Jason Robert Brown. A name that brings fear to the being of musical directors and pianists alike, but tears of joy to performers all over. Tonight, we dedicate our Session to Jason. Every song tonight must be written by Jason Robert Brown (JRB), but we’d still like a variety of works (as always). While a night featuring one composer seems like it could be a repetitive affair, JRB’s works are so varied that you’re in for a real treat whether you’re a long-time JRB fan or completely new to his works… although, if you’ve ever been to a Broadway Sessions event before, you’re more than likely to have heard at least a few of his songs!
Enough rambling. JRB. All night. Be there.
Your Session Host
Lindsay has performed over the past decade in both musical theatre and cabaret, having enjoyed success in various genres: classical roles such as John Brooke in Little Women (The Musical) (Therry Dramatic Society 2013) and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (Northern Light Theatre Company 2012); to contemporary roles such as Abraham in the Adelaide premiere of Altar Boyz (Davine Interventionz 2013), Sonny Malone in Xanadu (The Musical) (Davine Interventionz 2014), George in The Drowsy Chaperone (Hills Musical Company 2013), Kyle the UPS Delivery guy in Legally Blonde (HMC 2014) and most recently Elliott Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (Therry 2015). Lindsay has also appeared in countless other shows, favourites including Urinetown, 42nd Street, Crazy for You & Les Misérables. Most recently he premiered in Adelaide the role of Fabrizio for Davine Interventionz's 2016 Adelaide Fringe Show, The Light In The Piazza.
Aside from musical theatre, Lindsay has a keen passion for cabaret, having written, co-produced and performed at numerous cabaret events over the years. Stepping out side his usual genre, Lindsay played the role of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (old sport), produced by Independent Theatre.
Bonnie Blacker is 16 years old and has enjoyed performing in past amateur musical productions such as Adelaide Youth Theater's Shrek the Musical. She has participated in three of Pelican Production's Music Theater Camps and the 2017 Balaklava Eisteddfod as well as other various singing competitions and Cabarets. She looks forward to becoming a more accomplished performer and aims to continue performing throughout 2018.
Cailene Kilcoyne came to Adelaide from San Diego, California. She has performed regionally around the States as well as internationally on a cruise ship. She is super excited to announce that she will be playing the role of "Marcy" in Emma Knights upcoming production of I Love You Because, which will be her Australian debut!
Carly started choral singing at a young age in the Adelaide Girls Choir. She performed with "Voiceworks Adelaide" during her tertiary studies and more recently has sung in the Adelaide Symphony Chorale. Her love of singing initially stemmed from performing with choirs, whilst her passion for performing in musicals started in 2005, when she was part of the MS Society's production of Les Misérables.
Since then, Carly has performed in Glibert and Sullivan's productions of Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver. She has also performed in Davine Productions' Violet, It's Only Life and is currently performing with Davine Productions once more in the South Australian premier of Beautiful, The Carole King Musical.
Carly is a High School Music Teacher by trade and is currently the arts coordinator of Gleeson College. Her favourite part of her job is allowing her students to have the experience of performing in musicals. Some of her students from Gleeson are still heavily involved in the Adelaide Music theatre scene and some have sung in past Broadway Sessions here. She loves the thought that her past students are continuing on with their love of music and musicals.
With a professional career spanning three decades and diverse music genres, Carolyn has been honoured to share the stage with many greats, including Anthony Warlow, Lou Diamond Philips, Bert Newton, Ruth Cracknel and Jubilant Sykes.
Carolyn has been in the original casts of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden and The Sound of Music. Other roles include Jelly/Griddlebone in CATS in Hamburg, Johanna in Sweeney Todd for Queensland Opera, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof and Flora in Turn of the Screw for Opera Australia.
Carolyn has performed in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with Broadway legends Maltby and Shire in Closer than Ever and Take Flight, and in The Adelaide Festival’s production of Bernstein’s Mass.
