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NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hayes Theatre: Applause
Lyric Theatre: Saturday Night Fever
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Book of Mormon
Comedy Theatre: Barnum
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding
Adelaide Festival Theatre: Aladdin
AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
Opening Night: Barnum
Thursday, May 2nd saw the highly anticipated circus musical Barnum open at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in front of a full house. Leading the cast are Todd McKenney as circus owner P.T. Barnum and Rachael Beck as his first wife Charity.
A full review can be read at https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/barnum/
The Show Must Go On
A congratulations must go to cabaret and musical performer Melody Beck who, after boarding a plane from Sydney on May 4th, rehearsed and performed the role of Jenny Lind in Barnum that evening in front of a full house. Director Tyran Park was full of praise for Beck.
Cast Announcement: Any Moment – A New Musical
Helpmann award winner Kerrie Anne Greenland joins Any Moment: A New Musical cast at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival this June.
Kerrie Anne Greenland made her music theatre debut as Eponine in the Australasian tour of Les Miserables after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
The Melbourne Cabaret Festival runs from June 19th – 30th with full details available from https://www.melbournecabaret.com
Cast Announcement: Billy Elliot Children’s Cast
Tuesday, April 30th saw the children’s cast of Billy Elliot announced ahead of the Australian Tour which commences in Sydney on October 10th, 2019. Mason Kidd (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Hamish Monger, James Sonnemann and Oscar Mulcahy (School of Rock, Kinky Boots) will alternate the role of Billy’s best friend Michael while Chanel Charles, Gabrielle Daggar and Ella Tebbutt will play Debbie. Sienna Balewai, Jordana Beatty, Tiarne Evans, Isabel Hawthorne, Mia Jonson, Jamie Kelly, Melody Kurniawan, Jayme-Jo Massoud, Tahlia McGregor, Sienna Miroforidis, Mica Santos, Indianna Thompson and Zoe Tsang have been cast as ballet girls and ensemble members. The four boys portraying the title role will be announced at a further date.
Ticketing and further details for Billy Elliot can be found at https://billyelliotthemusical.com.au
Show Announcement: Underground Broadway
Brisbane’s Underground Broadway is back for 2019! The Autumn edition will see local juniors and amateurs perform on stage alongside visiting professional performers from the cast of The Book of Mormon.
Further information available from https://www.undergroundbroadway.com/underground-broadway-autumn
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: American Psycho (May 10)
Metro Arts: The House of Mirrors and Hearts (May 15th)
Arts Centre Melbourne: Lazarus (May 18th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Applause (May 5th)
Metro Arts: The House of Mirrors and Hearts (May 18th)
Pinchgut Opera wins International Award
Australia’s Pinchgut Opera has won the International Opera Award for Best Rediscovered Work, for their 2018 production of Hasse’s Artaserse.
The company’s Artistic Director Erin Helyard accepted the award with CEO Sarah Gilchrist in London on 29 April. The ceremony included a performance from the winning opera with star mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and the Orpheus Sinfonia, conducted by Helyard.
Helyard said, “Pinchgut has made it its mission for the last 17 years to bring neglected masterworks to life, so to be honoured this way on the international stage is an exceptional achievement. My love and congratulations to all who made this production a success!”
Pinchgut’s was the first ever production of Artaserse in Australia, and starred four-time Grammy Award-nominated Genaux, alongside Australian counter-tenor David Hansen in the role that made Farinelli famous.
King Kong awarded a special Tony Award
The Tony Awards have announced that the creature designers behind King Kong will be honoured with a special Tony Award for their outstanding contributions to the theatre.
Particularly gratifying was the Special Tony Award announcement, to be presented to the man behind the monkey, Melbourne animatronics artist Sonny Tilders and his Creature Technology Company.
“No one has ever done work on that scale of bespoke puppetry, it’s puppetry, it’s unique in the world,” says Carmen Pavlovic. “So it’s especially lovely for that to be recognised.”
Australian Peter England was nominated for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for King Kong.
Congratulation to Pavlovic and team!
Tony Award Nomination – Eddie Perfect
Congratulations also goes to Eddie Perfect who has received a Tony nomination for Best Original Score for Beetlejuice. The musical has scooped up eight nominations, including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman) and Best Book (Scott Brown and Anthony King). Perfect also wrote the songs for King Kong.
Beetlejuice will also release an Original Broadway Cast Recording. The album, from Ghostlight Records and Warner Bros. Records, is set to be recorded in May; details on a digital and physical release to follow.
The Life of Us
Out of over 200 musicals submitted, The Life Of Us has been selected to feature at the 2019 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles with Stephen Schwartz.
The Life Of Us is the first Australian work to be selected for this highly coveted spot! The workshops will be held later this month. Congratulations to Ben Bennett and Ashleigh O’Brien.