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Natural Order

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When: Thursday 1st August - Saturday 10th August
Where:
Petersham Town Hall, 107 Crystal Street, Petersham
Time: Aug 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 - 6:30pm; Aug 6 & 7 - 3:00pm
Cost: $0-$60

An intimate and experiential company-wide collaboration, Milk Crate Theatre's new major performance work hits the stage as part of Homelessness Week this August. Over an 18-month development process, Milk Crate Theatre participants, along with enigmatic and creative artistic practitioners, have developed a multi-layered production comprising live performance, film, comedy, text, drama, song, sound and light. NATURAL ORDER emerges from the everyday experiences of the company’s participants to explore the physical and emotional impacts on the human condition of being forced into preordained societal structures. Tickets are strictly limited so get in quick! Due to the immersive nature of the production, latecomers will not be admitted. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, it's arts funding and advisory body. This project was also supported by Create NSW, Inner West Council Robertson Foundation, James Kirby Foundation and StreetSmart Australia.

Phone: 9698 7133
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Ruthless! The Musical

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When: Wednesday 28th August - Sunday 1st September
Where:
Flight Path Theatre, 241 Addison Road, Marrickville
Time: Wednesday to Saturday 8pm; Saturday to Sunday 2:30pm
Cost: $35-$30 Concession

D2 Productions Presents: Ruthless! The Musical   - Winner of the New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical - Ruthless! The Musical is a razor sharp send-up of ‘show biz”, full of one-liners, brassy show tunes and insane plot twists! Talented and highly ambitious 8 year old, Tina Denmark, knows she was just born to play the lead in her school play. She will do anything to win the part – ANYTHING!! That includes murdering fellow student and leading lady, Louise Lerman! But will this success be enough for Tina….or will she want more? With music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley, this outrageous and highly camp musical hit has garnered rave reviews during it’s long Off Broadway run. Spoofing shows like ‘Gypsy’ and ‘Mame’ and movies like ‘All About Eve’, it pokes a funny satirical finger at all those ‘show brats’ and their quest for fame and fortune. Join us to see just how ‘Ruthless!’ Tina can be! Starring a stunning all-‘female’ cast, this is going to be a must see night of hilarious high camp and laughter. 6 Performances, 8 ‘Women’, 2 Acts and 105 minutes of ‘Ruthless!’ entertainment! All profits in aid of Dementia Australia.

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Article by Tisha.

Chicago: The Musical

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When: Tuesday 20th August - Sunday 8th September
Where: Capitol Theatre, Haymarket

Don’t miss Chicago coming to the Capitol Theatre this August and starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte as Roxie Hart, Alinta Chidzey as Velma Kelly and Casey Donovan as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton’. A true New York Institution, CHICAGO has everything the makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the slickest dancing in town. No wonder CHICAGO has been honoured with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, jazz slayer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, CHICAGO’s sexy, sassy score includes “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle”, CHICAGO truly is “The sharpest, slickest show on the block” The Times, UK. It would be a crime to miss it!

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Belvoir Presents Life of Galileo

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When: Friday 3rd August - Sunday 15th September
Where: Belvoir Street Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills
Time: 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 10pm, 2pm & 5pm
Cost: $30-$65

"They try to flay you with statistics, whip you with numbers, hide behind the tyranny of mathematics. But I say, nothing's hidden. Open your eyes." - Galileo. From 3rd August to 15th September, Belvoir will present Brecht's classic play of truth, lies and science, with the great Colin Friels starring as the revolutionary scientist in Life of Galileo. Belvoir St Theatre will be completely re-configured in the round with a full re-design and construction exclusively for this remarkable production. Directed by the 2019 Helpmann Award nominated Belvoir Artistic Director Eamon Flack (Counting and Cracking), Life of Galileo is a portrait of a man who realises the entire system is based on lies - and  his backdown when the forces of money and orthodoxy threaten him. Has the great Galileo betrayed science and the future? Or has he just found a more subtle way of speaking truth to power? The story of one man's lonely and heroic stand against the forces of authority,  Life of Galileo is an eerily prescient and unmissable play about the tensions between the pursuit of knowledge, and the power of official ideology. "In the popular mind, theatre is synonymous with "faking it", when actually theatre is one of the few crucibles of truth left, and the world outside is a pack of comfortable convenient lies." said Belvoir Artistic Director, Eamon Flack "It's no coincidence that Galileo's battle against the church and Brecht's battle against nutbag ideology are the best guide to truth and lies in public life today. At a time when governments just make up numbers this play is an invigorating dose of honesty. Its central character's love of facts, free thought, our capacity for working out better ways of doing things, is just such a relief. More truth!" Life of Galileo stars Ayeesha Ash (Bell Shakespeare's The Players), Peter Carroll (An Enemy of the People, STC's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui), Colin Friels (Dance of Death, Faith Healer), introducing WAAPA graduate Miranda Parker, Damien Ryan (Sport for Jove's Othello, Bell Shakespeare's As You Like It), Damien Strouthos (Bell Shakespeare's The Miser, The Merchant of Venice), 2019 Helpmann Award nominee Vaishnavi Suryaprakash (Counting and Cracking)  Sonia Todd (TV's Rake, Janet King) and Rajan Velu (Counting and Cracking). Supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Phone: 9699 3444
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Hair: The Original Tribal Rock Musical

