Friday, December 30, 2011

The World's Most Spectacular New Year's Eve Party Just Got Even Better; 1 Day To Go

Sydney Resolution Excluded From Dry Zone; Let The Champers Flow!


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Sydney Resolution New Year’s Eve Concert is thrilled to let New Year’s Eve party goers know that on the back of Sydney Council’s announcement of alcohol-free zones at New Year’s Eve fireworks hot spots, Sydney Resolution will remain a licensed event – with multiple bars stocked with a full range of beer, wine and spirits – exclusively for Sydney Resolution patrons to enjoy.

Last weeks announcement of alcohol bans across Sydney will ensure that those seeing in the New Year around popular party locations (parks, beaches and reserves) will have to do so with water, juice and soft drinks only due to a Sydney Council dry zone decision. However, Sydney Resolution patrons will not only be able to enjoy the very best in music and premium fireworks displays, but also icy cold beers, chilled wines, spirits and flowing champagne.

Sydney Resolution New Year’s Eve Concert is Sydney’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, which will be staged at Sydney’s Glebe Island, overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour on Saturday December 31st 2011. The inaugural Sydney Resolution New Year’s Eve Concert will feature international superstars including Jamiroquai, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, as well as Australia’s very own Guy Sebastian, Pseudo Echo and Lyndsey Ollard.

With unobstructed, stunning views of the city and the fireworks display, there is no better place to be on New Year’s Eve than Glebe Island. See 2011 out with a bang with some of the world’s biggest classic and contemporary artists, playing all the songs you know and love.

Sydney’s Glebe Island will turn into a ‘mini city’ for this very special event, with a custom-built venue providing the very best in entertainment and bars, an incredible on-site ‘village’ showcasing Sydney’s best local and international food, and a unique array of retail and market stalls.

Sydney Resolution New Year’s Eve Concert is the hottest ticket in town for New Year’s Eve!
Please be advised that Sydney Resolution New Year’s Eve Concert is a licensed event – all patrons must be over 18 years of age.

Glebe Island is situated under the Anzac Bridge on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. All patrons will arrive and depart by ferry or bus service from terminals and wharfs provided by Sydney Resolution New Year’s Eve Concert.

Please note there is no parking at the event. Gates open at 2pm, entertainment commences at 4:00pm and all performances will conclude by 1:45am. Gates close at 3.00am.

The Line Up...

JAMIROQUAI With more than 25 million album sales worldwide it’s fair to say that JAMIROQUAI are one of the UK’s most successful acts of any era. Fronted by the charismatic Jay Kay, JAMIROQUAI are coming down under for an electrifying live funk spectacular. JAMIROQUAI led the acid-jazz movement in the early ‘90s, later shifting to a unique mix of funk, soul and disco. Hits such as Cosmic Girl, You Give Me Something, When You Gonna Learn, Virtual Insanity, Little L and Love Foolosophy all formed the sound of a generation. With a seventh hit album, Rock Dust Light
Star, JAMIROQUAI show no sign of stopping, as they dust off their moves for an exclusive show at Sydney Resolution New Year’s Eve Concert.

CULTURE CLUB were at the forefront of the New Romantic movement, and one of the defining music acts of the 1980s. CULTURE CLUB – Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss – had an incredible seven Top 10 hits in Australia including Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Karma Chameleon, Church Of The Poison Mind and The War Song. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see CULTURE CLUB in all their original glory. The songs are timeless, the voice is unique and the band is still one-of-a-kind.

PET SHOP BOYS - Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe - are electronic dance-pop pioneers and one of the world’s bestselling artists. PET SHOP BOYS have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and had 17 Top 40 hits in Australia, and continue to set the charts and dance floor on fire with dance and pop classics like West End Girls, It’s A Sin, Go West, What Have I Done To Deserve This and Always On My Mind. Fans at Sydney Resolution New Year’s Eve Concert can expect a one-of-a-kind show from the PET SHOP BOYS, who are reproducing their theatrical stage performance – including the major video and dance component – that was created in 2009 at London’s O2.

GUY SEBASTIAN is undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters. His first solo single, Angels Brought Me Here, debuted at number one and was the fastest-selling Australian single in ARIA chart history. Add to this his string of awards and the fact he is the only Australian male artist in Australian music history to achieve five chart-topping singles
– including Angels Brought Me Here, All I Need Is You, Out With My Baby, Like It Like That and Who’s That Girl? – and you can see why GUY SEBASTIAN is not to be missed this New Year’s Eve.

PSEUDO ECHO pioneered the new ‘80s electro-pop sound in Australia and quickly established themselves as one of the country’s most successful and influential bands with Top 10 hits such as Listening, A Beat For You, Don’t Go, Living In A Dream and their iconic cover of Lipps Inc’s Funky Town. Since forming in 1982, the band have had album sales in excess of one million worldwide, a Top 10 single on the Billboard US pop charts and a number one single on the
Billboard US dance charts. In 2011 PSEUDO ECHO’S relentless party groove continues to resonate with musicians and fans alike, so get ready to keep groovin’ with some energy this New Year’s Eve!

LYNDSEY OLLARD is an English-born recording artist who splits her time between the Australian Northern Beaches and her UK home. Her debut album, One Night Stand, is eclectic and witty with a combination of catchy beats, haunting melodies and at times hilariously dry lyrics – from the tongue in cheek pub anthem Wasted, through to the heartbreaking tribute Too Young To Die.


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Alan Jones Joins Cast Of Annie The Musical At Lyric Theatre; The Star


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Australian broadcasting legend Alan Jones will demonstrate his singing skills when he makes his musical theatre debut in a new Australian production of Annie - The Musical.

Jones will star alongside Anthony Warlow, Todd McKenney and Nancye Hayes in producer John Frost's latest show.

The musical marks a return to the role of Daddy Warbucks for Warlow, who played the character in a 2000 production of Annie, about an orphan girl taken in by the multi-millionaire in Depression-era New York.

"It was a wonderful experience then. People say never work with children and animals, but in this case the children were wonderful," Warlow said.

Jones, who will perform a musical number in his role as president Roosevelt, was handpicked by Frost, who advised he had Jones in mind from the early casting days.

"I wanted to pull a rabbit out of the hat in a way," Frost said.

In a video message played at the show's launch on Monday, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said he couldn't believe Frost had taken Jones on, "because he never ever takes direction".

Jones talked down his part in the production, requesting news media to direct questions to "the stars" of the show.

He said he just hoped he could do the role justice.

"I have a lot of good people to help me. I hope I'm going to do alright and not let the team down," he said.

Frost, who is the man behind the smash hit Australian productions of Wicked, Chicago and Phantom of the Opera, is confident Jones will not need any acting or singing lessons, despite having no previous theatrical experience.

Frost knows Jones is a safe bet.

"He's full of confidence and he holds a tune well," he said.

"If anything I'd love to put another song in for him, but I can't."

He said the show will be a true performance of the original stage production.

"The timing now is right to bring it back. With a fresh cast, I think it's got a good chance of being a great success," Frost said.

The battle for the Australian entertainment dollar continues, and certainly Sydney's The Star is going full speed ahead and betting that world class entertainment will remain paramount in the quest to bring more punters to land based casinos and entertainment complexes.

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The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including It's the Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, N.Y.C. and the ever-optimistic Tomorrow, Annie is one of the most awarded and loved musicals of all time. Reprising one of his all-time favourite roles as the charismatic and sophisticated New York ‘zillionaire' Daddy Warbucks, is Anthony Warlow. He will be joined by the ever-popular Nancye Hayes playing everyone's favourite villain, Miss Hannigan. Todd McKenney, ChloĆ« Dallimore and Julie Goodwin also bring their talents to this delightful musical. And in a special treat, radio star Alan Jones will join the cast in the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt.


