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Kym Staton in Yulli's Attic ***bookings essential***
Candlelight Dinner & Music Night ***bookings essential***
Enjoy dinner plus some wonderful music in a very intimate setting. Experience a purely acoustic performance by candlelight, as Kym Staton plays renditions of jazz, blues, celtic, baroque, and original songs on guitar/vocals, violin and cello. Dinner and music will be served In the small attic with lovely warm acoustics, which holds only 24 people. The night also includes an interactive element, where audience members are invited to write down an idea for a lyric for a song that Kym later creates into and song and performs "off the cuff" at the end of the night!
Kym Staton has studied music from a young age, taking up the violin at age 7. He has performed more than 50 concerts as a violin soloist, and has recently begaun performing as a singer/songwriter. He has very diverse tastes in different musical styles and is a multi-instrumentalist.
Date: Thursday 4th Oct, 2012
Time: Dinner orders taken from 6pm - 7.30pm, music from 8pm - 9pm
Please order your meal by 7.30pm at the latest, so that you do not interrupt the music performance.
Venue: Yulli's Restaurant, 417 Crown St, Surry Hills
Includes: Entree + Main + live music performance
Bookings: Bookings essential. Click here and follow the links to book:
Menu: Yullis has a full vegetarian/ vegan menu
Enquiries: Email Kym Staton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Australia's top female dramatic actors, Robyn Nevin and Cate Blanchett, won their categories in the national Helpmann Awards presented in Sydney last night, but unusually no single production dominated the ceremony.
While Nevin won for Belvoir St Theatre's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Blanchett for Sydney Theatre Company's Gross und Klein, the award for best play went to Ganesh Versus the Third Reich by the Geelong company for intellectually impaired performers, Back to Back Theatre.
This was the pattern for the night with glamour productions picking up individual awards but rarely clinching the top gong in their categories.
The most successful production was Opera Australia's first Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, La Traviata, which won four awards, including best female singer for Emma Matthews.
Best special event - Perth Festival's Place des Anges
Meow Meow's Little Match Girl at the Malthouse Theatre won three awards, including best cabaret performer.
Paul Capsis was best actor in a play for Angela's Kitchen. Also snatched the award for best new Australian work.
Melbourne's Production Company won three musical awards for Grey Gardens, with Pamela Rabe winning for best female actor in a musical, Nancye Hayes for her supporting role and Roger Hodgman for direction.
But the overall best musical award went to A Chorus Line.
Stephen Page won best dance choreography for ID from Bangarra's Belong, which also earned the award for best score for his brother, David, and Steve Francis.
English company DV8 won for best ballet or dance work for its verbatim theatre piece, Can We Talk About This? at the Opera House.
Opera Australia won seven awards, with Anthony Dean Griffey best male performer in Of Mice and Men and Mitchell Butel best actor in a musical for The Mikado.
But the best opera award went to the State Opera of South Australia's Moby Dick, which won three awards.
The Helpmann Awards recognize distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in Australia's live performing arts sectors. The recognized disciplines include musical and physical theatre, contemporary and classical music, opera, and dance, with a comedy category introduced in 2006. The Helpmann Awards also incorporates the JC Williamson award (formerly the James Cassius Award) for outstanding contribution to the Australian entertainment industry.
The award, named after Sir Robert Helpmann, was established by the Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA). It is similar to Broadway's Tony Awards and London's Laurence Olivier Awards. The awards inaugurated in 2001 and are presented annually in Sydney Australia.
The official website lists the objectives of the awards 'to nationally and internationally serve and promote Australian live performing arts industry by recognising distinguished artistic achievement and excellence, ensuring the Awards are administered and made with integrity, ensuring the Awards are celebrated by the industry and the Australian community; and ensuring the Awards are the most prestigious awards in the industry and the highlight of each Season'.
The full name of the Awards is the Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia. The trophy was designed by silversmith Hendrik Forster.
The Helpmann Awards were hosted by Simon Burke from 2001-2006.
Since 2010, the awards have been broadcast live on arts channel STVDIO.
Hours before the Australian theatre industry celebrates its success with the Helpmann Awards at the Opera House tonight, 100 top actors and directors have launched a campaign against the use of more foreign performers on Australian stages.
A long list of Helpmann award winners, including actors Richard Roxburgh, Rachel Griffiths and Geoffrey Rush, playwright David Williamson and director Neil Armfield, have signed an open letter to theatre and musical producers, calling on them to renegotiate a 20-year agreement on the use of foreign performers.
