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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Nyx Calder and the representation of trans identities on the Australian stage – Part 2 by Maddi Ostapiw

In this time of immense hurt for our worldwide industry, many theatre professionals and audience members are taking stock of

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 06:23AM
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Nyx Calder and the representation of trans identities in Harry Potter – Part 1 by Maddi Ostapiw

Over the past several months, fans of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series have watched the author use her significant platform

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 06:06PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Linden Furnell on breaking musical theatre convention in American Idiot by Maddi Ostapiw

Linden Furnell is a lover of dense lyricism and lush orchestrations in the vein of Jason Robert Brown and Adam Guettel, but also believes that American Idiot has allowed him the emotional fr…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 03:37PM
Monday, February 19, 2018

Chad Beguelin on the magic of adapting Aladdin for the stage by Maddi Ostapiw

Chad Beguelin, book writer of Aladdin the Musical, has had a rather magical Disney journey. Originally beginning work on the project with a much simpler brief, Beguelin eventually became a …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:03PM
Friday, February 9, 2018

StageArt’s Falsettos, the Victorian AIDS Council and the legacy of AIDS advocacy in theatre by Maddi Ostapiw

StageArt’s Falsettos is currently playing as part of the Midsumma Festival in Melbourne to strong reviews from critics and audiences, but a behind the scenes element makes it more than jus…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 10:14AM
Friday, September 8, 2017

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe talk career highlights and the future of musical theatre by Maddi Ostapiw

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are both legends of the musical theatre and opera stage, known to us all for the roles they have originated or played to critical and audience acclaim. Separately…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 06:26PM
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mama Alto on the intersection of identity, activism and performance by Maddi Ostapiw

In a time where conformity is expected and otherness is denied the right to thrive, Mama Alto is a figure that stands firmly against a strong tide of ignorance. The power of her performance…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 10:08PM
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Stephen Oremus on the empowering message of Kinky Boots by Maddi Ostapiw

To those interested in the backstage and creative machinations of Broadway musical theatre, Stephen Oremus is a name that continues to pop up throughout some of the most critically and fan-a…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 05:54AM
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Disney legend Alan Menken talks creation, composition, and collaboration by Maddi Ostapiw

In the days leading up to Aladdin’s opening night in Melbourne, a small group of Australian arts journalists were invited to interview the legendary composer, Alan Menken. In the time avai…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:40PM
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Amanda Harrison on Cyrens and life as a leading lady of Aussie theatre by Maddi Ostapiw

Amanda Harrison is beloved by audiences for her massive contribution to the Australian theatre industry throughout her career, originating some of our most challenging female roles in leadin…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 01:09AM
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Brent Trotter talks Spring Awakening and mental health in the arts by Maddi Ostapiw

Spring Awakening is one of a rare few musicals that transcends time periods and generational gaps, advocating for a society where young people are allowed the knowledge and support to make d…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 01:17AM
Monday, May 8, 2017

Hayes Theatre Co announce final 2017 program by Maddi Ostapiw

Earlier this evening, Hayes Theatre Co unveiled the shows that will make up Act Two of their 2017 season at an intimate announcement event. Their July – December program is packed full…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:24AM
Friday, May 5, 2017

Breaking: Anastasia to come to Australia! by Maddi Ostapiw

Have you heard? There’s breaking news from St. Petersburg! (Well, the news actually comes from Broadway… But why would I waste the opportunity to use such a perfect lyrical refer…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 08:15PM
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jerry Mitchell on the healing power of Kinky Boots by Maddi Ostapiw

Jerry Mitchell, acclaimed Broadway musical theatre director and choreographer, is no stranger to Australian audiences. His work has been Tony and Helpmann Award nominated (he’s won a few o…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:58PM
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Video: Alan Menken’s epic medley will blow your mind (all his hits in 10 mins) by Maddi Ostapiw

Earlier this week, a small group of entertainment journalists were invited to take part in a closed question and answer session with legendary composer Alan Menken. Held ahead of AladdinR…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 08:08PM
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Phillip Lowe on the magic and mystery of Big Fish by Maddi Ostapiw

In Big Fish, the musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s 2003 cult classic film, Edward Bloom blurs the lines between reality and magic to narrate the events of his life to his son. Playing the…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 08:41PM
Sunday, March 5, 2017

