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June 2013

This August Tim makes his Sydney Theatre Company (STC) debut performing, with Toby Schmitz, in Tom Stoppard’s absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

As tickets have been flying out the door and across that beautiful harbour, an extra week has been added. The show previews Tuesday 6th August to Friday 9th August, opens on Saturday 19th August and now runs until Saturday 14th September 2013.

Tickets are available from the Sydney Theatre website here or you can phone: 02 9250 1777. Prices range from $50 – $105 and further details are available via their website. Snap ’em up while you can!

When news of this role first broke, Tim said: “I adore Stoppard, I adore this play, and Toby and I love working together. So when Luke (Cowling – who co-directed the UWA version) suggested that we should try to play the title roles opposite each other, I got very excited. Eventually the idea ended up with the STC who in turn suggested the incredible Simon Phillips as director. I’ve known for some time that it was going to happen, but now it’s actually been officially announced, I can properly start shitting myself. With fear, as well as excitement.

Tim and Toby have a history together, having met way back in the olden days when Tim was 17 and Toby, 15. In 1996, Tim and Toby played the minor characters of The Player and Hamlet, respectively, in a University of Western Australia (UWA) production of Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead, directed by Gen Hegney and Luke Cowling, at the Dolphin Theatre, Perth. They (along with Travis Cotton) also co-wrote a musical called This Blasted Earth, which they put on in 2004.

Rehearsals will be starting soon…

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Last night, the 67th Annual Tony Awards ceremony took place at Radio City Music Hall, New York. At the glamorous and star studded evening the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Broadway production of Matilda The Musical won FOUR Tony Awards. Matilda has now danced away with a phenomenal 47 awards, so far, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, London and New York!

Gabriel Ebert, who plays Mr Wormwood, won Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. Best Book of a Musical went to Dennis Kelly. Rob Howell claimed Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Hugh Vanstone Best Lighting Design of a Musical.

The four actresses who play the title role in Matilda The Musical on Broadway: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro received Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.

You can see Matilda’s full list of TWELVE Tony award nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre (for Tim’s Music and Lyrics), in this earlier blog and the full list of Tony Award winners can be found here.

Many congratulations to everyone at Matilda The Musical on Broadway.

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Studio 360 is an American public radio programme about the arts and culture hosted by novelist Kurt Andersen. On the weekend of the Tony Awards Kurt meets some of this year’s Broadway stars, including Tom Hanks, and talks to Tim about writing the music and lyrics for Matilda The Musical which has TWELVE Tony nominations! Tim also takes his place at a grand piano to perform a few songs from the show.

You can listen to Tim’s segment right now, if you like, by streaming or downloading the podcast here.

There’s also this lovely video of Tim performing “When I Grow Up” at the shiniest piano in the world!

If you’d like to catch the whole show, the New York air times are listed below but you can hear the programme all around the US – visit Studio 360’s website for more info about local airings. It’s distributed internationally by PRI (Public Radio International) and WNYC in New York City and you can stream or download the whole programme here.

Studio 360 airs in New York on:
Saturday 8th June at 4pm on WNYC FM (93.9)
Sunday 9th June at 11am on WNYC FM (93.9)
Sunday 9th June at 2pm on WNYC AM (820)

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The spectacular Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour of Australia is already rocking around the country, with Tim reprising his (award winning) dream role of Judas Iscariot, for delighted and emotional home crowds.

If you can’t make it along to one of the shows or missed picking up a DVD at the arena and want to relive the experience, then here’s some good news:

The Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour DVD will be released in Australia on the 4th July 2013! The DVD (or Blu-Ray, if you wish to examine Tim’s dreads, tatts or steely blues in minute detail) is available for pre-order now from: the Jesus Christ Superstar website, EZYDVD, JB Hi-Fi and many other DVD retailers.

The production was filmed over two nights at Birmingham’s NIA when the show toured UK arenas in 2012. As well as Tim in the role of Judas, the fabulous cast includes Melanie C as Mary Magdalene, Chris Moyles as King Herod and Winner of the ITV primetime show Superstar Ben Forster in the title role of Jesus.

Here are a few clips to get you in the mood… or rather various moods:

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