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When: Thursday 3rd October - Sunday 6th October
Where: Sydney Opera House

A brand new Australian production of the much-loved and revolutionary rock musical, HAIR will come alive on stages in Perth, Geelong, Wyong, Wollongong, Sydney and the Gold Coast in August, September and October. HAIR celebrates sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, radical glory with an infectious, energetic rock beat. The show features a Grammy® Award-winning score including the hit songs Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, Hair, I Got Life and Let The Sun Shine In. Fifty years ago, the original Australian production of HAIR was produced by the late Harry M. Miller and directed by Jim Sharman. It ran for two years at the Metro Theatre in Kings Cross to sell-out crowds, controversy and rave reviews, kick-starting the careers of many of Australia’s most prolific performers including Reg Livermore, John Waters and Marcia Hines. HAIR is situated in the sixties, a turbulent, anarchic and exciting time in which people were losing faith in the establishment, austerity measures and the Vietnam War. Hippie counter culture, experimentation and free-love eschewed conformity and the world collectively let their HAIR down. Today, amidst global turmoil, issues like human rights, the environment, freedom of religion, race and gender equality continue to dominate dinner party and water cooler discussions across the country – and now, on social media. HAIR’s themes of identity, community, global responsibility and peace continue to resonate, getting to the heart of what it means to be a young person in a changing world. Leading the cast is four time Logie Award winning TV and theatre star, Hugh Sheridan, in the role of Berger. Whilst in his final year at NIDA, Hugh Sheridan was cast as 'Ben Rafter' in Australia's highest rating family drama Packed to the Rafters and continued in the role for 5 seasons receiving 3 Silver Logie Awards for Most Popular Actor. Hugh’s theatrical awards include a Green Room Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Cabaret Production for Newley Discovered. Hugh said, “Hair has always been an important show to me, I’ve seen productions here and abroad, had friends who’ve performed in it over the years, I can’t believe it’s finally my turn! I feel as strongly about the war, gun violence and the questions raised on the human condition as the original cast 50 years ago, I’ll strive to do this piece the justice it deserves!” With her incredible voice and engaging personality, Paulini is one of Australia’s most uniquely talented performers. The Fijian-born singer songwriter first enthralled the nation on the inaugural series of ‘Australian Idol’. Audiences instantly fell in love with Paulini’s impressive five octave range – a voice still unrivalled, and like no other in this country. Since then Paulini has forged a hugely successful career, in 2017 she played the lead role of Rachel Marron in the The Bodyguard throughout Australia for a year, currently Paulini is starring in the hit musical Saturday Night Fever. “I’m thrilled to be joining such an amazing cast for this musical! HAIR is a cultural phenomenon and I’m honoured to be involved in its Australian revival” said Paulini. “The past few years I’ve focused on my musical theatre career and the shows I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in I’ve loved since I can remember, and this one is no exception! I’m so excited to sink my teeth into this new role, not to mention singing classics ‘Aquarius’ and ‘Let the Sunshine In’ will be so much fun!” Over the years Paulini has grown as a performer and songwriter and as a woman, steering her own destiny and making choices that she truly feels great about - the perfect choice to play the role of Dionne. HAIR will be produced by David M. Hawkins (Liza Minnelli, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Cabaret) who has assembled a talented local creative team with Set Design by Michael Scott-Mitchell, Costume Design by James Browne, Choreography by Amy Campbell, and Musical Direction by Glenn Moorhouse. Hawkins is overjoyed that leading the creative team is maverick young director, Declan Greene, making his major musical theatre debut. His recent production Blackie Blackie Brown was an enormous success, gripping audiences with its bold script and innovative storytelling. It sold out both its Sydney and Melbourne seasons and is set to return later this year. Producer David M. Hawkins said: "After seeing the 2009 Broadway revival of HAIR, I’ve wanted to bring the American Tribal Love Rock Musical back to Australia. It seemed fitting to wait for the 50th Anniversary to create a brand new production to tour Australia that’s imbued with the essence of the counterculture. And there is no one better to bring it to the stage in 2019 than one of Australia's most exciting young theatre makers Declan Greene, with his roots firmly placed in our counterculture, just of another generation” “The TRIBE is assembling and who better to lead our troupe in the role of Berger but one of Australia's most consummate performers HUGH SHERIDAN. A rare breed, not only is he a great actor, but he is an incredible dancer and singer. I can't wait for audiences to see Hugh using all his disciplines at once, it’s thrilling to be producing Hugh in his first leading role in a major musical. We are also so lucky that we have the incredible PAULINI and her extraordinary vocal talents to soar in the role of Dionne, reminding us this still is the dawning of the Age Of Aquarius” Hawkins added: “There are a handful of commercial musicals that have truly changed the theatrical landscape and brought new people to the theatre. HAIR, with its rock score and social impact, certainly fits the bill. I think it is important this show is staged now; HAIR is a great reminder of how far we have come in many ways and also how much we still have to do. It's frightening how relevant some themes still are 50 years on, so LET THE SUNSHINE IN" WARNING this show contains: Full Frontal Nudity, Sexual References, Drug References, Racial Slurs and Strobe Lighting Effects. 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Cirque du Soleil: Kurios

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When: Thursday 3rd October - Sunday 27th October
Where: Under The Grand Chapiteau, Moore Park

Cirque du Soleil will bring its newest creation to Australia: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities. In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await.

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