WICKED cast flies into rehearsals at HOTA

The cast of WICKED have flown into rehearsals this week for the highly anticipated musical phenomenon which will take to HOTA’s stage from June 25 to July 6.

With over two-hundred hours of rehearsals planned across the next five weeks, the cast and ensemble have started the process of stepping into their characters to deliver an unforgettable performance for audiences.

Principal leads, Samantha Dodemaide ‘Elphaba’, Emily Monsma ‘Glinda’, Trent Owers ‘Fieyro’, James Shaw ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Antonia Marr ‘Nessarose’, Tim Carroll ‘Boq’, Shannon Foley ‘Dr. Dillamond’, will join recently announced Australian Broadway talent, Kaye Tuckerman, as ‘Madame Morrible’ to deliver the beloved untold story of the witches of Oz.

An additional twenty talented local performers have also been cast as part of the ensemble to deliver a high tech, high energy rendition of the iconic production.

WICKED Director Tim Hill said he is excited to see the show come to life over the next few weeks.

“We are working with a wonderful collaborative group – from some of the most seasoned to new up-and-coming musical theatre talent, “ he said.

“It’s a truly magical time at the beginning of any rehearsal process and all indications so far are that audiences are in for a real treat from our cast and crew for the Gold Coast performances,” he said.

The magic of Oz will come to life with special features never experienced before, including digital design by local Gold Coast company, IKONIX, complementing an imaginative set design by Maria-Rose Payne (THOR, Aquaman, RENT).

Audiences can catch WICKED from June 25 to July 6 at HOTA, Home of the Arts. For more information, visit: wickedinoz.com.au/

Jimmy Barnes to bring his tour to the Gold Coast

Jimmy Barnes has today announced he will be Shutting Down Your Town later this year, with the Scottish-Australian rocker and his band to tour Australia and New Zealand in September, October and November.

The Shutting Down Your Town Tour will see Jimmy play 17 shows across the country and New Zealand, including one here on the Gold Coast at HOTA, Home of the Arts on Sunday 20 October.

He is set to play all of his classic hits including Cold Chisel anthems, solo songs like ‘Working Class Man’ and ‘Ain’t No Second Prize’, plus highlights from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, which will be released on Friday 31 May on Bloodlines.

“It’s been ten years since I made an original rock record and I can’t wait to get out there and play these songs, along with all the old favourites, to a live audience. It’s going to be great!” Jimmy said.

Jimmy Barnes

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Joining Jimmy on stage as special guests for his HOTA show will be Melbourne rockers JET.

Members of Jimmy’s mailing list will get presale ticket access from Wednesday 29 May, with General Public tickets going on sale on Friday 31 May. For more information, visit: jimmybarnes.com/


Arnold Schwarzenegger fly-kicked by ‘idiot’

TERMINATOR star Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken to social media to reassure fans he’s okay, after being attacked during an event in South Africa.

The muscleman-turned-actor-come-politician was meeting with fans inside a gymnasium when a man fly-kicked him from behind.

Footage of the incident, taken at the Arnold Classic Africa, shows the 71-year-old cop the hit in the lower back, but appear mostly unfazed.

The attacker landed on the ground and was quickly detained by security.

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“Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about,” Arnie posted to Twitter shortly after.

“I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot.

“I only realised I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you.”

“I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”

Arnie has encouraged people to now focus on the incredible athletes at the event.

UPDATE | Kate Miller-Heidke finishes ninth in Eurovision final

UPDATE @ May 19 2019 | AUSTRALIAN EUROVISION contestant Kate Miller-Heidke has finished ninth at the song competition in Tel Aviv.

The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence took home the trophy, with his love ballad Arcade.

The 25-year-old was the favourite heading into the final, where 26 contenders gave it their all. Italy came in runner up, with Russia third.

Miller-Heidke was predicted to finish second, but going by some of the comments on social media, it seems Europe isn’t ready to have Australia in the mix.

The comments were far more positive on the Queensland singer’s own Instagram page, with many praising her incredible operatic performance.

EARLIER @ May 15 2019 | Australia’s Eurovision hopes are shining bright, with Kate Miller-Heidke making it through to the final this morning.

She competed against 16 other countries in the semis this morning, making it through alongside Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, The Czech Republic, Iceland, San Marino and Slovenia.

Her operatic performance of her song ‘Zero Gravity’ received a huge reaction from the crowd in Tel Aviv, as part of the semi final one.

Semi final two will see another 18 countries battle it out for their spot in the final.

According to the Australian commentators, Joel Creasy and Myf Warhurst, Kate’s a hot favourite to take out the top gong.

The grand final will be taking place on Sunday (Aus time) in Tel Aviv.

Jagger in dance video after health scare

ROLLING Stones singer Mick Jagger has posted a video of his trademark dance moves on Twitter to show the world he is back in shape following heart valve surgery.

The 75-year-old singer appeared in top form in jogging pants, joggers and a white T-shirt, dancing flamboyantly in a studio. There was no accompanying text.

Jagger underwent heart valve replacement earlier this year, forcing the Stones to delay a tour of the US and Canada to allow him to receive medical treatment.

He apologised to fans, saying he hated to let them down.

Originally set to begin in April, the tour is now expected to start in July, according to Billboard magazine.

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