development of an online Indigenous arts and crafts sales platform.
Further information is available at https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding/arts-and-cultural-recovery-package?fbclid=IwAR33daZ7T6qtgq1_1k6xyglM6R9wveNyghoiFRf9UO_RLy2Kgwa4qabit-g
The Boy From Oz Virtual Reunion
Featuring Todd McKenney as Peter Allen, the original company of The Boy From Oz gathered together virtually. The purpose of this virtual reunion of the Original Company of the production, dancing to ‘I Go To Rio’, is a celebration of The Australian Arts Community, an empowering trip down memory lane with the Original Cast, Crew and Creatives. A reminder that life in the Arts is a long, wonderful, sometimes heartbreaking journey.
In the words of the late Nick Enright, who wrote the book, “. . . you will have a wonderful life. There’ll be good bits and bad bits, but you will make the most of every moment. You will tell your life like a story and it’ll be a real adventure . . .”
The full article can be read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/boy-from-oz-virtual-reunion/
The production of this video was made possible by the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW, you can donate or find support at https://www.actorsbenevolentfund.org.au/donations
Rhonda Burchmore’s illustrious career has spanned over 35 years with her first Australian theatre production being Sugar Babies alongside Eddie Bracken. She later performed on the West End production of the show opposite Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller. She has since performed in The Production Company’s first show, Mame, Into the Woods, Jerry’s Girls, Mamma Mia! and The Drowsy Chaperone. In 2014, she was awarded an OAM for her services to the performing arts and the community.
During covid isolation, Rhonda’s Rewind gives theatre fans the opportunity to see a variety of performances and appearances from years gone by. On the first episode she reflects on variety television and my first live performances on The Mike Walsh Show and The Don Lane Show. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to join her rewind journey with new episodes every Monday!
Feature an incredible line up of talent from all over the world, including Australia’s Joel Parnis (Les Miserables), Miscast Musicals celebrates gender through the theme of relationships as seen in the world of American Musical Theatre – with music from shows like Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Mack & Mabel, Wicked and so many more.
One can watch the show below:
Australian musicians record ‘Seasons of Love’
Musical theatre leading lady, Amy Lehpamer (Sound of Music, Beautiful), Army band musician and university lecturer Sean O’Toole and performer/ public speaker Tim McCalllum performed RENT‘s ‘Seasons of Love’ alongside artists around the world.
The world tour of Phantom of the Opera featuring Claire Lyon as Christine will move to Keimyung Art Center, Daegu (approximately 3 hours South- East of Seoul by train) from Wednesday, March 19th 2020.
Tickets are available from https://www.phantomoftheopera.co.kr/Tickets/Tickets/Daegu