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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Hamilton returns to Australia with a groundbreaking debut among the cast: ‘I’m super excited’ by Elissa Blake

Cast as George Washington, in his first major musical, Googoorewon Knox says ‘it’s important to see a First Nation fella doing such a big thing’ If Googoorewon (Goori) Knox had followe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Thursday, April 27, 2023

Suzie Miller on Prima Facie and her Olivier win: ‘London theatre circles see Australia as the daggy cousin’ by Elissa Blake

The playwright’s one-woman legal drama has gone from Australia to the West End and now Broadway. She talks about juggling law and theatre, and longing for home Get our weekend culture and …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:42PM
Saturday, November 12, 2022

‘People now trust that my ideas work’: is this Australia’s most acclaimed theatre director? by Elissa Blake

Kip Williams has revolutionised the stage with his use of ‘cine-theatre’, in shows such as The Picture of Dorian Gray and Jekyll and Hyde. Ahead of his take on The Tempest, he talks abou…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Friday, December 10, 2021

What went wrong at Circus Oz? The story behind the veteran company’s ‘devastating’ downfall by Elissa Blake

After 44 years as Australia’s national circus, members voted to reject the reform proposed by its funding partners – reluctantly choosing to close shop instead Details of the shock decis…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:03PM
Monday, June 7, 2021

The real Come From Aways: ‘We’ve seen the show 118 times’ by Elissa Blake

It is the hit musical inspired by a Canadian town’s goodwill during 9/11. Twenty years on, its real-life characters say they’re ‘like family’ now This September marks 20 years since …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36PM
Monday, January 4, 2021

Sydney festival teeters 'on a knife-edge' ahead of Wednesday's opening by Elissa Blake

The first major Australian arts festival of 2021 will be a litmus test for those to come as it navigates shifting sands around the city’s recent Covid outbreak Sydney festival, the first m…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:42PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

'It's been deeply odd': how NIDA, Australia's most prestigious acting school, is managing the pandemic by Elissa Blake

For students of Sydney’s National Institute for Dramatic Art, it hasn’t exactly been the year they signed up for Final-year acting student Alex Stamell was deep into rehearsals for Will …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

'Theatre kept my mind so activated': the existential crisis of Sydney's 'standing ovation man' by Elissa Blake

Grahame Best sees more than 100 shows a year and rises to his feet to applaud every one. Now under lockdown, he’s suffering Grahame Best keeps a ghost light burning 24/7 in his Wollongong …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48PM
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Broadway composer Jeanine Tesori on why musical theatre is the slowest to recognise it has a gender problem by Elissa Blake

Of all the theatrical forms, musical theatre is slowest to recognise it has a gender problem, says the multi-award-winning Broadway composer Jeanine Tesori​ ahead of the Australian premier…

SOURCE: The Sydney Morning Herald at 06:23AM
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Smashing theatre's glass ceiling by Elissa Blake

Despite the gloomy statistics, female directors and playwrights are staking out new ground on stage.

SOURCE: The Sydney Morning Herald at 09:15AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards