Light the Night – Hosts announced

 It was today announced that The Renovator’s Brendan Moar along with International Musical Therapist Jan van de Stool will host this year’s Light the Night charity concert on Monday October 31 at 7.30pm at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place. 

Queenie It was today announced that host of The Renovators, Brendan Moar along with International Musical Therapist Jan van de Stool will team up to emcee this year’s Light the Night charity concert on Monday October 31 at 7.30pm at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place. Moar brings a wealth of experience as host having appeared on Foxtel’s Dry Spell Gardening since 2008 as well as several other lifestyle programs including By Design, Home and Moar Gardening.. Brendan’s co-host Jan van de Stool, the comedic alter-ego of musical theatre star Queenie van de Zandt (pictured), is a bumbling self-appointed self-help guru who uses her somewhat questionable own style of healing called ‘Musical therapy’. Check out Jan’s hysterical you tube clip below. Performing at the concert will be Australia’s own Helpmann Award-winning Mary Poppins Verity Hunt-Ballard, musical theatre legend Debra Byrne, Australian actress and performer Hollie Andrew known for her role in Somersault and recently seen in Sing on Through Tomorrow, Brian Campeau and Elana Stone’s new project The Rescue Ships, as well as musical theatre stars Lara Mulcahy (MAMMA MIA!) and Kate Maree Hoolihan (We Will Rock You). Other performers include leading Australian jazz vocalist Emma Pask who will be accompanied by Phil Stack, multi-award winning singer and actor Paul Capsis, Wicked star David Harris, up and coming independent artist Ben Abraham, popular musical theatre performer Michael Griffiths and acclaimed Flamenco Guitarist Damien De Boos-Smith. This year’s performance also showcases three stars of Hairspray Jack Chambers, Trevor Ashley and the Helpmann Award-winning Esther Hannaford, as well as leading cabaret performers Lesley Hancock, Marika Aubrey, Gillian Cosgriff and Sheridan Harbridge. Now in its seventh year, Light the Night has become a “must see” on the Sydney Entertainment Calendar. Funds raised at this event have exceeded $250,000 with all proceeds going towards funding leukaemia research. This year, money raised will fund the Light the Night Research Grant that supports a promising new Gene Control in Acute Leukaemia project being undertaken by St Vincent’s Hospital’s Haematology Research Team, as well as The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation. Light the Night is inspired by Matthew Rennie, a brave young man who fought a three year battle against leukaemia. Unfortunately Matthew passed away shortly before the 2007 concert. Light the Night was created by Matthew’s two brothers, musical theatre performers Shaun Rennie (Sing On Through Tomorrow, Cats, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber) and Adam Rennie (Love Never Dies, Prodigal), and friends Monica Smith and Greg Smith. www.lightthenight.com.au VENUE: City Recital Hall Angel Place, SydneyDATE: Monday 31 October 2011TIME: 7.30pmBOOKINGS: City Recital Hall box office 02 8256 2222 or cityrecitalhall.com   

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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