Broadway is back, but not in New York: “Hamilton,” “Frozen,” “Come From Away” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are all safely up and running in Australia, and “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is starting rehearsals there. Join Times theater reporter Michael Paulson and Sydney bureau chief Damien Cave for an exploration of how the reopening is working, and what it means for New York and the West End.
The cast of “Frozen” will perform “For the First Time in Forever,” from the beaches and streets of Sydney, and the “Come From Away” ensemble will deliver a passionate rendition of the anthemic “Me and the Sky” from “Come From Away,” which we filmed on the stage of Her Majesty’s Theater in Melbourne.
We’ll talk about performance, and protocols, with the Australian stars Jemma Rix, who plays Elsa in “Frozen,” and Gareth Reeves, who plays Harry Potter in “The Cursed Child,” as well as with an American actor, Sharriese Hamilton, who relocated to Australia to find work in “Come From Away.”
And we’ll talk about what it all means with some of the industry’s most innovative producers, including Carmen Pavlovic of “Moulin Rouge!,” Jeffrey Seller of “Hamilton” and Sue Frost of “Come From Away.”
Plus: we’ll hear from Australian theater lovers, some of whom you might recognize, and some of whom are just eager to see a show.
It’s all part of the next episode of Offstage, our series about theatermaking during the pandemic.