Fame opened in Melbourne

While Wicked left Melbourne last year to overtake fanfare in Sydney, someone else showed up at the stage door of the Regent Theatre.  Yesterday night  Melbourne was host to another musical premiere: a revival of Fame.

Produced by John Frost and Directed and Choreographed by Kelley Abbey, Fame is the story of the kids from New York’s School for the Performing Arts who inspired a generation and sparked sales of untold millions of legwarmers.

The production, which will play Brisbane and Sydney seasons following its Melbourne run, features a cast mixed with strong musical theatre talent and stars of the reality television show So You Think You Can Dance?

Darlene Love plays Miss Sherman, Andrew McFarlane is Mr Myers and Brian Wenzel is Mr Sheinkopf. Talia Fowler plays Iris Kelly, whilst Timomatic is Tyrone Jackson. Also in the lead cast is Tim Dashwood, Chris Durling, Kylie Fisher, Jaz Flowers, Rebecca Mendoza, Sam Ludeman, Catherine Shepherd, Rowena Vilar and Jonathan Whitlow. The ensemble cast features Michelle Barr, Charlie Bartley, Amy Campbell, Morgan Choice, Danielle Cook, Thomas Egan, Sally Hare, Camilla Jakimowicz, Keiynan Lonsdale, Matthew McFarlane, Shannon O’Shea, Marko Panzic, Michael Ralph, Elenoa Rokobaro, BJ Rorke and Stephen Tannos.

Fame is, almost uniquely, a classic of cinema, television and music theatre. The movie, released in 1980, won an Academy Award and swept the world. The TV show ran for six seasons, won numerous Emmy Awards and was broadcast in over 70 countries. And Fame The Musical ran for a decade on the West End and has been seen by 10 million people worldwide.

Fame is playing at the Regent Theatre. Bookings: www.showbiz.com.au.

Fame Official Australian Site

via AussieTheatre

Mamma Mia opens in Melbourne

Smashing-Hit MAMMA MIA! will return to Melbourne for a strictly limited 15 week season from February 13 at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

MAMMA MIA! had its Australian Premiere in Melbourne on June 9 2001 and is one of the most successful musicals to play the The Cultural Capital with an attendance of close to 730,000 patrons.

Returning as part of the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour in celebration of the West End Production’s 1999 Premiere, MAMMA MIA! will also go on to play limited seasons in Perth and Brisbane later this year.

10th Anniversary Australian Tour of MAMMA MIA!

The 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of MAMMA MIA! is due to commence. Just weeks away from opening, with the first performance scheduled for 23 October at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, Star City. The limited 15 week only Sydney season will be followed by seasons in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane in 2010.

For more information on the show and cast visit: www.mamma-mia.com.au

Wicked Australia Premieres in Sydney

Tomorrow Saturday September 5th is the Season Premiere of the Smashing-hit musical “Wicked” in Sydney, Australia.

After a succesful year in Melbourne, the Australian production of Wicked is moving to Sydney. With no changes in cast performing Amanda Harrison as Elphaba and Lucy Durack as Glinda, the show premieres tomorrow at 8pm at the Capitol Theatre.

Since its Australian debut in Melbourne last year, hit musical Wicked has cast a slightly green glow across all those who’ve seen it and has attracted thousands of people along the season.

Every Success!

Official Site

Wicked Melbourne closed – moving to Sydney

The smashing-hit musical “Wicked” has yesterday, August 9th, performed for a last time at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. As from next month you will be to enjoy the marvellous  witches at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

We wish them a great kick-off at this new stage in the production. I was very fortunate to have seen it, and I honestly think they are a wonderful company that truly delivers and amazing musical to people.

Group bookings of 20+ are available now through Ticketmaster by contacting the group bookings department (02) 8512 9020 Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm or email groups.nsw@ticketmaster.com.au

Winners of the Helpmann Awards

The Helpmann Award winners were announced yesterday in Australia at the Sydney Opera House.

Wicked won for Best Musical! Congratulation to all the Cast and Production Team.

We had some more Wicked winners during the night, and they are:

Best Musical

Best Costume Design
Susan Hilferty

Best Scenic Design
Eugene Lee

Best Choreography in a Musical
Wayne Cilento

Best Direction in a Musical
Lisa Leguillou

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Rob Guest

Unfortunately, our Witches, Lucy and Amanda, didn’t obtained the award. Still, they have surely gained a special place in all of our hearts.

Full List of Winner here

Lucy Durack nominated for Best Female Actor in Musical Play

Gorgeous and amazingly talented actress Lucy Durack, Australian Glinda for mega production Wicked the Musical, has been recently nominated together with her co-star Amanda Harrison for this year edition of the Helpmann Awards .

Ms. Durack was nominated for Best Female Actor in Musical Play for her performance as G(a)linda the Good Wictch of the North in the Broadway-hit Wicked.

Award winners will be announced on 27th July at the Sydney Opera House.

Wicked has been nominated for 12 awards overall.

Full list of Nominees