This April, one of AussieTheatre’s own lights takes centre-stage with a new, original work based on her experiences in a different kind of foyer, with Reception: The Musical. Brendan McCallum caught up with Bethany Simons to talk swivel chairs, stationery orders, and the enduring love of audiences for good, toe-tapping cabaret. “It’s not poking fun,… Read more.
With everyone having seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show film, how do you convince them to see another live production? Anne-Marie Peard asked its creator, Richard O’Brien, when he was in Melbourne on his way to play the Narrator in the Adelaide season of the current touring show. “It’s fast and sexy and snappy and… Read more.
OCPAC’s highly successful 2013 production of Seussical The Musical returns to the stage this April for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. First time director Josh Ellwood tells Bethany Simons what it’s been like juggling his own performance schedule with demands from the cat in the stripy hat. A music theatre performer in his own right,… Read more.
With Willy Russell’s iconic West End musical Blood Brothers in full swing at Melbourne’s Chapel-Off-Chapel until April 6, AussieTheatre took time out to hear from the Johnson Twins – Gareth Keegan and Matthew Bradford. The actors playing the twins (as alike born as two new pins) the tough questions about writer Willy Russell, leading lady… Read more.
Jane Bodie is someone who knows how to keep the plates spinning. With three plays happening simultaneously across two states, one might expect a certain fatigue to be trickling down the phone from Sydney, but if anything, her London inflections reflect an energy and excitement about her current ventures. These include two remounts, Hilt and This… Read more.
Bert LaBonte would have to be one of the most down-to-earth actors out there. Most in demand. Most relaxed. Ironic? Well, maybe that’s just it. For now, at least, he doesn’t have to worry about work. He’s had a steady stream of it for the last eight years. In fact, he found himself needing to… Read more.
Recently appointed resident choreographer for The Australian Ballet Tim Harbour discusses his latest endeavors with the Company and the exciting 2014 program that blends classical favorites with innovative contemporary choreography. You’ve recently been made the resident choreographer for The Australian Ballet, the first in ten years, are you enjoying the role? It’s wonderful to be… Read more.
No list of Australia’s truly great leading ladies of the stage would be complete without Rachael Beck. Over the last twenty-nine years (she made her debut in Cats in Melbourne aged 15) she has time and time again proved herself to be one of our most versatile and beloved performers. Her list of shows is… Read more.
After a couple of phone connection drop outs I finally managed to chat to Caroline Reid, better known as hostess from hell, Pam Ann. Charm itself, she expounded on her amazing career which began in 1996: “I never thought she would last so long. Neither did a lot of people!” Asked to describe Pam, Reid… Read more.
Reg Livermore is joining the cast of WICKED for its return Melbourne and Sydney seasons in 2014 and Erin James caught up with the legend of stage and screen for a chat about all things green… The Dragon Clock struck 8:30 (am!) and I find myself on the line with Reg Livermore – veteran of… Read more.