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Boy Out of the Country

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When: Thursday 9th May - Saturday 25th May
Where: Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach
Time: Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 5pm
Cost: $15-$40

A fast, funny and smartly observant play about family, property and the progress of life. Troubled country boy Hunter returns home from the city after a mysterious seven-year absence to find the family property swept up in a regional housing estate, his mother in aged care, and his brother Gordon in charge. In this moment of shifting economies and loyalties Hunter goes in search of answers, but for he and Gordon sibling rivalry and childhood nostalgia will collide with unexpected consequences. Directed by Erica Lovell this newly-realised production features a stellar cast including Tom Harwood (Things Not to do After a Break Up), Jason Glover (Van Dieman’s Land), Jeannie Gee (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Stan Kouros (Actors Centre Australia) and Amelia Robertson-Cuninghame (Anatomy of an Offence, Love Child). “A play infused with the vitality of Aussie idiom and melodrama, that crackles with understatement and wit.” Cameron Woodhead, The Age.

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Made To Measure

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When: Wednesday 16th May - Saturday 1st June
Where: S
eymour Centre, cnr. Cleveland Street & City Road, Chippendale
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $37-$46

The Seymour Centre will present the world premiere of Made to Measure, a brand-new play by award-winning playwright, Alana Valentine. Bride-to-be Ashleigh commissions Monica, a couture designer, to make the wedding dress of her dreams. She is reassured by Monica’s promises that the process will celebrate Ashleigh and fill her with confidence, but Ashleigh’s outward assurance masks internal conflict and doubt. As the wedding approaches, both client and stylist are forced to face the complicated relationship they have with each other, body shape and social prejudice. Confronting, informative and moving, this is a play that dramatises the relationship that people have with their wedding day, and how it expresses their dreams about their body shape and life. Made to Measure seeks to go beyond the debate about fat shaming and health epidemics and look with empathy and scrutiny about the lived experience of bridal couturiers and their clients. Commissioned by the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, Made to Measure gives voice to the body positive community whilst exploring the science behind the effect of weight on our health. Drawing on interviews with designers, brides and health-based scientists, Made to Measure shimmers with Alana Valentine’s hallmark authenticity, empathy, and humour.

Phone: 9351 7940
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Saturday Night Fever

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When: Until Sunday 9th June
Where: Sydney Lyric, Pyrmont

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Gloria

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When: Thursday 6th June - Saturday 22nd June
Where: S
eymour Centre, cnr. Cleveland Street & City Road, Chippendale
Time: Tuesday-Friday 7:30pm, Saturdays 2pm & 7:30pm
Cost: Full $47 / Concession $38 / Previews $33 / Cheap Tuesdays $33

Outhouse Theatre Co (The Flick and The Rolling Stone) and Seymour Centre will present the Sydney premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-finalist play, Gloria at the Seymour Centre’s Reginald Season this June 6th to 22nd. In the offices of a hip New York magazine, where the banter is more poisonous than the pens, a group of twentysomething editorial assistants scrap it out for their bosses’ jobs. And, a book deal before they’re thirty. In a culture powered by status and Starbucks, a regular work day suddenly turns into anything but, and these aspiring journalists are presented with a career-defining shot at the best-seller list. In this razor-sharp dark comedy that set both New York and London abuzz, award-winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins skewers ambition, office warfare and the cutthroat opportunistic culture of the modern workplace.

Phone: 9351 7940
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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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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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