Jan 29, 2012

Chinese New Year Parade - Sydney


Chinese New Year Parade - Sydney

Venue:
Sydney Town Hall 483 George Street, Sydney
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2012
Website: http://www.sydneychinesenewyear.com.au/
Starting at 8:00pm tonight, Sydney's streets will host a stunning night time procession of costumes, giant lanterns, lights and illuminated floats to welcome in the Lunar New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.

The Chinese New Year Parade is the highlight of Sydney's annual celebrations, offering dynamic live music, amazing floats, flamboyant dragons, dazzling costumes, beautiful illuminated zodiac lanterns and much more. More than 2,900 local and international performers will feature in this street spectacular, including 135 artists from Chengdu showing off their stunning Panda Puppets, Fire Dragons and ethnic dancers.

Sydneysiders will also be wowed by a stunning 18-metre red-and-gold fire dragon, which 20 performers in colourful costumes will steer, twist and turn to the tune of gongs and drums. The dragon has a 4,000 year-old history in the town of Huanglongxi, on the outskirts of Chengdu, in central China.

Jan 26, 2012

Ali Campbell's UB40 With Billy Ocean Big Mountain At State Theatre, Sydney

Ali Campbell


The State Theatre in the heart of Sydney presented Ali Campbell's UB40 Tour with special guests Billy Ocean and Big Mountain.

If you enjoy the sounds of reggae and Caribbean music then you would have loved this.

The voice that was behind the hits "Red Red Wine" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" is now on stage singing to a different tune, nonetheless one that will still resonate strongly with audiences.

McManus Entertainment promotional pitch...

McManus Entertainment is delighted to announce Ali Campbell's UB40 Australian Tour featuring special guests Billy Ocean, plus Big Mountain featuring Junior Marvin. With shows in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, this is a show not to be missed for lovers of Reggae and Caribbean music.

With one of the world’s most distinctive and recognisable voices, Ali Campbell, the ex-UB40 ...frontman and original vocalist of massive worldwide hits "Red Red Wine", "Kingston Town" and "Can’t Help Falling In Love", returns to Australia with his new band. As lead singer with the world-renowned group UB40, Campbell has sold over 70 million records worldwide, toured across the globe, notched up four number No. 1 worldwide singles, over 40 Top 40 UK singles, released 24 studio albums and received an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.

Having sold over 30 million records worldwide Grammy-winning Billy Ocean has created a distinct and unique sound with hits like “Love Really Hurts Without You”, “Caribbean Queen”, “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” and one of the biggest hits of the 80’s, “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”.

Big Mountain helped catapult Jamaican music to the mainstream with their cover of Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way”. The group sold over a million copies of their album Unity featuring the smash hits “Sweet Sensual Love” and “Baby, I Love Your Way”. Joining Big Mountain on stage is Junior Marvin. Hailing from Bob Marley and The Wailers he first appeared on Marley’s legendary album Exodus and all Bob Marley and The Wailers albums since then.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see some of reggae’s best and well-loved artists in an intimate setting on one special night!

Background on Ali Campbell and UB40...

Ali Campbell, his brother and some mates began UB40 in the late 1970's in a basement in Birmingham. He started the band to promote his love of reggae.

With the strong political sentiment in their music, UB40 reflected angrily on Margaret Thatcher's Britain. He tells the press "We were quite angry, we felt like we'd been thrown away". Their message was obviously heard, as their phones were tapped by MI5. UB40 would go on to sell more than 70 million records around the world and produce 40 top ten hits in Britain.

In January 2008 he had an acrimonious split with the band. He was replaced by brother Duncan, but the pair have apparently not spoken since.

Ali Campbell is in Australia with his new band, still performing hits like Red Red Wine and Kingston Town.


Big Mountain



Billy Ocean


UB 40

Websites

State Theatre

UB 40

Ali Campbell

Billy Ocean

McManus Entertainment

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Jan 22, 2012

Stan Walker Galaxy Tour

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Jessica Mauboy And Stan Walker Rock Canberra's Galaxy

Canberra's Southern Cross Club tonight sees Australian music sensations Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker perform tonight.

It's dubbed the 'Galaxy' tour and the artists have had over 15 Australian hit singles between them and they've sold more than 1.5 million singles and 250,000 albums.

