Twisted Broadway has created a name for itself as Australia's most unique performing arts charity fundraiser. Featuring Australia’s premiere performers singing songs originally written for the opposite gender, Twisted Broadway re-imagines contemporary and classic music theatre numbers in this one night only performance.
Modeled on the now six-year success of New York’s ‘Broadway Backwards’, an annual charity every raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; Twisted Broadway will continue to raise money for research and developmental programs for people living with HIV/AIDS through Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Over 50% of those living with HIV/AIDS in Australia live under the poverty line.
On average, 20 people are diagnosed with HIV every week in Australia.
Twisted Broadway remains a strong voice for the ever-present support and commitment by the Australian Music Theatre Industry.
Kate has been involved in the theatre community in one way or another for over 10 years. With a background in performing, producing, publicity and marketing, Kate has developed a vested interest in fostering new artists and providing opportunities for Australian performers. Having worked with the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria to raise over $30,000.00, Kate holds the support of local charity in the highest esteem. Twisted Broadway has acted as the perfect platform for people from all areas of the arts and entertainment industry to get involved and support the research of HIV/AIDS. Kate is thrilled to be growing Twisted Broadway and watching it become one of the most important and worthwhile events in the Australian theatrical calendar.
With a background in Law and Performing Arts, Daniel began his producing career as an assistant at Newtheatricals on the Australian production of Jersey Boys. Currently the Australasian Licensor for the works of New York composer Drew Gasparini (under his company TheBengeGroup) Daniel is an Associate Producer on the October 2012 premiere of “Crazy Just Like Me” at Rahway, New Jersey.
TheBengeGroup is a benefactor under the Australian Cultural Fund. Working alongside a number of US producers to develop new works in both Australia & the United States, Daniel has an interest in developing unconventional business models to increase live arts patronage. In August 2012 Daniel will be moving to work for The Araca Group in New York City. Daniel is proud to see Twisted Broadway in its third year in Australia, with shows in 2012 spanning across two cities.
James is a Musical Director, arranger, accompanist and cabaret performer who has worked around his native Australia and internationally, performing at the Adelaide and Melbourne Cabaret Festivals, the Darwin Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Arts House, Singapore. He made his professional debut in 2006 as the Assistant Musical Director/Arranger for the original musical Virgins – A Musical Threesome at the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, and he toured with the show to the 2006 New York Music Theatre Festival before conducting it on a regional Victorian tour in 2007. That same year, he began regularly performing at Melbourne's Premier Cabaret venue, the Butterfly Club and in 2008 won their award for Best New Talent, the ‘Under Our Wing’ Award.
He co-wrote and performed in the original musical Give My Regards to Broady in 2008, and was the Musical Director for a revival of the show presented by TheatreWorks Melbourne as part of their inaugural 'MusicalWorks' season in 2011. He was also the Musical Director for the 2011 and 2012 Twisted Broadway concerts in Melbourne (which raised money for Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights Aids), Avenue Q at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and later that year he made his West End debut with as Musical Director for the UK tour of Trevor Ashley's Liza on an E.
In 2014, he was the Musical Director for the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of Émile Zola's Thérèse Raquin, which played to critical acclaim at the London's Finborough Theatre, London, before transferring for a second run at the Park Theatre. James also performed once again with Trevor Ashley, this time as the Musical Director for Star*Struck at the Stadtsaal in Vienna, as part of the Festwochen schamloser Kultur.
James graduated with distinction from the MA Musical Theatre (Musical Directing) course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having previously graduated with first class honours from the BA(Hons) Musical Theatre course at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. He also holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University, Melbourne.
He is currently an Assistant Musical Director on the Australian tour of Disney’s The Lion King
Chris graduated from the Western Australian Academy of since then has performed leading roles in musicals such as ‘Sky’Mamma Mia (Littlestar), ‘Johnny Slocum’ Summer Rain (Sydney Theatre Company), ‘Will Parker’ Oklahoma (The Production Company), and ‘Alec’ for the World Premiere of the Helpmann Award winning musical Sideshow Alley (Jim McPherson).
Chris was director for the Australian Premiere productions of Songs For a New World, and Paul Sirett’s play Bad Blood Blues - nominated for four Green Room Awards, including Best Production and Best Direction. Chris has directed Oklahoma (Arts Academy), My Fair Lady (GPAC), Ordinary Days (Revolt), Blood Brothers (Chapel off Chapel) Les Misérables (GPAC), and Miss Saigon (GPAC).
Chris was the Resident Director for the Australian company of Avenue Q (Arts Asia Pacific), Yusuf Islam’s World Premiere Moonshadow, and more recently The Graduate starring Jerry Hall. Chris directed a new musical by Louis Nowra and Stewart D’Arrietta titled The Tuxedo and the Little Black Dress, and Matthew Robinson’s Atlantis in concert winning best concert presentation for 2014 Pro Choice Awards.
Publicity - T Layton Jones Publicity
Production Coordinator - Jacob Gibson
Production/Stage Management - Jake Jarrett