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The world of Performance Arts The world of performance arts has many facets, from mime to dance it can be quite a different expereince.

From child stars to lost theatres: capturing our ephemeral history of live performance

Ivy Emms with the man she married, Jack Bent, on a music catalogue for the song Just a Ray of Sunlight. After performing patriotic songs as a child in popular pantomimes, Emms later worked as a choreographer at Melbourne’s Tivoli Theatre. In 1825, Reverend Lancelot Threlkeld watched an Aboriginal Dance of Welcome at Newcastle’s East End Settlement. From the...

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW COMES HOME TO MELBOURNE

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW COMES HOME TO MELBOURNE AUSTRALIAN STARS INCLUDE TODD MCKENNEY AND SHANE JACOBSON   [ngg_images source="galleries" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_mosaic" row_height="180" margins="5" last_row="justify" lazy_load_enable="1" lazy_load_initial="35" lazy_load_batch="15" display_type_view="default" ngg_proofing_display="0" captions_enabled="0" captions_display_sharing="1" captions_display_title="1" captions_display_description="1" captions_animation="slideup" order_by="imagedate" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]   In electrifying news for the Rocky Horror Show, it was revealed that theatre, film and television stars Todd McKenney and Shane Jacobson have joined the cast for the current Melbourne season at Her Majesty’s Theatre which opened on 12 July 2018. Australia’s favourite multi-award winning triple threat Todd McKenney stars as Frank N’ Furter, a role he has wanted to perform since commencing his career. “I have dreamt of playing this role ever since I first saw the stage show in Perth in the 80’s, it is one of those rare beauties that gives an actor the opportunity to put their personal stamp on one of the most fun characters in musical theatre. I’ve been offered the role in the past but the timing has never been right so now I finally get to live out my dream, I can’t wait to get my corset, pearls, fishnets and high heels on to give Melbourne audiences the night of their lives!” McKenney said. Shane Jacobson performs the role of the Narrator, a Rocky Horror Show role traditionally performed by major stars across the globe. Shane is one of Australia’s most loved, award-winning actors, presenters and entertainers, he said “I am thrilled to be involved in one of the most iconic productions in musical theatre history.” Joining Todd and Shane on stage is Kristian Lavercombe who astounded audiences in the 2015 tour as Riff Raff, musical theatre favourites Amanda Harrison (Wicked, We Will Rock You) as Magenta, Nadia Komazec (Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera) as Columbia, Brendan Irving (The Bodyguard, An Officer and A Gentleman) as Rocky and James Bryers (Matilda The Musical, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancin’) as Eddie/Dr Scott. Playing the roles of Brad and Janet, the naïve young couple caught up in a situation they don’t understand, are Rob Mallett (Les Misérables, Singin’ In The Rain) and Michelle Smitheram (Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, Georgy Girl). The ensemble cast includes Bianca Baykara (The King & I, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Ross Chisari (Aladdin, Man of La Mancha), Hollie James (My Fair Lady, Carrie The Musical), Hayley Martin (Anything Goes, Singin’ In The Rain), Stephen McDowell (Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins) and Geoffrey Winter (The Bodyguard, Into The Woods).   The Rocky Horror Show is a true classic and one of theatre’s most endearing and outrageously fun shows. It opened at London’s Royal Court Theatre on June 19, 1973, quickly developing a cult following, and was adapted into the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which has the longest- running release in film history. This iconic brand holds a unique place in theatre history, a show which has defied the decades and continued to grow in popularity. The Rocky Horror Show is currently playing in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Argentina, Romania and Slovenia, and about to open in Belgium, Tokyo and other cities in Japan. It has recently closed in Korea and Brazil, and in 2018 will open in Israel, Canada, Iceland and the UK. Millions of people all over the world have and continue to see productions of The Rocky Horror Show and sing along to classics like Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet, I Can Make You A Man, Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me, Over At The Frankenstein Place and of course, The Time Warp. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketek, so give yourself over to absolute pleasure, and let’s do the Time Warp again. Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne Season: From 12 July 2018 (Opening night was July 18) Performance Times: Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday 2.00pm, Sunday 1.30 & 5.30pm Price: From $55.00* * An additional transaction fee and/or a credit/debit payment processing fee may apply www.rockyhorror.com.au

School of Hard Knocks presents Street Requiem & Tattoo for Homelessness Week

Don't miss this special concert on Sunday 5th August, 3pm at Deakin Edge. Presented by the School of Hard Knocks, this concert includes Street Requiem for those who have died on the street by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne & Jonathon Welch … AND the premiere of Tattoo, a new musical, written by the Choir of Hard Knocks in collaboration with...

The Legend of Dunhuang

About the Show China’s highly-acclaimed dance spectacular makes its Australian debut The classic Chinese dance story The Legend of Dunhuang promises to thrill Australian audiences with colourful pageantry, stunning choreography and an unforgettable tale of honour, love and hope. Hailed as “The Oriental Swan Lake”, The Legend of Dunhuang is an enthralling blend of Chinese classical dance with other modern...

Artist Callout: Summer 2018-19 at The Butterfly Club

The Butterfly Club seek Expressions of Interest for 2018-19 Summer season and regular Saturday shows. Calling all theatre makers, cabaret performers, comedians, musicians, producers and ensembles: The Butterfly Club are seeking Expressions Of Interest (EOIs) for their 2018/19 Summer program. Successful applicants will produce a season of their work between December 2018 and February 2019. The Butterfly Club will consider...

Lady Fox – Nocturnal Fever

Nocturnal Fever: Women of Sin: Step inside the forbidden blues and burlesque clubs of the 1920s Submit yourself to the guilty pleasures of the 1920s speakeasies and gin houses in Nocturnal Fever: Women of Sin, a stunning blues revue punctuated with exceptional burlesque performances. Relive a time when live music was the staple backdrop, to every sordid occasion. Deliver your...

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018 welcomes Antony Pitts, from The Song Company

In the lead up to our 9th annual Melbourne International Singers Festival, we unfortunately have to advise that due to ill health, Richard Gill AO has to withdraw. Richard very much regrets not being able to proceed and wishes all participants a rewarding and enjoyable Festival. Of course, we all wish Richard a speedy recovery and we are hoping...

True Love Story at the Melbourne International Singers Festival

The Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018 is thrilled to presented the internationally acclaimed, award winning The Song Company, with Artistic Director, Antony Pitts, at MISF for the first time, in "True Love Story" on Friday 8 June at Deakin Edge. An Autobiographical mediaeval French Romance in a time of War and Plague as told by Poet and Composer Guillaume...

In Flagrante second season in Melbourne

Monday May 21 to Saturday May 26 The Butterfly Club, Carson Lane In Flagrante blindsided Melbourne audiences and critics last May at the city’s much loved The Butterfly Club with a brand of ‘neo’ Burlesque never quite seen before, at a venue with highly refined appetites for the novel and bizarre. Auckland based In Flagrante premiered at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in...

Circus Oz Big Top heads to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to unravel the ministry of nature

Precarious – Circus Oz Big Top premiere  Season: 26 June – 15 July 2018 TICKETS ON SALE Tuesday, 8 May 2018 Creating chaos when the natural balance is tipped over In their 40th year, Circus Oz tumbles back home to Melbourne to premiere their new show, Precarious, under the heated Circus Oz Big Top. Across the winter school holidays the tent will be nestled within the...

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