Star Cast Announced for Second Online Concert LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS
Friday, 19 June, 7pm, Facebook Live
After an overwhelmingly positive response to their first online concert on May 11, Joshua Robson Productions and host/director James Cutler will return to shining that light on the Australian musical theatre industry and support artists in their next production, LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS not done yet. This will be broadcast again via Facebook on Friday 19 June from 7pm.
During the show, they will cross live to the homes of Australia’s finest theatrical talent. However, this time audiences can also look forward to high definition lighting, set and broadcasting from a studio in Melbourne generously supplied by PRG Australia, which, like the rest of our industry, is eager to create theatre again. In addition, JPJ Audio has also joined the team to ensure that not only are audiences seeing professional theatre, but hearing it too.
The stellar musical theatre talent on display in LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS not done yet includes Natalie Abbott (Muriel’s Wedding), Rohan Browne (Singin’ in the Rain), Zane Blumeris (School of Rock), Ella Burns (Six), Barry Conrad (Beautiful), Kala Gare (Six), Simon Gleeson (Les Misérables), Joel Granger (The Book of Mormon), Jayme Lee Hanekom (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Caroline O’Connor (Chicago), Rob Mills (Wicked), Matilda Moran (The Secret Garden), Nat O’Donnell (Mamma Mia!), Tom Sharah (Shrek), Mat Verevis (Beautiful) and Christie Whelan Browne (Muriel’s Wedding). On top of this wonderful cast, the Jack Earle Trio will be accompanying artists live and we will be treated to a special performance from comedy group Impromptunes (Melbourne International Comedy Festival).
Producer Josh Robson said, “We shed a small light on our industry during ‘home delivery’, but we’re not done yet. We are an industry that thrives in tough times; we are resilient, we are defiant and we will endeavour to continue to provide you with professional productions direct to your lounge room because we have stories and songs to share with you. We are so lucky to have such a collaborative and supportive industry, all donating time and resources to reimagining the present-day theatrical experience.”
Some of the Facebook reviews of the first online concert were:
“We were so privileged to be able to sit back and watch such amazing talent” – Kate Blyth
“An amazing opportunity to see that much talent in one zoom room in our own homes. Encore, thank you!” – Jane Court
“The whole show filled my heart with joy and hope. We are here for you all in this time and for the future of this industry” – Steph Pan
“I loved hearing all the talent in one place and James was a terrific host and interviewer!” – Michelle Stewart
“Fantastic show! I loved that it was live, it gave such a special feel to the show” – Caitlin Smith