Over 1400 music lovers turned out in the nations capital to hear that best that these amazing Australian performing artists had to offer.

It's an urban pop show and the headliners are supported by what we understand are the hottest soul band in Australia.

Stan went on first to strong applause and his numbers included 'Amazing Grace', 'On Our Way' and 'Tear Down These Walls'.

This was followed up by the equally impressive Jessica Mauboy who was decked out in a beautiful black and gold dress, and silver diamond high heel shoes.

Her opening numbers were 'Inescapable', 'Running Back' and 'Been Waiting'.

Mauboy had released her debut studio album 'Been Waiting' during November 2008, which launched her first number-one hit single 'Burn'.

'Been Waiting' also featured her other top-10 hits 'Because' and 'Running Back', and was confirmed double platinum as it became the second highest-selling Australian album of 2009.

She earned a massive seven 2009 ARIA Music Awards for the album and its singles while also achieving Highest Selling Single for 'Running Black'.

Her second album 'Get 'Em Girls' debuted at #6 on the ARIA charts in 2010 and earned a gold certification.

It featured hit singles such as 'Saturday Night' and 'Inescapable'.

Walker released his debut album 'Introducing' . . . Stan Walker in 2009, which debuted at #3 on the ARIA charts and went on to achieve Platinum.

Its lead single, 'Black Box', reached number one down in New Zealand before he released his second album From the 'Inside Out' in 2010.

This again achieved a #1 ranking in New Zealand for him, and #2 in Australia.

'Unbroken' and 'Choose You' were two successful singles born from that album.

Walker won four New Zealand Music Awards for his efforts later that year.

The duo's performance featured their solo hits before they come together for a duet showing towards the conclusion of the show.

When performing together the audience easily worked out that they are listening to some of Australia's greatest pop voices.

The show was priced at a reasonable $45 or $79 for dinner and show.

Well done to everyone involved in putting on the great show and we look forward to continuing to follow Stan and Jessica as they continue to tour Australia.

Websites

Jessica Mauboy official website
www.jessicamauboy.com.au

Stan Walker official website
www.stanwalker.com.au

Southern Cross Club
www.cscc.com.au

Exposed Media
www.xposedmedia.com.au

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Media Man News
www.mediamannews.com

Jan 18, 2012

Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson Adventure to Bondi Beach

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Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson Adventure to Bondi Beach

Actor’s Vanessa Hudgens(Suckerpunch and High School Musical) and Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games and Journey to the Centre of the Earth) were at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach while touring the harbour city for their latest film JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUSISLAND.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives acoded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist.

It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret.
Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest. Together with helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter(Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is directed by Brad Peyton (Cats Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore). It also stars Michael Caine as Sean’s grandfather, Alexander Anderson, and Kristin Davis as Sean’s mum, Liz Anderson.
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND releases in cinemas nationally on January 19th
(Please note – This is an alert for media coverage only and is not an invitation to attend the screening)

Websites


The Mysterious Island official website
www.themysteriousisland.com

Village Roadshow
www.village.com.au

Roadshow Films
www.roadshowfilms.com.au

Dwayne The Rock Johnson official Facebook
www.facebook.com/DwayneJohnson

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Jan 17, 2012

Vanessa Hudgens arrives at Sydney Airport for the latest film Premiere: JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND


Vanessa Hudgens (Suckerpunch and High School Musical) and Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Hunger Games) will land in Sydney for the red carpet premiere today.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when young Sean Anderson (Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It's a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes and more than one astonishing secret.

Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather Hank (Dwayne Johnson) joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is directed by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore). It also stars Michael Caine, Alexander Anderson and Kristin Davis.










Village Roadshow

Roadshow Films

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Eva Rinaldi Photography

Music News Australia

Splash News

Jan 16, 2012

Xaiver Samuel

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A Few Best Men Red Carpet Movie Premiere In Sydney, Australia

A Few Best Men enjoyed its Sydney red carpet premiere earlier this evening at Bondi Junction's Event Cinema.

In essence, it's a a comedy about a groom and his three best men who travel to the Australian outback for a wedding.

The flick has numerous Sydney based media men and women tipping that this may be just the start of a reinvigoration of Olivia Newton-John's acting career, but its really too early to know for sure. Maybe O-N-J and her agent know something we don't.

Twilight Eclipse hunk Xavier Samuel stars as the film's hapless bridegroom.

British thespians Kris Marshall (Death At A Funeral) Kevin Bishop (Spanish Apartment), and Australian comedy star Rebel Wilson was there, as was Laura Brent (Chronicles of Narnia), Steve Le Marquand (Beneath Hill 60) and Tangle actor Tim Draxl. Even local MP Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy showed up in support.

The flick, which was filmed in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, is hoped to be a return to form for Elliott, who has had mixed success since his 1994 smash hit The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.

It's quite an unlikely acting platform for Newton-John, who many film industry commentators say her last decent film role was alongside John Travolta in Two of a Kind back in 1983.

Elliott told the media that the Aussie singer/actress has fitted in well with the rest of the cast.

"She's great. Everyone's coming together really well and she's really getting into it," he said.

A Few Best Men opens in cinemas nationally on January 26, 2012.

Director: Stephan Elliott
Writers: Dean Craig
Stars: Rebel Wilson, Olivia Newton-John and Xavier Samuel

Websites

A Few Best Men official website
www.afewbestmenthemovie.com

Icon Film Distribution
www.iconmovies.com.au

Event Cinemas
www.eventcinemas.com.au

Nix Co
www.nixco.com.au

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Splash News
www.splashnews.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Jan 9, 2012

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia



Sydney, Australia, is once again the home for some of the world's finest and most celebrated art - thanks to the late Pablo Picasso.

It was Picasso that once cleverly said "I am the greatest collector of Picassos in the world." Words such as these further help build the unique media and marketing machine that he was - which backed up his genius body of work which went on to become legend.

Music News Australia and its media partners are pleased to advise the public that there's still over one month left for those in Sydney to visit the Picasso collection at the Art Gallery of NSW. This is welcome news for the many who had previously believed they had missed this opportunity.

It was last November when the pick of Picasso's works were unveiled in the Art Gallery of NSW. 

"These are the works that meant most to him," the gallery's director, Edmund Capon, told a packed house.

The exhibition - on loan from Paris museum - Musée National Picasso, in Paris, represented "7½ decades of the artist who I think defines the 20th century", he said.

It was the most significant Picasso expo anyone would see in Australia in their lifetime. 150 plus paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints are in Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso.

They are beautifully displayed in 10 rooms in chronological periods of Picasso's life, starting with a drawing from 1893, when he was 12, and commencing with pieces made approximately six months before his death in 1973.

Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, as one would expect.

You have the iconic works many fans would have seen in art books since their school days. Among them are Portrait of Dora Maar (1937), Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race) (1922) and Figures At the Seashore (1931).

To deal with with the expectations of more than 300,000 visitors over the show's 4½ months, it has introduced tickets with "timed" entry at half-hour intervals to reduce queueing. More than 20,000 have already been sold.

The Musee National Picasso houses the largest collection of the artist's work, much from his private collection. Its closure for renovations has allowed the work to tour the globe, with Sydney been the latest lucky city to show off the work.

The museum's president, Anne Baldassari, curated the Sydney show, which runs until March 25. "It's just masterpieces," she said. "It's a monumental show.

"It's a comprehensive show."

The show obviously has a huge appeal for Picasso fans and art lover in general, but even those who appreciate genius and the creative world in general will walk away happy having taken in the best that Picasso has to offer.

Official Promo...

Picasso masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

This summer see the greatest Picasso exhibition ever to come to Australia.

Some 150 paintings, drawings and sculptures will fill most of the ground floor of the Art Gallery of NSW. These are ‘Picasso’s Picassos’, personal and revealing works that he kept to shape his own legacy.

Made possible only by the closure of the Musée National Picasso in Paris for renovations, the Gallery is the only venue in Australia on the exhibition’s world tour.

This is a rare opportunity to see work from the world’s most celebrated artist on such scale outside France.

An Australian first, the exhibition showcases seven decades of Pablo Picasso’s art. Every phase of his extraordinary career is represented, including masterpieces from the Blue, Rose, expressionist, cubist, neoclassical and surrealist periods. Read more

We’ve introduced timed ticketing to avoid queues. We strongly recommend that you pre-purchase a timed-entry ticket through Ticketek as times and dates will sell out.





