WELCOME TO SEASON 2016
We have been staging musicals here at Arts Centre Melbourne every year since 1999 and this new Season will not disappoint!
We open with Caroline O’Connor and David Hobson in Funny Girl. Caroline returns in the iconic role of Fanny Brice. David Hobson makes his TPC debut as Nick Arnstein, and Nancye Hayes plays Mrs Brice. We couldn’t be more thrilled.
Our second show is the Australian premiere of Kander & Ebb’s hilarious Curtains. It stars Simon Gleeson and the knockout cast includes Alinta Chidzey, Melissa Langton, Lucy Maunder and Alex Rathgeber.
Our third show is the return of the celebrated Australian musical Dusty, starring Amy Lehpamer in the title role. The brilliant Todd McKenney joins Amy in the role of Rodney and Elenoa Rokobaro makes her debut with us in the role of Reno.
Our creative teams this year are very impressive. Gale Edwards and Roger Hodgman, who have given us some of our greatest successes, return to direct Funny Girl and Curtains. Jason Langley directs Dusty, his first musical for us. Our musical directors will be Anthony Gabriele, returning from London’s West End for Funny Girl, the charismatic John Foreman for Curtains and Michael Tyack, an outstanding expert on musical theatre, conducts Dusty. Our choreographers are Dana Jolly and Michael Ralph and designers include Shaun Gurton, Isaac Lummis, Matt Scott, Christina Smith and Esther Marie Hayes who joins us for the first time.
Our season sponsors in 2016 are ANZ, EY and Warwick Fabrics (a great fit for Curtains). We couldn’t do this without the support of our many sponsors and patrons.
Our subscription prices are highly competitive and subscribers to the Wednesday matinee series are offered even better value.
Complimentary full colour souvenir programs for each musical will continue to be available at all performances in 2016.
Now is the time to subscribe and secure your seats. I know you are going to love this year’s shows!
Jeanne Pratt AC
The Production Company