An evening of musical theatre in support of the Australian performing arts industry, the Sydney Opera House presents Let’s Go On With The Show – a vibrant showcase of live performance, interviews and musical footage to fundraise for the Actors Benevolent Fund on Saturday 11 July at 8.00pm AEST.
Presented as part of Sydney Opera House’s popular digital program, From Our House to Yours – Let’s Go On With The Show will be hosted by accomplished actor, music theatre star and industry ambassador Simon Burke AO and delivered in partnership with Live Performance Australia, the Helpmann Awards, the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance and Sydney Opera House Presents.
Special guests joining Simon Burke AO on stage in-conversation include: Ainsley Melham (Aladdin), Callum Francis (Kinky Boots), Amy Lehpamer (The Sound of Music, Beautiful) and Lara Mulcahy (Mamma Mia, Les Misérables). Memorable footage from some of the best Helpmann Award-winning musicals will also feature in the presentation including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliott, The Lion King, Matilda, Kinky Boots, Aladdin and Barbara and the Camp Dogs.
“Like so many of my colleagues in the entertainment industry, I watched in anguish as theatres all over Australia closed due to COVID-19 and hundreds of performers suddenly found themselves with contracts cancelled and their livelihood suddenly vanished, leaving many in dire financial straits,” said Simon Burke AO.
“I’m so excited to be a part of Let’s Go On With The Show – a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the very special people who made music theatre in Australia what is was and what it surely will be again. Please join us, enjoy the show, and if you can, take this opportunity to give back to those who provide us with so much joy by making a donation to the Actors Benevolent Fund.”
Actors Benevolent Funds are registered charities that provide a safety net of critical financial help for actors and entertainment professionals at their greatest time of need. During this crisis, the ABF of NSW is collecting donations on behalf of all the Actor and Entertainer state based funds to provide support for those in need of help.
“This livestream allows us to celebrate the enormous breadth and depth of talent that continues to enthral us,” says Actors Benevolent Fund Chairperson, Bruce Spence. “Across Australia, performing arts benevolent funds are experiencing an unprecedented demand for assistance from actors, theatre crew, writers and directors who have found themselves in desperate need. They need your help.”
After the livestream, Let’s Go On With The Show will be available on demand through the Opera House website. Since its launch, From Our House to Yours has been enthusiastically received with more than 3 million views and downloads, uplifting and connecting the community with the very best of local and international artists.
“As the curtains remain down in theatres across Australia, the Opera House is extremely proud to be supporting such a vital fundraiser for a community very much in need,” said Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Olivia Ansell. “As a society that relies on the performing arts for joy, inspiration and most of all hope, this is a wonderful opportunity to give back.”
You can donate to the Actors Benevolent Fund using the following link. Your contribution will greatly support our performing arts community during this critical time. The Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW is collecting donations on behalf of all the Actor and Entertainer state based funds to be distributed to performing artists and technicians Australia wide.
Devised and produced by David Mitchell and Jon Nicholls OAM, Let’s Go On With The Show will be live-streamed from the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 11 July 2020 (8.00pm). For more information, visit: www.sydneyoperahouse.com for details.
Image: Simon Burke AO (supplied)