WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
*Monday, June 1st- Story Chunder
*Friday, June 5th- Friday Night Live
Who’s Your Baghdaddy
The Australian cast of Who’s Your Baghdaddy has been announced ahead of the innovative season which will be performed and streamed completely live every night for five nights from June 24th to 28th (inclusive).
Justin Smith (Billy Elliot) as Martin Bouchard, Matt Predney (Kinky Boots) as Richart Becker, Troy Sussman (Aladdin) as Curveball, Phillip Lowe (Mamma Mia!) as Tyler Nelson, Laura Murphy (Muriel’s Wedding) as Berry Stanton, Adam Rennie (The Rocky Horror Show), Katrina Retallick (Come From Away) as Woman and Blake Erickson (Shrek) as Man will have their own room, camera and microphone. All of these feeds will be come to a central computer in the house and from there will be streamed out across Australia. We have an incredible group of creatives and crew to handle this ambitious undertaking so that we can keep the flame of live theatre alive.
Inspired by a true story, Who’s Your Baghdaddy, or how I started the Iraq War is a satirical musical comedy with music and book by Marshall Paillet, lyrics and book by A.D. Penedo, based on an unproduced screenplay by J.T. Allen. Presented as a support group for people who started the Iraq War this dark, boisterous and irreverent story follows a handful of mid-level spies whose vanity and office politics contributed to the worst intelligence blunder in modern history. The show was produced Off-Off Broadway at the Actor’s Temple in 2005 and Off-Broadway at the St Luke’s Theatre in 2017.
The musical is set in an “AA-style” support group meeting for people who believe (or don’t want to believe) that their actions lead to the start of the Iraq War. The story focuses on the recruitment and eventual disgrace of an Iraqi defector, codenamed “Curveball” and the use and misuse of his testimony by the CIA, State Department, and Bush Administration. In the show, as in reality, Curveball provides Western intelligence agencies with false intelligence on Iraqi mobile weapons laboratories. This intelligence, which is later discovered to have been fabricated, was used by Secretary of State Colin Powell in his 2003 speech to the UN Security Council to justify the invasion of Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein.
The show is a reflection of how people in power, whether high, mid or low level in government, shape and form our world and the importance of keeping them accountable in times of crisis. In our current times, this feels more meaningful than ever.
Tickets are available for sale at https://www.curveballcreative.com.au/baghdaddymusicalau
Do You Hear The People Sing?
Starring Alfie Boe, Rachelle Ann Go, David Harris, Amanda Harrison and Suzie Mathers Do You Hear the People Sing? will now take place in May 2021.
Further information can be found at https://www.thepeoplesing.com/
Broadway Unplugged is back! The popular Melbourne event, re-branded Broadway Plugged- In will be held online on Monday, June 8th at 8:00pm.
With performances from Quin Kelly (Tick, Tick, BOOM!), Alessandra Bizzanelli (The Drowsy Chaperone), Bianca Bruce (Falsettos), Isabelle Davis (Phantom of the Opera), Hayley Noy (RENT), Jake Gardner and Grace O’Donnell- Clancy (Reefer Madness) the show is set to be an entertaining one.
Further information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayUnplugged/
LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS- Not Done Yet!
After an overwhelmingly positive response to their first online concert, Joshua Robson Productions and host/director James Cutler will return to shining that light on the Australian musical theatre industry and support artists in their next production, LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS -Not Done Yet! This will be broadcast again via Facebook on Friday, June 19th from 7:00pm and you can buy your ticket, for the price you can afford, at www.gofundme.com/LUOTA2
During the show, they will cross live to the homes of Australia’s finest theatrical talent. Performers include Natalie Abbott (Muriel’s Wedding), Rohan Browne (Singin’ in the Rain), Zane Blumeris (School of Rock), Ella Burns (SIX), Barry Conrad (Beautiful), Kala Gare (SIX), Simon Gleeson (Les Miserables), Joel Granger (Book of Mormon), Jayme- Lee Hanekom (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Caroline O’Connor (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Rob Mills (WICKED), Matilda Moran (The Secret Garden), Nat O’Donnell (Mamma Mia!), Tom Sharah (Shrek), Mat Verevis (Beautiful) and Christie Whelan- Browne (Muriel’s Wedding). They will be accompanied by the Jack Earle Trio. The evening will also feature a special performance from comedy group Impromptunes.
Information on the event can be read at https://www.facebook.com/pg/joshuarobsonproductions
Kate Miller- Heidke
Co-writer of the music and lyrics for Muriel’s Wedding and Eurovision representative, Kate Miller- Heidke released a new single titled ‘This Is Not Forever’ on Thursday, May 28th. The clip can be viewed here https://www.facebook.com/katemillerheidke/videos/2698069147077977/ with the single also available on iTunes.
Hope New Work Initiative- Conversations With Berlin
Conversations with Berlin is an invitation into the dialogue of an intimate relationship between a young woman and the city of Berlin. Finding herself some 10,000 miles from home, Jessie’s arrival in the flamboyant and dichotomous city, offers her a bubble of time, standing at the precipice, looking at a horizon that beckons her forward, toward a courageous and heart felt participation in life.
Berlin invites Jessie to look at her history; to enter, as an adult, back into the wounded body that, as children, we hastily depart. A story of integration and embodied contemplation, Conversations with Berlin is a bold exploration into the iconic and, at times, indulgent existentialism of young adulthood, where ones extraction of oneself to a larger dispensation begs new questions to be asked of the world.
You can watch the recent Q & A session with writer, Jessie Monk at https://youtu.be/3iYkD3qEwkM
Further information on the production is available at https://www.hopenewworks.com/developments/conversations-with-berlin
CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS
Postponed: Victorian Opera’s Tommy
A message from Victorian Opera:
In view of ensuring the safety of Victorian Opera’s community of audiences, artists and staff, a decision has been made to postpone the August 2020 performances of The Who’s Tommy. We are committed to presenting this Tony Award-winning rock musical and can’t wait to stage its Australian premiere in 2021.
Your tickets will be valid for the new dates once announced, but you may submit a request for a refund if the date doesn’t suit or to exchange to a new date once announced. If you would like learn more about Victorian Opera, further details can be https://www.victorianopera.com.au/coronavirus-covid-19-information
Riverside Paramatta- You’ll Never Walk Alone
If you are looking for something to do tonight, tickets are still available for Riverside Paramatta’s You’ll Never Walk Alone our favourite musical theatre tunes and make some new ones, as Helpmann Award-winner Luke Joslin directs world renowned stars Rachael Beck, Daniel Belle, Michael Cormick, Robert McDougall and Penny McNamee, with legendary musical director Michael Tyack AM on piano. Streaming live from Riverside Theatre on YouTube at 5:00pm.
Tickets are available at https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/youllneverwalkalone/
The Reservoir Room
The Reservoir Room is Sydney’s new virtual venue. Opening on Friday, June 5th, The Reservoir Room will stream the best of Australian cabaret and live music every Friday and Saturday night.
Every Friday cabaret artist, Catherine Alcorn and Rodger Corser (Underbelly) will host ‘Friday Night Live’, a brand new variety show featuring live performances, interviews and a few surprises!
Tickets will be available from Monday, June 1st, sold on a pay what you feel basis starting at $5.00. A percentage of proceeds will be made to Actors Benevolent Fund and SUPPORT ACT.
Further information can be found at their website: https://www.reservoirroom.com/
and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/thereservoirroom
Shannen Alyce Quan
SIX‘s Shannen Alyce Quan recorded her version of Spring Awakening’s Mama Who Bore Me this week. She portrayed the role of Wendla in the 2011 production of the show at the National Theatre Melbourne.
Priscilla in Lockdown
For the first time ever, cast members from all over the world who have all starred in Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical have come together in lockdown to celebrate gay pride. Their rendition of ‘Colour My World’ comprises of individual videos submitted by each cast member which have been edited together to create a fabulous glittering montage of happiness and uplifting energy.
“In these strange and challenging times, their message is simple, Celebrate the rainbow, enjoy life to the full, and if you ever feel lost just follow the trail of glitter!!! Happy Pride!”