Ainsley Melham joins To Barbra, With Love in Canberra

AAR-MSO-To-Barbra-With-LoveLive Nation has announced that Australia’s favourite leading man, Ainsley Melham, is joining the star-studded cast of To Barbra, With Love in Canberra this February.

Following concerts in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, the highly successful celebration of the inimitable Barbra Streisand, will play in Canberra on Friday 10 February and Saturday 11 February.

As one of the most in demand performers in Australia, Ainsley Melham is currently starring as Prince Topher in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other impressive credits include the title role in Aladdin, Pippin (Pippin) and Charlie in (Merrily We Roll Along). 

Joining him on stage are musical theatre star Elise McCann (Matilda The Musical, Merrily We Roll Along), Australia’s own musical theatre royalty Caroline O’Connor, and genre-hopping vocalist Katie Noonan for these not-to-be-missed concerts at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Under the baton of Vanessa Scammell, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra will deliver a program of Streisand’s most memorable songs, arranged by conductor and composer Nicholas Buc and directed by one of Australia’s most versatile choreographers and exciting new directors, Cameron Mitchell.  

Having celebrated her 80th birthday last year, Streisand is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, with an unparalleled career spanning six decades.

Streisand’s record-breaking 52 gold and 31 platinum albums feature some of the world’s most loved songs from The Way We Were and Evergreen to Send in the Clowns, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers and Guilty.

Streisand is a multi-award-winning performer, director and producer of stage and screen, and one of only a few elite artists to hold the rare EGOT (Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony).

She has worked with legendary composers including Alan and Marilyn Bergman and the late great Stephen Sondheim, whose combined catalogues of memorable compositions are timeless treasures of the canon. 

After premiering with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall last year, To Barbra, With Love was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

“One of Australia’s most versatile and sought-after creatives, Cameron Mitchell directs with a no-nonsense sensibility, allowing the music and the performers to be fully front and centre in a carefully curated program.” – Australian Arts Review

To Barbra, With Love will be presented at Sydney’s State Theatre (13 & 14 January), Concert Hall – QPAC, Brisbane (3 & 4 February) and the Canberra Theatre (10 & 11 February). For more information, visit: for details.

Image: To Barbra, With Love (supplied)