Melbourne has confirmed its place as the theatre capital of Australia with Moulin Rouge! The Musical set to light up the city in 2021.

The new stage production, fresh from an acclaimed Broadway debut and based on Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning musical film Moulin Rouge!, will take over Melbourne’s much-loved Regent Theatre for its Australian debut.

The Andrews Labor Government has backed this latest theatrical coup for Victoria, as well as a major $19.4 million refurbishment of the Regent – the first significant works at the theatre since 1996.

Set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris during the Belle Epoque at the turn of the 20th century, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the story of Christian, a young composer who falls in love with actress Satine, star of the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret.

As in Baz Luhrmann’s film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the past 50 years. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie plus hits released since the movie premiered in 2001.

Global Creatures, the Australian production powerhouse created by Melbourne entrepreneur Gerry Ryan and acclaimed producer Carmen Pavlovic, is behind the new musical and will bring the show to Melbourne.

Victoria continues to be the creative and cultural capital of Australia, with recent industry reports showing the state generates the highest share of national live performance attendance, as well as the highest share of attendance at musical theatre productions.

Confirmation of Moulin Rouge! The Musical continues a run of major theatrical triumphs for Melbourne.

Locals and visitors continue to flock to the Princess Theatre to experience the magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child while the Comedy Theatre this month launched the debut Australian season of acclaimed musical Come From Away.

Major events are a key player in the state’s economy, generating more than $1.8 billion each year and bringing visitors from across Australia and around the world to Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula

“Melbourne’s thriving cultural scene and its major events calendar are renowned around the world, and securing huge productions like this is why we are so highly regarded.”

“Securing Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a genuine coup for Victoria and a further boost for jobs in the events and creative sectors.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“The iconic Regent Theatre will provide the ideal backdrop for this stunning musical production, cementing Melbourne’s reputation as the live performance capital of Australia.”

Fiddler on the Roof, one of the most renowned musicals of all time, will be brought to life at the Sydney Opera House in September 2020 and Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in November, in a new production performed entirely in Yiddish. It premieres in Australia after sold-out seasons in New York and worldwide critical acclaim.

experience Fiddler on the Roof in a new way – performed in Yiddish, the language of Tevye and his family!

Following sold-out seasons in New York, a unique, authentic language version of this much-loved musical theatre classic will play at Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in 2020. With direction by Oscar and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, A Fidler afn Dakh “strikes a deep emotional chord” and “offers a kind of authenticity no other American Fiddler ever has” (The New York Times).

Fiddler on the Roof has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world for over 55 years with its humour, warmth and honesty. It follows the heart-warming journey of a family whose traditions are turned upside down as the modern world starts to affect life in their idyllic village. This classic tale is a celebration of life, love, family and ultimately a story of hope.

One of the most renowned musicals of all time, the original Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. With book by Joseph Stein and based on Sholem Aleichem’s classic Yiddish stories, Fiddler on the Roof’s celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick features songs including Traditsye (Tradition), Mattshmaker (Matchmaker) and Ven Ikh Bin A Rotshild (If I Were A Rich Man).

Don’t miss the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world. The little town of Anatevka will bustle like you’ve never heard it before.

This soul piercing Fiddler demands to be seen” – Hollywood Reporter

Backstage Credits

Performed in Yiddish with English surtitles

Based on Sholem Alechiem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

Book by Joseph Stein

Music by Jerry Bock

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Yiddish Translation by Shraga Friedman

Originally Produced on the NY Stage by Harold Prince

Original NY Stage Production Directed & Choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Director Joel Grey

Musical Staging & New Choreography Staś Kmieć

Musical Supervisor Zalmen Mlotek

Set Designer Beowulf Boritt

Costume Designer Ann Hould-Ward

Wig and Hair Designer Tom Watson

Lighting Designer Peter Kaczorowski

Sound Designer Dan Moses Schreier

Produced by Opera Australia and John Frost in association with Hal Luftig and Jana Robbins.

