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December 2012

About this time last year Tim wrote a little song of praise where “the idea was to compare [Jesus] to Woody Allen (short, Jewish, philosophical, a bit hesitant), and expand into redefining his other alleged attributes using modern, popular-culture terminology”.  He then joyously performed it on The Jonathan Ross Show at summer festivals all over the UK in 2012 and more recently at Homebake Festival, Sydney, Australia.

In November, Tim, his long hair, bare feet, beard and band* performed a warm-up gig (for the above Aussie festival) at The Coronet, London, the proceeds of which went to Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). The show was recorded for a documentary** and their euphonious performance of ‘Woody Allen Jesus’ has just been edited and put up on Tim’s YouTube Channel in violet-blue hue’d gloriousness for your delectation. Just in time for Christmas!

If that’s helped you into the Christmas spirit then you may fancy keeping the mood going with Tim’s beautiful, sentimental song about Christmas and family: ‘White Wine In The Sun’. A new studio version was released, earlier this month, with all December proceeds, once again, going to the National Autistic Society. Details of where to download it internationally here.

Merry Christmas!

*The beauteous and mellifluous Pete Clements (bass), Brad Webb (drums) and Tristan Cassel-Delavois (guitar).
**You’ll hear more about that next year…

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The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers today announced the casting of the principal roles and the ensemble for Matilda the Musical on Broadway. In alphabetical order: Karen Aldridge, best known for her starring role on the Golden Globe winning series “Boss” on Starz is to play the warm-hearted librarian Mrs Phelps, Gabriel Ebert, whose Broadway credits include Brief Encounter and Red will play the colourful and feckless Mr Wormwood, Lesli Margherita, winner of a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro The Musical will play the flamboyant and clamorous Mrs Wormwood, and Lauren Ward, whose many London credits include Sound of Music and Philadelphia Story, will reprise her role as the kind and gentle Miss Honey.

As we already announced, here, the four girls making their Broadway debut to alternate playing the eponymous heroine, Matilda, are: Oona Laurence, Milly Shapiro, Bailey Ryon and Sophia Gennua, whilst the cruel and unusual Miss Trunchbull will be played by Bertie Carvel*, also making his Broadway debut to reprise his role as the hilariously terrifying headmistress, for which he won much acclaim and the Olivier for Best Actor in a Musical.

The ensemble is: Frenie Acoba, Erica Barnett, Judah Bellamy, Jack Broderick, Ava DeMary, John Arthur Greene, Emma Howard, Nadine Isenegger, Colin Israel, Thayne Jasperson, Luke Mannikus, Madilyn Morrow, Sawyer Nunes, Jared Parker, Celia Mei Rubin, John Sanders, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Phillip Spaeth, Ryan Steele, Betsy Struxness, Samantha Sturm, Heather Tepe, Ben Thompson, Clay Thomson, TaylorTrensch, Beatrice Tulchin, and Ted Wilson*.

Auction in aid of Charity Buzz

There’s a charity auction for two tickets to the Opening Night Performance and Afterparty for Matilda on Broadway on April 11, 2013. Charity Buzz raises money for various nonprofit organisations in the US. This particular auction benefits the CFDA & Vogue’s Fashion for Sandy Relief Initiative. You can find out the details and bid here wherever you’re based but travel and accommodations are not included.

*Bertie Carvel and Ted Wilson appear with permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

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As Tim let you know here, he’s recorded a studio version of his beautiful Christmas song ‘White Wine In The Sun’ and released it for download with all the December proceeds, once again, going to the National Autistic Society.

White Wine In The Sun [2012]
Written and performed by Tim Minchin
Orchestrated, mixed and mastered by Pete Clements
Guitar – Tristan Cassel-Delavois
Bass – Pete Clements
Recorded by Pat Collier at Perry Vale Studios

It’s now even easier to obtain internationally, even if you don’t use iTunes, because it’s available from 7digital. If you’re based in the UK or the US and prefer Amazon, it’s available from Amazon (UK) and Amazon (US).

Of course you can still download it internationally from iTunes, where you can gift it to another “apple person”, if you wish, by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the price and choosing “Gift this” or on your iOS device, tap the share button at the top of the screen. iTunes will send an email to your recipient to let them know and they can then download it with one click.

This version is taken from the Australian ‘Ready For This?’ DVD:

Sigh… It’s sentimental, I know.

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My Matilda song book is actually really and truly out today! I’m so excited.

You can buy it from real, live, in-the-actual-world shops and from intangible, probably-magic, online shops here and here, and – even more incorporeally – as a digital download thing.

Yay! Merry Christmas!

Update: The song book will be available at the RSC shop in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End, at Musicroom stores around the UK and from all good music shops. If you’re not in the UK, both online retailers (linked above) ship internationally.

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The shortlist of nominations for the 2013 Whatsonstage.com Awards were announced yesterday, covering the best UK theatre experiences in 2012.

These UK theatre industry awards are the only major theatre awards which are nominated by and voted for entirely by theatregoers and the ticket-buying public. Voting is open until January 31st 2013. You can see the full list of categories and nominees and cast your votes here!

Jesus Christ Superstar is up for FIVE awards with Tim nominated for his phenomenal performance as Judas:

Best Supporting Actor in a MusicalTim Minchin, Jesus Christ Superstar
Best Supporting Actress in a MusicalMelanie C, Jesus Christ Superstar
Best Musical RevivalJesus Christ Superstar
Best Lighting DesignerPatrick Woodroffe, Jesus Christ Superstar
Theatre Event of the YearJesus Christ Superstar’s arena tour

Following on from the show’s tremendous success at last year’s awards, this year Matilda The Musical is up for:

Best West End ShowMatilda the Musical, RSC at the Cambridge Theatre

The winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony and Concert on the 17th February 2013 at the West End’s Palace Theatre.

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