Here’s the latest news in Australian musical theatre in our weekly wrap



Hayes Theatre: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Sydney Lyric: Singin’ in the Rain

State Theatre: Cinderella


QPAC Lyric Theatre: We Will Rock You


Chapel off Chapel: Titanic

The Princess Theatre: Matilda

The Regent Theatre: The Sound of Music


Crown Theatre: Georgy Girl


Full cast announced for Calamity Jane

The full cast of Calamity Jane was announced this week, joining Virginia Gay (Jerry’s Girls, Winners and Losers) as Calamity Jane will be Hilary Cole, Sheridan Harbridge,  Tamlyn Henderson, Sam Moran, Rob Johnson and Laurence Coy. The ensemble is made up of Jai Higgs, Michael Hart, Lachlan Martin and Romy Watson. Showing at the Hayes Theatre from August 3rd to 7th. For further information and tickets go to:

Calamity Jane

Behind the Front

On Tuesday, July 19th the Adelaide Festival Centre is holding a one night only event. Local composer Lane Hinchcliffe brings together a team of artists to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles.
The Battle of Fromelles took place on July 19th- 20th, 1916. It was the first battle fought by Australian troops on the Western Front. By 8:00am on July 20th, 1916- 5,533 Australians lay dead on the French battlefields.
To purchase tickets to this event go to:

The Front

Little Shop of Horrors

After many months touring Australia, Little Shop of Horrors is set to return to NSW. From July 20th, Brent Hill, Esther Hannaford, Tyler Coppin, Scott Johnson, Angelique Cassimatis, Josie Lane, Chloe Zuel, Dash Kruck and Kuki Tipoki will be performing at the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay. For tickets go to:

Helpmann Awards

On Monday, July 25th the Helpmann Awards will be hosted at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on the set of Singin’ in the Rain.
The Helpmann Awards will be televised on Foxtel Arts from 7:30pm. The hosts for the evening are Chloë Dallimore (Equity President, Annie, The Producers), Helen Dallimore (WICKED), Stuart Maunder AM, Guy Noble, Simon Phillips, The Umbilical Brothers and Queenie van de Zandt as “Jan Van De Stool”.

The high-profile line-up of Presenters include:
Kellie Dickerson, Tim Draxl, Marta Dusseldorp, Tim Finn, Antoinette Halloran, Noni Hazlehurst, Erika Heynatz, Celia Ireland, Tim Minchin, Hunter Page-Lochard, Katrina Milosevic, Milijana Nikolic, Eddie Perfect, Aurélien Scannella, The Hon Jillian Skinner MP and Toby Thatcher.

Entertainment will be provided by:
Singin’ in the Rain – “Overture” and “Good Mornin'” starring Grant Almirall, Gretel Scarlett and Jack Chambers; and “Singin’ in the Rain” full cast finale
– Sarah Blasko – “Luxurious”
– Sydney International Piano Competition – 1st prize winner
Matilda the Musical – “Quiet” starring all eight Matildas from the Sydney and Melbourne seasons
– Marina Prior and Mark Vincent – “Time to Say Goodbye”
– West Australian Ballet – “On The Nature of Daylight” pas de deux starring Sandy Delasalle and Matthew Lehmann
Ladies in Black – “Ladies in Black” starring Lucy Maunder, Kate Cole, Kathryn McIntyre, Deidre Rubenstein, Carita Farrer Spencer, Sarah Morrison and Naomi Price
The Sound of Music – “Do-Re-Mi” starring Amy Lehpamer, Stefanie Jones and the Von Trapp children (Jude Paddon- Row, Savannah Clarke, Samson Hyland, Maddison Russo, Isabel Young and Harriet Turnball) and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” starring Jacqui Dark
Helpmann Awards Live

Helen Dallimore, Lucy Durack, Amanda Harrison and Jemma Rix with guests, Ben Lewis and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed last night at The Sydney Opera House and will perform their second show at 2pm today.

Witches at opera house


Aladdin (Capitol Theatre, Sydney) Avenue Q (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne) and Funny Girl (Arts Centre, Melbourne) are currently rehearsing ahead of their upcoming performances.

Aladdin cast car



Roslyn Packer Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (opens July 20th)

State Theatre: Funny Girl (opens July 23rd for 10 shows only)



State Theatre: Cinderella (closes July 17th)

Cinderella sisters

Hayes Theatre: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (closes July 30th)


Chapel off Chapel: Titanic (closes July 24th)
The Regent Theatre: The Sound of Music (closes July 31st)


Crown Theatre: Georgy Girl (closes July 31st)


David Campbell- National Anthem at State of Origin III

On Wednesday, July 13th Dream Lover’s David Campbell sung the national anthem at the third state of origin match played at ANZ stadium in Sydney, NSW.
Dream Lover Cast Recording

The Australian cast of Dream Lover, the story of Bobby Darin will be released in August 2016.
David Campbell as Bobby Darin
From Sydney With Love- A Concert For Orlando

Held in Sydney on Monday,  July 11th at Sydney Town Hall, the Australian theatre community came together to raise $70,000 for the Pulse Victims Fund.

Sydney With love night


Silvie Paladino

Silvie Paladino (Jerry’s Girls) will be performing in Palmerston North, New Zealand on July 29th. Tickets available from:
Silvie Paladino NZ