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Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's 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).

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2016 Green Room Award winners announced

Australian cast of Matilda The Musical. Image by James Morgan

Melbourne’s premier peer-presented performing arts industry awards – The Green Room Awards – were presented live at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre this evening, hosted by Patron Julia Zemiro and featuring live performances by Otto & Astrid of Die Roten Punkte, Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble and Yumi Umiumare. Celebrating the outstanding work presented in Melbourne during 2016,… Read more.


Kinky Boots and Aladdin on the move

Kinky Boots. Australia. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Major musicals Kinky Boots and Aladdin both completed their Australian premiere engagements last night and the hit shows are set to switcheroo next month. Aladdin, which has been playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre since August 2016, is set to transfer to Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in April while Kinky Boots will strut out of Her Majesty’s and… Read more.


Home grown and beautiful: Esther Hannaford to play Carole King in new musical

Home grown and beautiful: Esther Hannaford to play Carole King in new musical

Thank god it’s Esther! She gave us Ann Darrow in King Kong, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Bonnie-Mae in Miracle City, Penny Pingleton in Hairspray and now, multi-award winning actor, singer and musical theatre star Esther Hannaford has been confirmed as the leading lady in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical!  Hannaford has collected a Helpmann… Read more.


Hidden Gem: Brett Brown’s Postcards will resonate with audiences far and wide

Hidden Gem: Brett Brown’s Postcards will resonate with audiences far and wide

Firstly, did you know that Art Gallery of NSW has a special concert series – Resonate – which opens this weekend and brings the best musicians from Australia and beyond to the gallery’s performance space? Secondly, did you know that award-winning London based Australian actor and singer Brett Brown will open the 2017 Resonate Concert Series… Read more.


Australia’s Bodyguard has been revealed!

Kip Gamblin and Paulini star in THE BODYGUARD. Image by Peter Brew Bevan

Acclaimed dancer and actor Kip Gamblin will join the cast of The Bodyguard musical in the title role, it was announced today. Producers Michael Harrison, David Ian and John Frost confirmed that Gamblin will take on the role of Frank Farmer in the Australian tour of The Bodyguard, which commences at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in April. Although… Read more.



Watch This 2017 season announcement – AussieTheatre Exclusive

2016 Company Regional Tour. Image by Jodie Hutchinson

Melbourne based independent outfit, Watch This, is rolling along quite nicely. With their 2016 regional tour of Company done and dusted, they’ve racked up a total of 5 first-class productions, 12 Green Room Award nominations and a gong for Best Supporting Actor (Adrian Li Donni, Pacific Overtures). If that sounds a bit like a Christmas… Read more.


First look at Prinnie Stevens and Paulini from The Bodyguard Musical

The Bodyguard. Image Supplied

Pop sensation Paulini and musical theatre/pop artist Prinnie Stevens have been cast as sisters Rachel and Nicki Marron in the 2017 Australian tour of The Bodyguard Musical. The pair made a trip to the studio to record the sisters’ duet from the production, Whitney Houston’s ‘Run To You’. A big song for two big voices! Check… Read more.


Linden Furnell wins 2016 Rob Guest Endowment

Linden Furnell winner of the Rob Guest Endowmen 2016. Image by Robert Catto

Linden Furnell has won the major prize at the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment grand final concert, taking home $20,000 for professional development in musical theatre. Furnell (currently appearing in Kinky Boots) and five other grand finalists – Stefanie Jones (Sound of Music), Genevieve Kingsford (Light in the Piazza), Hilary Cole (Kinky Boots), Matthew Predny (Kinky Boots)… Read more.


The Book of Mormon Australian cast announced

The Book of Mormon Australian cast announced

It’s been a long 19 months since Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria, announced that Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s blockbuster musical The Book Of Mormon was heading to Melbourne, and today we can finally reveal the cast for the Australian premiere production.  Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album… Read more.


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