Cast of Australian Premiere of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" Announced

Following the announcement of multi award-winning leading lady Esther Hannaford, the producers are thrilled to reveal the full company of the Australian premiere production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

A talented cast of Australian performers will star in the Broadway hit musical which begins performances at a newly refurbished Sydney Lyric Theatre on 17 September 2017. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical charts the true story of the legendary singer’s journey from teenage songwriter to international superstar, including her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin and their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Joining Esther Hannaford as ‘Carole King’, are Green Room Award winner Josh Piterman as ‘Gerry Goffin’, accomplished musical theatre star Amy Lehpamer as ‘Cynthia Weil’, singer songwriter and The Voice favourite Mat Verevis as ‘Barry Mann’, along with with stage veterans Mike McLeish as ‘Don Kirshner’ and Anne Wood as King’s mother, ‘Genie Klein’.

The cast also includes Jason Arrow, Stefanie Caccamo, Doron Chester, Barry Conrad, Andrew Cook, Marcus Corowa, Julia Dray, Akina Edmonds, Nana Matapule, Cameron MacDonald, Lorinda Merrypor, Joseph Naim, Ruvarashe Ngwenya, Naomi Price, Rebecca Selley, Sean Sinclair, Angelina Thomson and Chloé Zuel.

Of the Australian cast Director Marc Bruni said; “In the three years since we opened on Broadway we’ve taken Beautiful to London and toured across the US, finding some remarkable performers to bring this story to life.

We’re proud to grow our family with this phenomenal Australian company – superb actors with exceptional voices who really did make the earth move under our feet in the audition room!”

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The Bulgari Art Award Gala Dinner 2017

Bulgari Art Award Dinner, Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales director, Dr Michael Brand this evening announced that one of Australia ‘s finest colour painters, Tomislav Nikolic, is the recipient of this year’s $80,000 BVLGARI ART AWARD for his painting Just before the most significant events, people are particularly prone to deny the possibilities of the future. (cause all we’re doing is learning how to die) 2014 – 2017.

The Bulgari Art Award is awarded annually to support mid-career Australian painters.

Sponsored by Bulgari, the award consists of $50,000 for the acquisition of a painting for the Gallery’s collection and a residency for the artist in Rome, Italy valued at $30,000.

The Bulgari Art Award, now in its sixth year, is one of the most valuable and prestigious art awards in Australia.

“We see the Bulgari Art Award as both a celebration of, and support for, Australia’s visual artists and a unique opportunity for Bulgari to assist to strengthen the Art Gallery of New South Wales’s permanent collection,” managing director of Bulgari Australia, Brad Harvey said.

“Tomislav Nikolic’s work is an extraordinary example of his signature form of abstraction and we are delighted to announce him as the 2017 recipient of the Bulgari Art Award,” Harvey added.

Michael Brand said Tomislav Nikolic is one of Australia’s greatest colour painters and his painting for the 2017 Bulgari Art Award is a sublime example of how experiential the painting medium can be.

“The chromatic intensity that Tomislav builds using hundreds of layers of paint results in an incredible and deeply physical experience – an experience we know our visitors will relish and we are delighted to receive it into our collection,” Brand said.

Judged by AGNSW Trustees and senior curatorial staff, AGNSW head curator of Australian Art, Wayne Tunnicliffe, said Tomislav’s winning work was completed over a four-year period.

“Nikolic’s practice is research based and the chromatic origin point for his painting was Caravaggio’s Judith beheading Holofernes, which was also painted over four years, from 1599-1602.

The pigeon blood red at the centre of Nikolic’s canvas has a source in the red curtain and the red spurt of Holofernes’ blood that anchors Caravaggio’s composition.

Nikolic has moved far from the Caravaggio though to arrive at his abstract painting, while retaining a sense of drama anchored purely in intense colour rather than in subject and composition” added Tunnicliffe.

Source: Bulgari

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition - Official Announcement

NBC Universal International Studios and Imagine Exhibitions today announced the launch of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, the first-ever fully immersive experience inside the world of Carnival Films’ multi award-winning and global television phenomenon, Downton Abbey.

The multi-year international tour will connect visitors with their favourite characters, costumes and locations as well as showcase never-before-seen footage and historic moments.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition will begin on June 17, 2017 in Singapore at the renowned Marina Bay Sands and then travel throughout the US in 2018 and beyond.

“Seen in over 250 territories, Downton Abbey is a global phenomenon and viewers all around the world continue to ask for more,” said Michael Edelstein, President of NBCUniversal International Studios.

“Downton Abbey: The Exhibition allows this incredible legacy to live on by offering a multi-million dollar museum quality experience that will delight fans, ultimately extending the connection they have with Downton’s compelling characters and storylines.

We are excited to expand the brand in a manner that few TV series could ever dream of doing.” Taking visitors on an extraordinary journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey, the exhibition will peer into the world of the Crawleys and those that served them below stairs.

The experience will also provide a fascinating look at all aspects of the post-Edwardian period in which the popular TV series is set.

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A Salute to France at Kauri Cliffs With Dom Perignon + Chef Philippe Mouchel

Northland, NZ – The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs promises a beautiful setting for a truly French weekend, August 4-6, with the ultimate prestige champagne house Dom Perignon and a much-loved French chef, Philippe Mouchel.

“Salute to France” guests will immerse themselves in the very best of French cooking, champagne and style over two days of sublime eating, drinking, learning and absorbing from some of France’s best exports at Kauri Cliffs.

Like many in France, Normandy-born Philippe Mouchel grew up in a family of cooks where a large garden provided much of what was cooked and the food was always very good.

He went on to train under one of the greatest of French masters, Paul Bocuse, the only chef in France to have been awarded three Michelin stars consecutively for over forty years.

Mouchel was trusted to work at the first Paul Bocuse Restaurant in Japan, and later moved to Melbourne to open the Paul Bocuse restaurant there.

Today, Philippe runs his own French restaurant/brasserie in Melbourne, simply know as Philippe.

It is destination dining for those who know of the background and experience that this master brings to each and every dish. His food is simply sublime . . . and he is also one of the nicest chefs around!

The champagnes of Dom Perignon need little introduction.

Created from the finest grapes grown in one single year, Dom Perignon reinvents itself each vintage by interpreting the unique character of the seasons.

With elegant dishes, designed to perfectly match the champagne, the partnership of Mouchel and Dom Perignon will delight the senses.

As the French do, Friday night is for guests to enjoy fine food and fine wine at leisure, yet not before indulging in the art of the French aperitif.

A relaxed affair, guests will enjoy an a la carte dinner followed by a traditional digestif.

On Saturday morning, Philippe will share his belief on how to best master the basics of French cuisine – it’s all in the sauces and jus!

This enlightening French cooking demonstration will see guests elevating their favourite dishes to new heights with some Gallic secrets from a well-trained master.

That evening, Dom Perignon’s charming and knowledgeable ambassador will host a very memorable dinner featuring four exquisite courses prepared by Philippe Mouchel, each matched to a special vintage of “Dom”, including the P2 1998 Dom Perignon and more.

This perfect pairing weekend is unashamedly decadent and set to leave guests dreaming of a visit to the wine regions of France.

Source: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs