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NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hayes Theatre: American Psycho
Lyric Theatre: Saturday Night Fever
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon
Comedy Theatre: Barnum
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Adelaide Festival Theatre: Aladdin
AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Helpmann Awards to be presented in Melbourne
For the very first time in Melbourne, the stars of the Australian live theatre and entertainment industry come together for two remarkable nights to celebrate the 2019 Helpmann Awards. Forty-two prestigious Helpmann Awards will be presented at the Victorian home of the performing arts, Arts Centre Melbourne.
ACT 1– (to be held on) Sunday, July 14th will see awards presented for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play, Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play, Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera, Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera, Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, Best Music Direction, Best Original Score, Best Presentation for Children and Young People, Best Regional Touring Production, Best Choreography in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production, Best Choreography in a Musical, Sue Nattrass Award, Best Direction of an Opera, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Direction of a Play.
ACT 2 which will be held on Monday, July 15th will see the awards for the following presented: Best Male Actor in a Musical, Best Female Actor in a Musical, Best Male Actor in a Play, Best Female Actor in a Play, Best Comedy Performer, Best Cabaret Performer, Best Male Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production Best Female Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production, Best Male Performer in an Opera, Best Female Performer in an Opera, JC Williamson Award, Best International Contemporary Concert, Best Contemporary Music Festival, Best Australian Contemporary Concert, Best Individual Classical Music Performance, Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert, Best Symphony Orchestra Concert, Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production, Best Ballet, Best Dance Production, Best Opera, Best Musical, Best Production of a Play and Best New Australian Work.
Nominees for these awards will be announced on Tuesday, June 11th.
Further event details and ticketing details can be found at http://www.helpmannawards.com.au/eventdetails/
Show Announcement: HAIR
A brand new Australian production of the much-loved rock musical HAIR will come alive in the Concert Hall from 3 – 6 October as part of a national tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show’s Australian premiere.
Set in the turbulent and idealistic 1960s, at a time when faith in the establishment and the social status quo were shaken and there was widespread resistance to the Vietnam War, HAIR’s inspiring themes of identity, community, global responsibility and peace continue to resonate, examining what it means to be a young person in a changing world.
Leading the cast in this new production of HAIR is award-winning TV and theatre star Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters) in the role of Bergerand powerhouse vocalist Paulini as Dionne.
Further information and ticketing details can be found at https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/musical-theatre/2019/hair.html
Cast Announcement: Any Moment– A New Musical
Celebrating the release of the Any Moment ‘Studio Concept Recording’, Melbourne will get the exclusive first look at a new work from award winning writer/performer Bradley McCaw. Featuring an all-star cast including John O’Hara (School of Rock, #VAL) and Helpmann winner Kerrie–Anne Greenland (Les Miserables,Pictures), Vidya Makan (Sunday in the Park with George, American Idiot) and the writer himself, Bradley McCaw (Becoming Bill).
Set over the course of 24 hours, the work begins at Midnight on New Year’s Eve, and moves throughout a single town, hearing stories from various individuals, as the clock tumbles toward Midnight and a New Year. Inspired by hit musicals like ‘Songs for A New World,’ and ‘Closer Than Ever,’ Any Moment is proof of the new generation of Australia writers and artists bringing exciting world class independent works to stage here. Come and see it for yourself! FIRST. Before New York & London.
There are two performances only, on Tuesday, June 25th and Wednesday, June 26th at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel with tickets available from https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/any-moment-bradley-mccaw/
Cast Announcement: Catch Me If You Can
Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a Tony Award-winning “dream team,” with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).
The Australian cast for the Sydney Premiere to be performed at Hayes Theatre production was announced this week. The role of Frank Abagnale Jr is Jake Speer making his Hayes debut. Speer spent the first three years after graduating from NIDA, playing the role of series regular Oscar Maguire in Home and Away. His stage credits include Kinky Boots, Marjorie Prime, Barefoot in the Park and Hand to God. The role of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, as made famous by Tom Hanks, is stage and screen star Tim Draxl. Draxl has an extensive list of television and film credits including series regular Henry Fox in Foxtel’s A Place to Call Home and was most recently on stage at the Hayes Theatre in Evie May. Draxl will soon present his oneman cabaret Love is a Drag as part of the inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival. The role of Frank Abagnale Sr is being played by legend of stage and screen Simon Burke AO. Burke has appeared in over 130 stage productions in Australia and the UK, most recently Mary Stuart for Sydney Theatre Company, as well as countless film and TV performances.
In the role of Brenda Strong, Frank Jr’s romantic interest, and also making her Hayes debut is Jessica Di Costa (Mamma Mia, Grease), and as Paula Abagnale, Frank’s mother, is esteemed triple threat performer Penny Martin (Dirty Dancing, Chicago). The glamourous female ensemble comprises Monique Salle (Rent), Hannah McInerney (Dogfight), newcomer Stacey Thomsett and Erica Stubbs (Saturday Night Fever) while the dapper male ensemble features Jordan Angelides (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Jarrod Draper (Mimma!) and Riley Sutton (Dream Lover).
Tickets and further information can be found at https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/catch-me-if-you-can/
Announcement: Home Grown 5th Anniversary
On May 26th, Home Grown is celebrating their 5th Anniversary with a performance at Chapel off Chapel featuring the music of Australian composers including Matthew Lee Robinson, Eddie Perfect, Dean Bryant, & Mathew Frank, Yve Blake, Amity Dry, Paul Hodge & Cal Silberstein, Katie Weston, Jamie M Millar & Peter Rutherford,Vidya Makan and Christopher Harley.
Tickets can be found at https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/home-grown-5th-anniversary/
Wedding: Daniel Assetta and Tobias Madden
Congratulations to Daniel Assetta (WICKED) and his husband Tobias Madden (Mary Poppins) on their wedding which took place this past weekend in front of family and friends. We wish you all the best!
Photo Credit: PJ Clarke
School of Rock rocks their 200th performance
Congratulations to the company of School of Rock who have celebrated their 200th performance in Shenzhen, China over the weekend.
Metro Arts: The House of Mirrors and Hearts (May 15th)
Arts Centre Melbourne: Lazarus (May 18th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: American Psycho (June 9th)
Metro Arts: The House of Mirrors and Hearts (May 18th)
QPAC: Book of Mormon (June 1st)
Comedy Theatre: Barnum (June 2nd)
School of Rock
The Australian cast of School of Rock has arrived in Seoul, South Korea ahead of performances at the Charlotte Theater in Seoul from June 8th to August 25th and will move to Busan to be played at the Dream Theater and at Keimyung Art Center in Daegu in September.