Puttin’ On the Ritz
Dig out your sequins, put on your glad rags and slip into your dancing shoes. It’s time to head back to the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Following the huge success of their 2017 debut Australian tour, Puttin’ On the Ritz is back by popular demand and gliding its way across Australian May and June for an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of some of the most iconic music of all time.
Presented by Mellen Events, Puttin’ On the Ritz delivers all the razzamatazz and style, celebrating the most famous songs which hark back to the glory days of Hollywood. This wonderful extravaganza features a 16-strong stellar cast of six multi-talented vocalists and 10 energetic dancers direct from London’s West End.
MIMMA:A Musical of War and Friendship to have World Premiere
at The Regal Theatre, Subiaco
The Regal Theatre Subiaco will be the host to the West Australian production of the new musical, Mimma: A musical of war and friendship, from Orana Productions, with the season running from April 9 -21, 2019.
The original musical is the result of several years of collaboration between WA based author Dr Giles Watson and composer, Ron Siemignowski. Incorporating completely new musical numbers, including a blend of Jazz, Opera and Musical Theatre, ‘Mimma’ is a musical that bridge contents and cultures.
Producer and Composer Ron Siemignowski said: “We are very excited to see ‘Mimma’ come to life. What started with small dreams and ambition has turned into an incredible production with an amazing cast & crew, both local and international talent investing time into creating something that we can all be proud of”.
The shadow of Fascism spreads across Italy as Mimma, a young journalist from Turin, takes refuge at her Uncle Lorenzo’s nightclub in Soho, London. As another World War becomes inevitable, Mimma forges an unassailable friendship with Sarah, an aspiring jazz singer, while her family are increasingly embroiled in resistance against Mussolini. The coming conflict brings out the best and worst in people as Mimma’s brother is captured, Londoners prepare for Hitler’s Blitz, and fears of betrayal reach fever pitch. Even refugees and firm opponents of the dictators are classified as “Enemy Aliens”. Mimma and Sarah are caught in the turmoil as Soho is torn apart by arrests and internments. England and Italy are facing their darkest hours, and Mimma is in danger of losing everything. Everything – that is, except the one friend she can trust.
Casting the lead role of Mimma was a relatively easy task, when Australian Soprano, Mirusia Louwerse read the Libretta via her agent. Mirusia immediately jumped on board and is very excited to be part of the production: “This incredible new musical features such beautiful and exciting music, I fell in love with the melodies when I first heard them. The storyline and the script is something so different and fresh, yet it is based on true events during the Second World War in Italy and England. I am honoured and proud to be creating the role of Mimma and giving life and a voice to an incredible character.”
Mirusia has spent 10 years performing as the Star Soprano of André Rieu and is one of the most celebrated voices in the world. She has performed in front of country leaders, royalty and sung live to many millions of fans across every continent. Mirusia is celebrated for the vocal clarity, dexterity and exquisite tone she brings to the world stage.
Directed by Adam Mitchell, previously with Black Swan Theatre Company, Mimma also stars world renowned Baritone, Jason Barry-Smith in the lead male role of Aldo, with WAAPA graduate & accomplished musical theatre actress, Holly Meegan playing Sarah.
They are joined by Canadian Opera star Suzanne Kompass, WA based Igor Sas and Ian Toyne in the main cast. Mimma’s ensemble cast are all proudly West Australian performers whilst the production will feature original music performed by The Perth Symphony Orchestra under Musical Director Sean O’Boyle.
The interview was done by Chris Durrant with the Ron Siemiginowski, the Composer and Producer of the musical
Love, jealousy, and utter foolery
Dolphin Theatre, UWA
September 6 – 15, 2018
You can’t hurry love
Fashion, pretension, celebrity culture and the pursuit of love are the targets for the wicked wit of WS Gilbert and musical brilliance of Arthur Sullivan in their timeless musical comedy, Patience, opening at the Dolphin Theatre on September 6, 2018.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious satire on the “art for art’s sake” movement, epitomised by Oscar Wilde and his followers, is a timeless take on the crazes, fads and fashions that have the power to enslave us all to this day.
First produced in 1881, Patience sees the finest and manliest specimens of Her Majesty’s Dragoon Guards go into a state of shock when they realise that the hearts of the most eligible young ladies about town are being stolen by a pair of “beauty loving” poetry-worshipping dandies.
Mayhem breaks out as they attempt to win their intended brides back to their side by any means possible. Even going as far as devising and declaiming poetry themselves and shedding their spiffing uniforms for something more … erm … exquisite?
Presented by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of WA, Patienceis directed by acclaimed G&S exponent, Alan Needham (HMS Pinafore 2017, Trial By Jury, Cox & Box 2015), who has appeared in all 14 of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas. He is joined by musical directors, Michael Brett (Iolanthe 2016, HMS Pinafore 2017, The Gondoliers 2018) and Georg Corall making his directorial debut with the Society.
