All the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hayes Theatre: Spamalot
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Regent Theatre: Jersey Boys
AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Sydney’s Theatre Royal to re-open
This week saw the fantastic news regarding theatre in Sydney with the announcement that the Theatre Royal will re-open after being closed for the last three years.
Since late last year, MEAA and Live Performance Australia have been putting the pressure on the Theatre Royal’s owners Dexus and the NSW Government to get the theatre back up and running.
In November last year, MEAA President Chloe Dallimore joined Evelyn Richardson of Live Performance Australia and a group of MEAA and LPA members to present a petition signed by nearly 10,000 people. The delivery of the petition and the campaign received widespread media coverage.
This week saw Dexus enter into a conditional agreement for a 45-year lease with the NSW government to refurbish and run the theatre.
Congratulations to everyone involved and we can’t wait to enjoy the boost to the enjoyment of theatre in Sydney.
Show Announcement – Bring it On to come to Australia
This week saw the announcement of the return to Melbourne and professional Sydney premiere of BRING IT ON.
Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass and inspired by the hit film, BRING IT ON is a hilarious, high energy hit featuring explosive choreography with aerial stunts. BRING IT ON opens at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre on July 11th for three weeks before heading to Sydney’s State Theatre for two weeks from August 27th.
Tickets and further information can be found at https://bringitonthemusical.com.au
Show Announcement – The Dismissal: A New Australian Musical
Before Rudd, Gillard, Rudd, Abbott and Turnbull there was Gough Whitlam. This is history. Everything you will see in this play actually happened exactly the way we present it … including the singing and the dancing.
1975: In an unprecedented move, the unelected Governor General and representative of the Queen, Sir John Kerr, sacked the democratically elected Labor government and installed leader of the opposition Liberal party Malcolm Fraser as Prime Minister, thus turning Down Under upside down.
Award-winning music theatre powerhouse Squabbalogic returns from the wilderness, bringing the dark intrigue, larrikin humour and larger than life characters of The Dismissal to the stage in this vibrant, exuberant and rage-filled new Australian musical.
This Pre-World Premiere production written by Blake Erickson (Cry- Baby, High Fidelity) , Jay James- Moody (She Loves Me, The Book of Mormon) and Laura Murphy (Into the Woods, Muriel’s Wedding) provides a glimpse inside the creative process and invites the audience to participate in shaping the future of a new work. Don’t miss this limited work-in-progress event presentation as we develop, refine and redraft a new theatrical work before your eyes.
The show runs at Sydney’s Seymour Centre from June 18th to 22nd with tickets available from https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/the-dismissal/
Cast Announcement – American Psycho
Tuesday, March 19th saw the announcement of American Psycho’s remaining cast members Erin Clare (We Will Rock You) as Courtney Lawrence and Eric James Gravolin (Professional Musical Theatre Debut) as Tim Price.
American Psycho begins previews at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre on Friday, May 10th 2019 with tickets and further information available from https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/american-psycho/
Cast Announcement – Chicago
Pop, Six, Squish, Uh- uh, Cicero, Lipchitz !
Alinta Chidzey (A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder, Curtains) will lead the Merry Murderesses of the Cook County Jail as the sassy Velma Kelly alongside Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Neighbours, Funny Girl in Concert) who will portray the newest inmate Roxie Hart. Casey Donovan (RENT) plays the corrupt Matron “Mama” Morton. Rodney Dobson (Dream Lover, Les Miserables) will play Roxie’s vulnerable, sweet husband Amos Hart and J.Furtado (RENT) joins the cast as town gossip Mary Sunshine.
Performing alongside the star-studded leads will be the talented ensemble made up of Amy Berrisford, Andrew Cook, Todd Dewberry, Samantha Dodemaide, Ben Gillespie, Chaska Halliday, Travis Khan, Hayley Martin, Kristina McNamara, Joe Meldrum, Tom New, Jessica Vellucci, Romina Villafranca, Rachael Ward, Zachary Webster and Mitchell Woodcock.
Chicago commences previews at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on August 20th, 2019. Ticketing details can be found at http://www.chicagothemusical.com.au
Cast Announcement – Sunday in the Park with George
Following a sell-out season of A Little Night Music in 2018, celebrated Sondheim repertory company, Watch This, is thrilled to return in 2019 with Sunday in the Park with George.
In Paris, 1884, George Seurat strives to transform the way we see. While he sketches in a park, preoccupied with composition, balance, light and harmony, his subjects are busy wrestling with life in a changing world – in particular, his muse and mistress, Dot, who feels both alive and invisible within his gaze. A century on, another visual artist – also named George – faces a similar dilemma as he attempts to forge a new direction amidst the pressure of high-end commissions and the merciless glare of New York critics.
Joining previously announced Nick Simpson-Deeks (George), Vidya Makan (Dot) and Jackie Rees (George’s Mother) in the cast is Anton Berezin, Grace Browne, Anthony Craig, Josh Direen, Courtney Glass, Lauren Goetz, Winston Hillyer, Georgina Hopson, Sarah Krndija, Angela Lumicisi, Jordon Mahar, Greta Wilkinson and Raphael Wong.
