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…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Full cast announced for High Fidelity at the Hayes by Matt Edwards

Neil Gooding Productions and Highway Run Productions have announced the full cast for High Fidelity, the musical based on Nick Hornby’s novel and subsequent film of the same name. The…

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Audition Preparation by Matt Edwards

With Priscilla Queen of the Desert auditions kicking off in Melbourne next week, we thought we would pull together a little information to help all those preparing to strut their stuff. Gen…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Australian production of Evita the musical announced by Matt Edwards

Opera Australia and John Frost announced today that Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita will return to Australia to open at the Sydney Opera House in September 2018. E…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Getting to know Samantha Leigh Dodemaide – Australia’s new Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz by Gabi Bergman

Since its initial release in 1939, The Wizard of Oz has left it’s mark on society. There’s just something about the story of Dorothy Gale and her journey that audiences just adore, and i…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

After 14 years as STC’s casting Guru, Serena Hill, discusses heading back to London, auditions and the need for training by Matthew Manahan

Serena Hill has been Head of Casting at Sydney Theatre Company since 2003, and after an incredible career Down Under, she is heading home to England with her family. For now. I was fortunate…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Full cast announced: Assassins at Hayes Theatre Co by Erin James

Assassins is the first musical by Stephen Sondheim to be presented at Hayes Theatre Co in its nearly 4 years of operation Today, the full cast has been confirmed for the production at Sydney…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The heat is on! A quick chat with Vivien Emsworth and Marcus Rivera from Miss Saigon! by Erin James

With a cast of over 50, Packemin Productions’ Miss Saigon is currently playing at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. We caught up with stars Vivien Emsworth (Kim) and Marcus Rivera (T…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Samantha Leigh Dodemaide to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz by Matt Edwards

Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones announced Yesterday that Samantha Leigh Dodemaide would take coveted lead role of Dorothy in the upcoming Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz. Beating…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Video: 2017 Helpmann Awards Red Carpet Special by Matt Edwards

The Helpmann Awards are not just about handing out trophies. They are also about gowns, lights and the red carpet. Our intrepid roving reporter, Darcy Oliver, braved the red carpet to catch …

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Queenie van de Zandt brings Blue to the Hayes by Matt Edwards

Queenie van de Zandt needs no introduction. A powerhouse of the Australian industry she has recently been touring the country with her new show Blue – The Songs of Joni Mitchell. We sat …

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The Bodyguard by Sonny Clarke

A glitzy, kitschy musical version of the 1992 box-office smash hit The Bodyguard opened to high-spirited Brisbane theatre goers over the weekend and proved, much to the surprise of some punt…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Video: The performances from the 2017 Helpmann Awards by Matt Edwards

The Helpmann Awards are not just pomp and ceremony. They also include performances from a number of nominated and upcoming productions from around Australia. The years awards included perfor…

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2017 Helpmann Award winners – full list by Erin James

The 17th Annual Helpmann Awards, presented by Live Performance Australia, were held this evening at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, celebrating Australia’s vibrant live performance ind…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Video: We chat to Rob Mills about Jesus Christ Superstar, his career and tips for the industry by Matt Edwards

The Production Company’s Jesus Christ Superstar opens this Saturday at the State Theatre in Melbourne. Roving reporter Darcy Oliver caught up with Rob Mills, who plays Jesus in the pr…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Inside Impromptunes, an improvised musical troupe – part of Bondi Feast 18-29 July by Debbie Zhou

Over 10 nights and 90 performances, Bondi Feast offers a promising line-up of artists to shake off Sydney’s winter blues – and in 2017, it’s bigger and better than ever with 158 artist…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Full cast announced for Melba at the Hayes by Press Release

Rehearsals for Melba A New Australian Musical developed through New Musicals Australia, commence Monday 17th of July Starring Emma Matthews, Melba will play Hayes Theatre Co from August 11 …

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Fitzroy High School tackles a classic: Dr Faustus by Matt Edwards

A small public school in the inner north of Melbourne, Fitzroy High School is known for it’s eclectic and diverse student body, as well as providing this body with a range of different art…

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Matt-aphorically Speaking – A Dyslexic Guide to Dating, Love and Everything In Twebeen by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Written and performed by Matthew Dear (graduate from the 2016 Griffith Conservatorium of Music’s Musical Theatre programme), Matt-aphorically Speaking is part-cabaret, part-lecture, about …

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Swallow by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius

Swallow portrays the hard lives of three women as they find a way to survive in a modern world. It’s a story of alienation, isolation, and loneliness. The theme of the play questions ident…

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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are headed Down Under by Matt Edwards

Question: Who had the most popular album in the UK last Christmas? Adele? Ed Sheeran? Lorde? Nope!! It was Michael Ball and Alfie Boe with their album of musical theatre and classic standard…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ned cast reunites for a one night only concert by Matt Edwards

The cast of the original production of Australian musical Ned will reunite for a one-night-only concert at the National Theatre in St Kilda (Melbourne) on July 17, 2017. Ned, which enjoyed…

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Paulini to sing anthem at tonight’s State of Origin 3 by Matt Edwards

Paulini, currently starring as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard the Musial, will sing the national anthem at tonight’s Rugby League State of Origin decider, at Queensland’s Sunco…

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Double-Bill, He Dreamed a Train and Eve at the Powerhouse by Jemma Lanyon

Much of my favourite theatre over the past year or so has been independent theatre at the Powerhouse (shout-out to Blue Bones and True West). Margi Brown-Ash’s double-bill, He Dreamed a Tr…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

New Australian Theatre on the Stage: See Between Worlds in Sydney by Matilda Moran

With the current debate about of the lack of Australian works being produced in the Music Theatre industry, there has never been a more exciting time for a great new Australian work to be bl…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Maverick Newman takes Finding Felix to the Butterfly Club this week by Matt Edwards

Direct from his sold out world premier season at the Perth FringeWorld festival, Maverick Newman is bringing Finding Felix: A Memoir to The Butterfly Club in Melbourne for one week only. Fi…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Poly-media dance work goes Wireless by Sonny Clarke

With an unsettling clarity on the peculiarities of human behavior (once removed), Wireless proposes that privacy is an invention without a future. Created by Lisa Wilson (Co-Director/ Choreo…

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Coffee With Dana Jolly, Part One: The Power of Positivity, Dealing with Injury, and Overcoming Limitations by Stephanie Wall

Dana Jolly is a renowned Australian performer, choreographer and in-demand freelance teacher with a professional career that spans over forty years, both in Australia and internationally. Da…

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Melbourne’s new Fair Ladies by Matt Edwards

Elisa Colla and Pamela Rabe have joined the principal cast of My Fair Lady for the remainder of the Melbourne season. Colla, who previously appeared in Les Miserables, West Side Story and…

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Win a double pass to Velvet in Sydney by Matt Edwards

AussieTheatre has a double pass to giveaway to Velvet at the Roslyn Packer theatre on 26 July at 7:30pm. Back by popular demand, the ARIA nominated and award-winning hit show VELVET, is re…

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Gilligan’s Island the Musical coming to Melbourne in 2018 by Matt Edwards

A musical based on the hit 1960’s television series about seven shipwrecked castaways, Gilligan’s Island, will be heading to Chapel off Chapel. Producers Humdrum Comedy and Left …

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