Originally produced by The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

SEASON DETAILS

SYDNEY

Venue                                  Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Season                                 10 September – 31 October

Performance Times         Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 1pm, Sun 3pm

Waitlist now at fiddlerontheroof.com.au

MELBOURNE

Venue                                  Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

Season                                 From 15 November

Performance Times         Tues 7pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 3pm

Waitlist now at fiddlerontheroof.com.au

FROZEN Pre-Sale

Posted by | August 19, 2019 | Musicals

Did you know that you can get on the pre-sale list by becoming a Capital VIP member?

Coming to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on July 2020, FROZEN has been melting hearts on Broadway in this all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. 

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Frozen, the new Broadway musical, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and book by Jennifer Lee, opening night March 22nd, starring Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans), Robert Creighton (Weselton), Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett and Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson and Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa). Michael Grandage is the director.

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Disney Theatrical’s new Broadway musical Frozen will arrive in Sydney on July 2020.

FROM A TONY®, EMMY®, GRAMMY® & 
OSCAR®–WINNING CREATIVE TEAM

MUSIC AND LYRICS BYKristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez BOOK by Jennifer Lee

BASED ON THE DISNEY FILM WRITTEN BY JENNIFER LEE AND DIRECTED BY CHRIS BUCK AND JENNIFER LEE HAIR DESIGN David Brian Brown MAKEUP DESIGN Anne Ford-Coates SPECIAL EFFECTS DESIGN Jeremy Chernick SOUND DESIGN Peter Hylenski VIDEO DESIGN Finn Ross PUPPET DESIGN Michael Curry SCENIC AND COSTUME DESIGN Christopher Oram LIGHTING DESIGN Natasha Katz MUSIC SUPERVISION AND ARRANGEMENTS Stephen Oremus CHOREOGRAPHED BY Rob Ashford DIRECTED BY Michael Grandage

Frozen, a full-length stage work told in two acts, is the first and only incarnation of the tale that expands upon and deepens its indelible plot and themes through new songs and story material from the film’s creators; in fact, this new stage production features more than twice as much music as the film.  Like the Disney Theatrical Broadway musicals that have come before it, it is a full evening of theatre running over two hours.

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Frozen, the new Broadway musical, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and book by Jennifer Lee, opening night March 22nd, starring Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans), Robert Creighton (Weselton), Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett and Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson and Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa). Michael Grandage is director.

Based on the 2013 film written by a trio of Oscar® winners, Frozen features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Up Here, Winnie the Pooh, In Transit) and EGOT-winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph), the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck).  Frozen won 2014 Oscars for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature. 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “Frozen is one of the most highly acclaimed and sought after musicals currently in production. It is a global cultural sensation, and we are thrilled to have secured the musical adaption for Sydney. It’s yet another example of this Government’s commitment to building a world-class calendar of events for NSW.”

To join the waitlist for tickets visit www.frozenthemusical.com.au

SYDNEY GAINS HIGH STANDARDS CHARITY CONCERT

Good Egg Creative today announced an exciting new charity concert for Sydney, HIGH STANDARDS, which will be held at the City Recital Hall on Monday 28 October, and raise much-needed funds for the Actors Benevolent Fund NSW.

HIGH STANDARDS celebrates the greatest songbook of the 20th century, featuring magnificent tunes from such writers as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Harold Arlen made famous the world over by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Nina Simone and many more.

Some of Australia’s favourite artists including David Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Alinta Chidzey, Rodger Corser, Michael Falzon, Iota, Emma Pask and Swing On This will reimagine beautiful standards like Someone to Watch Over Me, Summertime, Over the Rainbow, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Night and Day and My Funny Valentine. Since 1944 the Actors Benevolent Fund has provided a safety net for entertainment professionals, both past and present and of all ages, giving critical financial help at their time of greatest need. ABF is a registered charity administered by a Management Committee of volunteers primarily from the entertainment industry.

