Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

 

CURRENT SHOWS 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Aladdin

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Mamma Mia!

Hayes Theatre: The View Upstairs

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

VICTORIA

Chapel off Chapel: Gilligan’s Island

Comedy Theatre: American Idiot

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Story

Regent Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 

State Theatre: Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: The Rocky Horror Show

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES? 

Dream Lover creates history

Congratulations to the company of Dream Lover who have broken the Arts Centre, Melbourne record for the highest selling show ever to perform there. Dream Lover‘s final performance was today.

Here is the cast rendition of titular song “Dream Lover”

Mamma Mia! celebrates 100 shows

Compliments to the cast and crew on the performance of their 100th show on Sunday, March 4th. Mamma Mia! is currently playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre until May 6th with tickets and further information available from http://www.mammamiathemusical.com.au

Mamma Mia 100

CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Rocky Horror cast members announced for Melbourne

The Rocky Horror Show is teleporting itself to Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from July 13th and with it comes theatre veteran Todd McKenney (The Boy From Oz, Annie) who will portray Frank ‘N’ Furter while Shane Jacobson (Guys and Dolls, The Drowsy Chaperone) takes on the role of the narrator.

Tickets are available from https://rockyhorror.com.au

Todd McKenney grey suit

Theatre People Industry Night

Theatre People’s Industry Nights are back for 2018! Featuring a large cast of Australia’s finest musical theatre talent, the March edition is certain to be a hit. Performers include Angela Scundi (NINE, Tick Tick Boom), Adam Noviello (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Matilda), Gillian Cosgriff (8 Songs in 8 Weeks) and Kerrie Anne Greenland (Paris: A Rock Odyssey, Les Miserables). 

The show is on March 26th, 8pm at La Di Da, Melbourne with tickets available from https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=351971&

INDUSTRY NIGHT MARCH 26

OPENING NIGHTS

A Little Night Music

Thursday, March 1st saw the opening of A Little Night Music at The National Theatre, Melbourne. It is midsummer in Sweden. On a magical night that smiles three times, an ageing actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student and a buffoonish count are drawn into a tangled and hilarious web of love affairs. Featuring a lush score including ‘A Weekend In The Country’, ‘Liaisons’ and the ever-popular ‘Send In The Clowns’, A Little Night Music is a romantic tour-de-force.

The show returns for a sold out season in Nunawading on March 9th and 10th.

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American Idiot

On Wednesday, February 28th Green Day’s high octave rock ‘n’ roll musical American Idiot opened at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre ahead of the season that runs until March 11th before seasons in Brisbane and Darwin.

The role of St Jimmy will be rotated between Phil Jamieson, Adalita and Sarah McLeod. The schedule can be found at http://americanidiotlive.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ST-JIMMY-PERFORMANCE-LINE-UP.pdf

Tickets are available to purchase from http://americanidiotlive.com.au/tickets/

American Idiot girls

PERFORMANCES

Ladies Day Luncheon- Adelaide 500

Jemma Rix (Wizard of Oz, WICKED), Samantha Dodemaide (Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain) and Amy Lehpamer  (Beautiful, Sound of Music) performed at the Adelaide 500 on Thursday, March 1st. Rix and Dodemaide will be part of the Adelaide Festival Theatre season which commences on April 1st while Lehpamer who has just ended her run as Cynthia Weil in Beautiful will appear in The Production Company’s production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

Jemma, Amy, Sam

CELEBRATIONS

Birth: Frankie Pollard

Congratulations to Jordan Pollard (Singin’ in the Rain) and Cristina D’Agostino (Strictly Ballroom) on the birth of their baby girl Frankie. Frankie was born on February 21st, mum and baby are doing well.

Frankie

 

Baby Announcement:

Congratulations to Shannon O’Shea Burns (Grease) on the announcement that her and her husband Warren are expecting their second child due in August 2018.

Warren and Shan

OPENING SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: In The Heights (March 16th)

VICTORIA

Chapel off Chapel: Bare The Musical (March 20th)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Centre: Wizard of Oz (April 1st)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: The View Upstairs (March 11th)

VICTORIA

Chapel off Chapel: Gilligan’s Island (March 4th)

Comedy Theatre: American Idiot (March 11th)

State Theatre: Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical (March 4th)

The National Theatre Melbourne: A Little Night Music (March 3rd)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: The Rocky Horror Show (March 4th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

CATS Taiwan

Congratulations to the cast of CATS  Taiwan who  opened on Thursday, February 1st and are performing across the country till February 18th.

The Australian contingent are – Suzie Melloy as Bombalurina, Ashlee Smith as Demeter, Jazz Miller as Electra/Onstage Swing, Taryn Donna as Cassandra, Romina Villafranca as Victoria, Madison Green as Jennyanydots, Ellie Nunan as Offstage Swing (cover Grizabella, Jennyanydots and Jellylorum), Jal Joshua as Carbuckety, Matt Antonucci as Bill Bailey, Andrew Dunne as Offstage Swing (cover Old Deuteronomy and Gus/Growltiger), Hayden Baum as Skimbleshanks, Chris Favaloro as Mr Mistoffelees,  Taylor Scanlan as George/Onstage swing/Dance Captain and Aaron Lynch as Coricopat.

Ashlee Smith

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