On impressions and Diva Moments: Christina Bianco by Maddi Ostapiw

When Christina Bianco received acclaim among the theatre community for her Broadway impressions a few years ago, she never dreamed that touring the world with her talents would be possible. …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 06:00PM
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Additional casting revealed and Melbourne season confirmed for The Bodyguard! by Maddi Ostapiw

  Here’s some news that might make you want to dance with somebody: we finally have the ensemble and featured cast announcement for the hotly anticipated Australian production of …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 08:31PM
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Carrying the Banner: Christopher Gattelli talks cinematic Newsies by Maddi Ostapiw

On February 19, the live filming of Broadway hit Newsies hits Australian cinemas, finally giving Australian audiences the chance to see the beloved show. Winning the Tony Award for best cho…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 05:30PM
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Carole King and Tapestry through the eyes of Debra Byrne by Maddi Ostapiw

I first fell in love with Carole King’s music as a young girl, in the phase of my life where the Dirty Dancing soundtrack turned my musical taste upside down. I started to seek out son…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 05:35PM
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Casey Nicholaw chats all things Mormon! by Maddi Ostapiw

If you’ve clicked your way onto this article, it’s pretty safe to assume that you already know the basic info on the history of The Book of Mormon. Winner of all the awards and sold to f…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 11:30PM
Friday, January 20, 2017

Part 2: Lea Salonga talks cultural representation and current politics through musical theatre by Maddi Ostapiw

When I was given the opportunity to speak to Lea Salonga about her upcoming concerts just days after the results of the American election were announced, I couldn’t help but link her …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:05AM
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Part 1: Lea Salonga on inspiration, mentorship, and her upcoming Aussie concerts by Maddi Ostapiw

Lea Salonga is a name we all know, famous for originating or revolutionising many characters that musical theatre fans love. Whether our familiarity with Salonga is through Kim, Eponine, Fan…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 03:24AM
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Celebrating Christmas with Patrice Tipoki by Maddi Ostapiw

Australian stage favourite and accomplished international leading lady, Patrice Tipoki has had an incredibly successful 2016. Rather than being satisfied with a restful holiday season after …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 08:45AM
Monday, December 5, 2016

Poppy Seed Festival – discussing F. with Morgan Rose by Maddi Ostapiw

In our fourth and final piece discussing the participants of Melbourne’s Poppy Seed Festival for 2016, writer Morgan Rose talks to us about F., a show about how modern teenagers intera…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 04:17AM
Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Quick Chat With Aaron Robuck about Bare: A Pop Opera by Maddi Ostapiw

A cult favourite amongst many musical theatre fans, Bare: A Pop Opera is a modern show that tells the story of a group of teens trying to understand who they are and where they fit in to the…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 11:29PM
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Poppy Seed Festival – discussing What’s Yours is Mine with Simone French by Maddi Ostapiw

In our third interview exploring the shows involved in and ideas behind Melbourne’s Poppy Seed Theatre Festival, we chat to Simone French about Hotel Now’s What’s Yours Is …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:39PM
Friday, November 18, 2016

Poppy Seed Festival – discussing LadyCake with Anna Rodway by Maddi Ostapiw

A self-described “theatre-maker, dessert-baker, actor and writer”, Anna Rodway is currently appearing in LadyCake as part of Melbourne’s Poppy Seed Theatre Festival. Below,…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 07:12PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Poppy Seed Festival: discussing Blessed with Danny Delahunty by Maddi Ostapiw

Blessed, a fractured love story that spans fifteen years and explores “the stagnant horror of inter-generational Australian poverty in the context of religious mythology”, is the second …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 10:27PM
Monday, November 14, 2016

StageArt announces 2017 season by Maddi Ostapiw

Following their critically and commercially successful 2016 season, StageArt are building on their ethos of producing works that give voice to dynamic and diverse stories. Just announced is …

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 04:34PM
Sunday, November 6, 2016

Celebrating LGBTI+ pride with the cast of Kinky Boots: Daniel Downing by Maddi Ostapiw

In our second Pride interview with the cast of Kinky Boots, Daniel Downing talks to us about how the amateur theatre community helped him to discover his personality and sexuality, why he co…

SOURCE: AussieTheatre at 11:05PM

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