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Through compassionate and confidential support, the ABF helps entertainment professionals throughout NSW maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. Join us for a very special event as recording artists join television and film actors and theatre stars for one night only of HIGH STANDARDS.

HIGH STANDARDS A Good Egg Creative production supported by City Recital Hall Produced by Michael Falzon and Fraser Orford with support from MissusM Creative Venue City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney Date Monday 28 October at 7:30 pm Prices: $65-105 (Transaction fees apply) Bookings: www.cityrecitalhall.com/whats-on/events/high-standards/ or 8256 2222

Lighting Designer Sean Clarke Sound Designer David Grigg

ABBA fever has infected Parramatta as Mamma Mia! The Musical takes over the Riversisde Theatre with catchy tunes and moments of heartfelt joy, writes Trevor White

Sunday Matinee 4th Aug 2019 3:00 pm Show. Seat Row F

Packemin Productions, the team behind the hit productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Shrek, Wicked, Legally Blonde and The Phantom Of The Opera, will transport you to a Greek island paradise at Riverside Theatres, bursting onto the stage with a brand new production of one of the world’s favourite feel-good musicals… MAMMA MIA!

Starring Scott Irwin (Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story) as SamDebora Krizak(Sweet Charity, Anything Goes) as Tanya, Courtney Bell (Madiba The Musical) as SophieBlake Erickson (Madiba The Musical, Les Miserables) as HarryMark Simpson(Hairspray, Kinky Boots) as BillLouise Symes as DonnaChris White (Hi-5) as Sky, along with a large cast of upbeat, energetic musical theatre performers, Mamma Mia! promises to be an entertaining night out at the theatre.

Featuring hit after hit from the incredible songs of ABBA including Dancing Queen, Voulez Vous, S.O.S, Take a Chance On Me and The Winner Takes It All, MAMMA MIA! tells the hilarious and heart-warming story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Let’s start with the production team:

Production Team

DirectorJessica Fallico & Jordan Vassallo
ChoreographerSally Hare
Musical DirectorPeter Hayward
Set DesignerJosh Mcintosh
Lighting DesignerSean Clarke
Costume DesignerAudrey Currie
Make-up Co-ordinatorKaren Lamont-Barnett
Assistant DirectorCourtney Cassar
Assistant Musical DirectorRachel Kelly

Technical Review

The stage set was a wash of white which allowed the many LED moving heads to change the mood of the set.

The backdrop was a sky blue which also transformed to the night mode with the LED Stardrop Curtin and a glowing moon.

The Riverside Theatre Lighting rig was packed with Moving heads and LED Intelligent lights.

The stage throughout the 2-hour show was hazed to the max to ensure the lighting was visible which unfortunately made its way into the audience which from my seat 4 rows from the front was a little cloudy.

We reached out to Packemin for comment no reply.

Overall the show was energic, colourful and vibrant, and would recommend it to anyone.

Book now at Riverside Theatre https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/mamma-mia-19/

Today, Keith Urban has announced that Amy Shark and John Butler will join him for the Grand Opening of Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ on Saturday 21 December.

Due to unprecedented demand, two new Keith Urban Live In Concert shows have also been announced for Sunday 22 and Monday 23 December

GRAND OPENING GALA: KEITH URBAN AND FRIENDS :

AMY SHARK AND JOHN BUTLER

SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 

Keith Urban Live in Concert

Sunday 22 and Monday 23 December 

PLUS PRE-OPENING PROGRAM

Tina Arena in Concert:

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December

Dame Edna: My Gorgeous Life:

Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 December

John Butler Live in Concert:

Friday 20 December

Make sure to Waitlist now and then check your inbox from 6pm Sunday morning for your pre-sale email and links. Be sure to get in quick as tickets will sell quickly for these exclusive performances at Sydney’s new landmark theatre at West HQ.

