Artist Profiles

Learn your Defying Gravity concert stars well! Helen Dallimore

Helen Dallimore

Defying Gravity, a world premiere concert celebrating the work of acclaimed composer Stephen Schwartz, will premiere at Sydney’s Theatre Royal for three performances only on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February 2016. If you’re a fan of international musical theatre, you won’t want to miss this exciting musical event! It has a stellar line up of performers – headlined by… Read more.

A different kind of opera: Matt McFarlane on ABC and Opera Australia’s The Divorce

Matt McFarlane

A landmark artistic event is taking place over four nights this week on ABC1 and it’s pretty darn exciting. Our national opera company (Opera Australia) and our national broadcaster (ABC TV) have come together to bring The Divorce, a unique, multi-platform project that will reinvent opera for television, film and online audiences all across the… Read more.

We Will Rock You – A Chat with Ben Elton

Ben Elton. Image by Johnny Ring

Ben Elton has enjoyed a lifelong immersion in words. From successful TV shows like Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder, to a cavalcade of acclaimed standalone novels, to full length theatrical plays – it seems that Ben Elton’s pen has traipsed joyfully through all of the successes possible within the creative world. Musical Theatre fans may recognise Ben’s name… Read more.

Debora Krizak on Anything Goes, her family, and taking life as it comes

Debora Krizak. Image by Amanda Buckworth

Debora Krizak started her career in musical theatre in 2004 in Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Since then, she has since gone from strength to strength in show to show, including Titanic, Calendar Girls, Shangai Lady Killer, her Helpmann nominated performance as Sheila in A Chorus Line, and most recently, she toured with Hayes Theatre Company’s Sweet Charity.  She’s… Read more.

Lucy Maunder on Heathers and all things 80s

Lucy Maunder

Heathers: The Musical, based on the 80s cult classic film of the same name, premiered Off Broadway in 2014 to critical acclaim and even garnered an enthusiastic following of its own. The Hayes Theatre, the current hub of Sydney’s independent musical theatre revolution, will be home to the Australian premiere of Heathers starting from July… Read more.

Together Apart, a new Australian song cycle: first look!

Together Apart, a new Australian song cycle: first look!

Nicholas Gentile and Lincoln Hall, a writing duo, are set to release the album for their song cycle Together Apart, and it’s bursting with talent. Nick & Lincoln, as they’re collectively known, are both experienced performers. Nick’s passion lies with composition, conducting and musical directing, and Lincoln’s focus is on writing, filmmaking and directing – which… Read more.

Chatting with Penny McNamee, our new Mary Poppins

Penny McNamee

Penny McNamee, one of Australia’s rising stars, will be playing the practically perfect nanny Mary Poppins in Packemin’s upcoming production at the Riverside Theatre from July 24 – August 8. McNamee has had an extensive career on both stage and screen.  After originating the role of Nessarose in the Australian production of Wicked, she has… Read more.