Marney McQueen loves doing character cabaret. But none of McQueen’s characters have ever sashayed off the stage and into real life in the manner of celebrity beautician Rosa Waxoffski. Rosa is the character who will be showcased in McQueen’s contributions to cabaret seasons in both Adelaide and Sydney and she really does get around. “I’ve… Read more.
“Of course, in the very beginning nobody believed that we could do it,” says Michael Flatley. “We’re 20 years long in the tooth now, and the show is, I would say, more powerful today than it was even in the beginning.” Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is a new staging of Flatley’s Irish dance… Read more.
“I’m absolutely, irrepressibly optimistic about this season,” says Melvyn Morrow. Morrow has contributed his writing skills to a wide range of media (television, radio, stage) and a wide range of genres (comedy, cabaret, musicals including Dusty and SHOUT!). His play, Vice, looked at sexual abuse in private schools and recently finished its successful season at… Read more.
Sex. Death. Memory. Loss. Greed. Oh, and women’s Olympic boxing. The 2015 Freshworks season at the Old 505 Theatre in Surry Hills taps into the profound concerns that have driven theatre since the days of Greek tragedy—and addresses modern-day themes as well. But the productions in Freshworks experiment with the ways they push and poke at these… Read more.
When Nelson Gardner is pushed to describe Ned: A New Australian Musical, in which he plays Ned Kelly, he comes up with an interesting description. “I don’t really want to compare it to another show, but if I did I’d say it’s an Irish-Australian Les Mis,” he says. “There are hints of Celtic styles in… Read more.
“I want to make work that anybody can understand and connect with,” says Shona McCullagh, chief executive and artistic director of the New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC). Case in point: Rotunda, the company’s first full-length production, a fresh and different kind of commemoration of the ANZAC centenary. It makes an unmistakably emotional impact—even on the… Read more.
Since Luke Alleva started out in Western Sydney, he has appeared in film and television productions, as well as dancing, singing and acting his way across the world to London’s West End. He’s featured in different genres of stage musicals from Man of La Mancha to Rocky Horror Picture Show to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang—and… Read more.
“A brave act in itself.” That’s how television veteran Daryl Somers described the birth of Birdie Productions, a new Bankstown-based independent theatre company launched by Executive Producer Rodney Bertram and his wife Pearl. The story of how the company’s first production Hot Shoe Shuffle came together glows with the sunny optimism of an old-time show-business musical. The show will… Read more.
The Man They Call the Banjo, a musical play about the writing of Waltzing Matilda, will première as a full-fledged production on April 17 and 18 at Mt Rothwell in Victoria. The play’s previous incarnation as a concert-style presentation has now, under Wolf Heidecker’s direction, been fleshed out with sets and choreography. But, says writer-composer… Read more.
Melvyn Morrow’s new play is about to open at Newtown’s King Street Theatre, and it has a distinct “ripped from the headlines” feel. Centred around horrific reality of sexual assault in private schools and written by a former school teacher, this show is set to be a reflection of the darker side of the world… Read more.