An incredible line-up of stars including international sensations Tim Minchin, Todd McKenney, Greta Bradman, James Morrison, Nancye Hayes and more will perform in two concert extravaganzas at Adelaide Festival Centre in January.
The stars will perform at the Walk of Fame Gala concerts at 1pm and 8pm on Friday January 19 to officially celebrate the brand new Walk of Fame promenade, adding to an engaging list of shows and events around the reopening of Adelaide Festival Centre’s updated Festival Theatre.
Other big names on the bill for the one-off gala concerts include Rhonda Burchmore, Beccy Cole, Peter Combe, Niki Vasilakis, Paul Blackwell, Slava Grigoryan and Garry Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre. The night will be emceed by the always-entertaining and charismatic Todd McKenney.
Creative Director of the Walk of Fame Gala, Zac Tyler says: “Audiences can expect an entertaining concert full of theatrics, colour, cabaret, comedy and musical virtuosity; all set against a striking set design to help showcase the impressive performances from this list of talented artists who we were able to bring together for such a momentous occasion.”
And the best news? Tickets for this star-studded event are from just $35 each.
The Walk of Fame promenade, which will run along the River Torrens side of the Adelaide Festival Centre, is set to be a major tourist attraction of the area. It will feature the names of a host of stars who have graced the stages at Adelaide Festival Centre over the years, including all of those performing at the Walk of Fame Gala.
Tim Minchin says he loves performing in Adelaide and can’t wait to celebrate the official opening of the Walk of Fame: “I’ve always loved Adelaide. From playing with Eddie Perfect at the Cabaret Festival, through shows in tents in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, to playing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, to having Matilda the Musical play at Adelaide Festival Centre, I have always loved the gigs, the audiences, and the place. It’s a huge honour to be represented star-shaped in your pavement.”
Todd McKenney says: “I’m thrilled to be your MC to launch The Walk of Fame. I started my career at the Adelaide Festival Theatre so to be included in such a wonderful celebration of Australian talent is quite an honour for me.
“I can’t think of a better way to launch The Walk of Fame than with a star studded concert like this. So many of Australia’s biggest names all in the one place at the one time and I get to MC the show! Life’s good! “
Douglas Gautier, Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director says: “We’re pleased to deliver another feature in the revitalised Riverbank precinct. Overlooking the River Torrens, the Walk of Fame is an attraction honouring some of the many artists who make Adelaide Festival Centre the great creative hub that it is. The Walk of Fame Gala will celebrate the stars, Adelaide Festival Centre and the Festival Theatre reopening in a concert with an outstanding line up of Walk of Fame performers. It’s set to be a spectacular event and we can’t wait to share it with our audiences!”
Each Walk of Fame star will be a stylised starburst set in concrete which will be illuminated. The star-studded walkway is a key element of Adelaide Festival Centre redevelopment plans and will provide pedestrian access to the Dunstan Playhouse and Adelaide Festival Centre. Stretching from King William Road to the Adelaide Riverbank Bridge, the Walk of Fame will frame this brand new hub of activity at Adelaide Festival Centre, which will include new bars, cafes and open areas.
A mobile phone app is also being developed around the Walk of Fame which will help the public engage more with the precinct. It will offer ‘what’s on’ information, integrated ticketing options and enhance the Walk of Fame through innovative augmented reality experiences.
A selection of the brightest stars from Adelaide Festival Centre’s 44-year history (1973-onwards) have been in the running to be voted as Walk of Fame winners and from this list, three per year make the final cut. The winners are chosen in three ways: Public choice, Critics’ choice and Adelaide Festival Centre Trust choice.
The latest names to be added to the prestigious Walk of Fame promenade for 2016 are singing sensation Dami Im, veteran comedian Billy Crystal and The Australian Ballet’s legendary set and costume designer Hugh Colman.
Dami Im took out the People’s Choice award, voted by the public and proudly supported by the Adelaide Advertiser. Billy Crystal was voted by the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and Hugh Colman was selected in the Critics’ Choice award. The 2017 winners will be announced next year.
The Walk of Fame will initially include more than 130 names of some of the great artists that have graced the stages of the Adelaide Festival Centre. The latest winners are in prestigious company with Julie Anthony, John Farnham, Olivia Newton John, Peter Allen, Anthony Warlow, Hugh Sheridan, Jimmy Barnes and many more already securing their very own stars. A full list of previous winners can be seen here https://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/about-us/walk-of-fame/
Looking to the future, the Walk of Fame stars will be extended annually, with the public again being able to vote for their favourite performer at the end of each year.
Walk of Fame proudly sponsored by The Advertiser/Sunday Mail.
Adelaide Festival Centre’s Walk of Fame Gala concert, Friday 19 January 2018 at 1pm and
8pm in the Festival Theatre. Tickets at BASS.net.au