The high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical PIPPIN is coming to Australia, opening at the Sydney Lyric Theatre at The Star for an exclusive season from 24 November 2020.
The role of the young and confused protagonist Pippin will be played by Ainsley Melham, who performed the title role in Aladdin on Broadway and across Australia. The charming and manipulative Leading Player, the ultimate ringmaster of the show, will be Gabrielle McClinton, who played the role on Broadway and beyond. Returning to the stage after an extraordinary award-winning career on television is Kerri-Anne Kennerley who will play Berthe, Pippin’s saucy grandmother.
Simon Burke (Les Misérables, La Cage Aux Folles in London’s West End) will play Charles, Pippin’s demanding father, while Lucy Maunder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beautiful) will be playing Catherine, a widow and mother who falls in love with Pippin. In the role of Pippin’s conniving stepmother Fastrada will be Leslie Bell (Broadway’s Chicago and Ragtime), with Euan Doidge (Les Misérables, Kinky Boots) playing the role of her son Lewis, Pippin’s half-brother. Continue reading PIPPIN COMING TO THE LYRIC THEATRE THIS MONTH→
It is getting wintry in Sydney. On a Sunday afternoon in the ‘long, dark teatime of the soul’, the autumn leaves are floating down from a grey threatening sky. A perfect time to curl up with a familiar DVD or a well-thumbed novel. Or…..
Settle in with a hundred other music lovers to be transported to a Prohibition honky- tonk in the infamous Bowery section of early 1900s New York. There to raise a teacup of gin to the loved songs of Irving Berlin interpreted by the elusive Lucy Maunder. LUCY MAUNDER IN IRVING BERLIN: SONGS IN THE KEY OF BLACK was a delicious and warm afternoon’s entertainment.
Irving Berlin was a self-taught pianist who remained unable to read music despite rising from the Jewish ghetto of the New York’s Lower East side to be one of the great American songwriters. Responsible for so many well-known tunes, often written for the black keys because of his poor musicianship, his “God Bless America” is an unofficial national anthem. Continue reading Lucy Maunder in Irving Berlin: Songs in the Key of Black @ The Hayes→
Sheridan Morley’s hit 1983 play NOEL AND GERTIE, that ran in London continuously for nine years. has come back to life with a very polished and classy production helmed by Aussie music theatre legend Nancye Hayes.
NOEL AND GERTIE t recounts a kind of a love story, though of-course not in the conventional sense.
The couple knew each other from when they shared acting classes when they were mere fourteen years olds and remained in close contact all their lives until Gertrude Lawrence’s untimely death from cancer. The world of theatre benefited greatly from their wonderful creative partnership, as they supported each other through difficult times and spurred one another on to greater artistic achievements.
There is no doubting the authenticity of the relationship that is presented on stage through song and dance and the couple playing out some of the most memorable scenes from the Master’s works including BRIEF ENCOUNTER. The late writer’s credentials were second to none. Morley wrote the first and definitive biography of Coward, his 1969 publication, A TALENT TO AMUSE. Coward famously gave Morley his full blessing to tell his story, providing him with a full list of his friends, and another of his enemies, telling him to start with the second list first- which he advised would make for a much better book!
The shining talent that has come out of WAAPA is on show in this two-hander. James Millar and Lucy Maunder, with flawless diction and in perfect period attire, together capture the warmth and playfulness that this formidable duo shared.
A special night at the theatre,NOEL AND GERTIE is playing the Glen Street Theatre until June 1, followed by Penrith’s Q Theatre between the 5th and 8th June, Parramatta’s Riverside between the 11th and 15th June, 2013.
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