Concert highlights include Shakespeare on Broadway with Margaret Urlich, “duetting” with Marina Prior and singing the National Anthem at the Opening Ceremony of The Ashes in Adelaide. Television credits include Here’s Humphrey, The Kingdom of Paramithi, Neighbours and Wiggle TV and for many years she was the original voice of Dorothy the Dinosaur. Carolyn has also taught performance in schools, workshops and privately and has coached many students towards successful auditions.
Recently Carolyn played the role of Rose Pickles in Gale Edward’s workshop performance of Cloudstreet with State Opera of SA and then toured Australia as the alternate Mrs. Anna in Opera Australia’s The King and I, performing the role opposite Lou Diamond Phillips and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
Claire's love for music, singing and songwriting has seen her perform roles for The State Opera of SA, G&S Society, Swell Productions, Pelican Productions, and as pre-match entertainment for the Adelaide Crows. Claire performed as an Assisting Artist at the Adelaide Festival Theatre’s Festival of Music, and received the State Prize for her AMEB singing exam.
At the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Claire performed in Retrospective for the Class of Cabaret Graduates, as well as at the Backstage Club and the Closing Gala. Claire’s performance in Class of Cabaret in 2015 earnt her the Adelaide Festival Centre Arts Award. She also performed in the Cabaret Festival’s Wintergarden in 2016.
Claire began studying a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Adelaide University this year, but really looks forward to singing, and playing guitar, ukulele and piano whenever she can. She has composed and recorded several songs, and she hopes to continue writing and releasing her own music in the future.
Courtney is a classically trained vocalist holding a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) from the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Throughout her degree Courtney was a member of many choirs including the Adelaide Symphony Chorus where she most notably performed in Danny Elfman's The Music of Tim Burton and Andrea Bocceli's Australian tour.
After nearly a decade of classical training and performing, Courtney decided to broaden her style and began focusing on Musical Theatre. Courtney has just finished performing as Heather McNamara in HEATHERS: The Musical to a sold out season in the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Courtney has recently returned from travelling to both London's West End and Broadway and is thrilled to perform, more inspired than ever.
Dakota has been involved in the performing arts for as long as she can remember, and joined Theatre Bugs classes aged 9. She joined the esteemed Showstoppers class after 5 years performing as a Show Bug. With Theatre Bugs she has performed in dozens of public performances, including as "Chloe" in The Teddy Bears' Picnic at the Adelaide Fringe, as well as at Something on Saturday, and on Peter Combe's Melbourne tour in 2015.
In 2006 Dakota joined the Australian Girls Choir, and is now completing her final year. With the choir she has been on numerous national and international trips, including filming for the Qantas I Still Call Australia Home commercial in 2009, performing as a back up singer to Jessica Mauboy and David Campbell at G'day USA in 2013, and alongside Hugh Jackman on his 2015 Broadway to Oz tour.
She has also been involved with several of The Gilbert and Sullivan's Society of South Australia's shows, her favourite of which playing Brigitta in The Sound of Music in 2014. Some of Dakota’s other noteable roles include "Jovie" in Elf and "Mrs Potts" in Beauty and the Beast Jr, both Theatre Bugs' productions, and "Violet Moore" in Footloose by the Parks Theatre Company.
This year Dakota is undertaking a Bachelor of Communication and Media at UniSA, which she is very excited for! She works as a musical theatre teacher at Theatre Bugs/Adelaide Theatre Academy teaching kids of all ages. She loves the opportunity to share her enthusiasm with her adoring students!
Em is a 24-year old teacher back down under on a break from Ye Olde Englande. She began performing at age five but didn't enter the magical land of musical theatre until the age of 12. She enjoys reading, history, piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, and obviously, musicals.
She has performed and crewed for many shows. The highlights of her time treading the boards include playing Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (UHS), Bet in Oliver! (G&S), and possibly her favourite role at the tender age of 12 - the Pirate King (Pelican Productions). Other credits include Les Misérables (G&S), Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S), Cinderfella the Pantomime (Royal Holloway), Young Frankenstein (MCMT), Calamity Jane (MCMT), Music Theatre Camp 2008 - 2013 (Pelican Productions).