Websites

Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery of NSW - Picasso masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

Pablo Picasso official website

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Eva Rinaldi Photography

Media Man News

Music News Australia

Adele returns to ARIA Album Chart peak, as LMFAO enjoys further success on ARIA Singles Chart




Adele returns to ARIA Album Chart peak as
LMFAO enjoys further success on ARIA Singles Chart…
Revisiting the top of the ARIA Album Chart for a fourth spell, and chalking up twenty-four non-consecutive weeks at the peak, is last year’s global breakthrough album ‘21’ from Adele. The smash hit ‘Sexy And I Know It’ from pop duo LMFAO holds at the ARIA Singles Chart pinnacle for the second week this year, and total of nine weeks overall, as ‘Party Rock Anthem’ featuring Lauren Bennet & GoonRock remains at No.14 after topping ARIA’s End of Year Singles Chart for 2011.

Swooping from No.12 to 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart this week, and experiencing strong sales growth, is Foster The People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’, which previously peaked at No.7 in October 2011. Coldplay achieves their third Australian top 5 single and first since 2008, as ‘Paradise’ races three spots up the chart to No.3. The band’s most recent top 5 track, ‘Viva La Vida’, reached No.2 in mid-2008. Climbing back into the top 10 from No.11 last week is ‘Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)’ from Lloyd featuring Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne, which claims its seventh non-consecutive week in the top 10. Local pop/hip-hop artist Timomatic races from No.17 to 12 with the catchy ‘Set It Off’, as Gotye’s former chart-topper ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ featuring Kimbra moves six spots up the chart to No.15. Blasting a mammoth eighteen spots up the chart to No.22 is ‘Summer Paradise’ from Simple Plan featuring K’naan. Four debuts make their way into this week’s top 40, the highest entry coming from Laurent Wery with ‘Hey Hey Hey’ featuring SwiftKid at No.32, followed by Pitbull’s ‘International Love’ featuring Chris Brown at No.34, Drake’s ‘Take Care’ featuring Rihanna at No.35 and ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’ from LMFAO at No.38.

Over on the ARIA Album Chart, LMFAO’s ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’ returns to its 2011 peak position of No.2, up two spots from No.4 last week. Racing seven spots up the chart to No.6 is ‘Triple J’s Like A Version 7’, which chalks up a fifth week in the top 10 after reaching No.5 last November. Just below at No.7 is Gotye’s ‘Making Mirrors’, up five spots from last week to claim its twelfth week in the top 10 after topping the chart late last year. After achieving a No.7 debut last month, The Black Keys’ ‘El Camino’ blasts from No.17 to 8 to chalk up a second non-consecutive week in the top 10, as ‘Up All Night’ from One Direction jumps five spots to No.9, claiming a total of three weeks in the top 10. Rounding out the top 10 this week is the celebrated former chart-topper ‘Ceremonials’ from Florence + The Machine, which climbs from No.11 to 10 and racks up a sixth week in the top 10.

Propelled by the success of the lead single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’, Foster The People’s debut record ‘Torches’ swoops into twelfth position on the ARIA Album Chart, up twelve spots from last week to revisit the top 10 after reaching No.9 last year. Further notable mentions this week go to Foo Fighters, who blast from No.23 to 17 with ‘Wasting Light’, as both Kimbra’s ‘Vows’ and Beyonce’s ‘4’ shoot eight spots up the chart to No.26 and 27 respectively. Just below at No.28 is P!nk’s ‘Greatest Hits… So Far!!!’, the chart-topping album re-entering the top 40 this week. Also revisiting the top 40 is Bon Jovi with ‘Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits’ at No.34, ‘Red Dog: Music From The Movie’ at No.37, Foo Fighters ‘Greatest Hits’ at No.38 and The Beatles’ ‘1’ in 40th position.


