This week at AAM

Jan 29, 2016

Congratulations Peter Cousens AM for being awarded an Order of Australian for your life-long contribution to the arts.
In July Come From Away opened in Melbourne with Kathleen Moore making up the allstar cast. Rachel Cole jumped straight out of Evita into Muriel’s Wedding and her multiple talents never cease to amaze.
Laura Tipoki scored the most coveted musical director’s job going when she signed on to be the Musical Director for Hamilton. Laura is also the current music supervisor for School of Rock – all while being a brand new mum! Almost simultaneously sister Patrice Tipoki gave birth to her 4th child, Edward, evening out the genders in her family (ie 2 girls and 2 boys). Future sister-in-law to Laura and Patrice, Bree Langridge has also been a part of the School of Rock family since it stared last year and has assisted with the casting process of Waitress, as had Laura in an MD capacity.
After 8 years away from show business Jared Furtado has returned in the stunning role of Mary Sunshine in Chicago and has received fabulous reviews.
Tod Strike played the role of Pirelli along side Anthony Warlow in Sweeney Todd, both in Sydney and Melbourne. Paul Whiteley has flown back from producing shows in Asia to take his role in Billy Elliot.
The extraordinary talent that is Paul Tabone is in his 3rd season of playing Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera on the West End.
Gareth Isaac has moved up to Brisbane with the Puffs show and (new-comer to AAM) Courtney Bell has just completed playing the lead role of Sophie for Packemin’s production of Mamma Mia.
Jonathan Chan recently played Bun Foo in The Production Company’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The New Zealand production of Miss Saigon starts in September with Marcus Rivera playing the Engineer
It’s an exciting time with new television shows in production and many musicals on the horizon.