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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
Arts Centre Melbourne: Lazarus
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
Hamilton coming to Australia
Hamilton will make its Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in a new production beginning March 2021.
Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, the story of America then, as told by America now.
Featuring book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.
Those interested in the show can sign up to the waitlist at https://hamiltonmusical.com.au
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory announces Brisbane Season
Get ready Brisbane, Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas are relocating the factory to Brisbane from March 2020!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is perhaps Roald Dahl’s best-known story and has proved to be one of the most enduring children’s books of all time. The story of Charlie Bucket, the five Golden Tickets, the Oompa-Loompas and the amazing Willy Wonka has become firmly embedded in our culture since it was first published in 1964. Conservative estimates suggest the original book has sold over 20 million copies worldwide; it is now available in 61 languages.
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film including “Pure Imagination”, “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket”, alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.
Further information can be found at https://charliethemusical.com.au
Guilty Pleasures to play at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel
With original music by Hugo Chiarella (Les Miserables) and Robert Tripolino (Aladdin), Guilty Pleasures sees music theatre dynamo Angelique Cassimatis (Rocky Horror Show and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert) portray the lives of ordinary women driven to acts of extraordinary violence.
Josh Robson’s (Rob Guest Endowment Winner, Les Miserables) book explores how love, passion, jealousy, loneliness and desperation can lead us to react far beyond the limits we ever thought we would. With a live 4-piece band and choreography by Amy Campbell (In the Heights, Oklahoma), Guilty Pleasures is as dark as it is witty and energetic.
The show runs at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel on July 12th and 13th with tickets available from https://chapeloffchapel.com.au/show/guilty-pleasures/
Book of Mormon celebrates their 900th show
Congratulations to the company of The Book of Mormon who over the weekend in Brisbane celebrated their 900th performance. The show runs at QPAC until June 1st before heading to Adelaide from June 26th and Perth from September 3rd. The Mormons will then return to Brisbane in 2020 for an encore season.
Rehearsals commence around Australia
Rehearsals have commenced around Australia for some fantastic up and coming productions including Razorhurst, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and Once. Razorhurst starring Amelia Cormack and Debora Krizak. Razorhurst opens at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre on June 14th.
Tickets can be purchased at https://hayestheatre.com.au/event/razorhurst/
Sweeney Todd starring Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley runs at Sydney’s Darling Harbour Theatre from June 13th- 16th for 6 shows before moving to Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from June 20th-23rd for 6 shows.
Further information for both venues can be found at https://premier.ticketek.com.au/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=SWEENEYT19
Victorian Opera’s production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music has commenced rehearsals ahead of their June 27th opening the Arts Centre, Melbourne. A Little Night Music is packed with talent including Nancye Hayes, Simon Gleeson and Ali McGregor. Tickets can be purchased from https://www.victorianopera.com.au/season/a-little-night-music
Once begins performances at Eternity Playhouse on June 26th and runs until July 21st before a short season at Illawara’s Performing Arts Centre. Toby Francis and Stefanie Caccamo star as Guy and Girl respectively. Information can be found at https://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/whats-on/onceand https://merrigong.com.au/shows/once/
Theatre Footy Day
Congratulations to all the players and supporters who took part in the 9th annual footy game between the Lions and the Sharks. Much needed funds were raised for Beyond Blue through player fees, donations and a raffle.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Darling Harbour Theatre: SWEENEY TODD (June 13th)
Eternity Playhouse: Once (June 26th)
Hayes Theatre: Razorhurst (June 14th)
Arts Centre Melbourne: A Little Night Music (June 27th)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: SWEENEY TODD (June 20th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Lyric Theatre: Saturday Night Fever (June 2nd)
Hayes Theatre: American Psycho (June 9th)
QPAC: Book of Mormon (June 1st)
Adelaide Festival Centre: Aladdin (June 9th)
Arts Centre Melbourne: Lazarus (June 9th)
Comedy Theatre: Barnum (June 2nd)
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding (June 16th)
King Kong presented with Special Award
Congratulations to the company of King Kong who were recently presented with a Special Award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards.