Musicals

This Disney Theatrical Production is being directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage and will feature a talented cast and crew, including Caissie Levy as Elsa and Patti Murin in the role of Anna. Frozen will be a full-length musical in two acts that is expected to run over 2 hours. It will feature more than twice as much music as the original animated film (!!!), with new material by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—the musical team behind the 2013 animated film. The musical’s book is by Jennifer Lee—screenwriter and co-director of the film—and the musical’s story will expand the plot of the film and further explore its themes. Sounds amazing!

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.

Obviously, we’ll be counting down the days until we can experience this magical new musical for ourselves, but until then, let’s journey behind the scenes of the production with the musical’s director Michael Grandage, as he posts about the cast and crew on his Instagram account. Grandage has been sharing insider information leading up to the first performance of Frozen’s pre-Broadway run in Denver. These posts will melt your heart with happiness! Enjoy:

Last picture of the cast before they head to Denver:

What a delightful ensemble. We can’t wait to see them bring our favorite characters to life on stage!

This poster is everything.

Intriguing preparations!

Pictured above are the show’s music supervisor, Stephen Oremus (a two-time Tony Award winner who is creating all the vocal, incidental, and dance arrangements), as well as Brian Usifer, who is the show’s music director. Frozen’s music team also includes Tony nominee Dave Metzger (orchestrations) and Chris Montan (executive music producer).

Every great show needs a great stage manager, like Lisa Dawn Cave!

So many wigs! Frozen’s hair designer is David Brian Brown, and we can already tell the hair in this show is going to be fabulous.

Just thinking about all the show-stopping dance numbers that will be in Frozen the musical (choreographed by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford) is making us giddy.

Actors Greg Hildreth (Olaf) and John Riddle (Hans) get into character by helping each other apply makeup! Frozen’s makeup designs are by Anne Ford-Coates, and we bet they’re perfection. Look at this body art she designed for the hidden folk:

So artistic. So many great details.

It looks like Anna will be wearing pants while climbing the North Mountain in this production, with costume designs by two-time Tony and Olivier Award winner Christopher Oram.

Christopher Oram is also the scenic designer. We know what these plant props are for! Do you? (Hint: they have something to do with rocks … and a certain fixer-upper.)

Pictured here is actress Nina Lafarga in costume. Six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz will help set the show’s mood with her lighting designs.

Ahhh we’re so excited to see Arendelle come to life!

This show is going to be epic. We cannot wait!

For more posts about the production, be sure to follow Michael Grandage on Instagram @michaelgrandage and don’t forget to buy your Frozen tickets for the Broadway production ASAP!

Frozen arrives in Sydney in July 2020

Visit  https://signup.disney.com.au/frozen/  for waitlist and more information.

Media sourced credit https://ohmy.disney.com/news/2017/08/14/a-look-behind-the-scenes-of-frozen-the-musical-and-get-your-tickets/


Look out Australia – 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is coming next year. Dolly Parton today announced that the smash-hit West End musical will have its Australian Premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in April 2020. Waitlist today to be the first to buy tickets at 9to5themusical.com.au – tickets are on sale from tomorrow, Friday 13 September.

This run-away success on the West End features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton including her much-loved hit song, 9 to 5!

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL opened at London’s Savoy Theatre in January this year, initially for a 16 week season and surpassed all audience expectations. It has been extended multiple times and is now selling for an open ended run.

The show was embraced by critics, with the major dailies united in their support . . .

“A HILARIOUS COMEDY” – Daily Express

“PACKED WITH LAUGHS AS BIG AS DOLLY’S PERSONALITY” – Daily Mirror

“THIS IS ONE 9 TO 5 YOU’LL WANT TO DO AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN” – The Sun

“A WARM-HEARTED, FEMINIST RALLYING-CRY FOR A PINK-COLLAR REVOLUTION” – The Telegraph

I am beyond excited to be bringing this show to Australia,” said Dolly Parton. “The response from the UK to 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL has been incredible. The overwhelmingly positive fan reaction to this universal story tickles every rhinestone on my body! I can’t wait for more people throughout Australia to have a good ole singalong, and the time of your life.

