Produced by Wayne Harrison and Ross Mollison (Slava's Snowshow and the Spiegeltent), Australia Plays Broadway was conceived to showcase and introduce American audiences to Australian talent from the worlds of theatre, opera, dance, symphony, rock and cabaret.
The line-up of Australian stage talent includes singer-actress Caroline O'Connor (Chicago, Mack & Mabel, West Side Story, "Moulin Rouge!"), cabaret and stage artist David Campbell (Only Heaven Knows, Les Misérables, Saturday Night) and actress and songwriter Christine Anu (Rent, "Moulin Rouge!").
Additional performers include Shannon Noll (2007 MTV Australia VMA Winner Best Male Artist), Eskimo Joe (double-platinum rock band), Richard Walley (Aboriginal musician and writer), Pei-Jee & Pei-San Ng (twin cellists), Raymond Crowe (Australia's only unusualist), Daniel Sumegi (renowned bass baritone), Pembroke Orchestra, Rachelle Durkin (award-winning soprano), Lisa Moore (classical pianist) and the Australian Dance Theater.
Also slated to appear are "Grease" and "Hairspray" film star John Travolta, the goodwill ambassador for Australia's Qantas Airlines; as well as Tony winner Savion Glover, who recently choreographed the film "Happy Feet" for Australian director George Miller.
In tribute to "Grease" and "Xanadu" star Olivia Newton-John, whose accent is lovingly spoofed in the Broadway musical Xanadu, the Broadway cast of that new musical has also been enlisted to perform. Showtime for Australia Plays Broadway is 8:15 PM. Tickets, priced $50, $75 and $150 VIP, are available by visiting www.jalc.org.
The Jan. 22 concert kicks off a four-day event celebrating Australian culture, arts, business, trade, tourism, food and wine. For further information visit www.australia-week.com.
The Rose Theater within Frederick P. Rose Hall is located at Jazz at Lincoln Center at Broadway and 60th Street.