The show runs at Melbourne’s Southbank Theatre from August 21st- 24th with tickets available from https://www.mtc.com.au/plays-and-tickets/other-companies/sunday-in-the-park-with-george/
CD Recording – Evie May
Evie May, A new musical by Australian’s Hugo Chiarella and Naomi Livingston, was first performed at Hayes Theatre last year and starred Amanda Harrison along withLoren Hunter, Bishanyia Vincent,Keegan Joyce, Tim Draxl and Jo Turner is being released as a highlights album with 16 tracks from the show.
The album is now available for preview and presale on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/id1455860155?app=itunes
Opening Night – Muriel’s Wedding
Helpmann Award winning Australian musical, Muriel’s Wedding opened at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on Saturday, March 24th.
“Starting its story in the technicolour sunshine of Gold Coast archetype, Porpoise Spit, from the outset this production, just like its source material, doesn’t hold back from making use of classic Aussie idioms and taking the mickey out of them at the same time. Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall have worked out quickly the importance of catchy, first-listen memorability in both their lyrics and melodies. The entire score is full of instantly hummable tunes and/or decidedly lyrical numbers that drive the narrative forward, while interweaving with ABBA’s songs seamlessly.”
The full review can be found at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/muriels-wedding-melbourne-review/#
Muriel’s Wedding runs in Melbourne until June 9th before moving to Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in late June. Tickets and further details can be found at https://murielsweddingthemusical.com
Opening Night – West Side Story
Opera Australia’s production of West Side Story opened in Sydney on Friday, June 22nd and despite the sky opening up the show was fantastic with special congrats going to the performers who despite the tricky choreography in the pouring rain on a raked stage were amazing and performed as the true professionals they are.
To see these talented performers you can purchase tickets at https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/west-side-story-on-sydney-harbour?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=hosh&utm_term=fireworks
Opening Night – The Book of Mormon
The award winning, hillarious musical The Book of Mormon opened at Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre on Wednesday, March 20th in front of an appreciative and loving audience. The Brisbane audiences are loving The Book of Mormon so much that many performances have already sold out. Brisbane audiences also received news this week that The Book of Mormon is set to return to the Brisbane stage in January 2020.
Tickets for the current Brisbane season of The Book of Mormon can be purchased from http://bookofmormonmusical.com.au
Also, great news for Western Australian fans, The Book of Mormon is heading to Perth’s Crown Theatre from September 3rd, 2019. Waitlist details can be found at http://bookofmormonmusical.com.au
Opening Night – Into The Woods
Thursday, March 21st saw the opening of Bloom Creative Production’s Into the Woods at The Concourse in Chatswood, NSW. The fabulous cast was spearheaded by Nat Jobe as The Baker, Katie McKee as The Baker’s Wife. The performances brought much joy and laughter to the audiences. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Celebrations – Jersey Boys
Well Done to the company of Jersey Boys who celebrated their 200th show on Sunday, March 17th at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. Friday, March 8th saw the company of Jersey Boys held a special charity performance: Four Seasons for Four Charities. Each of the Jersey Boys selected a cause important to them and $50 from every ticket sold was split between Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, Entertainment Assist, The Order of Australia Association & Connected Communities Melbourne. That money combined with funds raised from bucket collections & auctions on the night raised a huge $65,952.20
Congratulations and Thank You to everyone involved!
Baby Announcement- Graeme Isaako
Congratulations to Graeme Isaako (Aladdin) and his wife Rea on the arrival of their daughter Eve on March 3rd, 2019. Eve is the couple’s second child and a sister for the couple’s 18 month old son Soul.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Ensemble Theatre: The Last Five Years (March 29th)
Lyric Theatre: Saturday Night Fever (March 27th)
Comedy Theatre: Barnum (April 27th)
Adelaide Festival Theatre: Aladdin (April 6th)
Regal Theatre: Mimma: A Musical of War and Friendship (April 9th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Spamalot (April 13th)
Regent Theatre: Jersey Boys (April 14th)
School of Rock
The Australian Company of School of Rock have been performing in China, recently finishing their Shanghai season. Friday, March 22nd saw the highly anticipated show open at Beijing’s Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre Grand Theatre. The show runs in Beijing until April 14th before heading to Guangzhou and Suzhou.
If you are in China before April 28th, ticketing and further details can be found for School of Rock at https://www.247tickets.com/t/school-rock-musical-beijing
The Lion King
The first international tour of the world’s #1 musical coming to Thailand.
The Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions announces the international tour of Disney’s THE LION KING is to premiere in Bangkok promoted by BEC-Tero Scenario in September 2019 at Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre. The international tour, which is the 25th global production of Broadway’s landmark musical, will be performed in English with Thai subtitles.
“We’re excited to bring the world-renowned stage production of The Lion King to Thailand,” said Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. “Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team have realized a production of enormous scale, beauty and heart and I cannot wait for new audiences to join us.”
Ticket prices start at Bt1,500 and are available from Saturday 30 March 2019 at all ThaiTicketMajor outlets or log on to www.thaiticketmajor.com.