The Australian premiere has been secured exclusively for Sydney by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and will be a major drawcard for visitors to NSW.

NSW Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said securing 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL for Sydney is a big win for the NSW visitor economy.

“Dolly Parton is embedded in global pop culture, so I am delighted NSW has secured this Australian premiere of 9 to 5 The Musical.” Mr Ayres saidMajor events like this are crucial in helping to drive significant levels of visitation to our State, which in turn turbocharges local economies, generates jobs and drives investment. We anticipate that this season of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL will attract more than 27,000 visitors to Sydney who will stay more than 73,800 nights and spend close to $23 million.

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!

As well as the musical’s hit West End season, Dolly – who received both a Tony nomination and a Grammy nod for the original music she composed for its Broadway run in 2009 – has seen the musical travel around the world. The timeless story launched a North American tour in 2010-11, a UK tour in 2012-13 and again in 2017, a Brazilian tour in 2015, and a German tour in 2016 and again in 2018.

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is produced in Australia by John Frost, Suzanne Jones and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions.

Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009. Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

9to5themusical.com.au

@9to5AU            #9to5AU

SEASON DETAILS

Venue                                  Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star

Season                                From 21 April 2020

Performance Times         Wed-Thu 7pm, Fri-Sat 7.30pm, Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm

Prices:                                 From $59.90 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings:                           Tickets on sale from Friday 13 September at 4pm from

ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

CIRQUE STRATOSPHERE – Sydney

Posted by | September 11, 2019 | Musicals, Show Reviews

Sydney – Tuesday 10 September, 2019. This festive season, Cirque Stratosphere – a spectacular new circus from the creators of CIRCUS 1903 (2016)and last summer’s smash-hit The Illusionists: Direct from Broadway – will transform the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall into a futuristic space-age utopia for a strictly limited season from 24-29 December 2019.

A dazzling new show, Cirque Stratosphere features gravity-defying acts on a scale never seen before at the Opera House. For six nights only, a troupe of Olympic-standard acrobats and gymnasts cast by The Works Entertainment will demonstrate that even the sky isn’t the limit.

Audiences will witness thrilling performances inside The Columbian Wheel of Death, impressive stunts on rollerskates, death-defying acrobatics on a Russian Bar – where the performer is thrown in the air by two partners holding the bar – sky-high contortions inThe Aerial Sphere, the Russian Swing to Swing and many more. These extraordinary feats effortlessly blend agility, coordination and showmanship to create an out-of-this-world spectacle.

Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Olivia Ansell, says: “We’re proud to take one small step for man and one giant step for circus with The Works Entertainment to create the brand new show Cirque Stratosphere. The 50thanniversary of the Moon Landing has renewed our fascination with space, and what lives beyond the earth’s atmosphere. Lift off with your family and friends in the Concert Hall this festive season. Your only mission – fun!” 

The talented duo Simon Painter and Tim Lawson, otherwise known as The Works Entertainment, are also the creative minds behind the epic  Le Grand CirqueLe NoirCirque Adrenalin and The Illusionists. Their unmissable productions have now travelled to more than 400 cities around the globe.

Simon Painter, Creative Producer, The Works Entertainment, says: We are very excited for audiences to witness this futuristic aerial spectacular in the round, as never before seen in the Concert Hall. It’s a redefinition of circus.” 

Watch the trailer for Cirque Stratosphere here

EVENT DETAILS:

WHAT:                                                Cirque Stratosphere

WHEN:                                               24-29 December 2019                

WHERE:                                             Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

PRICES:                                             Adults from $59, children from $39

TICKETS:                                           On sale from 9am, Monday 16 September: sydneyoperahouse.com or 9250 7777

Backstage News had the opportunity to invite Kirsten Marr, the stage manager at Chicago Sydney at the Capitol Theatre to our Q&A Session.

1. Your education background to do this job

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Production from the University of Ballarat. The rest of my education in the role of Stage Manager has been through the jobs I have had as ASM, Child Chaperone and Stage Manager.

2. What is the best part of being part of the Chicago Technical team 

The Chicago crew is made up of a smaller amount of people than the usual crew teams of other musicals.  I have been enjoying the team spirit of all the different departments combined.  

Another great thing about the Technical Team is it is made up of people who

are extremely skilled at their expertise and are really good people to work with.  

Kirsten Marr

3. If our readers are keen to do what you do, what would be your advice?

Communication problem solving and information are key elements to Stage Management as well as the coordination and scheduling the days in the rehearsal room and the theatre.  The calling of a show is apart of this communication and coordination of each show to assist in bringing all the technical and creative elements together in the cueing of the show. 

With Chicago, we have 17 members of the band, 23 cast members and 26 people backstage, including creative team, management and the crew.  Each department and group of people require different things and coordination from the stage management team, including scheduling information, the show calls needs and health and safety requirements.

4. How long does it take to bump in the show at the Capitol Theatre? 

The Stage Management/props bump in takes about a day and a half before the cast come into the theatre. 

On Chicago, the Stage Management team also manage the props.  We needed to set the props backstage ready for the first technical rehearsal with the cast onstage. 

Stage Management also places signage around the theatre to help people find where things are.  The dressing room doors get name cards on them and the major noticeboards are set up with any information we have for the full company about the days and week ahead. 

The warmup space for the cast – be it in a rehearsal room, on stage or in the backstage area – is set up with keyboard and amp, and equipment for stretching.   

Once the cast is in the theatre and onstage Stage Management coordinates the backstage area to make sure pathways are clear for travel and that both backstage and onstage are safe. 

This includes negotiating and problem-solving some of the backstage traffic, the calling of the show, the setting of props and also the use of the space backstage for things like wardrobe quick changes, placement of furniture. 

Stage Management also sets up the call of the show in conjunction with the creative and design team for placement of lighting cures, scenery movements, cast cues and anything else that needs to be timed during the performance. 

5. More about you and your background

I have been in Stage Management in Musical Theatre for nearly 20 years.  I have been lucky to have toured to capital cities across Australia and have toured overseas a couple of times, although I do always enjoy getting home to Melbourne. 

I also have been lucky to have been apart of some great show company’s and have worked with a lot a great people both on and off the stage.  

One of the things I enjoy about Stage Management is being apart of the show from the first day of rehearsal through to the end of the tour.  I enjoy watching and being apart of the development of the show, characters and also the development of people in their craft across all departments and roles people play in a company. 

Simon Gregory BSC – Head of Sound

Backstage News had the amazing opportunity to interview the head of sound at Chicago the Musical at the Capitol Theatre Sydney.

Your education background to do this job

My first introduction to Musical theatre was, when I completed a work experience placement at a commercial, theatre through a diploma of Music Technology at my local college in the UK.  I then went on to graduate from London Guildhall University in 1998 with a degree in Musical Instrument Technology, specializing in Electronics, Acoustics and Studio Research. Alongside the studies I worked as a swing as a radio mic tech on several west ends shows including Jesus Christ Superstar and Showboat. At the completion of my degree, I accepted a job working for Disney as a Sound engineer on the Cruise Line.  In 2001 I made the move to Australia to begin work as a freelance sound engineer predominantly working for System Sound on Musical theatre projects such as Billy Elliot the Musical, We Will Rock You international tour, Chicago 2008 Tour, King Kong The Musical and more recently Matilda the Musical and School of Rock

What is the best part of being part of the Chicago Technical team 

Simon Gregory

The best part of being In the Chicago technical team is working with an exceptional team of highly qualified and dedicated people who bring their wealth of knowledge to produce this timeless show. The Highlight for me was, of course, working with the incredibly talented Julian Spink who lead the design of this System on behalf of System Sound. 

If our readers are keen to do what you do, what would be your advice? 

Education and experience is always the key, I would encourage anyone interested In a career In musical theatre too, whilst completing studies, get work bumping in shows at your local theatres and be a sponge. Many of my colleagues over the years have imparted their valuable knowledge to me and continue to do so. Also know that every day there is something more to learn, which is very important with technology evolving as quickly as it does. I would also encourage everyone to get out there and see as many events as they can, its really important to know your industry, know what is going on within it and of course support this great art form.

