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Acting graduate to star in US premiere of Adelaide’s award-winning Pinocchio

Mar 11, 2015

Pinocchio_Acting1Adelaide College of the Arts acting graduate Nathan O’Keefe will reprise the title role of Pinocchio for the US premiere in New York City this month.

Windmill Theatre and State Theatre Company’s award-winning co-production, Pinocchio will play a two week season to US audiences at New York’s New Victory Theater from 12 - 22 March.

With Nathan in the lead role, Pinocchio premiered with a highly successful season in Adelaide in 2012 and has since played critically acclaimed seasons in Melbourne in 2012 and most recently in Sydney, where it played to over 13,000 people at the Sydney Opera House in May 2014.

The Australian described Pinocchio as ‘a dazzling production’, and The Advertiser said ‘Pinocchio delivers the goods and then some...simply wonderful.’ The production has won two prestigious Helpmann Awards, received four Helpmann Award nominations and won a Ruby Award for Best Work.

Windmill Theatre’s General Manager/Producer Teena Munn said “This is a dream-come-true for Windmill. While we have regularly toured our smaller scale work to the US, it is an absolute coup for us to be taking a work of this scale to such a prestigious venue."

State Theatre Company CEO / Producer Rob Brookman said “It’s wonderful to see the life of a work of two of Adelaide’s theatre companies live on with such successful seasons around Australia since 2012. To then take the production to the home of musical theatre is the stuff of legends.”

Nathan will be joined by Jude Henshall as Kitty Poo and Jonathon Oxlade as Cricket. Joining the remarkable original cast is Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel (Avenue Q), who will play the role of Foxy alongside Paul Capsis as Stromboli. Paul Capsis recently performed in State Theatre Company’s one-man show Little Bird, and also Calpurnia Descending for Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre.

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