It gives me great pleasure to bring ANNIE back to Australian audiences. When I produced this show 12 years ago I was overwhelmed by the response it received. ANNIE is such a well known, well loved production that appeals to so many different age groups. Its popularity means that it is staged once a year in many countries around the world, and I have no doubt that the Australian audiences are well and truly ready to see it again.

This time around, I am especially delighted to be able to work once more with Australia's favourite leading man, Anthony Warlow and theatrical legend Nancye Hayes.

To be taking this wonderful show and the star studded cast on tour in 2012 presents a unique and exciting opportunity to reach a new generation of Australians and it gives me enormous pleasure to think that people Australia wide will again be able to experience this special production.


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack Birthday Extravaganza


A three part birthday extravaganza kicked off Sunday, celebrating Frank Sinatra's Birthday and to benefit the Alzheimer's Association's California Southland Chapter.

Old Blue Eyes would have turned 96 on Monday. The three-part gala, starting at Sinatra's old Twin Palms estate, will celebrate the life, artistry and birthday of the Hoboken, N.J.-born crooner who came into the world in 1915.

Named for Sinatra's 10th studio album, "A Swingin' Affair," the fundraiser will start with a cocktail party at Sinatra's Twin Palms estate. Canadian jazz artist Matt Dusk will play at Twin Palms, an estate designed by architect E. Stewart Williams where Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy, then Ava Gardner, lived.

Afterward, the fun will move to the Riviera Palm Springs, where actress Pamela Anderson will be holding court in the Starlite Lounge, helping deep-pocket supporters find their checkbooks.

At the Riviera, where the late singer held many of his famous parties, son Frank Sinatra Jr. and his Big Band Orchestra will handle the entertainment, along with Broadway star Lainie Kazan.

Of course, there's also an after-party, beginning at 11:30 p.m. at the Starlite Lounge in the Riviera.

Pamela Anderson, Frank Sinatra Jr., The X Factor's Phillip Lomax, & America's Got Talent's Daniel Joseph Baker Perform at A Swingin' Affair! Gala

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Dec. 6, 2011 - A Swingin' Affair!, the Frank Sinatra birthday gala to benefit the Alzheimer's Association on Dec. 11 in Palm Springs, is becoming as star-studded as the late Sinatra's life.

Recently added to the lineup of spectacular talent are Phillip Lomax, whose crooner ways led him to the Top 17 on this season of The X Factor, and actor/singer Luca Ellis, who just earned three Ovation nominations for his musical on Frank Sinatra, Hoboken to Hollywood. They join the previously announced Pamela Anderson, Frank Sinatra Jr., America's Got Talent's Daniel Joseph Baker, Matt Dusk, and Lainie Kazan.

The three-stop event kicks off with an exclusive VIP cocktail hour at Sinatra's former Twin Palms estate, which was designed by famed architect E. Stewart Williams and lived in by Sinatra and first wife Nancy and then Ava Gardner. Canadian jazz artist Matt Dusk, who has three No. 1 international hits under his belt, will perform and cocktails and canapes will be served poolside from 2-5 p.m.

Stop two of the night is the Grand Gala at the posh Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa where Sinatra held most of his lavish parties. Architect and visionary Irwin Schuman designed the historic location and the event will be fashioned in the grand Hollywood Regency style. Pamela Anderson serves as hostess of the night, with performances by Frank Sinatra Jr. and his Big Band Orchestra, singer/pianist Daniel Joseph Baker from season 6 of America's Got Talent, Phillip Lomax from The X Factor, Matt Dusk, and actress/Broadway star Lainie Kazan. A sumptuous three-course dinner will be served and cocktails will be flowing.

The night closes with an after-party, starting at 11:30 p.m., at the swanky Starlite Lounge in the Riviera. Daniel Joseph Baker will once again perform, as well as the aforementioned Phillip Lomax and Luca Ellis. Cocktails will be flowing into the wee small hours of the morning. A special toast and a cake will be cut in honor of Sinatra's birthday. (He would've been 96 years old this year.)

A limited number of tickets are still available for all three parts of the gala and can be purchased by calling 760-561-5561 or on the website,

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