ONCE WE LIVED HERE

Music by Dean Bryant, Lyrics by Mathew Frank

An exciting Australian musical will receive its WA premiere at The Blue Room Theatre in October.

Blue room1Once We Lived Here centres around Amy (Taryn Ryan), who runs her family’s sheep station ‘Emoh Ruo’, in rural Australia. She’s held onto the property through drought, bushfire, and falling wool prices, determined not to let it slip out of the family grasp. Over a scorching long weekend, the family gathers, and Amy has to face up to the myths and lies the place has been built upon.blueroom2

Written by the critically acclaimed team of Dean Bryant & Mathew Frank (themselves WAAPA graduates from the 1990s), this full-length musical is an authentically Australian story, with a uniquely Australian sound. The debut season in Melbourne received a Green Room Award for Best New Musical, and was described by Geoffrey Rush as “a beautiful, poignant piece of home-grown music theatre”. The Age newspaper described it as “musical theatre full of life, emotion and renewal”

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Preview 17th October 2017

Season 19th October – 4th November 2017

All shows at 8.30pm and include an interval

The Blue Room Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

Bookings/info: blueroom.org.au / 08 9227 7005

The interview was done by Malti Elliott with the director Andrew Baker.


 

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 Mellen EventsPresent

 For the first time in Australia

Direct from the U.K.with a cast of West End stars

 Featuring the Music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter & George Gershwin

ritzTravel back to the golden age of Hollywood where melody, rhythm and dance was king! The dazzling theatre spectacle Puttin’ On The Ritz– with special guest Rob Mills, brings to life the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

Touring the countryfor the very first time this August &September, and starring Australia’s own golden boyRob Mills,along withan acclaimed cast of West End stars direct from the U.K. Puttin’ On The Ritz is the must see premiere musical theatre event for 2017.

Putting on the ritz2Cheek to Cheek, Alexander’s Rag Time Band, Birth of the Blues, Swanee, Night and Day, I Got Rhythm, Easter Parade, Puttin On The Ritzand so many more. The most famous songs of the Golden Age of Hollywood are recreated live on stage with award winning singers and dancers in glittering costume.

From the company who took you back to the roaring twenties with the hugely popular In The Mood theatre tour in 2016, Puttin’ On The Ritz is an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of some of the most iconic music of all time.Putting on the ritz1

Starring Rob Mills, the new face of Australian theatrewho first came to the country’s attention as a finalist on Australian Idol and has gone on to become a bona fide theatre star in his own right. Rob has appeared in numerous productions including prime roles in Legally Blonde, Wicked, Grease, Hairspray and Ghost the Musical. His matinee idol good-looks and acting talent can currently be seen during his guest role on the perennial Australian TV soap favourite Neighbours.

The show is produced by David King, one of the most successful theatrical producers ever to come out of the UK. David has had hit shows all over the world, owns his own theatres in America and, at any one time, up to 20 of his shows are appearing around the globe, to the highest critical acclaim. Credited with bringing musicals to the masses and affectionately known as “the working man’s Andrew Lloyd Webber”, David’s shows have toured in more than 30 countries, and he is the first producer from the Western world to have three consecutive tours in China, playing to over a million people.

Puttin On The Ritz delivered a brilliant and nostalgic night out! The audience loved every single minute of this show. The singing was top class, and the dancing even better.

Edinburgh press                 

A glittering extravaganza that has the audience cheering for more.

Norwich evening news

 A decadent visual treat. A wonderful reminder of times gone by.

What’s on Theatre


HIT Productions in association with Luckiest Productions presents

Everybody Loves Lucy

I love Lucy 1Written by Elise McCann & Richard Carroll

Directed by Helen Dallimore

Lucille Ball was the Queen of American comedy for decades. As television’s biggest star in I Love Lucy -the most popular sitcom in American history – the wacky, fearless, and totally endearing Lucy broke the mold for the way women were allowed to behave on TV.

Lucy was joined every step of the way by her real-life and on-screen husband Desi Arnaz. I love Lucy4Together they defied conventions and expectations, and ensured total control by creating their own studio. Lucy and Desi held up a fun-house mirror to every marriage in America – exaggerating and making amusing every idiosyncrasy of married life. But as Lucy’s popularity thrived, her relationship with Desi suffered both professionally and privately.

