MY FAIR LADY RETURNS

September 5, 2017

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After a record breaking season last year, the 60th anniversary revival of Lerner & Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” is now playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre for a limited return season.

Directed by Julie Andrews, this beloved musical, which took the world by storm, tells the tale of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, whose world was forever changed by the brilliant and demanding phoneticist, Professor Henry Higgins. The clash of cultures sparks some of theatre’s most witty dialogue and wonderful songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Get Me to the Church on Time”, “On The Street Where You Live” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”.

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Helpmann Award winning Anna O’Byrne, is absolutely superb as Eliza Doolittle, playing alongside acclaimed stage and television performer Charles Edwards as Professor Higgins.

The outstanding cast includes the delightful Reg Livermore in the role of Alfred P. Doolittle and Robyn Nevin (who also won a Helpmann Award for this role) playing Mrs Higgins with such elegance.

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The role of Colonel Hugh Pickering is played with aplomb by Tony Llewellyn-Jones as is the role of love struck Freddy Eynsford-Hill by Joel Parnis.

Associates of the original design team have worked with this production to bring to life once again the stunning sets by Oliver Smith and the glorious costumes by Cecil Beaton.  It’s hard to imagine another production that can equal these incredible sets and magnificent costumes.

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Contributing to the creative team is Tony award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli, musical director Guy Simpson, lighting design by Broadway and West End legend Richard Pilbrow and sound design by Michael Waters.

This award winning production is an experience not to be missed.

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

April 12, 2016

 

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After a successful run in Melbourne, it’s now Sydney’s turn to see the incredible Anthony Warlow, along with a talented all-star cast, starring in Fiddler on the Roof at the Capitol Theatre.

Produced by Tim Lawson for The Works Entertainment from a book by Joseph Stein, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, audiences will delight in hearing such favourites as If I Were A Rich Man, Matchmaker, Matchmaker and Tradition along with many other songs accompanied by the live orchestra.

DSC08529Directed by the acclaimed Roger Hodgman and boasting the spectacular choreography of Jerome Robbins, this timeless musical set in the nineteenth century is as relevant today as it was when the show premiered over 51 years ago.

Set in a small village in Czarist Russia, the mainly Jewish population is constantly under threat from the pogroms and the Czar’s army but despite these dangers the villagers try to live a normal life. The story centers on Tevye the milkman, (played by Anthony Warlow) and his relationship with wife Golde, (played by Sigrid Thornton) and their three daughters. As well as the love Tevye feels for his family and birthplace, his other feelings of pride and dignity, along with sorrow and oppression while experiencing threats from the enemies of his people, play an integral part in his current existence and plans for the future.

Mark Mitchell is a joy to watch as LaZar Wolf, who has desires for making Tevye’s eldest daughter his wife, however true love wins when she marries Motel, played by singer/songwriter LIOR, making his theatrical debut.

Fiddler On The Roof, one of the greatest musical masterpieces of our time, plays at the Capitol Theatre Sydney until 8 May 2016. Make sure you don’t miss this thoroughly enjoyable show that’s full of humour, tradition and warmth.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond


ROB GUEST ENDOWMENT LAUNCH

June 22, 2013
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Less well known to audiences was his role as a mentor and advisor to many young performers that he worked with over the years.  Following his sudden death in 2008 while performing the role of the Wizard of Oz in Wicked, the Rob Guest Endowment fund was set up as a tribute to this outstanding performer, to continue his work in nurturing and progressing young developing talent in the musical theatre industry.

Now in its fifth year, the Rob Guest Endowment is an established and highly anticipated annual opportunity to showcase some of Australia’s finest upcoming young talent, which culminates in a night of stellar performances at the Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert.

In 2012, judges auditioned over three hundred applicants in Sydney and Melbourne, drawn from six states, to finally select the top six performers to compete at the Gala Concert.

The 2012 recipient of the Rob Guest Endowment was Glenn Hill, who performed “For Good” from Wicked, at the recent 2013 launch to the delight of those present, along with last year’s Encouragement award winner, Kirby Burgess, and Gretel Scarlett, the 2011 finalist who has now been cast as Sandy in the upcoming production of Grease.