Needham said Patience is one of the funniest shows in the G&S comic repertoire and that its nineteenth century setting belies its contemporary relevance.
“It is an eternal delight to see Gilbert gleefully pop the balloons of pretension and pomposity whether it be from fake poets overly fond of reciting their own verses or manly posturing,” he said. “Patience is a rollicking romp through the follies of fashion and the foibles of the heart that will have you in stitches and chuckling long after you leave the theatre. And maybe even striking a few poses and reciting a few verses of your own!”
The Society is thrilled to welcome back Ross Bryant as the poet Bunthorne (The Gondoliers 2016), David Cosgrove (HMS Pinafore 2017, The Gondoliers 2018) as Major Murgatroyd, Belinda Cox (Iolanthe2016, HMS Pinafore 2017, The Gondoliers 2018), as Lady Jane, and Grace Feltoe (HMS Pinafore 2017, The Gondoliers 2018) as Patience with a superb cast of Society singers and a live orchestra.
Tickets are extremely limited for the nine performance season. Don’t miss out. Bookings can be made 24/7 on www.ticketsWA.com (no online booking charges) or on 6488 2440 between noon and 4 pm Monday to Friday.
Founded in 1951, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Western Australia has produced over 50 productions of Gilbert & Sullivan’s extraordinary contribution to the musical theatre. Founded by Bernard Manning, the Society is supported by The Gilbert & Sullivan / AN Bullock Trust created in 1983 through the bequest of the late Arnold Bullock. Distinguished entertainer, Max Kay became the Patron of the Society after the late Sir Charles Court. Over seven decades, the Society has brought laughter and joy through the comedy and melody of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan to generations of Western Australians. For more information: www.gilbertandsullivanwa.org.au
IN THE MOOD
Hit U.S. Big Band Swing Celebration Returns for Silver Jubilee
“Sensational all-swinging show… it’s the total package” The Adelaide Advertiser
“Seeing IN THE MOOD isn’t an option, it’s a MUST!” BroadwayWorld.com
Celebrating its 25th anniversary and back by popular demand, Mellen Events presents the smash U.S. 1940s big band swing celebration IN THE MOOD, returning to Australia for another triumphant run of shows in 2018.
Afterselling out seasons in 2011, 2013 and 2016, IN THE MOOD commemorates its Silver Jubilee year with a 4th Australian visit. With matinee and evening shows across the country, IN THE MOOD is an uplifting treat for the whole family and the perfect opportunity to get in early for your most inspired and desired Mother’s Day gift yet!
IN THE MOOD brings you back to the bold, beautiful days of the 30s and 40s when the joint was jumping to the hot sounds and jiving rhythms of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, the Andrews Sisters and many more unforgettable, indelible swing artists. Against the contrast of war, great melodies and lyrics energized by the big bands featuringsaxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm sections, gave everyone faith in their heartsand a reminder of what they were fighting for.
For over 2 hours, this big retro event will hold audiences enthralled with its singers, dancers and period costumes, fine orchestral arrangements, vocalists delivering songs from the era, choreographed dance routines and shear theatrical pizzazz! IN THE MOOD introduces a new generation to the swing, rhythm and jazzy sentimental and patriotic music of a pivotal time in American history, when everyone listened to, and danced to the same music.
Nineteen cast members including the sensational Stringof Pearls Big Band Orchestra and In the MoodSingers & Dancers bring more than fifty unforgettable hits to the stage including Chattanooga Choo Choo, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B), In The Mood, Sing, Sing, Sing, On The Sunny Side of the Street and so much more!
With music arrangements written by Vic Schoen, the conductor for the Andrews Sisters and Musical Director for Universal and Paramount Pictures, along with sizzling choreography from Broadway veteran Alex Sanchez, IN THE MOOD is high-energy, world class family entertainment that pays a heart-felt tribute to the service men and women of World War II and is loved throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
Whether it’s your first time or your fourth,this show will do more than just get you IN THE MOOD, it will reaffirm your spirit!
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Gutenberg! The Musical!
MUSICAL SINGS ITS WAY BACK TO SUBIACO
The knee slappingly funny, musical-spoof about two ambitious writers, Bud and Doug, and their first (cross your fingers) Broadway smash, is showing as part of the Subiaco Theatre Festival from the 27th of June.
Taking the form of a “backers’ audition”, Bud and Doug introduce their new project – a big, splashy musical about Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. With relentless enthusiasm and misguided optimism, they sing all the songs and play all the parts in their historical epic, hoping one of the producers in attendance will give them a shot at Broadway stardom.
“Gutenberg is really like nothing you’ve ever seen before – but you’ll want to see it again,” says Baker. “We’ve already had people buy tickets who saw it last time”.The madcap musical comedy written by New Yorkers Anthony King and Scott Brown, ran Off-Broadway and has been seen by audiences around the world. Its appeal reaches to lovers of musicals and comedy fans.
