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CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Lyric Theatre: Saturday Night Fever 

QUEENSLAND

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon

VICTORIA

Comedy Theatre: Barnum

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding 

Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Theatre: Aladdin

AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES

The Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular kicks off in Newcastle

Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th saw The Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular performed at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in front of loud audiences. The adult cast were joined on stage by around 700 childen from the Hunter Region in NSW.

Here is a video of their preparations for the show: https://www.nbnnews.com.au/2019/04/26/newcastle-munchkins-in-wizard-of-oz-world-premiere/

The Wizard of Oz will have seasons in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra with tickets and further information available from: https://www.wizardofozarena.com

Barnum commences in Melbourne

Barnum the musical about the life of world famous entrepeneaur P.T. Barnum commenced previews on Saturday, April 27th at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre where it will run until Sunday, June 2nd. Todd McKenney leads the cast portraying P.T. Barnum, a role that meant McKenney had to learn circus skills such as walking the tightwire. Rachael Beck joins McKenney on stage as his wife Charity. Suzie Mathers brings to life (and voice) the role of Jenny Lind which includes an operatic solo. Akina Edmonds plays the oldest woman alive Joice Heth, Josh Reckless is Tom Thumb and Kirby Burgess is the show’s Ringmaster.

Ticketing details and further information can be found at http://barnumthemusical.com.au

Real Life History:

Barnum is based on the life of showman P.T. Barnum covering the period from 1835 through 1880 in America and major cities of the world where Barnum took his performing companies. During this time he purchased Scudder’s American Museum which he later renamed Barnum’s American Museum before promoting the 1850 American tour of Swedish Opera Star Jenny Lind, served two terms in the Connecticut legislature and became the Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut. P.T. Barnum’s Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome was founded in 1871 when Barnum was approached to lend his knowledge and financial backing. In 1919 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey became the world famous show and ran until 2017.

Barnum married Charity in 1929 and together they had four children Caroline, Helen, Frances and Pauline. Charity died in 1873 after 44 years of marriage. Barnum remarried the following year and he himself died in 1891.

OPENING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Applause (May 1st)

Hayes Theatre: American Psycho (May 10)

VICTORIA

Arts Centre Melbourne: Lazarus (May 18th)

CLOSING SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Applause (May 5th)

AUSSIES ABROAD

Beetlejuice opens on Broadway

Australia’s Eddie Perfect has written the music and lyrics for the Broadway production of Beetlejuice which opened at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre over the weekend. With reviews coming in such as “irrevelant, funny roller coaster ride to hell and back!” it is a show to see if you are in New York.

Tickets are available from https://beetlejuicebroadway.com

Barnaby Reiter

Barnaby Reiter (Grease, Hairspray) is currently playing Bob Crewe in the US Tour of Jersey Boys. Jersey Boys marks Reiter’s US debut and is currently in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you are in the USA, a schedule and ticketing information can be found at http://www.jerseyboysinfo.com/tour/index.html

Caroline O’Connor

Australia’s Caroline O’Connor will return to London to celebrate the life of late choreographer Gillian Lynne who is known for her enduring work on CATS and The Phantom of the Opera. Her life will be celebrated July 2 at 7:30 PM at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End.

To Gillie, With Love will feature performances of Lynne’s work and tributes in her honour. Tickets can be purchased from https://lynneandlandfoundation.co.uk/shows

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