ABN Member Elise Kinnon stars in White Christmas

ABN Member Elise Kinnon with star as Rita in White Christmas at Theatre under the starts in Houston Texas. Performances starting Nov 15 and running until Dec 18.

Congratulations Elise!

ABN Member Elise Kinnon performs in Showboat at Goodspeed Opera House

Elise Kinnon is performing in Goodspeed Opera House’s production of Showboat. Playing Dottie and understudying Ellie until Sept 17.




Playing the role of STACEE JAXX in the smash hit musical ROCK OF AGES for its re-opening at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Aussie Recording artist and ABN founding member MiG Ayesa returns to the Broadway stage playing the role of STACEE JAXX in the smash hit musical ROCK OF AGES for its re-opening at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

‘ROCK OF AGES’, playing at the Helen Hayes Theatre since 24 March, 2011 celebrated one year on Broadway as well as 5 Tony Award nominations and 267 sold out shows before hitting the road for its US tour last September, ‘rocking’ every city along the way, from Chicago to Orlando to Seattle with its sold out shows and rave reviews. ROCK OF AGES just opened in Melbourne, but the Aussie connection started before that, when MiG Ayesa won the role of ‘Stacee Jaxx’ for the 1st US National Tour. The Broadway production re-opens at its new location with MiG reprising his role as ‘Stacee Jaxx’, a role that will be played by Tom Cruise in the upcoming feature film. ‘ROCK OF AGES’ is a hair-band love story of a small town girl who meets a big city rocker on LA’s Sunset Strip’s most famous dive bar. They fall in love to the greatest songs of the ’80’s as the story is told through the mind-blowing, face melting hits of Journey, STYX, Bon Jovi, Poison, Whitesnake and many more.

MiG is also in the final stages of recording his follow-up CD, due for release very soon.

For the latest MiG news please visit MiG’s official site http://www.mig-music.com.

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For more on ROCK OF AGES visit http://www.rockofagesmusical.com.

To purchase tickets for the show visit


ABN Member Michaeljon Slinger in Broadway’s How to Succeed…

Michaeljon Slinger has been announced as a part of the cast of the new Broadway show ” How to Succeed …” with Daniel Radcliffe.

Slinger was previous in West Side Story and Billy Elliot on Broadway.


ABN hits NATIONAL TV SHOW in Australia : Channel 7’s Morning Show

ABN founder and director Sarah McLellan and members Carmel Dean ( American Idiot on Broadway ) and Ben Mingay ( US Original Tour Dirty Dancing ) were interviewed on Australia’s The Morning Show on Channel 7.

Entertainment and Celebrity Correspondent Nelson Aspen interviewed the three members in NYC at the famous Broadway spot Sardi’s.

See the Video :






GOODBYE NEW YORK, GOODBYE HEART plays Dec 2-21 at HERE Arts Center

The Production Company presents

A new play by Lally Katz
Directed by Oliver Butler

What does it mean to be “alive” when we spend our lives in virtual worlds? In Goodbye New York, Goodbye Heart, Lally Katz plunges us into a phantasmagorical yet oh-so-recognizable cyber-universe where the living and the dead jostle, time doesn’t pass, and food never seems to fill you up. You can download almost anything – even emotions – and the dead still live, but you can’t bring them back to the real world… or can you?

Featuring Nicolle Bradford, Ryan King*, Samantha Sherman, Rae C. Wright*, Andrew Dawson*, Danielle Slavick*, Erin Maya Darke, Polly Lee*, Lucy Walters* and Brian Robert Burns*

Scenic Design:  Valérie Bart
Lighting Design: Carolyn Wong
Costume Design: Carolyn Hoffmann
Sound Design: Asa Wember
Stage Manager: Jeff Meyers*
Dialect Coach: Kohli Calhoun
Producer: Avi Lipski
Publicity: David Gibbs/DARR

@ HERE Arts Center
145 Sixth Avenue, NYC

December 2-21, 2010
Preview: Dec. 1; Opening: Dec. 2
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:30pm
Sundays at 4pm

Tickets: $25
Call (212) 352-3101
or buy tickets online!

*Actors and Stage Manager appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

As a special deal for our Aussie members, we have a special deal for you: TEN DOLLAR TICKETS for our opening weekend! Click here to buy tickets and use code AUSSIE, which is good for performances from December 1-4.


The Production Company exchanges challenging new work for the theater between Australia and the United States, promoting and deepening cultural exchange between the U.S. and Australia, and encouraging artists to explore the relationship between the two countries. Hailed by NYTheatre.com as “Indie Theater at its very best,” The Production Company has premiered new work from important playwrights from the United States and Australia. The company’s recent season included critically-acclaimed premieres of Blair Singer’s The Most Damaging Wound and Patricia Cornelius’ Love. Artistic Director Mark Armstrong founded the Production Company with Nicolle Bradford in 2004.


The New York Times praised The Production Company’s production of Blair Singer’s The Most Damaging Wound, calling it “Clever, engrossing and skillfully directed by Mark Armstrong. Every character is affectionately drawn.” The show was also a Back Stage Critic’s Pick. NYTheatre.com hailed their production of The Australia Project as “Fascinating stuff! A brisk, swift, and necessary punch in the gut that’s both very funny and very much on target…strong performances [and] expert direction.” “Patricia Cornelius’s script is simply brilliant…Mark Armstrong’s direction is sure and crisp,” declared NYTheatre.com about the company’s production of Love.

ABN member Elise Kinnon cast in ‘ Crazy For You ‘ at Maltz Jupitor Theater

ABN member Elise Kinnon has been cast in a production of  ‘ Crazy For You ‘ at Maltz Jupitor Theater in Florida to start performances next March, 2011.

The production will be Choreographed by Shea Sullivan and Directed by Mark Martino.

Hugh Jackman shows his fancy footwork in new commercial!

Hugh, from all of us at the ABN…. please come back to Broadway!

A msg from PRODUCTION COMPANY Artistic Director – Mark Armstrong

As an Australian in NY, I thought I would reach out to you and tell you a little bit about
my theater company, The Production Company. The home for contemporary Australian
theater in America, we have produced more Australian playwrights than any other
American theater company. The Production Company fosters challenging new work
for the theater by United States and Australian playwrights. By invigorating artistic
exchange between these countries, The Production Company provokes audiences to
consider the relationship between the US and Australia and the broader issue of cross-
cultural exchange. In addition to exploring cross-cultural connections between the US
and Australia, this work inspires artists to deepen the relationships they build with
collaborators in the these countries as well.
If you’re feeling a longing for some Australian culture – come see our amazing 2010/
11 season. We are busily preparing for our world premier production of Goodbye
New York, Goodbye Heart by Lally Katz, which will open on November 30th at HERE
Arts Center and run through December 21st! Last season’s The Angel in the Trees (a
collaboration between playwright Dan O’Brien and actor Jessica Dickey) was so popular
that we’ve decided to bring it back this season for a return engagement. 2010/11 will be
our biggest season yet!!
On October 18th, we’ll be throwing a fabulous party in honor of Goodbye New York,
Goodbye Heart, and we would love for you to come. You might have already heard about
this event, but we’ve changed the venue! The party will be at Klimat at 77 East 7th Street,
beginning at 7PM. For $25 you will receive entrance to the event, the chance to sample
scrumptious appetizers and an open bar and drink specials. You can look forward to
several mini-premiers of performances penned by some of the hottest US and Australian
playwrights (Bekah Brunstetter, Van Badham and more), a live band. If you can muster a
little more, for $75 you can enjoy an open bar all night long and one free raffle ticket. In
addition to performances, we’ll have a silent auction and raffle going all night with prizes
to include dinners at some of NYC’s best restaurants, great shows, and other exciting
Let us help you unwind after work. Come have a beer, enjoy a snack, meet some other
Aussie expats, be entertained and talk to us about our upcoming season. We’re not going
to be able to pull this off without the help of supporters like you, so if you can’t join us
for the gala on October 18, please make a donation in support of the event, which will be
subject to a matching grant and help us pull off this ambitious season.
We truly appreciate your support and enthusiasm, and now it’s back to work! See you on
October 18!
Mark Armstrong
Artistic Director

ROCK OF AGES – The Australian Connection

ABN founding member MiG Ayesa stars as “Stacee Jaxx” in the 1st US National Tour of ROCK OF AGES which opened in Chicago last night, 21 September, 2010 at the Bank Of America Theatre to a full capacity crowd. MiG was joined by Tony Award Nominee, Constantine Maroulis who left the Broadway production for the tour. Mitchell Jarvis, who created the role of “Lonny” on Broadway and is currently playing the role of “Stacee Jaxx” in the New York production, stepped into replace Patrick Lewallan, who had been cast as Lonny for the tour, while he recovers from laryngitis. Lewallen is expected to make a full recovery and join the show in a few days.

The rest of the cast includes Nick Cordero as “Dennis”, Rebecca Faulkenberry as “Sherrie”, Teresa Stanley as “Justice”, Casey Tuma as “Regina”, Bret Tuomi as “Hertz” and Travis Walker as “Franz”. The ensemble comprises Angela Brydon, Joey Calveri, Daniel Luis Domenech, Lindsay Janisse, Sean Jenness, Holly Laurent, Lauralynn McClelland, Rashad Naylor, Josh Sassanella and Erika Shannon.

The Rock of Ages tour reunites original director, Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi, and choreographer Kelly Devine. The musical was penned by Chris D’Arienzo and features music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.

The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), Gregory Gale (costume design), Jason Lyons (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design) and Zachary Borovay (projection design).

Featuring a score compiled of hits from the 1980s, including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn,” “Oh, Sherrie” and “We Built This City,” Rock of Agesoriginally premiered Off-Broadway at New World Stages in October 2008. The musical transferred to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway in March 2009, earning five Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Direction, and Best Actor for Maroulis. The musical continues to play the Atkinson.

Here’s how producers bill Rock of Ages: “In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer — and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s. It’s Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time where big hair meets big dreams and the result totally wails.”

Rock of Ages is produced on tour by Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Relativity Media and The Araca Group.

The production will play Chicago through to 3 October, when it then moves to Boston and then continue around the USA.

For more details and the full itinerary visit www.rockofagesmusical.com or visit MiG at his website at www.mig-music.com.