 
ARIA Top 5 Albums     w/c 9th Jan 2012
1. Adele “21”
2. LMFAO “Sorry For Party Rocking”
3. Reece Mastin “Reece Mastin”
4. Coldplay “Mylo Xyloto”
5. Bruno Mars “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”

Top 40 Debuts:
Nil
 
ARIA Top 5 Singles      w/c 9th Jan 2012
1. LMFAO “Sexy And I Know It”
2. Foster The People “Pumped Up Kicks”
3. Coldplay “Paradise”
4. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Feat. Bruno Mars “Young, Wild & Free”
5. Reece Mastin “Good Night”

Top 40 Debuts:
32. Laurent Wery Feat. SwiftKid “Hey Hey Hey”
34. Pitbull Feat. Chris Brown “International Love”
35. Drake Feat. Rihanna “Take Care”
38. LMFAO “Sorry For Party Rocking”


 
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Jan 5, 2012

Pseudo Echo

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Sydney’s biggest New Year’s Eve party: Jamiroquai, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, as well as Australia’s very own Guy Sebastian, Pseudo Echo and Lyndsey Ollard

Sydney Resolution Concert Series is thrilled to announce Sydney’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, which will be staged at Sydney’s Glebe Island overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour on Saturday December 31st 2011. The inaugural Sydney Resolution Concert Series will feature international superstars including Jamiroquai, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, as well as Australia’s very own Guy Sebastian, Pseudo Echo and Lyndsey Ollard.

Sydney Resolution Concert Series is sure to be an unforgettable night of music and festivities, showcasing some of the biggest acts in the world against a backdrop that only Sydney can provide.

With unobstructed, stunning views of the city and the fireworks display, there is no better place to be on New Year’s Eve than Glebe Island. See 2011 out with a bang with some of the world’s biggest classic and contemporary artists, playing all the songs you know and love.

Sydney’s Glebe Island will turn into a ‘mini city’ for this very special event, with a custom-built venue providing the very best in entertainment and bars, an incredible on-site ‘village’ showcasing Sydney’s best local and international food, and a unique array of retail and market stalls.

Sydney Resolution Concert Series will be the hottest ticket in town for New Year’s Eve!
Please be advised that Sydney Resolution Concert Series is a licensed event – all patrons must be over 18 years of age.

Glebe Island is situated on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. All patrons will arrive and depart by ferry or bus service from terminals and wharfs provided by Sydney Resolution Concert Series.

Please note there is no parking at the event. Gates open at 2pm, entertainment commences at 4:00pm and all performances will conclude by 1:45am.

Gates close at 3.00am

Tickets go on sale at 9am on 28th November through Ticketmaster.

Websites

Sydney Resolution Concert Series - New Years Eve
www.sydneyresolution.com/

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Jan 3, 2012

Alan Jones Joins Cast Of Annie The Musical At Lyric Theatre; The Star

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Alan Jones Joins Cast Of Annie The Musical At Lyric Theatre; The Star

Australian broadcasting legend Alan Jones will demonstrate his singing skills when he makes his musical theatre debut in a new Australian production of Annie - The Musical.

Jones will star alongside Anthony Warlow, Todd McKenney and Nancye Hayes in producer John Frost's latest show.

The musical marks a return to the role of Daddy Warbucks for Warlow, who played the character in a 2000 production of Annie, about an orphan girl taken in by the multi-millionaire in Depression-era New York.

"It was a wonderful experience then. People say never work with children and animals, but in this case the children were wonderful," Warlow said.

Jones, who will perform a musical number in his role as president Roosevelt, was handpicked by Frost, who advised he had Jones in mind from the early casting days.

"I wanted to pull a rabbit out of the hat in a way," Frost said.

In a video message played at the show's launch on Monday, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said he couldn't believe Frost had taken Jones on, "because he never ever takes direction".

Jones talked down his part in the production, requesting news media to direct questions to "the stars" of the show.

He said he just hoped he could do the role justice.

"I have a lot of good people to help me. I hope I'm going to do alright and not let the team down," he said.

Frost, who is the man behind the smash hit Australian productions of Wicked, Chicago and Phantom of the Opera, is confident Jones will not need any acting or singing lessons, despite having no previous theatrical experience.

Frost knows Jones is a safe bet.

"He's full of confidence and he holds a tune well," he said.

"If anything I'd love to put another song in for him, but I can't."

He said the show will be a true performance of the original stage production.

"The timing now is right to bring it back. With a fresh cast, I think it's got a good chance of being a great success," Frost said.

The battle for the Australian entertainment dollar continues, and certainly Sydney's The Star is going full speed ahead and betting that world class entertainment will remain paramount in the quest to bring more punters to land based casinos and entertainment complexes.

Media blurb we secured...

