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Maddi is a performer who has been too scared to stand in the spotlight for the last few years, so she channels her need for love and appreciation into writing about the theatre instead. An energetic consumer of musical theatre, she is currently earning a degree in journalism and teaches voice in her small hometown. Maddi is normally covered in cat fur, has an opinion on everything, and in the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda, is not throwing away her shot.

Maddi has written 82 articles on AussieTheatre

Disney legend Alan Menken talks creation, composition, and collaboration

Alan Menken

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 available to us, we were treated to a medley of Menken’s theatre compositions (including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of… Read more.

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

Amanda Harrison, Chelsea Gibb and Melissa Langton in a promotional image for Cyrens.

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 leading musical theatre productions. She has earned her leading lady status, but over recent years has been seen embracing more concert and cabaret style performances, moving away from… Read more.

Brent Trotter talks Spring Awakening and mental health in the arts

Photography by Belinda Strodder

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 decisions about their lives and bodies. Full of sadness and beauty, the themes of mental health, abuse and repression of sexuality in Spring Awakening… Read more.

Hayes Theatre Co announce final 2017 program

Hayes Theatre Co announce final 2017 program

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 of fun no matter what type of theatre you prefer, and we have all the details below! Under the Covers Following the previously… Read more.

Breaking: Anastasia to come to Australia!

Christy Altomare and Derek Klena in Anastasia on Broadway. Photography by Michael Murphy.

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 reference?) and last night reported that the producers of Anastasia on Broadway are planning to stage the show around the world, with one production… Read more.

Jerry Mitchell on the healing power of Kinky Boots

Jerry Mitchell on the healing power of Kinky Boots

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 of each!), proving that he knows how to translate themes across continents, no matter the background of the viewer. In the following interview, Mitchell talks to us… Read more.

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

Alan Menken at Piano

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 Aladdin’s Melbourne opening night, we took the opportunity to ask Menken questions about his various successful collaborations with Disney and the future of his work in… Read more.

Phillip Lowe on the magic and mystery of Big Fish

Phillip Lowe, Katrina Retallick and Kirby Burgess in Big Fish. Photo credit: Chris Pavlich.

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 role of Edward in the upcoming Hayes Theatre production, Phillip Lowe is in a unique position to find the truth behind… Read more.

On impressions and Diva Moments: Christina Bianco

On impressions and Diva Moments: Christina Bianco

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. Armed with only YouTube analytics in the beginning to guide her toward an international audience, she has continued to grow in popularity and will soon… Read more.

Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King at Horsham Town Hall Theatre

Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King at Horsham Town Hall Theatre

Shortly after the forty-fifth anniversary of the release of Carole King’s chart topping and best-selling album, Tapestry, Debra Byrne and Vika Bull performed three sold out shows at the Melbourne Arts Centre to celebrate the music of the prolific artist. Six months later, the pair have enlisted the talents of the Brill Band once more… Read more.