Category Archives: Shows

Helpmann Awards After Party

The night of nights for theatre stars and fans had the after party to the awards ceremony at Hyatt Regency, Sydney last night. Guest stars included the eternally young and star of the production Velvet, Marcia Hines, House of Bond star Ben Mingay, and the recently married musical theatre/rock tenor, actor and producer Michael Falzon and his wife. It was a great party with many attendees dancing the night away. The ceremony can be viewed on the Foxtel Arts channel.

IMG_2112Ashleigh Taylor, star of American Idiot, in Wheels and Dollbaby dress

IMG_2119Jason Malouf in bespoke suit and Brooke Satchwell from The Play That Goes Wrong, in Alice McCall dress

IMG_2129Kirby Burgess in your own creation

IMG_2133Amy Lehpamer, star of Beautiful, in a Daniel Learmont dress

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CATS Opening Night

The musical that broke box office records around the world, CATS, had its Australian opening night at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney last night. Celebrity guests adorned the red carpet in style including models Samantha Harris and Erin Holland, TV personalities Melissa Doyle, Richard Wilkins and Men’s Health Man of the Year Larry Emdur, Sylvie Emdur, make-up doyen Napoleon Perdis, socialite Christian Wilkins, and stylist Donny Galella. Starring in the production is Delta Goodrem, who looks good in whatever she puts on, and her singing is moving!

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ABSINTHE Opening Night

ABSINTHE by Spiegelworld held its opening night event at Sydney’s Hyde Park under a beautiful Spiegeltent on 17 September.

Celebrities in attendance include singer/songwriter and actress Samantha Jade, model Helen Leech and husband former Australian Surf Lifesaving Iron man champion, and Channel 9 entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins and his son Christian.

The adult-themed cocktail of circus, comedy, burlesque and vaudeville came from a sell-out season at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Celebrities regularly flock to join the audience that has recently included Britney Spears, James Franco, Neil Patrick Harris and Australia’s very own Olivia Newton-John.

Spiegelworld previously presented the record-breaking Spiegeltent show, EMPIRE, which blew us away. The Huffington Post said “If you only see one show in your entire life, make it ABSINTHE.”

Samantha JadeSamantha Jade in Bardot AC/DC shirt, H&M skirt, and Tony Bianco shoes.


Helen & Guy LeechHelen Leech in a Manning Cartel ensemble and Nine West shoes, carrying a Chanel bag.

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Rob Guest Endowment Concert

The ANZ-sponsored event featuring six finalists competing for the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award for upcoming musical theatre stars, creators and musicians, was held last night at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney on the Wicked musical stage.

The event was hosted by Bert Newton and Lucy Durack who made a fun team. The judges were Nancye Hayes, Todd McKenney, and Guy Simpson.

The finalists Ben Bennett, Andrew Cook, Joshua Robson, Angela Scundi, Monica Swayne, Karla Tonkich competed for the Rob Guest Endowment prize.

RGE winnerWinner Josh Robson with Bert Newton and conductor Karen Johnson-Mortimer.

RGE winner 2The judges, Karen, Bert and Josh during the prize acceptance speech.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Madama Butterfly Opening Night

It was a beautiful night under the stars at Mrs Macquaries Point for the opening night festivities around, and the performance of, Madama Butterfly.

The story is one of an American visiting Japan – Mr Pinkerton – who takes a shine to 15 year old local girl Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly). Pinkerton tells his confidant Sharpless that the marriage is purely of convenience, and that he intends to take an American bride as soon as feasible. However, Butterfly is in love with Pinkerton, and despite her friend Suzuki’s warning, her loyalty is steadfast. After an extended absence, Pinkerton returns to Japan where love and heartache unfold. And that’s when we cried. It is an emotional story, and Hiromi Omura took us on a journey into Madama Butterfly’s world. Beautifully done, attendees were quick to their feet to give the cast and orchestra a well-deserved standing ovation.

Madama Butterfly is the most spectacular Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production yet, with this year’s show having a distinctly modern feel e.g. American naval officer Pinkerton is represented as a property developer, and Madama Butterfly has a full-body tattoo. The stage has grown to a 44m x 29m performance space. The stage itself is undulating to mimic the hills of Japan and features a full bamboo garden (made locally in Australia). For the first time, the stage is designed to become an extension of the Harbour surrounds itself. The show features two inflatable orbs to represent the sun (12m diameter) and the moon (6m diameter). The sun orb has its own barge to give the impression it is rising from the Harbour. Every performance features fireworks.

Pre show, VIP guests sipped on Tyrell’s Pinot Noir Chardonnay at the Adina Garden Bar.

The post show events were held at the Southern and Northern Terraces. The Southern Terrace featured stylish celebrities such as Editor-in-chief of Belle magazine, lifestyle commentator and judge on Nine’s reality TV show The Block Neale Whitaker, singer Marcia Hines, MasterChef season one winner and author Julie Goodwin, TV presenter and author, and winner of MasterChef Australia 2010 Adam Liaw.

Other stylish celebrities in attendance included The Premier of NSW Barry O’Farrell, Andrew Denton and Jennifer Byrne, April Rose Pengilly, Bob Hawke and Blanch D’Alpuget, Carla Zampatti, The Block judge Darren Palmer, Dr Katrina Warren, Home & Away’s Emily Symons, Kyle Pryor, Demi Harman, and Lincoln Younes, George Souris MP, Georgie Gardner, Hayley Hasselhoff, Ian Dickson, Ita Buttrose, Jessica Tovey, actor Peter Phelps and Day’s of Our Lives Shawn Christian, Lisa McCune, 2DayFM’s Tim Davies, and Mix 106.5’s Yumi Stynes.

It was a fantastic night out that will be remembered for many years to come.

Georgy Vasiliev as Pinkerton and Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly CRD JAMES MORGAN_EN4A4002Pinkerton serenading his bride

Opening Night Fireworks (Wedding Scene) CRD JAMES MORGAN 8134Spectacular fireworks to celebrate the marriage

Full Company Curtain Call CRD JAMES MORGAN 8151Cast and crew in front of the set

The Southern Terrace (Food by Fresh Catering) CRD JAMES MORGAN 8185Post show VIP event at the Southern Terrace

Opera in the Domain

Local and international artists gathered under the stars to perform at Opera Australia’s annual Mazda Opera in the Domain. The outdoor concert featured popular arias from works by opera’s greatest composers. Brought to us by Opera Australia’s Principal Partner Mazda Australia, the evening concert celebrated the magic and memorable moments in opera. The stage was lit up with a dazzling line up of Opera Australia’s favourite artists, including popular sopranos Lorina Gore and Daria Masiero; sensational mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Dark; debonair tenor Bradley Daley and charismatic baritone Shane Lowrencev.

The artists were accompanied by the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra under the direction of conductor Brian Castles-Onion. With ABC Classic FM’s Christopher Lawrence as the Master of Ceremonies, it was a fun evening. During the evening Mazda presented the keys of a brand new metallic silver Mazda6 2.5L Petrol Touring Sedan to the happy winner of the Opera Australia subscription prize draw.

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