Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!

CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Capitol Theatre: Kinky Boots

Hayes Theatre: Big Fish

Lyric Theatre: The Bodyguard

VICTORIA

Athenaeum Theatre: Cabaret

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Aladdin

The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: Matilda

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Wizard of Oz returns to Australia

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production of the Wizard of Oz is coming to Australia. The Australian Premiere will be held in Brisbane in November before travelling to Sydney in December.

Leading the cast as The Wizard and Professor Marvel will be Anthony Warlow (Fiddler on the Roof, Dr Zhivago, Annie).

For further information, follow the yellow brick road to https://www.wizardofozthemusical.com

Wizard of Oz full logo

 

Dream Lover– Melbourne

April 30th saw the announcement that Dream Lover- The Bobby Darin Musical will be playing at Melbourne’s State Theatre as Melbourne’s summer musical. This sees the tradition of an annual summer show return to the State Theatre. Bobby Darin will be played by David Campbell with the remainder of the cast to be announced at a later date. Information can be found at: http://dreamlover.com.au

PLEASE CREDIT 2017 JIM LEE PHOTO

 

Hidden Sydney – The Glittering Mile

Back by popular demand, Hidden Sydney – The Glittering Mile will begin showing on May 25th and will run until June 18th. For tickets and further information head to https://www.hiddensydney.com.au

Hidden Sydney 2017 logo

 

Beautiful– cast announcement

The Beautiful cast of the Carole King Musical was announced this week. Heading the cast will be Esther Hannaford (Little Shop of Horrors) as Carole King. Joining Hannaford will be Josh Piterman (CATS) as Gerry Goffin, Amy Lehpamer (Dusty) as Cynthia Weil, Matt Verevis (Aladdin and His Wondrous Lamp) as Barry Mann, Mike McLeish (Keating!) as Don Kirshner and Anne Wood (Dusty) as Genie Klein. For the full cast and further information go to: http://www.beautifulmusical.com.au

Full cast of Beautiful

 

Between Worlds– workshop cast announcement

Between Worlds tells the story of navigator Captain James Cook and the cultural collision between himself and the Hawaiians in 1779. The cast includes Blake Erickson (Les Miserables) as Captain James Cook, Pippa Grandison (Mary Poppins) as Elizabeth Cook and Phillip Lowe (Big Fish) as Admiral Isaac Smith. The workshop shows will be held at Sydney’s Australian Theatre for young people on July 15th and 16th, 2017. For more information sale into http://www.betweenworldsmusical.com

Between Two Worlds promo

 

MAMMA MIA! – cast announcement

Friday, May 5th saw the announcement of the cast for the 2017/18 tour of hit musical Mamma Mia. With a cast including Natalie O’Donnell (Songs For A New World, Mamma Mia!) as Donna, Sarah Morrison (Ladies in Black) as Sophie, Alicia Gardiner (Mamma Mia!) as Rosie, Jayde Westaby (The Rocky Horror Show) as Tanya, Ian Stenlake (Georgy Girl) as Sam, Phillip Lowe (Big Fish) as Harry, Josef Ber (Grease) as Bill and Stephen Mahy (The Rocky Horror Show) as Sky, don’t let tickets to Mamma Mia slip through your fingers. For full cast details and ticket information dance on over to http://www.mammamiathemusical.com.au

Mamma Mia cast

 

Joh for PM– cast announcement

The JUTE Theatre Company and Brisbane Powerhouse present a new musical, Joh for PM. Joh for PM tells the story of ex- premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen and how he set Queensland politics alight. The show stars Colin Lane (Lano and Woodley)Gretel Scarlett (Singin’ in the Rain)Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing)Barbara Lowing, Stephen Hirst and Simon Burvill- HomesJoh for PM plays at the Brisbane Powerhouse from July 7th to 16th, 2017. For further information head on over to http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2017/07/07/joh-for-pm/

Joh for PM promo

 

Matthew Robinson’s New Voices Showcase– cast announcement

The cast for Matthew Robinson’s New Voices Showcase was announced this week. The showcase will be held at Chapel off Chapel on Monday, May 29th at 7:30pm. For tickets go to http://chapeloffchapel.com.au/melbourne-comedy-theatre-art/melbourne-events/melbourne-theatre/matthew-lee-robinson-presents-new-voices-29-may/

New Voices 2017 cast

 

Cabaret– Melbourne opening night

Monday, May 1st saw Cabaret open at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre to a sell out audience. With a standout performance by  Chelsea Gibb as Sally Bowles, who despite issues beyond her control continued on like a true performer, winning many hearts. Cabaret plays in Melbourne until May 20th. Tickets can be purchased from http://www.cometothecabaret.com.au

Cabaret cast Melbourne

 

Lucy Durack to join the Eurovision jury

Seasoned theatre performer Lucy Durack (WICKED) has been announced as part of the Australian Eurovision Jury for 2017. Congratulations Lucy!

Lucu Durack headshot

 

Wedding: Kassie Martin and Clint Forrest

Australian theatre performer Kassie Martin (WICKED) married her partner Clint Forrest on Sunday, April 30th in a beautiful ceremony on the Mornington Peninsular. Congratulations from everyone at Theatre People!

Wedding Kassie Martin

 

Engagement: Steve Danielsen and Elisha Chin

This week saw the exciting news of the engagement of Steve Danielsen (WICKED) and Elisha Chin (Grease). Congratulations Steve and Elisha!

Steve Danielsen engagement

 

OPENING SHOWS  

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Only Heaven Knows (May 26th)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Festival Centre: Matilda (May 21st)

VICTORIA

Regent Theatre: My Fair Lady (May 12th)

Chapel off Chapel: Spring Awakening (May 19th)

CLOSING SHOWS 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Hayes Theatre: Big Fish (May 14th)

VICTORIA

Athenaeum Theatre: Cabaret (May 20th)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Crown Theatre: Matilda (May 7th )

 

AUSSIES ABROAD 

Tim Minchin – Tony Award nomination

Tim Minchin has been nominated for a Tony Award in the Best Original Score category, with Groundhog Day being nominated for a total of seven awards. Congratulations Tim!

Tim Minchin award nom

 

Kellie Gnauck- Evita U.K./Europe 

U.K. based Australian performer Kellie Gnauck is currently performing in the U.K/ Europe tour of Evita as an ensemble member and cover for Eva Peron. Gnauck has recently performed as part of the show in Germany and Switzerland before the show begins on Tuesday, May 9th at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. For ticketing information go to http://britishtheatre.com/evita-uk-tour/

Kellie Gnauck

 

Christie Whelan- Browne to perform in London

Talented Australian theatre performer Christie Whelan- Browne (Jerry’s Girls, The Rocky Horror Show) is taking her show Britney Spears: The Cabaret to London’s The Other Palace from September 4th to 16th. For all ticket information head on over to https://www.theotherpalace.co.uk/whats-on/britney-spears-the-cabaret

Britney promo

 

Monica Swayne begins rehearsals for Aladdin

Rehearsals have begun for Monica Swayne as she prepares to join the West End cast of Aladdin. Swayne’s first performance and West End debut will be next month.

Monica Swayne and cast

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