All the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!
By Nichole Conolly
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: Chicago
Hayes Theatre: Caroline, Or Change
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre: Hair
Sydney Opera House: West Side Story
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Muriel’s Wedding
Chapel off Chapel: The Beautiful Game
Comedy Theatre: Come From Away
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Princess Theatre: Harry Potter and the
Crown Theatre, Perth: Book of Mormon
The Civic, Auckland: School of Rock
AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES
The Production Company
It was sad to hear that after 21 years, Melbourne based professional theatre company The Production Company will hang up their tap shoes and pack away their costumes for the final time at the end of the 2020 season.
The Production Company has brought us such shows as the Australian professional premieres of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Grey Gardens, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Curtains and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
The Production Company productions and artists have won numerous Australian theatre awards including the 2012 Helpmann Award for Best Musical which was awarded to Grey Gardens. Pamela Rabe and Nancye Hayes also won the Helpmann Awards that year for their respective roles.
A full statement from Jeanne Pratt AC can be found at https://www.
Hugh Jackman received his medal as a Companion of the Order of Australia at an investiture ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Friday, September 13th.
Jackman received the award for not only his work in the arts but his work to halt poverty and philanthropic efforts which include work with the Fight Cancer Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Opening Night- The Beautiful Game
The Beautiful Gameopened at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel on Saturday, September 14th. Starring Stephen Mahy and Stephanie Wall, members of the Theatre People team were there for the opening.
Excerpt of Review:
“The evocative score by Andrew Lloyd Webber transports you straight to the Emerald Isle, carrying the story along with stunning instrumentals, incredible solo pieces and exquisite harmonies. Paired with book and lyrics by Ben Elton, who handles the often heart wrenching story with grace, empathy and touches of well-placed humour, and it is an absolute winning combination. Whilst the piece is 20 years old, its themes are still incredibly relevant to the world today.”
The full review can be found at https://www.theatrepeople.com.
Opening Night: Muriel’s Wedding
Based on the 1994 movie of the same name, Muriel’s Weddingtells the story of Muriel Heslop (Natalie Abbott) an ABBA loving social outcast whose biggest goal in life is to get married.
Entwining the well known and loved music of ABBA (played by Jaime Hadwen, Laura Bunting, Evan Lever and Maxwell Simon) with the new, specifically written music by Keir Nuttall and Kate Miller- Heidke, Muriel’s Wedding is like feast for the ears.
Muriel’s Wedding is currently playing at Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre until October 26th. Tickets and further information can be found at https://
Show Announcement: 9 to 5
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the ladies manage to reform their office or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?
Inspired by the hit film and brought to you by Dolly Parton herself, this hilarious musical is about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business.
The show opens at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on April 21st, 2019 with tickets on sale now from http://9to5themusical.
Cast Announcement: Neglected Musicals
Neglected Musicals in association with Hayes Theatre Company will present The Sentimental Bloke at Hayes Theatre Co from Wednesday 16 October for a limited number of performances.
Directed by Sheridan Harbridge, The Sentimental Bloke is a 1961 Australian musical by Albert Arlen, Nancy Brown and Lloyd Thomson based on ‘Songs of a Sentimental Bloke’ by C.J. Dennis.
The cast for this revival production at The Hayes is: Jake Speer as Bill the Bloke (Catch Me If You Can), Loren Hunter as Doreen (Rent, Evie May), Michael Walley as Ginger Mick (Charlie Brown, Muriel’s Wedding), Morgan Maguire, Shannon Dooley (American Psycho), Alicia Fox, Garth Holcombe, Jacqui Dark (Sound of Music), Todd Emerson, Keith Robinson and Terry Serio.
Tickets and tour dates can be found at https://hayestheatre.com.au/
Cast Announcement: H.M.S. Pinafore
2019 will see the crazy, misfit crew of the H.M.S. Pinafore take over the Hayes Theatre from November 8th.
Visionary director Kate Gaul makes her Hayes Theatre Company debut with this re-imagined, gender-bending, hyper-theatrical and kinky take on this Gilbert & Sullivan classic.
The cast includes Billie Palin, Katherine Allen, Tobias Cole, Rory O’Keefe, Thomas Campbell, Bobbie Jean Henning, Jermaine Chau, Sean Hall, Gavin Brown, Zach Selmes and Dominic Lui
Tickets are available from https://hayestheatre.com.
Chicago rocks Australia’s Got Talent
The stars of the current Australian production of hit musical Chicago hit the Australia’s Got Talent stage on Sunday, September 16th.
Lead by stars Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Alinta Chidzey, Casey Donovan and Tom
If you missed the performance or want to watch again, head to https://7plus.com.au/
Wedding: Lauren McKenna and Carl McKinnon
Congratulations to Australian musical theatre director and actor Lauren McKenna and Production Manager Carl McKinnon who were wed in front of family and friends on Sunday, September 22nd.
We wish you both the best.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre: Hair (September 25th)
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Billy Elliot (October 10th)
Adelaide Entertainment Centre: The Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular (October 11th)
Adelaide Entertainment Centre: The Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular (October 12th)
The Civic, Auckland: School of Rock (September 29th)
Australian performer Claire Lyon (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Phantom of the Opera) will portray the role of Christine Daaé in the upcoming Phantom of the Opera International Tour stop of Dubai. The Dubai premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Award winning show will run from October 16th to November 6th 2019 at the stunning Dubai Opera House. Lyon will continue in the role during the Korean tour of Phantom of the Opera from December.
Tickets are available for purchase from
Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing) is currently portraying Benny in the hit musical RENT which is playing at Long Island, New York’s Secret Theatre through until October 6th.
If you find yourself in New York, tickets and further information can be found at https://secrettheatre.showare.