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NATALIE BASSINGTHWAIGHTE, ALINTA CHIDZEY & CASEY DONOVAN SET TO SIZZLE IN CHICAGO

Sydney has secured the 2019 premiere of the multi-award winning, record breaking musical CHICAGO. Produced in Australia by John Frost and Suzanne Jones, this Australian production will premiere from August 20 at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

The sassy musical will star some of Australia’s most talented performers. Starring as the irreverent and determined Roxie Hart, is one of our most versatile entertainers, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and joining her as the empowered and glamorous Velma Kelly is musical theatre star Alinta Chidzey. Much adored Casey Donovan joins the duo as the tough and sassy prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.

“We are so thrilled to have this incredible Australian cast join us in bringing this New York institution back to Australia. CHICAGO has everything that people love about Broadway, a story of fame, fortune and all that jazz, one show-stopping number after another and the most amazing dancing you’ve ever seen as well as the most sizzling score” said producer John Frost.

Producer Suzanne Jones added, “We cannot wait to see Natalie, Alinta and Casey make these iconic roles their own whilst supported by a slick ensemble cast. We are so privileged to have the most exceptional performers joining us on this production who are sure to bring the razzle dazzle!”

The Kander & Ebb musical has been seen by over 31 million people worldwide in 36 countries and is the winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award. CHICAGO continues to play on Broadway and around the world in multiple languages and is the longest running American musical in Broadway and West End history.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte joins the cast as Roxie Hart having developed a rich career as an actor, musician and TV presenter. The multiple Logie Award nominee has vast acting credits in film and on television including her successful run on Neighbours as Izzy Hoyland. Natalie was the host of So You Think You Can Dance and a judge on The X Factor in both Australia and New Zealand. As the front woman for Australian pop dance group The Rogue Traders she went on to dominate the pop music charts before she also released her solo album which debuted at Number 1 on the ARIA charts. She turns full circle returning to the stage after commencing her career in musical theatre productions such as Rent, Grease and Footloose.

Joining Natalie as Broadway’s most infamous femme fatales is Alinta Chidzey in the role of Velma Kelly. Alinta has forged a most successful career in entertainment from her acting credits in Wentworth, Neighbours and Winners and Losers to her album releases as a Jazz vocalist and songwriter. She has most notably earned her position as one of Australia’s true leading ladies of the musical theatre stage having performed as Anita in West Side Story, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Kathy Selden in Singin’ In the Rain, Magnolia in Show Boat and joined Hugh Jackman on stage in his Broadway to Oz tour.

Playing Matron ‘Mama’ Morton is powerhouse vocalist Casey Donovan. She is best known to Australian audiences after winning Australian Idol as a 16 year old in 2004. Since then Casey has flourished into one of the country’s most in demand performers. She continues to release music after her ARIA Number 1 debut album and tours extensively playing live around Australia. She won the title on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2017 whilst also nurturing a blossoming stage career which has seen her cast in musical theatre productions including The Flower Children, The Sapphires, Rent and We Will Rock You.

Starring alongside this star studded cast is musical theatre stalwart Rodney Dobson playing Roxie’s charming and vulnerable husband Amos Hart and J. Furtado as gossip hound Mary Sunshine. The wonderful ensemble cast includes Amy Berrisford, Andrew Cook, Todd Dewberry, Samantha Dodemaide, Ben Gillespie, Chaska Halliday, Travis Khan, Hayley Martin, Kristina McNamara, Joe Meldrum, Tom New, Jessica Vellucci, Romina Villafranca, Rachael Ward, Zachary Webster and Mitchell Woodcock. Further cast will be announced soon.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer Billy Flynn to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

CHICAGO, which is based on the 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1996 Broadway revival of CHICAGO is choreographed by Tony Award winning Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and is directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage, whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic or whether you are after a perfect night of pure entertainment, CHICAGO always delivers.

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