Here’s the latest news in the weekly wrap!
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra Theatre Centre: Wicked
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Aladdin
Lyric Theatre: Dream Lover
Opera House: My Fair Lady
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Singin’ in the Rain
Chapel off Chapel Loft: Motor- Mouth Loves Suck- Face
Chapel off Chapel: The Color Purple
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Kinky Boots
Princess Theatre: Matilda
Regent Theatre: We Will Rock You
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?
The world premiere of Antarctica: A New Musical will take place at Hobart’s Theatre Royal on Saturday, October 29th 2016. The last time the Theatre Royal (Australia’s Oldest Theatre) presented a show about Antarctica was on May 3rd, 1841, this was to commemorate James Clarke Ross’s expedition and the visit to Hobart of his ships Erebus and Terror.Directed by Terence O’ Connell, Antarctica will be performed by a stellar cast led by Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys), Vincent Hooper (Heathers) and Genevieve Lemon (Billy Elliot).
Antarctica runs from October 29th until November 12th. Tickets can be bought from The Theatre Royal online at http://purchase.theatreroyal.com.au/en-AU/shows/antarctica/events
This Sunday (October 23rd), Home Grown will be held at Chapel off Chapel, Prahran. Starting at 8pm the evening promises to be a great one. Hosted by Gillian Cosgriff there will be performances by Daniel Assetta (2015 Rob Guest Endowment Award winner, CATS), John O’Hara (Songs for a New World, WICKED), Jenkin and Hannagan, Lucy O’Brien, Bradley McCaw and many more. For tickets go to: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=235666
International Convention Centre- Now Open
On Tuesday October 18th stars of Australian theatre together with the Talent Development Project were on hand to put the new International Convention Centre through its paces. Performers included David Harris (WICKED, Legally Blonde), Amanda Harrison (WICKED), Trevor Ashley (Les Misérables), Nathan Foley (Mamma Mia) and Delta Goodrem (CATS).
More information about the event here: http://www.iccsydney.com.au/news/Articles/stars-of-tomorrow-shine-at-icc-sydney
Kinky Boots Opening Night
Liza’s Back! in Brisbane
Accompanied by a seven piece band, Trevor Ashley brings his show Liza’s Back! (Is Broken) to Brisbane. Showing at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre from January 17th to 22nd, 2017 Liza’s Back! (Is Broken) explores the question “what would happen if Liza decided to perform all the broadway roles she never got to play?
Mack and Mabel- full cast announced
Directed by Trevor Ashley (Heathers) Mack and Mabel tells the story of Mack, a man with two obsessions Movies and Mabel Normand, the title characters will be portrayed by Scott Irwin (Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical) and Angelique Cassimatis (Little Shop of Horrors). Joining Irwin and Cassimatis are Deonne Zanotto (West Side Story) as Lottie, Stephen Valeri (First Date: The Musical) as Fatty and Kuki Tipoki (Little Shop of Horrors) and the very talented ensemble of Caroline Kaspar (Chicago), Mikayla Adams (WICKED), Sally Hare (Girls On Tap, Carmen) and recent graduates Shay Debney (VCA), Adam Di Martino (VCA), Jessica Voivenel (WAAPA) and Zachary Webster (Brent Street).
Tickets available from: http://www.hayestheatre.com.au/what-s-on/book-tickets.html
My Fair Lady- Brisbane Launch
On Monday 17th, Anna O’Byrne was on hand to launch the Brisbane season of My Fair Lady at QPAC. My Fair Lady plays at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from March 2017, tickets go on sale October 31st, 2016.
My Fair Lady- 50th Show Wednesday 19th October
On Wednesday, October 19th, the company of My Fair Lady (currently showing at the Sydney Opera House) celebrated its 50th performance. Congratulations!