For two decades, the number of foreign performers hired for Australian productions has been controlled via the agreement between the producers' association, Live Performance Australia, and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, in a bid to protect local jobs.
Signatory against foreign performers ... actor Geoffrey Rush. Photo: Mick Tsikas
LPA, which represents subsidised and commercial producers and organises the Helpmanns, abandoned the agreement in April and since then has, according to the union, refused to discuss the issue. (Fairfax Media)
Arts Minister Simon Crean, who was not at the awards ceremony last night but sent an adviser, has said the NCP will appear by the end of the year.
In LPA's submission to the discussion paper, Richardson spelled out the sector's need for policies that not only assist production of cultural events but also encourage demand. It also argued for funds to help develop new Australian work and for measures to promote private investment.
A note of discord surrounding this year's Helpmanns concerns the vexed issue of foreign performers working in this country. Earlier this year LPA unilaterally broke its agreement with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, ending an arrangement to consult the union when producers want to engage foreign artists.
The MEAA yesterday published an open letter to LPA members -- among the signatories are Neil Armfield, Steven Heathcote, Emma Matthews and Rush -- warning that harmony between performers and producers is at risk over the issue.
News Media Update...
Theatre production 'Legally Blonde' enjoyed a media call this morning at Sydney Lyric Theatre at Pyrmont in Sydney.
The play comes with much fanfare so it will be interesting to see if the show lives up to its reputation and hype once it plays to live audiences at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, which is part of The Star (formally known as Star City Casino).
The Star and its business partners have taken a calculated gamble on running with 'Legally Blonde', and you can bet that they will be hoping for similar outstanding results that they received with musicals such as 'Annie' (which was considerable helped along with a strong performance and some wonderful publicity from Sydney radio icon Alan Jones).
Sydney continues to secure world class entertainment thanks to our friends at The Star and Lyric, and we encourage you to check out what all the fuss is about.
News Media has been notified that short segments of four musical numbers from the show will be performed, and afterwards producers Howard Panter and John Frost and lead cast members Lucy Durack (Elle Woods), Rob Mills (Warner), David Harris (Emmett), Helen Dallimore (Paulette), Erika Heynatz (Brooke Wyndham) and Cameron Daddo (Professor Callahan) will be available for interview and photographs.
The musical numbers will be:
So Much Better
Whipped Into Shape
Legally Blonde Remix
Based on the hit movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, LEGALLY BLONDE is the award-winning London and Broadway sensation created by a top-of-their-class creative team, led by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray). LEGALLY BLONDE ran for three triumphant years in the West End, over two years on Broadway and is currently on a major UK Tour playing to packed houses. Winner of seven major awards including the coveted Best New Musical 2011 (Olivier Awards®) this all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got!
The Australian Premiere of this award-winning Broadway and West End sensation was secured for Sydney with the assistance of the NSW Government through Destination NSW and the City of Sydney.
Legally Blonde To Open Tonight...
The Sydney Lyric Theatre is going to be host to the famous musical 'Legally Blonde'.
Legally Blonde The Musical is the hilarious story of college sweetheart and homecoming queen, Elle Woods - a girl who doesn't take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious", Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School! Along the way, she proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
Legally Blonde The Musical - Winner of Best Musical 2011 Olivier Awards and a smash hit running into its third year on the West End was created by a world-class creative team led by Tony Award-winning director Jerry Mitchell.
Based on the movie starring Reese Witherspoon and remaining true to the script, Legally Blonde the Musical is a feel-good number with a '90s feel.
College sweetheart Elle heads off to law school to win back her boyfriend Warner after he dumps her for someone more serious, only to graduate top of her class and find a far better love interest.
Warner, too, finds the courage to dump family expectations of a career in law and politics and pursue his true calling as a model.
"I've seen it on Broadway and the West End and it's great. It really does do the movie justice," leading actress Lucy Durack says.
"I love the role of Elle. As much as she looks like she hasn't a care in the world, people are unkind to her and judge her and she struggles with that.
"But she takes a positive path and rises above it. She doesn't take the low road, ever. The whole show is a celebration - be who you are, the best version of yourself, and be proud."
LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL opens in 'Sin City' Sydney tonight!
Legally Blonde The Musical (Australia)
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Tonight Hanson performed to a packed house at the famous Enmore Theatre.
The boys are performing down under live for the their first tour in seven years.
Hanson started writing Shout It Out while touring their 2007 disc, The Walk, and lead vocalist Taylor says it’s the most “holistic” and the least interfered-with of their seven releases.
