ALL THE LATEST NEWS IN THE WEEKLY WRAP!

 

Support Act Wellbeing Helpline

This week saw the announcement that the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline has been expanded beyond the music and theatre industries to now incorporate all artists and arts workers across Australia. Call 1800 959 500 to discuss any aspect of your mental health or wellbeing with qualified clinicians who understand the particular challenges of a career in the arts, especially during these difficult times or head to https://supportact.org.au/

 

WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK

*Friday, May 22nd: Amanda Harrison (8:00pm)

https://www.facebook.com/eventsgeelong

 

IsoLate Late Show (8:00pm) https://www.facebook.com/thelittleredcompany

 

*Saturday, May 23rd: Kurt Phelan (10:00am AEST)

https://www.facebook.com/events/266315851087781/

 

*Sunday, May 24th: SELF (8:00pm)

https://www.facebook.com/pg/SELFaus

 

*Monday, May 25th: The Story Chunder (7:00pm)

https://www.instagram.com/thestorychunder/?hl=en

 

Australian Story (8:00pm)

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SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Hamilton brings the revolution to Sydney

With the book, music & lyrics by Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton the Musical tells the story of founding father of the USA, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was a politician, lawyer, military commander and economist. He was also Secretary of the Treasury under President George Washington.

The musical takes audience members through his early years, the American Revolutionary War, his years serving George Washington, his fall from grace and his death. It is told through singing, rap and hip-hop.

Hamilton is set to open in Sydney in March 2021 with tickets on sale from August 24th, 2020 at https://hamiltonmusical.com.au/

Don’t throw away your shot!

 

Belvoir In Concert

To say thanks for all your support Belvoir are pleased to announce their first ever online concert! Streaming from Friday, May 22nd for one weekend only, Belvoir in Concert presents the best of Belvoir’s songs in a series of specially recorded performances by their original cast members. Just for the joy of it!

The cast includes Laura Bunting (Calamity Jane, Muriel’s Wedding), Virginia Gay (Calamity Jane)Esther Hannaford (Beautiful, Little Shop of Horrors), Brent Hill (Little Shop of Horrors, School of Rock), Kimberley Hodgson (Fangirls, Aladdin), James Majoos (Fangirls)Zahra Newman (Book of Mormon) and many more.

For further information, head to https://belvoir.com.au/events/belvoir-in-concert/

 

 

Kings of Broadway 2020

Kings Of Broadway 2020, an online concert celebrating the music of the legendary Broadway composers Jule Styne, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim (the latter two whose lyrics will also be celebrated), will premiere at 7:00pm on Sunday, May 31st 2020  NY  Time (which is 9:00am on Monday, June 1st for those on the East Coast of Australia) at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCey0pExKE0Y5MWNjZHIGzmQ/featured. The evening will feature musical direction from Alex Parker.

The evening will star our own Anna O’Byrne (My Fair Lady, Love Never Dies) alongside performers such as Ramin Karimloo.

 

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020: Bite-Sized & Home Delivered 

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020: Bite-Sized & Home Delivered will highlight cabaret favourites sharing pithy posts – stories, snippets and songs recorded whilst they’ve been in isolation and responding to the classic line from Life Is A Cabaret: ‘What Good Is Sitting Alone In Your Room?’

Cabaret devotees can tune in on social media from June 5th-20th, where video memories will be posted, including photos from the cabaret archives as we tip our bowler hats to 20 years of Adelaide Festival Centre’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Julia Zemiro said while audiences could not meet in person this year, she was looking forward to celebrating the spirit of South Australia’s favourite winter event: Everything we love about cabaret and performance is that feeling of real people around you- sharing something, laughing, singing, crying, clapping, dancing, chatting.

 “While there is no way we could re-create the amazing program the team and I had put together this year, we didn’t want to leave an empty space.”

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020: Bite-Sized & Home Delivered artist line-up:

Caroline Nin, Ali McGregor, David Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Sarah Ward, Josh Quong-Tart, Bec Matthews, Thando, Robyn Archer, Libby O’Donovan, Beccy Cole, The Sisters of Invention, David Finnigan, Bert LaBonte, Jeanne Plante, Trevor Jones, All The Queens Men, Max Savage, The Hamiltons, Geraldine Quinn, Carsie Blanton, Plonk Family Band, Marcel Lucont, Ash Flanders, Anne Pigalle, Sam McMahon, Nicci Wilks, Catherine Alcorn and James Galea

For further details, you can head to https://www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au/bite-sized-home-delivered/about/ 

 

Riverside Theatres Digital

Riverside Theatres are thrilled to announce Riverside Theatres Digital, a series of specially produced concerts, digital film screenings and more.

