Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

 

CURRENT SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Mamma Mia!

Sydney Lyric Theatre: The Book of Mormon

Hayes Theatre: Carmen, Live or Dead

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Aladdin

VICTORIA

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

Regent Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES? 

OPENING NIGHTS

Aladdin announcements

Disney today confirmed that Perth-born, Brisbane-based performer Shubshri Kandiah will take over the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin from Wednesday 23 May 2018.

The role will mark Shubshri’s professional musical theatre debut, having only graduated from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in December last year. She will play Princess Jasmine for the final two weeks of the Brisbane run at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, before taking flight for her hometown of Perth with performances from 19 July at Crown Theatre.

Also announced today was the Adelaide season of Aladdin which will fly into the Adelaide Festival Theatre from April 2019. This is the first time a main stage Disney Theatrical production has ever been presented in South Australia.

A waitlist is now open for those wishing to be first in line for tickets when they go on pre-sale in October.
To register visit aladdinthemusical.com.au
Princess Jasmine

 

Carmen, Live or Dead

Saturday, April 28th saw the opening of Carmen, Live or Dead at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre. Starring Natalie Gamsu in the titular role, the show tells the story of Carmen Frida Leon Davidovich, the love child of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky and explores the complexities as Carmen who is at the end of her life takes us on a reflective journey of discovery.

Carmen, Live or Dead also features Stefanie Jones (Sound of Music) and Andrew Kroenert (Dream Lover) and runs until May 13th. Tickets are available at https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/220/

Carmen Opening

CELEBRATIONS

Wedding: Sophie Wright

Congratulations to Sophie Wright (Kinky Boots) and her husband Drew on Sunday, April 22nd.

Sophie and Drew

Wedding: Hilary Cole and Ryan Bondy

Congratulations also to Hilary Cole (Muriel’s Wedding) and her husband Ryan Bondy (Book of Mormon) whose wedding took place on Monday, April 23rd.

Ryan and Hilary

Show Milestone: Book of Mormon celebrates 500 shows

Thursday, April 26th 2018 saw the Australian company of Book of Mormon celebrate their 500th performance ! Book of Mormon is currently playing at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre with tickets available from http://bookofmormonmusical.com.au

BOM 500

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (May 13th)

Hayes Theatre: Gypsy (May 16th)

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Darwin Entertainment Centre: American Idiot (May 3rd)

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: Wizard of Oz (May 12th)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre Perth: Mamma Mia! (May 15th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Carmen, Live or Dead (May 6th)

Capitol Theatre: Mamma Mia! (May 6th)

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (May 5th)

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Darwin Entertainment Centre: American Idiot (May 6th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

David Harris

Priscilla’s David Harris will perform at the Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York as part of An Evening with Lynn Ahrens. Lynn Ahrens wrote lyrics for RagtimeAnastasia and Once on this Island. The show runs for five performances only from May 5th to 7th. Tickets are available from https://www.92y.org/event/an-evening-with-lynn-ahrens.

Harris will return to Australia in time for the opening night of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in Sydney. Priscilla commences their Sydney season on May 13th with tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Priscilla-Queen-of-the-Desert-tickets/artist/1061975?dma_id=702 .

Priscilla David Harris as Tick

Amy Manford

Congratulations to London based Australian performer Amy Manford (Phantom of the Opera) who performed the national anthem at London’s official dawn service on ANZAC Day. Manford performed in the presence of HRH Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.

A video of the occasion can be viewed on Manford’s official facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/amymanfordsoprano/videos/1677270775694911/

Strictly Ballroom

Congratulations to the company of Strictly Ballroom on their opening night on Tuesday, April 24th at the Piccadilly Theatre on London’s West End. Tickets to Baz Luhrmann’s hit Australian musical can be purchased from https://strictlyballroomthemusical.com

The cast performed on the BBC ‘s The One Show ahead of opening night.

https://www.facebook.com/strictlyballroomthemusical/videos/968533046657806/

Strictly Ballroom West End selfie

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