Travolta, Glover and Xanadu Added to Australia Plays Broadway Line-Up

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Additional names have been added to the roster of Australian talent who will take to the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center for Australia Plays Broadway Jan. 22.

Producers Wayne Harrison and Ross Mollison (Slava's Snowshow and the Spiegeltent) were commissioned to showcase Australian talent from the worlds of theatre, opera, dance, symphony, rock and cabaret for Australia Plays Broadway.

Newly added names include "Grease" and "Hairspray" film star John Travolta — the goodwill ambassador for Australia's Qantas Airlines — who will make a special appearance; 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.

The line-up of Australian stage talent also features 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!").

Also joining in the evening of Australian culture will be 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. Show time 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.

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