Book of Mormon $40 Lottery Ticket Policy Announced

The Book of Mormon has announced a ticket lottery, in which a limited number of $40 tickets will be sold by ballot before each performance at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.The lottery will commence from the preview on Wednesday 28 February.

Entries will only be accepted in person, on the form provided, at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $40 each. Only one entry is allowed per person for a maximum of two tickets. Entries are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the ballot and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Tickets are subject to availability.

Winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, the Grammy® for Best Musical Theatre album and four Olivier Awards® including Best New Musical, The Book of Mormon set a record for the highest grossing on-sale of any musical theatre production in Sydney’s history with more than 45,000 tickets sold by the end of the first day of public sales, and broke the house record for the highest selling on sale period of any production in the Princess Theatre’s 159-year history in Melbourne.

At the 2017 Helpmann Awards, The Book of Mormon was crowned winner of the coveted Best Musical award, while Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw were awarded Best Direction of a Musical.

Since making its world premiere in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, The Book of Mormon has played 360 consecutive weeks at more than 100% capacity on Broadway (standing room adds additional capacity), and 209 weeks at more than 100% capacity at theatres around the US and Canada. It has broken the house record at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre more than 50 times and set 103 house records at 56 theatres around North America.

The London production opened in February 2013, winning four Olivier Awards®, including Best New Musical. The Book of Mormon smashed box office records for the highest single day of sales in West End history. and has sold out every single one of its 2,082 performances thus far in London’s West End.

Book, Music and Lyrics are by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Co-directed by Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon has choreography by Casey Nicholaw, set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design by Brian Ronan, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, and music supervision and vocal arrangements by Stephen Oremus.

The Book of Mormon is produced in Australia by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and John Frost.

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Ruinart Sketch Club returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art

Led by Sydney artist Will French, this indulgent 2-hour sketching workshop is inspired by the Museum’s popular program Sundown Sketch Club, which books out months in advance. Using a diverse range of fine art materials, participants are invited to explore their creativity and have their hand at still life drawing, guided by personalised tips from Will French.

They also get to explore and play with a series of scents, fruits, flowers and spices all inspired by the delicate aromas of Ruinart Brut and Ruinart Rosé – such as cherries, berries, rose, or pomegranate. And as a toast to Ruinart’s long-standing relationship with the arts, they get to taste both Ruinart Brut and Ruinart Rosé, the indulgent expression of the Ruinart Taste, with chardonnay grapes mainly harvested from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs in the Champagne region.

Each event includes an olfactory challenge testing each participant’s sense of smell, with one lucky person going home with a bottle of Ruinart.

Beginners welcome – no prior sketching experienced required. Materials, drinks and cheese provided.

Ruinart Summer Sketch Club is on Wednesdays 21, 28 February, 14, 28 March & 11 April 2018, 7–8.45pm. Tickets: $69 ($55 for MCA Members and Concession). Booking essential.

For more information or to book online, visit

Source: Ruinart

Legendary actor Bill Murray to perform at Sydney Opera House with classical music trio

The Sydney Opera House has announced that the legendary actor and comedian Bill Murray will make his Concert Hall debut in November, performing with acclaimed German-American cellist Jan Vogler & Friends in a magnificent collision of American greats and European classics.

The show, New Worlds, follows Murray and Vogler’s 2017 Decca release of the same name, which blends classical music (Ravel, Schubert, Saint-Saëns and Bach) with spoken word excerpts from American writers (Twain, Hemingway and Whitman) and classics from the American songbook, including Gershwin, Bernstein and Foster.

The album and show owe their existence to a chance meeting in an airport security line. Murray and Vogler bonded over the unwieldy size of Vogler’s cello and a mutual love of the American greats. The ensemble also features Vogler’s wife, renowned Chinese-American violinist Mira Wang, and Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez accompanying Murray, as singer and narrator, and Vogler on cello.

Bill Murray describes the collaboration as “the collision of America and Europe,” in part reflected in the backgrounds of each of the four members. “We are from four different continents,” he said. “And when the continents come together, the music moves right across the peninsulas from one to the other. It’s just a short journey from one continent to the other.”

Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Olivia Ansell, says “The collaboration between Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends is timely and thought-provoking, charged with the passion of American visionaries – from Twain to Gershwin and Bernstein, and reimagined in a spirited new performance full of heart, empathy and hope. It is thrilling to present this genre-shifting performance as part of the Contemporary Performance program at Sydney Opera House.”

