Lights Up on the Arts [Home Delivery]

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James Culter, Todd McKenney, and Johanna Allen.
Photograph: Supplied L to R: James Culter, Todd McKenney, and Johanna Allen.

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A bunch of Australia’s biggest musical theatre stars are singing Broadway hits in an online concert

Livestreamed concerts are coming at us left right and centre (stage) lately. It takes a pretty special lineup to get us excited enough to break our latest television binge at this late stage of our physically distanced lives. But a lineup of Australia’s biggest musical theatre stars is just the ticket. 

Lights Up on the Arts [Home Delivery] is a concert to celebrate Australia’s musical theatre industry and support performers whose livelihoods have been impacted by the arts shutdown. Produced by Joshua Robson and starring Aussie stage stalwarts like Todd McKenney, the concert features the songs of acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), with an extensive catalogue exploring themes of connection, togetherness, unity, finding oneself, the joys of a simple life, and hope.

The curtain rises on this digital showcase at 7pm on Monday, May 11, hosted by James Cutler (recently seen on stage in the Time Out approved School of Rock the Musical). You’ll see performances live from the homes of Johanna Allen (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Michelle Brasier (Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Andrew Cook (A Chorus Line) and others, including the stars of Six, Shrek the Musical, Billy Elliot and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

“It is our hope that the optimistic and uplifting nature of Stephen Schwartz’ music, together with our program, will remind Australia and beyond that the arts matter, that we are a source of joy in the world, and, failing all else, the arts will sustain our world through even the toughest of situations,” said Robson. 

Head to Joshua Robson Productions Facebook page for more information and to tune in for a gravity-defying time on Monday evening. 

Want more? You can now watch Opera Australia’s greatest productions online, for free.

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