Capitol Theatre Sydney – Photo Trevor White

How long does it take to bump in the show at the Capitol Theatre?  

The Chicago bump-in at the Capitol theatre began on the 12th of August and took about 3 days to complete the physical install of the Sound system, to be ready to balance the orchestra and the first cast on stage session on the 4th day. This is a very busy time installing all the Cabling, speaker elements, front of the house mixing console, Stage racks, orchestral microphones and fold-back, and a complete video and communications system to allow the running of the show. This time frame is only made possible by the 3 weeks of prep performed pre-bump-in at the System Sound factory in Melbourne, where the entire system is completely built, programmed and tested as per the sound designers specifications.

More about you and your background

Outside of my professional career, I enjoy spending my time designing and constructing electronic devices and tools to aid in my work, and writing software and firmware for the same. I have quite a large experience in C and a few other programming languages which also aids in the Programming of shows as it gives a different view on how to achieve the results required by the design.

Backstage gives it 4 stars

By Trevor White. “John Forst has brought back the classic feel of Chicago” A must see for all Sydney Chicago Fans.
Photo By Trevor White 2019

The multi-award winning, record breaking musical CHICAGO razzle dazzles in Australia this year. Produced in Australia by John Frost and Suzanne Jones, this Australian production has opened at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre and will continue onto QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from November 2 and the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne from December 14. The sassy musical stars 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 plays the tough and sassy prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton. Playing the role of the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn, in Sydney and Brisbane is iconic Australian actor and entertainer Tom Burlinson and in Melbourne, will be Australian superstar Jason Donovan

Photo By Trevor White 2019

“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.

Photo By Trevor White 2019

Producer Suzanne Jones added, “We cannot wait to see this cast 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.

Photo by Trevor White 2019

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.

Photo by Trevor White 2019

The smooth talking Billy Flynn will be played by Tom Burlinson in Sydney and Brisbane. Tom’s incredible performing career has spanned over 40 years. Since his breakthrough role in the iconic The Man from Snowy River Tom has been a fixture on Australian stages, films and television. The NIDA graduate has appeared in many musicals in Australia including The Producers, Miracle City and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and was a judge on Australia Got Talent alongside Dannii Minogue and Red Symons for 3 seasons. Tom’s film career has seen him appear in many Australian and international films including Phar Lap, Flesh & Blood, Windrider and Piece of Cake. Most recently the stage is where Tom spends most of his time having created and toured with many music shows including Frank – A Life in Song, Now we’re Swingin!, Young at Heart with Melinda Schneider, Swing That Music with Emma Pask, Ed Wilson and The Sydney All Star Big Band and Great American Songbook.

Photo By Trevor White 2019

The smooth talking Billy Flynn will be played by Tom Burlinson in Sydney and Brisbane. Tom’s incredible performing career has spanned over 40 years. Since his breakthrough role in the iconic The Man from Snowy River Tom has been a fixture on Australian stages, films and television. The NIDA graduate has appeared in many musicals in Australia including The Producers, Miracle City and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and was a judge on Australia Got Talent alongside Dannii Minogue and Red Symons for 3 seasons. Tom’s film career has seen him appear in many Australian and international films including Phar Lap, Flesh & Blood, Windrider and Piece of Cake. Most recently the stage is where Tom spends most of his time having created and toured with many music shows including Frank – A Life in Song, Now we’re Swingin!, Young at Heart with Melinda Schneider, Swing That Music with Emma Pask, Ed Wilson and The Sydney All Star Big Band and Great American Songbook.

SYDNEY SEASON DETAILS

Venue: Capitol Theatre Season: From 20 August 2019

Performance Times: Midweek Matinees, Weekend matinees and Tuesday – Sunday Evenings Price: From $59.90*

Bookings: www.chicagothemusical.com.au

* An additional transaction fee may apply

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.

Capitol Club members will receive notification and priority access to tickets when they are released.

Become a member today it’s free

https://www.capitoltheatre.com.au/subscribe/

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

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.

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