Over forty years, Murray has forged one of the most independent careers in Hollywood, weaving comedy and depth into some of the most memorable roles in cinema. With his comedic timing, deadpan performance and soulful rasp, he’s covered artists like Bob Dylan (St. Vincent), Roxy Music (Lost in Translation) and even the Star Wars theme (Saturday Night Live). His soulful performance of “The Bare Necessities” as Baloo in The Jungle Book is one of his most memorable.

Vogler’s distinguished career has pushed the boundaries of classical music. He has performed with many of America’s greatest orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as being the youngest player to hold the position of principal cello in the history of the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Wednesday, 7th November @ Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday, 9th November @ Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, NSW
Saturday, 10th November @ Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, NSW
Wednesday, 14th November @ Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, NZ
Friday, 16th November @ QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, 17th November @ Plenary at MCEC, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets on sale to the general public Monday 19 February, 9am AEDT

Source: Sydney Opera House

Foxtel's Secret City: Under the Eagle in production

Foxtel and Matchbox Pictures has announced production of the second series of the Award-winning drama series Secret City. Secret City: Under the Eagle returns for its second season to be shot on location in the national capital, Canberra and Sydney from this week.

Produced by Matchbox Pictures, Secret City: Under the Eagle, a six part high stakes political thriller, is set in a world of secrets, lies, assassination and betrayal with a stellar cast line-up including two time Academy-Award nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) who once again takes up the role of Labor powerbroker Catriona Bailey and Anna Torv (Fringe, Mindhunter) who won the 2017 Logie Award for ‘Most Outstanding Actress’ for her role as political journalist Harriet Dunkley.

Also returning are Sacha Horler (The Dressmaker, The Kettering Incident) as Sky channel presenter Ludie Sypek, Marcus Graham (Janet King, Crownies) as Bailey’s Chief of Staff Andrew “Griff” Griffiths and Justin Smith (Devil’s Playground, Deadline Gallipoli) as ASD Director William Vaughn.

New cast includes Logie and AACTA award-winning actress Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Rake, Underbelly Razor) as SA Independent MP Karen Koutoufides and Logie Award-winning actor Rob Collins (The Wrong Girl, Cleverman) as Major Joseph Sullivan.

Further cast will be announced soon.

Secret City: Under the Eagle picks up with Harriet Dunkley (Torv), not long out of prison and who is unwittingly ensnared in a military and political cover-up with Catriona Bailey’s (Weaver) fingerprints all over it. Harriet’s search for the truth leads her back into Canberra’s corridors of power, this time working for a maverick Independent MP (Cormack). What she unearths is a military program so secret not even the Prime Minister knows about. Who is really running the country?

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said: “Foxtel is delighted to announce this commission to join our drama roster for 2018. It is terrific to see this exciting series return for a second season, and wonderful to have our extraordinary leads Anna Torv and Jacki Weaver back on a Foxtel Original Series. We are very proud of the first season which enjoyed both critical and audience acclaim worldwide. This new story is absolutely captivating, with twists and turns that will keep audiences both guessing and riveted.”

Matchbox Pictures’ Penny Chapman said: “One day as we were working on ideas for the second series of Secret City, we watched President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address. His warning to the world, now even more relevant than ever, gave us the unsettling story we were looking for.”

Secret City: Under the Eagle will be directed by Tony Krawitz (The Kettering Incident, Devil’s Playground) and Daniel Nettheim (Doctor Who, Broadchurch).

Stephen Corvini (Safe Harbour, Hyde and Seek) will produce the series. Executive Producers are Foxtel’s Head of Drama Penny Win and Drama development executive Carly Heaton, Penny Chapman from Matchbox Pictures and the series showrunner Matt Cameron.

Secret City: Under the Eagle has been written by Matt Cameron (writer/co-producer/creator- Sunshine, writer/producer/creator- Jack Irish) and Belinda Chayko (showrunner/writer- Safe Harbour, story producer/writer- Barracuda) who both wrote for the first series and playwright Angela Betzien (Eggs, The Hanging) and Elise McCredie (Sunshine, Nowhere Boys).

The first series of Secret City was inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis who join this series as story consultants.

Secret City: Under the Eagle is a Matchbox Pictures production for Foxtel, supported by Create NSW and will screen on Foxtel’s super drama channel, showcase. NBCUniversal International Distribution will distribute the series worldwide.

Source: Foxtel


Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, joined by Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson & Vanessa Kirby.

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.  Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Wes Bentley, Frederick Schmidt.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT is in cinemas AUGUST 2 – Check out the first look trailer below!

Source: Paramount Pictures