With their physical doors shut, the Riverside team have been hard at work creating this brand-new unique viewing experience, ensuring audiences can stay connected and entertained over this time. The concerts will be fully live multi camera events, streaming once only, on Sunday nights just after the sun sets at 5:00pm. The series commences on May 31 with the first two concerts ’Choose what you pay’ ticketing with a minimum ticket price of only $12.00.

The stellar production team includes Helpmann Award-winner and Riverside favourite Luke Joslin directing the highs and lows of your favourite musical theatre songs performed by stars Rachael Beck, Daniel Belle, Michael Cormick, Robert McDougall and Penny McNamee, with legendary musical director Michael Tyack AM on piano. The second concert serves up sidesplitting laughs with The Wharf Revue’s Jonathan Biggins and Phil Scott as they present their No Cabaret for Old Men.

With something for everyone, more concert details will be announced soon.

What: Riverside Theatres Digital
When: 5:00pm Sundays from May 31
Where: https://riversideparramatta.com.au
Tickets: Starting from $12.00

 

NEW WORKS

 

HOPE New Works Development Initiative 

This week saw the Hope. New Work Development Initiative release highlights for Beau Wants To Be A Billionaire. 

Life isn’t going well for Beau, until an appearance on the game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Billionaire,’ sends Beau’s world spiralling out of control in a clash of identity, family, love and grief. This musical is a whacky, farcical over the top comedy packed to the brim with humour and heartache in contemporary Australia.

Further information can be found at https://www.hopenewworks.com/developments/beau-billionaire

A Q & A with writers Conor Neylon and Jackson Peele can be seen at https://youtu.be/ShwUovpZRDg

 

CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS

 

Cancellation: Bran Nue Dae

A new production of the Indigenous musical Bran Nue Dae, presented by The Opera Conference, that was scheduled for a full national tour in 2020 to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary, is the latest production to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 restrictions.

This latest cancellation follows the announcement last month that the return Sydney season, along with the Melbourne and Geelong seasons were not proceeding.

As the restrictions on mass gatherings are extended, it is no longer possible to stage the remaining legs of the tour in Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide scheduled for July and August.

 A full media release can be read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/bran-nue-dae-tour-cancelled

 

LIVE STREAMS 

 

Amanda Harrison 

Australian musical theatre star Amanda Harrison (Evie May, WICKED) will be performing live from the Geelong Performing Arts Centre tonight (May 22nd) at 8:00pm. Harrison will be singing some of the most pop- u – lar songs. She will be accompanied by award winning musical director and composer Mark Jones.

The performance can be viewed at https://geelongartscentre.org.au/

 

Kurt Phelan

From NYC with LOVE is a musical love letter from NYC and a huge hug from the epicentre of this global hurdle, where Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing, American Idiot) has been living and working for the past year, stirring up the scene in such shows as Rent and directing and starring in Mondays at the Pub at the iconic Joe’s Pub.

As I sit in my NYC apartment doing zoom meetings and looking down the barrel of being alone in a hotel for 14 days, I realise that I would like to give you all a parting gift,” says Phelan. “Isolation gave us all time to think. I found myself reminiscing and becoming very nostalgic.

From NYC with LOVE will be performed by Kurt Phelan along-side his husband, Emmy Award-winning composer Lance Horne, live from their house on the Upper West Side from 8:00pm EST Friday, May 22nd (Saturday, May 23rd from 10:am EST/AUS)

To watch head to the links below:

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWd0SprUXshP00iRY1Hrrrg

FACEBOOK: https://m.facebook.com/KurtPhelanAus/

 

SELF

 An encore Performance of our 2017 dance theatre production, SELF streaming next Sunday 24 May 8:00pm AEST on the SELF Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SELFaus . Stay tuned afterwards for an exclusive look into the development process with the show’s cast and creatives.

The online broadcast of SELF is raising funds for Arts Wellbeing Collective, a service that supports the mental health of all Australians working in the performing arts.

The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 is pushing thousands of our most vibrant, creative and passionate artists to the brink.

 

 

The IsoLate Late Show

This week on the IsoLate Late Show, musical theatre performers Stefanie Caccamo (Once, Beautiful) and Stefanie Jones (Dream Lover, The Sound of Music) will be performing.

The show will air at 8:00pm on Friday, May 22nd at https://www.facebook.com/pg/theisolatelateshow

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VIDEOS

 

Lucy Durack 

This week will see Lucy Durack (WICKED, Wizard of Oz) among other artists appear on Australian Story on Monday, May 25th at 8:00pm to speak about being a performer during COVID-19. For more information head to https://www.facebook.com/ABCAustralianStory/

 

Courtney and Emily Monsma- ‘Colours of the Wind’

Courtney Monsma (Frozen, SIX) was joined this week by her talented sister Emily Monsma (WICKED) and family friend Jake Cropley to perform a rendition of ‘Colours of the Wind’ from Disney’s Pocahontas.

The performance can be seen below:

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