AMTF Opens in Launceston on May 15

Australian Musical Theatre Festival

Opens in Launceston From May 15 – 19

There’s only one month to go until the Australian Musical Theatre Festival opens in LAUNCESTON with 19 events taking place over five days from 15 to 19 May.  This will be the fifth year this incredibly popular music festival has been presented, bringing together the best performers from around the country.

Artistic Director, Tyran Parke is thrilled to have three musicals on the bill including IT’S ONLY LIFE with Broadway composer, John Bucchino at the piano, MARRY ME A LITTLE a compilation of material cut from Stephen Sondheim’s greatest shows and a total transformation of NINE THE MUSICAL performed on the stage of the beautiful Princess Theatre.

The incomparable Queenie van de Zandt returns with “a buffet of entertainment on lazy Susan” putting the fate of the show in the hands of the audience all in the surrounds of the beautiful Cataract Gorge.  First Nations music theatre artist Brittanie Shipway will open the show.

Award winning artist Natalie Gamsu will perform SHRAPNEL, an autobiographical evening of storytelling, music and a yearning to find her inner flamenco dancer in The Royal Oak Hotel.

CHOIR IN THE PUB returns to the Royal Oak Hotel this time with a trio of music theatre stars who have all headlined in LES MIS including Josh Piterman, direct from his portrayal of Jean Valjean in London’s West End, Patrice Tipoki, who played Fantine in the Australian tour and on the West End and Kerrie Anne Greenland who played Eponine.

Kerrie Anne will also present her powerhouse one woman show, Pictures at popular brewery, Ducane. Pictures is a celebration of movie musicals with hits from A Star is Born, Mamma Mia, The Jazz Singer, South Pacific, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Disney Classics and many more.

Each night, following that evening’s final performance, the Earl Arts Centre will be transformed into THE DIVA DEN hosted by a different local or national diva each night.

BEST OF BROADWAY features a stunning array of artists singing your favourite Broadway memories.

Australian Musical Theatre Festival is an unparalleled opportunity for musical theatre lovers, creatives, and industry professionals to get together, share, nurture and celebrate this wonderful genre combined with the best of Tasmanian hospitality.

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