“There’s no co-writing with other collaborators as writers, no other producers, we produced the record [ourselves].”
“It feels great to know that you’re able to have some connection that is lasting,” he says. “There is something that goes on with music and with audiences that is so special. With us, a lot of the fans that have stuck around [we] really respect it and admire that dedication, especially Australian fans. They’ve always been amongst the most active and the most engaged.”
Australian fans can look forward to additional tour dates based on how quickly shows sell out in selective cities. “Every show is different,” Taylor says. “We change it up, it’s going to feature some new music and it’s going to also highlight some songs from albums past.”
Tonight all the fans got value for money and by the look of things the band will continue to enjoy strong touring and CD sales in Australia.
Where’s The Love
Thinking Bout Something
A Minuet Without You
And I Waited
Strong Enough to Break
Wish That I Was There
With You In Your Dreams
Oh Darling – Beatles Cover
Thinking of You
Penny and Me
Give a Little
Lost Without Each Other
Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson are household names in Australia and it’s no surprise – in 1997 one in ten Australian households owned a copy of the band’s smash album Middle Of Nowhere and the nation’s airwaves, hearts and minds resonated to the infectious sound of the band’s smash hit MMMBop. Now, after a 7-year absence, HANSON are back with a brand new album and tour that is sure to capture the attention and imagination of a nation that has always embraced the band as their own.
HANSON have been making music together for two decades. Fifteen years ago, their out-of-the-blue, soul-inspired brand of American pop-rock‘n’roll was introduced to the world. Unaffected by charts or fads, they’ve spent more than a decade building a community of fans connected to one another and fuelled by the energy and craftsmanship of three brothers and their music, earning praise for their songwriting, musicianship and dynamic live performances, with New York‘s Village Voice calling them the “Finest Straight-Up Rock Band In America.”
Native sons of Tulsa, Oklahoma, HANSON has been making music together for nearly two decades. Thirteen years ago, their out-of-the-blue, soul-inspired brand of American pop-rock‘n’roll was introduced to the world. Unaffected by charts or fads, they’ve spent more than a decade building a community of fans connected to one another and fueled by the energy and craftsmanship of three brothers and their music. Their fifth studio album, Shout It Out, was released on June 8th 2010 on their label 3CG Records. They deliver a powerful group of soulful, melodic tunes that will leave you with a contagious sense of optimism for the future and welcomed reminiscence for American rock ‘n’ roll.
Shout It Out is a collection of finely crafted, R&B-flavored pop-rock, a homage to the music that inspired HANSON when they started out. The album produced and written exclusively by the band is augmented with special guests: Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt, who played on some of Motown’s greatest hits, and horn arranger Jerry Hey, who worked with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more.
“The anatomy of our band is similar to a ‘70s rock band – white guys from the Midwest who grew up listening to ‘50s and ‘60s soul, who are mixing guitars, with vintage keys and melodic songs,” Taylor Hanson says. Adds Isaac, “We’ll always be a bit rootsy ‘cause it’s in the Oklahoma soil (the state is also home to artists like Bob Wills, Woody Guthrie and the versatile Leon Russell), but what we’ve never stopped aspiring to is the great songwriters and performers who struck a chord with us first, that early rock ‘n’ rock roll and soul music from Chuck Berry to Otis Redding. We’ve rediscovered that aspiration on this record. There’s a little more swing and a little more air.”
While Shout It Out looks back in time musically, it also represents forward movement for HANSON. “We love playing classic songs,” says Zac Hanson. “But we never sat down and wrote our version of what that sounds like until now.”
HANSON emotes such fresh energy on the new album that it’s easy to forget that this band has been around the block a few times. Multiple Grammy nominations (drummer Zac is the youngest nominated songwriter in history), years of headline shows everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl and world-records for the loudest concert audience in history.
They’ve sold millions of records and reached a level of adoration that few bands experience, and have also faced career obstacles that would have broken many artist’s resolve. They waded through four years of struggle with a new corporate label made up of inherited executives in discord with the band, which eventually lead the band to leave the label (chronicled in the documentary film Strong Enough To Break) and launch their own independent record company, 3CG Records, in 2003. Amidst a crumbling industry, they built their own infrastructure around a DIY attitude and their commitment to their music and their fans. Their independent moves paid off, building a brand that has grown with successful independent albums, singles and tours, during a decade when music sales plummeted. In addition, launching alongside their 2007 album The Walk, they championed calls for action on humanitarian efforts, galvanizing tens of thousands of people around the world to participate in barefoot one-mile walks to fight HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.
