If Elphaba and Galinda didn’t defy gravity at your local musical theatre company in 2016, they’re more than likely to land in your part of Oz in 2017, with Wicked set to be the most performed musical on the Community Theatre circuit.
Demand for the lavish sets, which have already been created for the mega-musical, exceeds their availability.
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Miranda Musical Society presents Wicked at Sutherland Entertainment Centre from March 22 to 26, 2017. The creative team of Director Tim Dennis, Musical Director Andrew Howie and Choreographer Craig Nhobbs chat about the joys and challenges of staging perhaps the world’s most ‘popular’ musical.
When did you first see Wicked and what was your initial reaction to the show?
Bankstown Theatre Company are bringing this high camp, hysterical murder mystery to its audiences as it ticks all the boxes for fans of soap operas, murder mysteries and comedy.
Written by Don Zolidis, The Bold, the Young and the Murdered is a comedy/mystery that pokes fun at soap operas and the actors who appear on them. It’s also both a murder mystery with an ending that will surprise even the best mystery sleuths, and a play within a play as the actors interact with one another on and off camera.
Rockdale Opera Company has recently had the great fortune of appointing another Patron, no less than internationally renowned baritone and OA favourite José Carbó. Jose is now co-patron of the Company, along with his good friend Daniel Sumegi, who is another world-renowned opera singer. Both these epically talented men had their operatic beginnings on the stage of Rockdale Town Hall, singing for Rockdale Opera Company in numerous productions.
Miranda Musical Society will be Sydney’s first community theatre company to bring to the stage one of the most popular musical theatre productions of all time. In March, Sutherland Entertainment Centre will play host to a big budget, spectacular production of WICKED.
What happens when you take a manic depressive, a junkie, a mute, an overeater, a doped-up musician, an obsessive compulsive and a pyromaniac and try to get them to perform a Mozart opera?
The answer is COSI, the popular Australian semi-autobiographical play by Louis Nowra (writer of Sunrise, Radiance, The Golden Age among other Australian classics), to be presented on Sydney’s lower North Shore by Lane Cove Theatre Company from April 6 – 9, 2017.