Here’s the latest news in the weekly wrap!

 

CURRENT SHOWS

NEW SOUTH WALES  

Capitol Theatre: Aladdin

Hayes Theatre: Mack and Mabel

Lyric Theatre: Dream Lover

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Totem Theatre- Alice Springs: Song Contest- The Almost Eurovision Experience

 

VICTORIA

Arts Centre (Playhouse): Dusty

Her Majesty’s Theatre: Kinky Boots

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?  

A Very Broadway Christmas 

On December 12thUnderground Broadway together with The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane will host A Very Broadway Christmas. Members of the cast of Matilda (showing in Brisbane from November 25th) will be joined on stage by talented local performers and up and coming juniors.

To purchase your tickets go to: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=243724

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Book of Mormon cast announcement 

On Monday, November 14th 2016 the cast for the Melbourne season of The Book of Mormon was announced. For full details on the cast and how to purchase tickets head to: http://bookofmormonmusical.com.au/cast/

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Darwin season of Velvet announced

Following successful seasons of Velvet at festivals in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Edinburgh, Velvet is set to open at Darwin’s Entertainment on October 7th, 2017 and will run for a week only.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, November 24th 2016. For further details and to purchase tickets go to: http://www.yourcentre.com.au/#!/events

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Free- Rain Theatre Company announces Les Misérables for 2017 

Canberra based premier theatre company Free Rain Theatre Company has announced Les Misérables as their major musical for 2017. The show will be performed at The Q- Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre from April 4th- 22nd. For further information head to: http://www.freeraintheatre.com/les-miserables 

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Kurt Phelan to host Movember event on Thursday

On Thursday, November 24th Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing) is hosting an event for Movember at the Camelot Lounge in Marrickville, NSW.

All proceeds raised from the evening will be donated to the Movember Foundation.

For further details and how to purchase tickets go to: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/43844/phelan_groovy_for_movember_a_night_of_cabaret_laughs_prizes_and_kurt_phelan_%40_camelot_lounge.aspx

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Matilda to begin Brisbane previews this Friday!

On Friday, November 25th QPAC’s Lyric Theatre will host the first preview of Matilda‘s Brisbane season. The role of Matilda will be played by Queensland based young performers Izellah Connelly (Sound of Music), Annabella Cowley, Venice Harris (Les Misérables) and Eva Murawski.

25 other childen will alternate the roles of Matilda’s classmates while the adult lead roles will be played by James Millar (Miss Trunchbull), Elise McCann (Miss Honey), Marika Aubrey (Mrs Wormwood) and Daniel Frederiksen (Mr Wormwood).

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Brisbane Matildas (L-R): Venice Harris, Annabella Crowley, Izellah Connelly and Eva Murawski.

 

Michael Falzon and Jane Cho married  

On Monday, November 14th Michael Falzon (Swing on This) and Jane Cho wed in a beautiful wedding in front of family and friends. Congratulations Michael and Jane from everyone at Theatre People.

 

Mo- Town: A Fundraiser for the Movember Foundation

On Monday, November 28th Underground Broadway together with Theatre People Sings will hold Mo-Town: A Fundraiser for the Movember Foundation. The event will be held at Melbourne’s La Di Da bar and restaurant. Performers include  Ruvarashe Ngwenya (Dusty), Blake Appelqvist (Kinky Boots), Bronte Florian (Kinky Boots), 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Award winner Linden Furnell (Kinky Boots) and more.

For further details go here: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=240840

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Out From Under 

Monday, November 21st sees the Australian theatre community come together for their annual “Out From Under” concert. Held at Sydney’s Seymour Centre starting at 7:30pm, limited tickets are available from:

http://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/out-from-under-2016/

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Rob Guest Endowment Awards 

On Monday, November 14th The 8th Annual Rob Guest Endowment Awards were held at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre. The six finalists; Du Toit Bredenkamp (Sound of Music), Hilary Cole (Kinky Boots), Linden Furnell (Kinky Boots), Stefanie Jones (Sound of Music), Genevieve Kingsford (Light in the Piazza) and Matthew Predny (Kinky Boots) each performed solo and as a group in front of a judging panel that included Kelley Abbey, Guy Simpson, Andrew Pole and Michael James Scott. The winner of the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Award is Linden Furnell.

Other performers on the night included Paulini (The Bodyguard), principal cast members from Aladdin (currently showing at the Capitol Theatre), cast members from Dream Lover- The Bobby Darrin Musical (currently showing at the Lyric Theatre), past Rob Guest Endowment Award winners Blake Bowden and Samantha Leigh Dodemaide, 2015 award winner Daniel Assetta and Helpmann Award winning performers Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin and Bella Thomas who originated the role of Matilda in Australia.

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StageArt 2017 season announcement 

Melbourne based theatre company StageArt has announced their 2017 season with tickets on sale now.

Their 2017 season includes The Full Monty, Spring Awakening and Memphis. For further information go to: http://www.stageart.com.au

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OPENING SHOWS  

QUEENSLAND  

QPAC Lyric Theatre: Matilda (November 25th)

 

 VICTORIA 

Chapel off Chapel: Reefer Madness (November 24th)

Fortyfivedownstairs Theatre: The Last 5 Years (November 25th)

Fortyfivedownstairs Theatre: The Gathering (November 26th)

 

CLOSING SHOWS  

NEW SOUTH WALES 

Lyric Theatre: Dream Lover (November 27th)

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Totem Theatre- Alice Springs: Song Contest- The Almost Eurovision Experience (November 26th)

 

AUSSIES ABROAD

Simon Gleeson and Hayden Tee to reprise Les Misérables roles on the West End 

Well known Australian musical theatre performers Simon Gleeson and Hayden Tee will reprise their Les Misérables Australia roles of Jean Valjean and Javert on London’s West End. Gleeson will begin his run as Valjean on December 5th and will be joined by Tee on January 9th 2017.

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