The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including It's the Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, N.Y.C. and the ever-optimistic Tomorrow, Annie is one of the most awarded and loved musicals of all time. Reprising one of his all-time favourite roles as the charismatic and sophisticated New York ‘zillionaire' Daddy Warbucks, is Anthony Warlow. He will be joined by the ever-popular Nancye Hayes playing everyone's favourite villain, Miss Hannigan. Todd McKenney, Chloë Dallimore and Julie Goodwin also bring their talents to this delightful musical. And in a special treat, radio star Alan Jones will join the cast in the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

A MESSAGE FROM PRODUCER JOHN FROST

It gives me great pleasure to bring ANNIE back to Australian audiences. When I produced this show 12 years ago I was overwhelmed by the response it received. ANNIE is such a well known, well loved production that appeals to so many different age groups. Its popularity means that it is staged once a year in many countries around the world, and I have no doubt that the Australian audiences are well and truly ready to see it again.

This time around, I am especially delighted to be able to work once more with Australia's favourite leading man, Anthony Warlow and theatrical legend Nancye Hayes.

To be taking this wonderful show and the star studded cast on tour in 2012 presents a unique and exciting opportunity to reach a new generation of Australians and it gives me enormous pleasure to think that people Australia wide will again be able to experience this special production.

Websites

The Star
www.star.com.au

Annie The Musical
www.anniethemusical.com.au

Lyric Theatre
www.lyrictheatre.com.au

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Media Man News
www.mediamannews.com

Casino News Media
www.casinonewsmedia.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Annie

Via Flickr:
The Star Lyric Theatre To Open Annie The Musical In Sydney

The Star, owned and operated by Echo Entertainment, has organised a media call for this coming Tuesday 3rd January at the Lyric Theatre.

We will be attending to cover the ever-popular Broadway musical Annie prior to the official opening night of the show at 7pm on Thursday January 5, 2012.

Three musical numbers from the show will be performed, and afterwards producer John Frost and lead cast members Anthony Warlow, Nancye Hayes, Todd McKenney, Chloe Dallimore, Julie Goodwin and Alan Jones will be giving interviews and be available for photograph opportunities and more.

The musical numbers will be:

It’s the Hard Knock Life – featuring the children’s cast

Easy Street – featuring Nancye Hayes, Todd McKenney and Chloe Dallimore

A New Deal for Christmas – featuring Anthony Warlow, Julie Goodwin, Alan Jones and the ensemble cast.

Based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”, the musical Annie burst into popularity in 1977 when it opened on Broadway. After running there for nearly six years, it has played in over 22 countries worldwide including the UK, Argentina, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Australia. Annie became a smash-hit movie musical in 1982 starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett that is adored worldwide and a fixture of popular culture references.

Annie is full of toe-tapping hits which have become staples of musical theatre repertoires worldwide and now, 34 years on, it remains one of the most loved and universally appealing musicals of all time.

Annie plays in Sydney until March 25 before a national tour.

It all marks another interesting development in the Australian casino wars, as agency, Media Man has been calling it for a few years now, and it will be interesting to see how Melbourne based competitor of The Star, Crown Casino, responds with their entertainment line up, which is also ramping up on the west coast on Australia with the newly named Crown Perth (formally Burswood Entertainment Centre).

The battle for the Australian entertainment dollar continues, and certainly Sydney's The Star is going full speed ahead and betting that world class entertainment will remain paramount in the quest to bring more punters to land based casinos and entertainment complexes.

Media blurb we secured...

The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including It's the Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, N.Y.C. and the ever-optimistic Tomorrow, Annie is one of the most awarded and loved musicals of all time. Reprising one of his all-time favourite roles as the charismatic and sophisticated New York ‘zillionaire' Daddy Warbucks, is Anthony Warlow. He will be joined by the ever-popular Nancye Hayes playing everyone's favourite villain, Miss Hannigan. Todd McKenney, Chloë Dallimore and Julie Goodwin also bring their talents to this delightful musical. And in a special treat, radio star Alan Jones will join the cast in the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

A MESSAGE FROM PRODUCER JOHN FROST

It gives me great pleasure to bring ANNIE back to Australian audiences. When I produced this show 12 years ago I was overwhelmed by the response it received. ANNIE is such a well known, well loved production that appeals to so many different age groups. Its popularity means that it is staged once a year in many countries around the world, and I have no doubt that the Australian audiences are well and truly ready to see it again.