The Subiaco Theatre Festival runs through June at the Subiaco Arts Centre, and features a showcase of exciting and innovative performances from independent WA artists and producers.
Gutenberg! The Musical!
Runs: 27 – 30 June at Subiaco Arts Centre, Hammersley Rd, Subiaco
Shows: 7.30pm (run time – 80 mins)
Booking information: available at ptt.wa.gov.au
About the Company:
Western Sky Theatre produces cabaret and chamber musical theatre in Western Australia. It aims to offer creative opportunities for musical theatre professionals who have a WA connection
CATFACE PRODUCTIONS BRINGS A MULTI-AWARD WINNING MALAYSIAN MUSICAL THE EDGE TO AUSTRALIAN AUDIENCES FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
Jarod. Lilly. Deanna. Michael. Ryan. April.
Six people who know Josh, an aspiring artist and a troubled young man. When Josh declares that he wishes to end his life, these six are forced to re-examine their relationships: with him, with one another, and with themselves.
The Edgeis a dynamic new musical, originally staged in Malaysia and coming to Perth for the first time. A production that peers over the edge of the human condition and leaps into the complicated nature of relationships, it asks questions about affect, responsibility – and ultimately, forgiveness.
“a powerful play with characters that speak directly to audiences” – New Straits Times, Malaysia
“The Edge is very unique in how it doesn’t depict the act, and is not interested in shock value or shouting in an audience’s face. It is firmly about those left behind, grappling with questions of if they could have done more and wondering if they were in some way responsible. We question the past, replaying it in our minds, looking for ways we could have done things differently; and it is all too futile. Even on a macro-level, with the general despair and insecurity around the environment, economy, and political spheres, shows like The Edge are needed now more than ever; while the content may be heavy, the hope contained within is so important and vital to so many people. That is why I want to make this show.”
– Levon J Polinelli |Director &Producer
“It is my hope that The Edge’s upcoming season at The Blue Room Theatrewill serve as yet another vehicle through which conversation on mental health issues can happen in Perth; and that other people who undergo self-doubt, self-esteem issues and self-loathing – all trademarks of depression – will see themselves reflected in the characters, to give them some small comfort in the knowledge that they are not alone in their struggles.” – Nick Choo |Writer
Director and Producer: Levon J Polinelli / Book, Music and Lyrics: Nick Choo / Featuring: Claudia Van Zeller, Emerson Brophy, Grace Johnson, Madeleine Shaw, Philip Lynch, Tate Bennett / Musical Director: Harry Oliff / Designer: Sara Chirichilli / Stage Manager: Thomas Dimmick
About the Company
Catface Productions was formed out of a desire to bring to Perth audiences great live entertainment across theatre, comedy, cabaret; and to work alongside and foster artists to develop works to their full potential. In its maiden year, Catface produced nine shows at FRINGE WORLD 2017 with numerous sold-out sessions, stellar reviews, a Best Comedy nomination, and over a thousand dollars raised for local charities.
Preview 29th May 2018
Season 30th May – 16th June 2018
The Blue Room Theatre
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, Western Australia
Bookings/info: blueroom.org.au / 08 9227 7005
Mellen Events Present
Direct from the U.S.A.& U.K. with a cast of West End Stars
NEW JERSEY NIGHTS
Celebrating the music of FrankiValli&The Four Seasons
★★★★★A Massive 5 Star hitReno Press
From the back street studio in New Jersey where it all began, this vibrant production includes all of The Four Seasons’ greatest hits, including Sherry, Rag Doll, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Let’s Hang On, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and many more.
From the promotors who took you back to the roaring twenties with the hugely popular In The Mood theatre tour in 2016, and through the Golden Era of Hollywood with the 2017 Puttin’ On The Ritz theatre tour, New Jersey Nights promises to be one of the must see premiere musical theatre events of 2018.
Listen to a podcast of the interview of Chris Durrant with one of the main stars of Jersey Nights Ricky .
Brilliant show, perfect harmonies, the crowd went wild– Liverpool Echo
A thrilling concert – a 5 star performance – a must see–WhatsonStage.com
A Brilliant production – The Theatrical event of the year! – News and Press
5 Star Fabulous!– New York Press
The Standing Ovations say it all– The International Post
Mellen Events Present
NEW JERSEY NIGHTS
Celebrating the music of Franki Valli &The Four Seasons
BREC, Bunbury WA
Tuesday 3 April 2018 – 7:30pm
1300 661 272
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah WA
Wednesday 4 April 2018 – 7:30pm
(08) 9550 3900
Regal Theatre, Perth WA
Thursday 5 April 2018 – 7:30pm
Friday 6 April 2018 – 2pm
Friday 6 April 2018 – 7:30pm
1300 795 012
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.
Once 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.
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”
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
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
Travel 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.
Cheek 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.
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.
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
Written 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. Together 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 producer 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.
Everybody 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.
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 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
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.)
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