Dream Lover’s Hannah Fredericksen on her new musical adventure

Dream Lover’s Hannah Fredericksen on her new musical adventure

Dream Lover is a new Australian musical about the life of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin and his movie star wife Sandra Dee. We chatted with Hannah Fredericksen, who co-stars  alongside David Campbell’s Bobby Darin as Sandra Dee, about working on a brand-new musical, the incredible cast she’s sharing the stage with, and… Read more.

WAAPA classmates bring double bill cabaret to Sydney Fringe

Bobbie-Jean Harding in Tales of a travelling songstress

Bobbie-Jean Henning and Larua Johnston both graduated from WAAPA’s musical theatre course in 2013. Since then, the ladies have both been making waves at cabaret venues across the country and the pair have teamed up to present a double bill at this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival. Both have written cabarets with a focus on strong female… Read more.

Side Show – Photo Feature

Laura Bunting and Kerrie Anne Greenland in Side Show. Image by Kurt Sneddon

Produced by One Eyed Man Productions, Side Show is the latest independent musical to open at Sydney’s gorgeous Hayes Theatre Co and it’s a suitably intimate piece for the 110 seat venue. The production stars Laura Bunting and Kerrie Anne Greenland as Daisy and Vilolet – the Hilton twins from the “freak show” who took Vaudeville by storm –… Read more.

Caroline O’Connor talks Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

Caroline O'Connor Headshot

Previews for Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical have commenced this week and Caroline O’Connor took some time out of her busy schedule to introduce the new musical to AussieTheatre readers. Performing a double role within the show, she spoke to me about how she researches historical characters, why bio musicals function within the parameters of “new”… Read more.

A Chat with Festival Director Joseph Mitchell of the OzAsia Festival Sept 17 – Oct 2

Joseph Mitchell PHOTO:  Randy Larcomb

The OzAsia Festival is one of the most highly regarded celebrations of Asian Theatre and performance anywhere in the world. Each year in Adelaide, it is held specifically to celebrate the depth of modern performance culture across the gamut of all performance arts.  From technology infused dance performances, to family shows involving puppetry, to stand… Read more.

So much musical theatre history in this one Instagram post!

Cast of Singin' in the Rain. Photo credit: Jeff Busby.

Singin’ in The Rain, like many musicals across the country and the world, are allowing company members to “takeover” posting on their official Instagram account in order to give fans an unprecedented insight into the behind-the-scenes life of the show. This week’s takeover is being run by Rohan Browne, who plays leading man Don Lockwood (a character famously created… Read more.

Johanna Allen: The other songs that got away

Johanna Allen. Image supplied

Songstress Johanna Allen opens her solo show Harold Arlen: The Songs That Got Away tonight at Glen St Theatre. We caught up with her to find out her top “other” songs that got away… The thing about Harold Arlen, is that while his songs became famous – somehow he remained unknown. He wasn’t associated with the… Read more.

Photo Feature – Clinton the Musical

Photo Feature – Clinton the Musical

Check out the photos from Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Clinton The Musical captured by Daniel James Grant.   Starring Lisa Adam, Simon Burke, Matt Dyktynski, Brendan Hanson, Luke Hewitt, Megan Kozak, Clare Moore this fast paced hilarious, irreverent look at the two terms of Bill Clinton’s Presidency will be one of the funniest nights… Read more.

A quick chat with Alana Valentine, playwright of Letters to Lindy

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Alana Valentine

In Alana Valentine’s play, Letters to Lindy, the relationship between the Australian public and Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, one of the nations’s most iconic female figures, is examined. Accused of filicide but claiming her daughter was the victim of a dingo, Chamberlain-Creighton received thousands of letters from around the country between first allegation and final coroners report, forming… Read more.

Rebecca Hetherington and Jordan Mahar on First Date

The stars of First Date

Opening last week in Melbourne, Pursued by Bears’ production of First Date introduces us to principal characters Casey and Aaron as they embark on a blind date. I had the privilege of speaking to Rebecca Hetherington and Jordon Mahar, the actors bringing Casey and Aaron to life, about all things First Date. The first thing Rebecca Hetherington told… Read more.