Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Mamma Mia!
Hayes Theatre: In The Heights
Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Aladdin
Chapel off Chapel: bare The Musical
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Regent Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?
Lola Montez returns for one night only
Written in 1957, Lola Montez is the most commercially successful Australian musical with an original score of all time. To celebrate the 60th Anniversary, the show returns for a one night only event on Saturday, June 2nd 2018 at Riverside Parramatta.
Unhappy as a lower middle class young Irish woman married to a military man, Lola Montez declared her independence, reinvented herself as a Spanish Dancer extraordinaire, and took on the world.
A great beauty of her time Lola’s famous lovers included writer Alexandre Dumas, pianist/composer Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria with whom she lived at court, was made a Countess and practically ran Bavaria for two years.
Starring Debora Krizak (Cabaret, Anything Goes) as Lola Montez the cast also includes Scott Irwin (They’re Playing Our Song, Hairspray) as Sam, Joel Granger (Brigadoon, Big Fish) as Daniel, Stefanie Jones (Brigadoon, The Sound of Music) as Jane, Peter Cousens (Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon) as Smith, Red Symons (Hey Hey It’s Saturday) as Seekamp, Caitlin Berry (Melba, Kiss Me Kate) as Gisela, Luke Joslin (Shrek, Brigadoon) as Wilson/ Sheriff, Kaeng Chan (Muriel’s Wedding, A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il) as Crosbie, Genevieve Lemon (Diplomacy, Melba) as Rose, Josie Lane (Miracle City, Little Shop of Horrors) as Cherry/ Ensemble and Brendan Xavier (Into the Woods) as Jocko/ Ensemble.
Tickets are available from https://riversideparramatta.
Come From Away flies into Australia
This week saw the long awaited announcement that hit musical Come From Away will fly into Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in July 2019.
Come From Away tells the true story of the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It depicts the extraordinary convergence on September 12, 2001, when 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, almost doubling the population of the remote Canadian town.
For further information and to join the waitlist go to https://comefromaway.com.au
Stalker – Casting Brief
RPG Productions are now casting for Stalker the Musical.
Stalker the Musical is a brand new piece of Australian musical theatre.
Stalker is a deliberately provocative title. But the show isn’t really that controversial. It creates a dystopian world, where ‘stalking’ women is the norm, men are encouaged to look – and the girls in turn love the attention. There is only one rule in town, people do not and cannot fall in love.
The town is thrown into chaos when a stranger arrives on the scene, a stranger not from this world, who has no idea how he arrived or how to leave. Worse still, the stranger introduces the town to the concept of ‘love’, with tumultuous results.
Further audition information can be found at https://www.rpgproductions.
The cast for the April edition of Broadway Unplugged has been announced ahead of the show at The Toff, Melbourne on April 2nd.
Australian musical theatre talents including Bernard Angel (The Lion King), Sophie Carter (Songs For A New World), Samm Hagen (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Meghan O’Shea (Grease- The Arena Experience), Jenni Little (
Hosted by Gillian Cosgriff, tickets can be purchased from http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/
Gypsy – Full Cast Announced
Sunday, March 25th saw the announcement of the full cast of Hayes Theatre’s Gypsy. Joining the previously announced Blazey Best (Miracle City) and Laura Bunting (RENT) are Sophie Wright (Kinky Boots), Anthony Harkin (The View Upstairs), Jane Watt (Gate 64), Mark Hill (Muriel’s Wedding), Rob Johnson (Calamity Jane), Jessica Vickers (Miracle City) and Matthew Predney (High Fidelity).
Further information can be found at http://www.theatrepeople.com.
Brisbane’s Underground Broadway will present the April edition of their show on Monday, April 16th. Be Our Guest presents performers from current touring productions as well as local performers and up and coming juniors.
Tickets are available from https://www.trybooking.com/
Witches CD release
Bringing together four of Australia’s most acclaimed musical theatre performers, Witches was inspired by a concert that premiered in July 2016 at the Sydney Opera House. Lucy Durack (Wizard of Oz), Amanda Harrison (The Rocky Horror Show), Helen Dallimore (WICKED) and Jemma Rix (Wizard of Oz) perform songs from Into the Woods, The Witches of Eastwick as well as magical favourites from Frozen, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and more. The album also contains the world premiere recording of Matthew Lee Robinson’s ‘Princess’, written for Lucy Durack.
Witches will be available from Friday, April 13th at The ABC Shop https://shop.abc.net.au/lucy-
Beautiful celebrates their 200th show
Congratulations to the Australian company of Beautiful who celebrated their 200th show on Sunday, March 25th. Beautiful is currently running at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre before they move to Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre.
Tickets for both cities can be purchased from http://www.beautifulmusical.
bare The Musical
The professional Victorian premiere of bare opened at Chapel off Chapel on Wednesday, March 21st. With rave reviews, be sure to buy your tickets quickly. The show runs until April 15th with tickets available from www.chapeloffchapel.com.au
In the Heights
Thursday, March 22nd saw the the sold out In The Heights open at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre to a standing ovation. Congratulations to all involved!
QPAC Playhouse: American Idiot (April 13th)
Festival Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (April 1st)
Chapel off Chapel: Garfield – The Musical With Cattitude (April 3rd)
Hisense Arena: Grease – The Arena Experience (April 13th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: In The Heights (April 15th)
QPAC Playhouse: American Idiot (April 21st)
Chapel off Chapel: bare The Musical (April 15th)
Chapel off Chapel: Garfield- The Musical With Cattitude (April 15th)
Hisense Arena: Grease – The Arena Experience (April 15th)