CAST IN A BOX

 

MICHAEL FALZON - HEDWIG

Most recognised for his performance in We Will Rock You(the first-ever production outside London's West End), Michael was cast by none other than Brian May and Roger Taylor of QUEEN and writer/director Ben Elton. Nominated for Helpmann and Mo awards he later reprised the role of “Galileo” in WWRY Tokyo before appearing in The Wharf Revue for Sydney Theatre Company and in Showstoppers with Sydney Symphony Orchestra ahead of a sold-out solo engagement at Sydney's premier live venue The Basement, performing his original songs.

Michael's varied screen appearances include performing live with QUEEN; as Jose DeSousa in the final season of Blue Heelers; a soloist at Carols by Candlelight, the Good Friday Appeal and Carols in the Domain; singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the MCG - televised to millions around the world; and as a trigger-happy Spaniard in Abe Forsythe’s feature film, Ned (Ocean Pictures).

A founding director of SMA Productions (Australia & UK), he continues to co-produce productions for thousands of events around the world including highlights - Twilight at Taronga, Adelaide Festival, Jupiters and Crown Casinos, and concerts with Michael Crawford, Jonathan Pryce and Judi Dench (smaproductions.com.au).

Most recently, Michael received critical acclaim for his role as “The Artilleryman” alongside Justin Hayward, Chris Thompson, Shannon Noll and Rachael Beck in the arena tour of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds through which Michael released his solo Limited Edition EP.

For more information on Michael, see his website.


 

SASKIA SMITH - YITZHAK

Saskia Smith is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Her stage appearances include Dirty Dancing for Jacobsen Entertainment, In Our Name for Company B Belvoir, and the Sam Mendes production of Cabaret – the Musical, in which she played Frenchie and understudied Sally Bowles. Saskia received a Mo Award for her work in the Cabaret ensemble. She recently appeared as Ariel in the Bell Shakespeare’s production of TheTempest, for which she has been nominated for a 2006 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Saskia’s screen work includes the television dramas Small Claims and Damage, and the feature film The Rage in Placid Lake.  Recently, Saskia wrote and performed a cabaret show Heart with a Girl of Gold at the Old Fitzroy Theatre and the Statement Cabaret Lounge.

The work of Saskia Smith has been supported by the Gloria Dawn and Gloria Payten Foundation, and a Mike Walsh Fellowship. These fellowships enabled Saskia to travel to New York, London and Paris to study with eminent musicians, directors and performers.
 

LUCINDA SHAW - YITZHAK

Lucinda Shaw is a highly skilled and successful young performer who is taking the entertainment industry by storm.

Prior to embarking on her rapidly evolving musical theatre career Lucinda had already performed in the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Neil Young in Concert, the Mo Awards, live events with Caroline O’Connor and on the big screen in the feature film MASK II.

Lucinda has a long standing relationship with We Will Rock You and made her musical theatre debut in the 2005 Australian production. She has continued to build a remarkable career in Australian theatre at an impressive pace. She was cast in the original production of Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, in which she understudied the title role of Dusty.  Directly following this she once again appeared in We Will Rock You touring to Japan and understudying the three female lead roles; Scaramouche, Oz and Killer Queen.

On returning to Australia, Lucinda was cast in Pippin, the inaugural production for Peter Cousens' National Music Theatre Company, Kookaburra and appeared in Sweet Charity for The Production Company.

More recently she starred as the Lady of the Lake in the Monty Python musical Spamalot and relived her We Will Rock You experience as the Alternate Killer Queen for international seasons in Hong Kong and Bangkok.