Generations of fans love Lucy Ricardo for her impulsive, foolhardy and child-like charm – but the produI love lucy3cer of I Love Lucy once said “Lucille Ball is about as different from Lucy Ricardo as anyone could possibly be.” She was a dedicated professional whose seemingly effortless comedy was a result of rigorous attention to detail and fanatical rehearsing.

I love Lucy 2Everybody Loves Lucy stars Jayde Westaby, an acclaimed musical theatre performer, originally from the UK, whose West End credits include Grease, West Side Story, Jersey Boys and Chicago. And Steven Kreamer as Desi Arnaz, most recently been Associate Musical Director on Little Shop of Horrors (Tinderbox/Luckiest) and Rent (Highway Run).

Brimming with Lucille Ball’s irrepressible spirit Everybody Loves Lucy is a tribute to a true trail-blazer. This cabaret-style show is a a treat for audiences young and old.

Interview by Malti with Jayde Westaby


 The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of WA
will be presenting this double bill at the Subiaco Art Centre from 14 – 17th October 2015.trial by Jury

Trial by Jury was the second collaboration of Sullivan with WS Gilbert. Edwin promised to marry Angelina then left her in the lurch. In a breach of promise suit the learned judge sings one of the most famous of the G&S patter songs which includes the line “she may very well pass for forty three in the dusk with the light behind her”! Like all G&S it has a hilarious and happy ending.
Cox and Box was written by FC Burnand with music by the then young Arthur Sullivan. Mr Cox works during the day (and is home at night) and Mr Box works at night (and is consequently home during the day). The unscrupulous landlord has rented the same room to both of them and thus collects double rent! This works well until the day they come home at the same time -then the fun really starts!
Director: Alan Needham
Musical Director: Michael Brett
Featuring :Justin Freind

Listen to an interview conducted by Chris Durrant with the director Alan Needham.


 

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The Music Theatre Company of WA MEDIA RELEASE

30 July 2015

SPANGLES TO STUDS! – BRENDAN HANSON (WA’s HUGH JACKMAN), SCORES THE

LEAD ROLE IN OKLAHOMA!

Finalist on the TV talent show “Priscilla – Queen of the Desert”, Perth actor Brendan Hanson will play Curly McLain in Oklahoma, produced by the new production company Musae – The Music Theatre Company of WA (Inc.)., at The Regal Theatre 17th-26th September 2015.

A dark horse when it comes to talent, Brendan played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Rum Turn lugger in Cats as well as many roles for the Black Swan Theatre Company and was Assistant Director for WA Opera’s Marriage of Figaro as well as Lecturer and a Director of operas at WAAPA.

“Curly is a role that was made famous on the big screen by Gordon MacRae many years ago, and much later on the stage by WAAPA graduate Hugh Jackman, ” said Brendan, ” Adam Mitchell the Director ( Black Swan) and I are looking forward to a special interpretation to this romantic character,” he said.

Playing the role of Curly’s love-interest is opera singer Emma Petteremides who was the spectacular diva Carlotta in The Phantorr cf the Opera last year.

To complete the love-triangle, Ian Cross will play the darkly brooding Jud Fry (previously Brendan’s protagonist as Javert in Les Miserables and last year Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music.)Oklahoma

Supported by a talented chorus of emerging WAAPA talent and the MUSAE Orchestra, Oklahoma will be conducted by Founder and Musical Director Ian Westrip 0AM.

Winner of the 2015 Performing Arts WA Best Actor award – Igor Sas is the conniving Ali Hakim and the wise and insightful Aunt Eller, will be played by the magnificent Alinta Carroll.

This new company MUSAE proudly sponsored by Zetta and supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma playing matinees and evenings from September 17th (Preview) – Sat 26th Sept including matinees.

Tickets are already on sale – book through Ticketek on 132 849 or at www.ticketek.com.au.

Further information is available at www.musictheatrewa.com.au

Click to listen to an interview by Chris with Emma Pettemerides