Talking to the band about their forthcoming offering sheds light on how they find balance between these different elements and how they have emerged with this current direction. “The feeling I had when we were writing was that – as a band – you should be able to talk about serious subjects and share your passions [like fighting AIDS in Africa], but especially on this album, it was important to be able to share joy,” Taylor says. While The Walk carried a weighty message, in contrast the songs on Shout It Out, written mostly in hotel rooms and during soundchecks while touring The Walk were, according to Taylor, “A breath of fresh air during our hectic schedule”.
Shout It Out showcases not only the music of HANSON, but the many aspects that have allowed the band to survive and stay relevant. “The album is about being alive, and the contrasts we are faced with,” Taylor says. “We’ve come from a generation leaving the analog world and moving into an interconnected culture at risk of forgetting where it came from. This album tries to put together those pieces, but with a bit of melody to back it up.”
While the new album draws inspiration from the past, HANSON is looking to an exciting new era for the band. Their insatiable desire to innovate with technology - seen in their plans to incorporate mobile live streaming video both onstage and off - is building an even stronger fan connection. They’re committed to their live concert experience, with special events like their sold out five-night stand in NYC featuring each of their albums performed in their entirety, culminating with the debut of Shout It Out live. HANSON has established a reputation as successful independent artists who are comfortable at charting their own path, standing at the crossroads of the analog and digital worlds, and offering fans the best of both.
Tonight the Planet Pit tour hit Sydney via AllPhones Arena at Homebush in Sydney's west.
A packed arena saw the mega music card headlined by Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) go crazy.
Mr Worldwide was the main event, but we think the show was loaded up with other top line performing artists to spread risk and get bums on seats in what is an entertainment industry that has seen better days, with Australia being bombarded by overseas acts and artists, with only so many entertainment dollars to go around.
This concert was rather like a mini music festival in some respects. Even five years ago you would expect an artist such as Pitbul to tour Australia with maybe one support act to open, but not this time. The show has 4 headliners - yes, 4.
Timomatic and his dancers were awesome as always.
DJ Havana Brown brought it and rose up the level of energy in the stadium in a big way.
Taio Cruz did his thing, aided by some very cool lasers and lights.
Pitbull with his band which included a DJ, a keyboard player, a drummer, a percussionist and two synth players, one of which switched between bass and synth and the other who alternated between saxophone and synth.
We think most fans would have go their money's worth, which is what its all about.
MTV News: Pitbull Report...
He wowed the crowd when he took to the VMA stage last year alongside Ne-Yo to perform their smash hit ‘Give Me Everything,’ and now, rap superstar Pitbull has revealed his favourite memories from that night – as well as his thoughts on this year’s nominees!
The Miami-born muso, who’s in the country this week as part of his ‘Planet Pit’ world tour, told MTV Australia that meeting two of hip hop’s biggest names was the highlight of the night for him!
“One of my best memories was how I was rehearsing, and I walked back, and Kanye said that, you know, he respects our movement,” Pitbull told us.
“More than anything, I got a chance to shake Jay-Z’s hand, which is someone that I idolise - not only as an artist but as a businessman.”
“It was a great day. A magical moment for me.”
So who does he think will take home the Moonmen at this year’s ceremony?
“I don’t know. I just think to be part of the VMAs you’re already a big winner.”
But while he may have stayed mum on who’ll walk away a winner on the night, the ‘I Know You Want Me’ singer had nothing praise for Aussie sensation Gotye and his track ‘Somebody That I Used To Know!’
“[He’s] a great candidate to win something, absolutely, cause it’s a great, great, great record!” (MTV Australia)
International Planet Pit Tour
Dainty Group announced today that No. 1 selling artist PITBULL will be touring Australia on his International Planet Pit Tour this August. The tour will have crowds partying with Mr Worldwide in arenas in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
Adding to the avalanche of hits at these shows will be international special guest TAIO CRUZ. This unbelievable line-up will also feature Havana Brown and Timomatic, creating a pop dance explosion!
Pitbull has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business, achieving back to back hits with tracks such as 'On the Floor' with Jennifer Lopez, 'I like It' with Enrique Iglesias and 'DJ got us fallin' in love' with Usher. You cannot turn on the radio without hearing a track featuring Pitbull! The list of superstar collaborations is endless and has cemented Pitbull as one of the most sought after artists on the planet who has also now created a spectacular live show!
Thu 23 Aug - Burswood Dome, Perth
Sat 25 Aug - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Mon 27 Aug - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Wed 29 Aug - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Sat 1 Sep - Allphones Arena, Sydney