November Theatre People Industry Night
On Monday, November 7th the next Theatre People Industry Night will be held at La Di Da on Little Bourke Street, Melbourne from 8pm. The cast for the evening includes Karla Tonkich (We Will Rock You), Euan Doidge (Kinky Boots), Ashlee Smith (We Will Rock You) and Tod Strike (Hair). Tickets on sale from https://www.trybooking.com/lqcs
Out From Under
On Monday, November 21st, The Seymour Centre will host Out From Under, an Australian entertainment industry response to mental health. Performers on the evening will include The Idea of North, Amy Campbell, Rachael Beck, Heather Mitchell, Ben Abraham, Casey Donovan, Rob Mills, Lucy Durack and Debra Byrne. Tickets available from: http://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/out-from-under-2016/
RENT to hit Brisbane
From February 1st to 4th, RENT the musical will be performed at Brisbane’s MELT Festival with the performances of RENT to be held in the Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre. Lauren Jimmieson and Samantha Leigh Dodemaide (both currently appearing in the Australian tour of Singin’ in the Rain) were on hand to help make the announcement singing “Take Me Or Leave Me” from the show.
Rob Guest Endowment Awards
On November 21st, The Sydney Lyric Theatre will host the prestigious 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Awards Grand Final. This years event will see 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 Predney (Fiddler on the Roof) perform two songs each before the audience and judges. The winner of the event will take home $20,000 to use towards professional development and training. Tickets are available from: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/The-Rob-Guest-Endowment-Grand-Final-tickets/artist/1884831?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name
Monday October 17th saw the Brisbane theatre community gather at The Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley to witness performances by members of the Singin’ in the Rain cast (currently showing at QPAC), The Tap Pack, Ben Gillespie, Bradley McCaw plus members of the Brisbane theatre industry and up and coming juniors. Underground Broadway began in August 2016 and runs bi- monthly with the next evening to be held in December.
For updates and further information go to: https://www.facebook.com/Undergroundbway/
Arts Centre, Melbourne (Fairfax Studio): Godspell Reimagined (October 26th)
Arts Centre, Melbourne (Playhouse): The Light in the Piazza (October 28th)
Theatre Royal Hobart: Antarctica (October 29th)
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra Theatre Centre: Wicked (October 27th)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Sydney Opera House: My Fair Lady (November 5th)
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Singin’ in the Rain (October 30th)
Chapel off Chapel: Motor- Mouth Loves Suck-Face (October 23rd)
Regent Theatre: We Will Rock You (October 30th)
David Harris (WICKED, Legally Blonde) is part of the innovative new musical Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge is inspired by the extraordinary life of Emily Roebling, wife of Brooklyn Bridge Chief Engineer Washington Roebling. For further information and tickets go to: http://www.manhattanmusicaltheatrelab.org
Lala Barlow and David Muscat
Australian’s Lala Barlow (RENT, Into the Woods) and David Muscat (Billy Elliot UK) are performing in the UK Premiere of Side Show which held its first preview at the Southwark Playhouse in London last night (UK Time). The first five performances are sold out. Side Show runs through until Saturday, December 3rd 2016. For tickets go to: http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/side-show/#booking
Les Misérables to perform in Dubai
Cameron Mackintosh and Dubai Opera have announced a truly international cast for the Dubai season of Les Misérables which opens at Dubai Opera on November 10th and runs until December 2nd, Les Misérables is the first musical to perform at Dubai Opera since its opening in August 2016.
As the cast rehearse in London ahead of the season, we are very excited to share with you that there are fifteen Australians who have been casted. Joining Hayden Tee (Les Misérables Australia and Broadway), Patrice Tipoki (Les Misérables Australia and West End) and Emily Langridge (Les Misérables Australia and Asia) are Daniel Belle (Side Show, Les Misérables Australia and Asia), Billy Bourchier (Les Misérables Australia and Asia), Hugo Chiarella (Les Misérables Australia and Asia), Mischana Dellora- Cornish (Les Misérables Australia and Asia), Blake Erickson (Les Misérables Australia and Asia), Tamlyn Henderson (Les Misérables Australia and Asia), Nigel Huckle (Les Misérables Asia), Liam McIlwain (Les Misérables Australia and Asia), Sarah Murr (Les Misérables Australia and Asia), Adèle Parkinson (Les Misérables Asia), Michaela Powell (Les Misérables Australia and Asia) and Natasha Veselinovic (Les Misérables Asia).