Previously the Gala Concert has been held in Melbourne, but this year it’s Sydney’s turn on 25 November at the Lyric Theatre.

All applicants must be between 18-30 years of age and have well developed vocal, dance and acting abilities to front the panel of judges, who have the task of selecting the best six young performers.  The judging panel is made up of top industry experts and they will award the prize to one of the final six on the night of the Gala Concert.  The prize package will provide financial assistance for their future, as well as access to tuition and industry specialists, both in Australia and overseas, to allow them to develop their skills and knowledge.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY IS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

April 13, 2013

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The Addams Family has now moved into Sydney’s beautiful Capitol Theatre after the Australian premiere of this Broadway hit musical was held on Saturday, 23 March 2013.  It certainly looks like this kooky and wonderfully weird family has settled in and made themselves completely at home.

Based on the characters created by Charles Addams, whose unique style combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm and wit to create The Addams Family.  Many of Addams’ cartoons and drawings were published in The New Yorker and his drawings have entertained millions and served as the inspiration for television series and motion pictures.

The wonderful Australian cast is superb with John Waters as Gomez, Chloe Dallimore as Morticia, Russell Dykstra as Uncle Fester, Teagan Wouters as Wednesday, Ben Hudson as Lurch, Meredith O’ Reilly as Grandma and Liam Faulkner-Dimond as Pugsley.

The kooky and weird family has moved on a few years and Wednesday is now a young woman who has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a young man from a conservative family, and played by Tim Maddren.  A dinner has been organized so Wednesday can bring the two families together, that’s when the fun really starts. Katrina Retallick and Tony Harvey star as Wednesday’s future in-laws, Alice and Mal.

Directed in Australia by Jerry Zaks, the acclaimed Broadway director and recipient of four Tony Awards, The Addams Family is sure to be a crowd pleaser and should entertain audiences of all ages and appeal to the whole family.  Extra matinees have been added for the April school holidays.

After seeing the show, I’d love to have this fun family move in next door as my neighbours.  Sandra Tiltman  Photos:  John Pond

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY – AUSTRALIAN CAST ANNOUNCED

August 26, 2012

The Australian premiere of the Broadway hit musical, The Addams Family, will open at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Saturday, 23 March 2013.

After a year long search and auditions across Australia, Producer, Rodney Rigby, announced that the seven members of the weird and wonderful Addams Family will be:

John Waters as Gomez, Chloe Dallimore as Morticia, Russell Dykstra as Uncle Fester, Teagan Wouters as Wednesday, Ben Hudson as Lurch, Meredith O’ Reilly as Grandma and Liam Faulkner-Dimond as Pugsley.

Acclaimed Broadway director and recipient of four Tony Awards, Jerry Zaks, will direct The Addams Family in Australia.

Charles Addams, the creator of several thousand cartoons and drawings, many of which were published in The New Yorker, created the characters that came to be known as The Addams Family.  With a unique style that combined the twisted, macabre and just plain weird with charm and wit, Addams’ drawings have entertained millions and served as the inspiration for television series and motion pictures.

The Addams Family is sure to be a crowd pleaser and should entertain audiences of all ages.  Sandra T.     PHOTOS: John Pond ©  

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HELPMANN AWARDS – NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

August 8, 2012

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Sydney’s Capitol Theatre was the venue for this week’s announcement of nominations for the 2012 Helpmann Awards, which honour Australia’s live performance industry, with Simon Bourke acting as MC.  The nominations covering 41 categories were announced concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes, soon to be appearing in South Pacific at the Sydney Opera House, Lucy Maunder and Bobby Fox, were among those famous stage performers reading the names of nominees.

NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, The Hon. George Souris, congratulated the nominees and said Sydney is proud to host this prestigious Australian event for the 12th year in succession.

Minister Souris also announced that Katharine Brisbane AM is the co-recipient of the 2012 JC Williamson Award, awarded to distinguished members of Australia’s live entertainment industry for their extraordinary contribution to the industry.  It was announced earlier this year that the late Dr Jimmy Little AO would be a 2012 recipient of this award.

The ceremony for the 2012 Helpmann Awards will be held at Sydney Opera House on 24 September.  Sandra T.    PHOTO: John Pond © 

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