Keeping The Curtain Up: a musical theatre treat supporting the Australian performing arts community

ACM-Keeping-The-Curtain-Up-Alinta-Chidzey,-Lucy-Durack,-Lisa-McCune-and-Shane-JacobsonAs part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s continued commitment to offering audiences digital experiences through the Together With You program, on Saturday 18 July Shane Jacobson will host Keeping The Curtain Up – an evening dedicated to musical theatre with funds being raised by the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW to support performers and theatre workers around Australia.

The evening will take a look at some of the best moments from musicals produced in Australia in the last decade or so with special guests Lisa McCune, Lucy Durack and Alinta Chidzey are visiting much-loved shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliott, My Fair Lady, The Rocky Horror Show and many more.

Viewers will have the opportunity to see performances from stars of the Australian stage including Reg Livermore AO, Jemma Rix, Hayden Tee, iOTA, Paul Capsis, Esther Hannaford, Eddie Perfect, Kate Ceberano AM and Genevieve Lemon, entertaining you as only these icons can.

The Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW is welcoming donations to support actors, singers, dancers, creatives and technicians with financial assistance during this difficult time. All donations will be distributed across the Actors and Entertainers Benevolent Funds, Trusts and organisations around Australia.

“Over the years the performers generously gave their time and talent to make the Helpmann Awards the success they have become,” says co-producer Jon Nicholls OAM. “This is one small way we can help those that have found themselves in great difficulty during this insidious pandemic.”

Keeping The Curtain Up promises to be a fun-filled night that will have you singing along to your favourite show tunes. The program was devised and produced by David Mitchell and Jon Nicholls OAM, and directed by Martin Croft.

Arts Centre Melbourne recently announced it had postponed welcoming visitors back to its venues in accordance with the most recent Victorian Government guidelines on COVID-19. The ghost lights will stay on a little longer as Arts Centre Melbourne focusses on finding new ways to engage with audiences, including the digital online hub – Together With You.

Keeping The Curtain Up
Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne (live streamed)
Date: Saturday 18 July 2020 – 7.00pm

Image: Alinta Chidzey, Lucy Durack, Lisa McCune and Shane Jacobson (supplied)