*Saturday, October 24th
The IsoLate Show LIVE!– Logan Entertainment Centre
Pippin Cast Have Magic to Do
The adult and child casts of Tony Award-Winning musical, Pippin has been announced ahead of the season’s commencement at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on Tuesday, November 24th.
Leading the cast will be Bathurst born performer Ainsley Melham (Aladdin, Kiss of the Spider Woman) as the young protagonist, Pippin. Simon Burke (Les Misérables, La Cage Aux Folles in London’s West End) will play Charles, Pippin’s demanding father, while Lucy Maunder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beautiful) will be playing Catherine, a widow, and mother who falls in love with Pippin. In the role of Pippin’s conniving stepmother, Fastrada will be Leslie Bell (Broadway’s Chicago and Ragtime), with Euan Doidge (Les Misérables, Kinky Boots) playing the role of her son Lewis, Pippin’s half-brother.
The charming and manipulative Leading Player, the ultimate ringmaster of the show, will be Gabrielle McClinton, who played the role on Broadway and beyond. Returning to the stage after an extraordinary award-winning career on television is Kerri-Anne Kennerley who will play Berthe, Pippin’s saucy grandmother.
Theo, the young son of Catherine will be shared by four up and coming performers, Andrew Alexander (La Boheme), George Holahan- Cantwell (School of Rock, Priscilla), Ryan Yeates (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and William Wheeler (La Boheme).
The Players and Swings will be portrayed by Danik Abishev, Olivia Carniato, Angelique Cassimatis, Bayley Edmends, Joel Granger, Chaska Halliday, Matt Jenson, Zoe Marshall, Harley McLeish, William Meager, Joe Meldrum, Amy Nightingale-Olsen, Thomas Remalli, Gretel Scarlett, Suzanne Steele, Andrew Sumner, and Jessica Ward.
Ticketing information and full cast biographies can be read at https://pippinthemusical.com.au/
Executive Producer announced for Australian Musical Theatre Festival
2020 AOC Initiative Semi-Finalists Announced
The semi-finalists for the inaugural AOC Initiative competition have been announced. To qualify for the award artists must identify as Bla(c)k, Indigenous, or People Of Colour, be pursuing a career in Theatre performance, be aged between 17 – 30 at the time of submission, be an Australian citizen or resident, not have previously secured a leading/supporting role in a mainstage Musical Theatre production and not be engaged in or scheduled for performance-related work in a leading/supporting role (as above) at the time of submission.
The top 3o will now compete for a place in the top 6. They are:
Angelina Thomson, Gabriella Barbagallo, Naarah Barnes, Abu Kebe, Kara Sims, Juan Gomez, Nicole Rammesh, Raphael Wong, Jade Delmiguez, Ava Madon, Aiden Wang, Martha Berhane, Jerome Javier, Grace Driscoll, Giorgia Kennedy, Aadhya Wijegoonawardena, Daniella Delfin, Akansha Hungenahally, Milo Hartill-Batsietswe, Ellie Chan, Shannon Cheong, Dindi Huckle-Moran, Jarrod Draper, Kristie Nguy, Lauren Cheok, Joshua Sanerive, Deirdre Khoo, Yashith Fernando, Karis Oka, and Guillaume Gentil.
Further information on the initiative can be seen at https://www.aocinitiative.com/
Engagement: Francine Cain
Congratulations to Francine Cain (Grease, Rock of Ages) on her engagement to photographer, David Denton this week. We wish you both a long and happy future together.
Baby News: Louis Lucente & Emma Clark
Louis Lucente (Ragtime, Jersey Boys) and Emma Clark (CATS) are expecting a child in March 2021. We can’t wait to meet the addition to the theatre family! We wish you both a happy and healthy pregnancy.
One plus side in all of this is the performances Sydney theatre lovers were treated to on Sunday, October 11th. Marika Aubrey who has been portraying Beverley and others in the North American Tour of hit musical Come From Away performed as part of Trevor Ashley’s Show Queen series. She was joined on stage during the event by husband, Kurt Sneddon, and the four girls who played Matilda during the Sydney season of Matilda, Georgia Taplin, Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, and Bella Thomas.
Video by Tanyth Jones.
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I asked my Sydney Matilda daughters to join me on stage tonight… • 5 years ago we were in this venue as they accepted their Sydney Theatre Award. They are now almost as tall as me, and each so marvelously maggoty. It was the best fun! • Joyous and more to share to stage together once again. How lucky am I?! • Thanks for sharing your talent and time Sasha, Bella, Georgia and Molly. All the love ? • Repost from @tanyth_jones Cue the tears. Tonight at @show_queen_sydney ❤️ • #matildathemusical #whenigrowup #theyarenearlygrownup #notadryeye #maggots #mrswormwood #showqueen
Paul Tabone (Phantom of the Opera) recently performed ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story at Movies to Musicals fundraiser. Here is his beautiful rendition.
Zoy Frangos (Evita, Les Miserables) who recently sung ‘Se’ from Cinema Paradiso at The Arts Centre Melbourne’s Big Night In. This song is extra special to Frangos due to it being the song his wife, fellow actor Elisa Colla walked down the aisle to.
David Muscat (Flashdance, Billy Elliot) has been cast as one of the three ‘hopefuls’ in theatrical TV comedy, Fosse Forest Ballet. The show follows the journey of London’s latest hit Pantomime. The show’s development can be followed on Instagram at @fosseballet.