Ethan, 14, is a passionate musician and musical theatre performer. He enjoys many music genres, with a particular interest in jazz. As a 10 year old, he played 'JoJo' in the school's production of Seussical Jnr. He went on to perform in Beauty and the Beast, Bugsy Malone, Into the Woods and really enjoyed his role as 'Evan' in 13 The Musical. Ethan has enjoyed performing in Pelican's musical theatre camps and as 'The Cat in the Hat' in Seussical Jnr. Ethan made his professional debut as Friedrich Von Trapp in The Sound of Music in 2016.
Ethan has performed with Promise Adelaide's cabarets #She, Out of the Blue and Rising Stars, and as a special guest performer in Rising Stars and Musical Moments. In between his musical theatre commitments, Ethan plays in four bands, sings in two mixed choirs and is a member of the Young Adelaide Voices’ male choir.
At 23, Georgia is still exploring Adelaide's theatre community with wide eyes. With a later start than some, Georgia began performing with Pelican Productions at 14, and continued to do so for six years. Her most recent feat with the company was in 2017 in Bring it On: The Musical, where she played the part of Bridget, earning her a nomination for best youth perfomer.
Georgia has spread her love of the performing arts overseas, by working as a drama instructor in a summer camp in Arizona. She has just completed her Bachelor of International Tourism at Flinders University and most recently starred in the MET's production of High Society as the precocious Dinah Lord. Up next, Georgia will be performing in Davine Productions Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Georgia Firth is 15 years old and is a student at Marryatville High School. In 2017 she played the role of Kendra in Adelaide Youth Theatre's Fringe Festival production of 13 The Musical, and later in the year played the part of Mayzie in Seussical Jnr with Pelican Productions. This year she performed in Promise Adelaide's Musical Moments and Diva Series concerts as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Ian is a teacher, performer, composer, pianist, musical director and lecturer often found at performing arts schools around Melbourne scowling at people for singing too quietly. He completed a Ph.D in Music Studies (Composition) at the Elder Conservatorium before moving to Melbourne and studying musical theatre at APO Arts Academy. Recent appearances include Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Babirra Music Theatre) Combeferre in Les Misérables and Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (CLOC Musical Theatre.) Sometimes he forgets to stop studying so also holds an Advanced Diploma of Languages (majoring in French,) is a qualified pilot and moonlights as a software and app developer while he works toward a Masters in IT.
James Nicholson relocated to Adelaide in 2010 from his hometown of Mildura. James has been performing in various concerts and musical theatre productions since the age of 9 with highlights including a choral performance in Opera by the Loch and playing Randolph MacAfee (Bye Bye Birdie), Angel (RENT), and Tony (West Side Story). James also achieved several first places, prizes and honourable mentions in voice at Eisteddfods. Since moving to Adelaide, James has completed a music degree at Elder Conservatorium as well as performing in the ensemble of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for Opus Performing Arts and as Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Albert Lennox in Secret Garden, and knife grinder in Oliver, with the G&S Society. James played ‘Tony’ in Maria Callas Masterclass and ‘Box’ in Cox and Box for Elder Hall Lunch time concerts, sang in the Chorus of Otello for the State Opera. And most recently played 'Nanki poo' in Co Operas Mikado. James ultimately wishes to pursue an international career in opera and musical theatre.
Mark is a respected opera, cabaret and concert singer, with a passion for music theatre. He has toured South Australia with State Opera, SINGular productions and the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Mark produced and performed in his own sell out swing show – Mark Oates and the Daniel Brunner Pretty Big Band – for the 2009 and 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. For the Adelaide Festival, Mark sung the roles of Ruffiak in Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre and Street Singer in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
For State Opera SA, Mark premiered the role of “the Cantor” in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, a co-production with Leigh Warren and Dancers which was reprised for the 2011 Brisbane Festival. He also performed Joe in The Station (Howard Blake), and John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach). Last year Mark performed in the world premiere of the full Philip Glass trilogy for State Opera SA, including the role of Arjuna in Satyagraha. In the two weeks prior to the opening night of Broadway Sessions, Mark will be part of the State Opera SA chorus in Faust and the Verdi Requiem before travelling to Canberra for two concerts with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
Mark has also worked with many Adelaide based musical theatre companies. He was an Oscart and Curtain Call winner and Critic’s Circle nominee for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in The G&S Society’s Les Misérables. For The G&S Society Mark has also played the Baker in Into the Woods and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He premiered Horton the Elephant in the award winning Seussical the Musical and portrayed Utterson in Jekyll and Hyde for The Hills Musical Company. Other roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for Northern Light Theatre Company, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden for both The Therry Dramatic Society and The G&S Society, Enoch Snow in Carousel for Swell Productions/MS Society and was part of the original cast of It’s A Dad thing for SINGular productions. Mark has also played “man” in several productions, including Songs for a New World and I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change!
Maya’s love of all things musical theatre began at an early age. Her journey in performance began with Pelican Productions, where she participated in numerous Music Theatre Camps, as well as productions of Grease and The Little Mermaid Jr. After taking a short break to complete her university studies, Maya has since appeared in the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2016, and their 2017 sell-out production of Les Misérables. Maya then performed in Lydian Productions and Irregular Production's Godspell in May 2018 as the "By My Side" soloist, and Marie Clark's Anything Goes as Hope Harcourt in May 2019. She most recently appeared in Segue Productions' Heathers as Heather McNamara.
Maya is a primary school Dance/Drama teacher, which she immensely enjoys – especially when she is able to share her love of performing arts with her students.
Megan is a graduate of the Music Theatre program at the University of Ballarat and has been performing in theatre and cabaret in Adelaide and beyond for over fifteen years, including a two-year stint in the U.K., where she performed her show The Girl Who Won't Grow Up and premiered a new, as yet untitled piece, at the Pheasantry in London.
She has written and produced several cabarets and concerts, and produced the South Australian and amateur premiere of Matthew Robinson's Sing on Through Tomorrow in 2014. Favourite roles in amateur theatre have included Laurey in Oklahoma!, Phoebe in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
In 2018 Megan premiered a new cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, climbed Rocky Mountains once more as a part of The Pirates of Penzance (on the Popeye!), directed the Australian Premiere of Buffy Kills Edward, a Musical Parody, and is playing Petra in A Little Night Music for the G&S Society and Carrie in Rules for Living with the Adelaide Repertory. And that's only the stuff that's confirmed!
Millicent Sarre is a singer-songwriter, musical theatre performer, cabaret artist, singing teacher, and all-round vocal nerd. Having studied music and theatre at Graceland University in the United States, she can now be found on the Adelaide musical theatre scene, having worked with Irregular Productions, Hills Musical Company, The Gemini Collective, Segue Productions and many more. Her favourite roles to date include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers (Segue 2019), Wendla Bergmann in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company 2017 – ATG Award for Best Musical), Ivy in Ivy + Bean: The Musical (The Gemini Collective 2018 – Australian Premiere), Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (HMC 2015) and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Graceland University 2013).
In June 2019 she debuted her self-devised and self-produced cabaret show Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered in a sell-out season in the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival. She is currently Artist in Residence at Slingsby Theatre Company where she is writing her next show.
Mim is a singing and performing arts teacher at Theatre Bugs and Adelaide Theatre Academy, and has musically directed their productions of Little Shop of Horrors (2018), Xanadu Jr (2018) and Porridge (for ‘Something on Saturday’ at the Dunstan Playhouse, 2019), and co-musically directed 13 The Musical (2019).
Mitchell first began performing at age 7 in choirs and school productions, before working extensively with youth theatre companies Pelican Productions and Swell Productions. Mitchell performed professionally as a child with Windmill Theatre Company. Mitchell has recently performed leading roles in Spring Awakening (Hills Musical Company - ATG Best Male Performance nom.), Violet (Davine Interventionz) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (G&S Society), and has been featured in She Loves Me (Therry), FAME (Marie Clark), and Oklahoma! (Emma Knights Productions). He has also appeared in song cycles 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Emma Knights Productions) and Edges (Irregular Productions).
Outside of performing, Mitchell has recently completed his Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) at UniSA and works as a performing arts teacher with Theatre Bugs and Adelaide Theatre Academy. In 2018 Mitchell made his directorial debut with Adelaide Theatre Academy's acclaimed production of Xanadu Jr.
Ruby’s passion for musical theatre began at a young age, receiving voice and acting training from industry professionals. Most recently, Ruby performed as the ‘Turn Back, O Man’ soloist in Godspell, produced by Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. She played Hodel in the Therry Dramatic Society's production of Fiddler on the Roof, and understudied the title role and performed in the ensemble for Davine Productions’ Violet. Her performing credits also include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Misérables produced by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Ruby's most recent role was Nicola in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society's 2019 production of Kinky Boots.
Sean is 19 years old and has loved music, performing and dance from a young age. Since training voice with David Gauci, Sean has taken every opportunity to perform on stage through school productions and Pelican Productions' Music Theatre Camp. Sean's first role in a musical was Hugo Peabody from Bye Bye Birdie. From there, Sean has also been involved with Star Theatres Teen Dream and has played the role of Ryder numerous times in Nick Jr's Paw Patrol. He has also performed in many theatrical plays including The Ham Funeral and Hedda Gabbler. Most recently, Sean played the role of La Cienega in Pelican Production's adaption of Bring It On The Musical for which he won the 'Best Young Performer' award at the 2017 ATG Curtain Call Awards.
Outside of theatre, Sean is currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of South Australia. He is also working as a children’s performer with the company Bop Till You Drop.
At 22, Stephanie has been singing, dancing and acting for most of her life. Her love for theatre began in The Fairies when she was 9 and she has since had the opportunity to play some amazing roles, such as 'Calamity' in Calamity Jane (Trinity College), 'Millie' in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Swell Productions) and 'Rizzo' in Grease, 'Ariel' in The Little Mermaid and 'Danielle' in Bring It On (Pelican Productions). Stephanie has been passionate about singing most of her life, performing at many events over the years, including the Elder Park Carols and SANFL grand finals. She now is in her 3rd year of vocal coaching with her certificate in Stage 1 & 2 of Estill Voice Training. Apart from musicals, she is also passionate about leading youth and music at her church. Stephanie is looking forward to getting more involved in musical theatre in the future.
Tom’s professional acting career began in 2008 when cast in Glendyn Ivin's feature film, Last Ride opposite Hugo Weaving. In 2009 Tom was honoured with an AFI nomination for Best Young Actor for his performance in the film. Tom went on to play the pivotal role of Young Fish in Screentime’s adaptation of Tim Winton’s best selling novel Cloudstreet.
Tom’s other feature film credits to date are Matching Jack, The Tree, Daniel, Deadline Gallipoli and Boys in the Trees.
Tom has performed in multiple shows across Adelaide, both professional and amateur. In 2008 and 2009 He played Gavroche in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society production, Les Misérables. He has also been apart of many of Scotch College's musicals, including Pirates of Penzance, West Side Story, Les Misérables and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Tom is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.
Vanessa Lee Shirley
Vanessa holds an Advanced Diploma of Design for makeup, specializing in film, TV, theatre and SFX. She has been Head Makeup Artist for various feature and short films and theatre productions. Currently she is performing in G&S Les Misérables as Madame Thenadier and following this Vanessa is producing and performing the role of Claire in Ordinary Days. Her other performance credits include understudy to the role of Bec in Amity Dry’s musical Mother Wife and The Complicated Life with Popjam Productions, Co-Opera’s The Magic Flute throughout Australia and Europe and performing Frasquita in Carmen. Vanessa’s extensive musical theatre background includes Mrs Sowerberry in Oliver!, Ayah in The Secret Garden, Tessa in The Gondoliers, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and Rapunzel in Into The Woods. Vanessa has recently directed and designed The Addams Family Musical for Walford School for Girls.