Celebrating Australian Theatre with OzBroadway
It is often remarked that Australian talent is second to none when it comes to the performing arts industry. OzBroadway is showcasing this talent in a night dedicated to Australian theatre featuring Australian songs sung by some of our most talented while raising money for The Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust.
Australia is slowly taking over the world stage when it comes to performing. We have some fantastic exports such as Toni Collette, Tony Sheldon, Rachel Griffiths and Anthony LaPaglia who have graced Broadway stages. Even Anthony Warlow recently made his Broadway debut as Daddy Warbucks in Annie. And how could you forget Hugh Jackman who just hosted the Tony Awards and is about to return to the stage in a new play.
And then there are the shows. Australian artists have mounted a number of off-Broadway productions and we have had a couple of big blockbusters hit the main street as well with The Boy from Oz and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
OzBroadway is taking the opportunity to celebrate the Australian contribution to the stage with a night of Australian theatre music. Highlighting some of our most well-known musicals, the night will also showcase works by some of Australia’s musical theatre composers and lyricists such as Matthew Robinson, Matthew Frank & Dean Bryant, James Millar & Peter Rutherford and Anthony Costanzo.
Singing these numbers will be a host of current Melbourne favourites many of whom are currently starring in The King and I, Les Misérables or Wicked.
But the talent does not stop there. OzBroadway will also feature performances from the next generation of songwriters including Robert Tripolino & Hugo Chiarella who recently staged their show Dreamsong at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and singer/songwriter Nick Hedger who is behind Playground. And rounding out the night will be a performance by cabaret superstar Gillian Cosgriff.
As if that doesn’t provide enough incentive to buy a ticket, the night will be raising money for the Victorian Actors’ Benevolence Fund which provides financial assistance to those in the entertainment industry who, through poor health or ill fortune, find themselves with nowhere else to turn.
Monday 14th July, 7.00pm
$29.00 (Online)/$35 (At the Door)
The Toff in Town, Level 2, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne