All the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hayes Theatre: Razorhurst
Festival Theatre: Book Of Mormon
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Show Announcement: Shrek
On Sunday, June 16th Australia’s leading theatre producer John Frost announced that the Broadway smash hit Shrek is coming to Australia. This fun multi-million dollar musical will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star in early January 2020, followed by seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne and the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane.
Theatre lovers can be the first in line to purchase tickets at shrekthemusical.com.au. Tickets for the Sydney season will go on sale from July 5th with presales from July 1st. Information can be found at https://shrekthemusical.com.au/
Cast Announcement: The Beautiful Game
The Beautiful Game tells the haunting story of life and love during the turmoil of living in 1960s and 1970s Northern Ireland.
The opportunity to play the Beautiful Game (football or soccer) is overshadowed by the gradual worsening of the Catholic and Protestant conflict. This sentiment is echoed by the song ‘Let Us Love in Peace’.
It is Australia’s turn to see this heart breaking love story come to life on stage as the show opens on September 13th at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel. Leading the cast is Stephen Mahy (Mamma Mia!, Grease) as John and Stephanie Wall (The Wizard of Oz).
They will be joined by Nicola Bowman, Des Flanagan, Nigel Huckle, David Meadows, Ellie Nunan, Samuel Skuthorp, Sam Ward, Finn Alexander, Robbie Breugelmans, Rebecca Cullinan, Liam Dodds, Emma Drysdale, Jake Gardner, Mikey Halcrow, Lachlan Hamill, Quin Kelly, Sophie Loughran, Jessica Mills, Fletcher O’Leary, Bronson Pfeiler, Matthew Prime and Caitlin Spears.
Tickets and further information are available from https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/the-beautiful-game/
Cast Announcement: Thoroughly Modern Millie
In thoroughly exciting news, Tuesday June 25th saw the announcement of the full cast of The Production Company’s season of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Joining Annie Aitken who is portraying Millie Dillmount are Marina Prior as Mrs Meers, Claire Lyon as Miss Dorothy Brown, Queenie Van De Zandt as Muzzy Van Hossmere, Adam Jon Fiorentino as Trevor Graydon, Nigel Huckle as Jimmy Smith, Keith Brockett as Ching Ho, Jonathan Chan as Bun Foo and Angela Scundi as Miss Flannery.
The ensemble members are Mia Dabkowski-Chandler, Sage Douglas, Mackenzie Dunn, Kala Gare, Chloe Honing, Suzanne Steele, Angelina Thomson, Luke Alleva, Nadia Coote, Emily Corkeron, Andrew Coshan, Josh Gates, Rubin Matters, Susie Melloy, Matthew Prime, Robbie Smith, Rhys Velasquez and Romy Vuksan.
The show opens at Melbourne’s State Theatre on August 3rd.
Tickets and further information can be found at https://www.theproductioncompany.com.au/millie/
Cast Announcement: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Thursday, June 20th saw the announcement of the five boys who will portray golden ticket holder, Charlie Bucket during the Melbourne season of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The five boys are Benjamin Belsey (Professional Debut), Elijah Slavinskis (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Kinky Boots), Edgar Stirling (Professional Debut), Lenny Thomas (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Boy From Oz) and Lachlan Young (Kinky Boots, Dream Lover).
The Melbourne season of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory commences at Her Majesty’s Theatre on August 9, 2019 with tickets available from https://charliethemusical.com.au/tickets/melbourne/
Cast Announcement: Bring It On
Following an extended premiere season and three Green Room Award nominations, including Best Production of a Musical, the spectacular stage show inspired by the cult classic movie of the same name, returns for an explosive national tour with a cast of 28 triple-threat actor-singer-dancers and high-flying cheerleading champions.
Campbell, cheer-leading royalty and squad captain at Truman High School will be played by Kirby Burgess who recently appeared as The Ringmaster in Barnum and Baby in Dirty Dancing. Set to star alongside Kirby is newcomer Jasmine Smith, in the role of headstrong and hardworking Danielle, the dance crew leader at neighbouring Jackson High School.
Other new cast members performing principal roles include Dayton Tavares (Billy Elliot, In The Heights, West Side Story) as Twig, Coby Njoroge (Carmen, Saturday Night Fever) as Cameron, Baylie Carson (Hello, Dolly!, Dusty) as Bridget and Sebastian Johnston as Steven.
Reprising their principal roles in the sell-out Australian premiere is Karla Tonkich (Brigadoon, Legally Blonde, We Will Rock You, Grease) as Eva, Thomas McGuane (Jersey Boys, The Drowsy Chaperone) as Randall, Hollie James (Rocky Horror Show, My Fair Lady) as Kylar, Emily Thompson (Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown) as Skylar, Samantha Bruzzese (The Bodyguard, In The Heights) as Nautica and Marty Alix (In the Heights) in the hilarious role of La Cienega.
The ensemble cast includes Jayden Wall, Luca Dinardo, Annie Chiswell, Ben Scarmozzino, Braide Mullane, Celina Yuen, Daniel Ham, Maxine Champion, Jordan Turner, Sena Fujiwara, Leigh Sleightholme and Ned Zaina.
Explosive choreography and electrifying aerial stunts will be performed by world class cheerleading champions Ossie Mclean who originally hails from Perth, Daniel Buyeske, Katherine Abela and Caitlyn Hammond.
Tickets are available from https://bringitonthemusical.com.au/
Cast Announcement: Chicago
Former Neighbour’s star and musical theatre performer Jason Donovan will portray slick lawyer Billy Flynn for the Melbourne season of hit musical, Chicago. Donovan returns to the West End Stage as Pharoah in the London Palladium production of Joseph the Musical from June 27th.
Tickets for the Melbourne and subsequent seasons of Chicago can be purchased at https://chicagothemusical.com.au/cast/jason-donovan/
Nominations announced for 2019 Helpmann Awards
Congratulations to the 2019 Helpmann Award nominees in the Musical Theatre categories. Nominated for the top award of Best Musical are In The Heights, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Barbara and the Camp Dogs and West Side Story.
The 42 awards (across all categories) will be presented on July 14th and 15th at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.
Further details can be found at http://www.helpmannawards.com.au/
Opening Night: Razorhurst
Congratulations to the company of Razorhurst which opened at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre on Tuesday, June 18th.
The Australian Premiere tells the story of Tilly Devine (Amelia Cormack) and Kate Leigh (Debora Krizak) who together haunt the brothels and sly grog dens they used to rule in Sydney’s Surry Hills early to mid last century.
They reminisce about dodging the cops, violent partners and the razor gangs skulking in the shadows.
Tickets for the show can be purchased at https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/razorhurst/ be quick though as the show runs until July 13th.
Baby Announcement: Rowena and Joel Rasmussen
Congratulations to Aussie performers Rowena (American Idiot) and Joel (The Boy From Oz) Rasmussen on the announcement of their baby due mid December. This will be their second child.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Eternity Playhouse: Once (June 26th)
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)
Comedy Theatre: Come From Away (July 3rd)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Razorhurst (July 13th)
Arts Centre Melbourne: A Little Night Music (July 6th)
King Kong to open in Shanghai
Carmen Pavlovic (Global Creatures), Roy Furman and Harmonia Holdings announced this week that King Kong, the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation, will open in Shanghai in 2021.
Tickets to King Kong are on sale through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200 and online at www.Telecharge.com. Tickets for groups of ten or more are available by calling 866-302-0995 or by email at [email protected].
For further details of this announcement read https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/king-kong-to-open-in-shangai/