This time around, I am especially delighted to be able to work once more with Australia's favourite leading man, Anthony Warlow and theatrical legend Nancye Hayes.

To be taking this wonderful show and the star studded cast on tour in 2012 presents a unique and exciting opportunity to reach a new generation of Australians and it gives me enormous pleasure to think that people Australia wide will again be able to experience this special production.

Websites

The Star
www.star.com.au

Annie The Musical
www.anniethemusical.com.au

Lyric Theatre
www.lyrictheatre.com.au

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

IP Publicity
www.ippublicity.com.au

Media Man News
www.mediamannews.com

Casino News Media
www.casinonewsmedia.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Jan 1, 2012

Pet Shop Boys

Via Flickr:
Sydney’s biggest New Year’s Eve party: Jamiroquai, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, as well as Australia’s very own Guy Sebastian, Pseudo Echo and Lyndsey Ollard

Sydney Resolution Concert Series is thrilled to announce Sydney’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, which will be staged at Sydney’s Glebe Island overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour on Saturday December 31st 2011. The inaugural Sydney Resolution Concert Series will feature international superstars including Jamiroquai, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, as well as Australia’s very own Guy Sebastian, Pseudo Echo and Lyndsey Ollard.

Sydney Resolution Concert Series is sure to be an unforgettable night of music and festivities, showcasing some of the biggest acts in the world against a backdrop that only Sydney can provide.

With unobstructed, stunning views of the city and the fireworks display, there is no better place to be on New Year’s Eve than Glebe Island. See 2011 out with a bang with some of the world’s biggest classic and contemporary artists, playing all the songs you know and love.

Sydney’s Glebe Island will turn into a ‘mini city’ for this very special event, with a custom-built venue providing the very best in entertainment and bars, an incredible on-site ‘village’ showcasing Sydney’s best local and international food, and a unique array of retail and market stalls.

Sydney Resolution Concert Series will be the hottest ticket in town for New Year’s Eve!
Please be advised that Sydney Resolution Concert Series is a licensed event – all patrons must be over 18 years of age.

Glebe Island is situated on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. All patrons will arrive and depart by ferry or bus service from terminals and wharfs provided by Sydney Resolution Concert Series.

Please note there is no parking at the event. Gates open at 2pm, entertainment commences at 4:00pm and all performances will conclude by 1:45am.

Gates close at 3.00am

Tickets go on sale at 9am on 28th November through Ticketmaster.

Websites

Sydney Resolution Concert Series - New Years Eve
www.sydneyresolution.com/

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Jamiroquai

Via Flickr:
Sydney’s biggest New Year’s Eve party: Jamiroquai, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, as well as Australia’s very own Guy Sebastian, Pseudo Echo and Lyndsey Ollard

Sydney Resolution Concert Series is thrilled to announce Sydney’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, which will be staged at Sydney’s Glebe Island overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour on Saturday December 31st 2011. The inaugural Sydney Resolution Concert Series will feature international superstars including Jamiroquai, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, as well as Australia’s very own Guy Sebastian, Pseudo Echo and Lyndsey Ollard.

Sydney Resolution Concert Series is sure to be an unforgettable night of music and festivities, showcasing some of the biggest acts in the world against a backdrop that only Sydney can provide.

With unobstructed, stunning views of the city and the fireworks display, there is no better place to be on New Year’s Eve than Glebe Island. See 2011 out with a bang with some of the world’s biggest classic and contemporary artists, playing all the songs you know and love.

Sydney’s Glebe Island will turn into a ‘mini city’ for this very special event, with a custom-built venue providing the very best in entertainment and bars, an incredible on-site ‘village’ showcasing Sydney’s best local and international food, and a unique array of retail and market stalls.

Sydney Resolution Concert Series will be the hottest ticket in town for New Year’s Eve!
Please be advised that Sydney Resolution Concert Series is a licensed event – all patrons must be over 18 years of age.

Glebe Island is situated on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. All patrons will arrive and depart by ferry or bus service from terminals and wharfs provided by Sydney Resolution Concert Series.

Please note there is no parking at the event. Gates open at 2pm, entertainment commences at 4:00pm and all performances will conclude by 1:45am.

Gates close at 3.00am

Tickets go on sale at 9am on 28th November through Ticketmaster.

Websites

Sydney Resolution Concert Series - New Years Eve
www.sydneyresolution.com/

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com