Here’s the latest news in the Weekly Wrap!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: My Fair Lady
Hayes Theatre: MELBA
King Street Theatre: Three in the Bed
Hayward Street Studios: [Title of Show]
QPAC Lyric Theatre: Kinky Boots
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Aladdin
The Princess Theatre: The Book of Mormon
Regent Theatre: The Bodyguard
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?
Sydney! The Mormons are coming!
There has been much excitement and speculation for Sydney audiences when The Book of Mormon posters were discovered at bus stops and other public venues. Your wait is over, The Book of Mormon will play at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre from February 28th 2018. For further information and to sign up to the waitlist head to http://www.theatrepeople.com.
Brigadoon – Full Cast Announcement
Friday, September 1st saw the announcement of the full cast of The Production Company’s third show of the year Brigadoon.
Rohan Browne (Singin’ in the Rain, Strictly Ballroom) and Luke Joslin (Georgy Girl, Les Miserables) play American tourists Tommy and Jeff who travel to the Scottish Highlands on vacation. They find themselves lost while trying to make their way back to their inn and begin to hear music coming from a nearby village that doesn’t appear on their map. The village is Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears one day every one hundred years.
Tommy despite having a fiancé back home in New York falls in love with Fiona (Genevieve Kingsford) a young woman from Brigadoon. Tommy soon learns that to fall in love means staying forever.
Joining Browne, Joslin and Kin
The ensemble members are Adele Parkinson, Emma Clark, Karla Tonkich, Nelson Gardner, Andrew Kroenert, Jensen Overend, Embla Bishop, Ella Burns, Patrick Cook, Zack Curran, Courtney Glass, Sam Marks, Scott McConnell, Belinda Hanne Reid, Caitlin Spears, Mike Snell, Blake Testro, Romina Villafranca and CJ Joy.
Brigadoon will play at Melbourne’s State Theatre from October 28th to November 5th for 11 performances only.
Tickets can be purchased from http://www.
Grease – new cast members announced
After hit seasons in Brisbane and Newcastle, Grease – The Arena Experience has announced new cast members ahead of their Adelaide and Sydney seasons.
Joining as Johnny Casino for Adelaide (October 2017) and Sydney (January 2018) is X-Factor winner and Australian Eurovision contestant Isaiah Firebrace. In Sydney, Firebrace will be joined by international drag superstar Courtney Act as Teen Angel and NRL Footy Show larrikin Beau Ryan as DJ Vince Fontaine.
For further information on season dates and tickets head to http://www.greasearenashow.com
The Bodyguard – Opening Night
August 29th saw The Bodyguard open at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre ahead of their two month season. Leading the cast as Rachel Marron is Paulini, alongside Prinnie Stevens who plays her sister Nicki and Kip Gamblin as Frank Farmer.
The performance on opening evening earned the cast a well deserved standing ovation. For further information and to purchase your tickets go to https://www.
[Title of Show] – Opening Night
September 1st saw Understudy Production’s musical [Title of Show] open at Brisbane’s Hayward Street Studios ahead of their short season which finishes on September 10th.
The show about two struggling writers who decide to put everything on the line when they create a show for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Jackson McGovern, Alexander Woodward, Lauren McKenna and Aurélie Roque play a range of character throughout the 90 minute production.
For tickets to the show go to http://www.haywardstreet.com.
Monday, August 28th saw the coming together of some of Australia’s finest musical theatre performers for the August edition of Melbourne’s Broadway Unplugged at The Toff in Town.
The next event is October 30th.
The Things I Could Never Tell Steven
New Australian Musical The Things I Could Never Tell Steven plays at Sydney’s New Theatre from September 15th to 18th, 2017.
The show tells the story of Steven and although we never meet him we learn all about him from the point of view of his Wife, Mother, Father and Ex.
They share intimate details about their life with Steven and the things they struggle to tell him. We also learn that Steven himself has secrets, secrets that will damage the relationships in his life.
The cast includes Matilda Moran (Atlantis) as his wife, Ruth Strutt (Opera Australia’s El Kid) Lucas Glover (High Society) and Adam Majsay (Assassins).
To purchase tickets click here http://www.
Patrice Tipoki welcomes son
Musical theatre performer Patrice Tipoki (Les Miserables, WICKED) and husband Richard have welcomed a son into the world. Born on Thursday, August 31st, William David Te Hata Arkins is the third child and first son for Patrice and Richard. Congratulations on your beautiful boy from the team at Theatre People!
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Assassins (September 15th)
New Theatre: The Things I Could Never Tell Steven (September 15th)
Sydney Lyric Theatre: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (September 17th)
Chapel off Chapel: SELF (September 21st)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Capitol Theatre: My Fair Lady (October 14th)
Hayes Theatre: MELBA (September 9th)
King Street Theatre: Three in the Bed (September 9th)
New Theatre: The Things I Could Never Tell Steven (September 18th)
Hayward Street Studios: [Title of Show] (September 10th)
David Harris (WICKED, Anything Goes) will return to the stage in Connecticut, USA where he will originate the role of Max Bronfman in Goodspeed’s reinvented version of American musical Rags. Rags tells the story of Russian Jewish immigrants Rebecca Hershkowitz and her son, David as they travel to the USA through the famous Ellis Island in search of a new life and to meet up with Rebecca’s husband Nathan who immigrated a few years earlier.
Rags is a story about opportunity, optimism and hope and although the story is set in 1910 these themes are still very relevant today.
The show runs from October 6th to December 10th at the Goodspeed Theatre in East Haddam, Connecticut and tickets can be purchased from their website at http://www.goodspeed.org/
Kerrie Anne Greenland
Kerrie Anne Greenland (Paris-A Rock Odyssey, Les Miserables) has been named in the cast of The Things Between Us a new musical written by New Zealand man Luke Di Somma. The show will play from September 14th- 17th at Papa Hou YMCA as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.
Tickets can be purchased from http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/
Another Aussie doing great things across the ditch is Ashleigh Taylor (Miss Saigon, American Idiot) who will perform in Pleasure Dome The Musical in Auckland, New Zealand. Set in the 1980s the show is an immersive experience that transports you back in time to the heart stopping, booty shaking, mythical Pleasuredome nightclub.
Further information can be found at http://www.
Christie Whelan- Browne
Christie Whelan- Browne (Rocky Horror Show, Jerry’s Girls) will perform her show, Britney Spears – The Cabaret at the Other Palace in London. The limited season runs from September 5th to 9th and tickets can be purchased from https://www.theotherpalace.co.
Direct from playing Glinda in the West End production of WICKED, Suzie Mathers will make her debut at Live at Zedel. Join Mathers for an intimate evening on November 5th as she sings songs and shares stories from her career and adventures so far.
Tickets for the evening are available from https://www.brasseriezedel.