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Comedy For Newtown

Comedy For Newtown

There’s ‘under-belly-laughs’ aplenty when a new Aussie comedy premieres in Sydney this week. Get Gary, by award-winning Sydney playwright Rachel Musgrove and directed by Henry Jennings, is a hilarious dig at the more hapless end of the criminal underworld. It comes to Newtown Theatre for a three-week season from August 19. Set in 1980s London,… Read more.


Crash claimed another theatre victim

The Papua New Guinea plane crash that claimed the life of nine Australians has another tragic theatre link, with community theatre worker Euan Comrie amongst the dead. Euan Comrie was en route to walk the Kokoda Track as part of a tribute to his World War II-serving grandfather. WAAPA graduate and musical theatre actor Matthew… Read more.


Standing ovation greets Avenue Q

Standing ovation greets Avenue Q

The 2003 Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q has landed in Sydney, earning a standing ovation at its Opening Night performance at the Theatre Royal on Wednesday. In front of a packed house, the cast was extremely well received at the Sydney opening and partied with guests into the night at the nearby Ivy Lounge in the Sydney… Read more.


Showqueen Turns One

Trevor Ashley

After a glorious start on August 10, 2008, the weekly Sunday night cabaret showcase Showqueen Sundays has just celebrated its first anniversary. With more than 45 performances and a Melbourne season at Chapel Off Chapel, Showqueen Sundays has showcased the talents of over 150 cabaret artists, created a new CD (with a second on the way) and drawn thousands… Read more.


See Dusty for Free

See Dusty for Free

Sydney theatre audiences have the opportunity to see a musical for free next month when the Australian Institute of Music presents a production of Dusty. After 253 performances and close to 400,000 audience members having attended the professional verson of the show in Australia a few years ago, the story and music of Dusty Springfield had once again… Read more.



Taken Too Young: Matt Leonard killed

Taken Too Young: Matt Leonard killed

Tributes are flowing in for actor Matthew Leonard, who was amongst nine Australians killed in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday. The 28-year-old, a graduate of the Western Australian Academy Of Arts, was not a regular on stage, with his passion for adventure leading him to a career as a firefighter. But… Read more.


Actor Matt Leonard feared dead

Actor Matt Leonard feared dead

DEVELOPING STORY Australia’s tight-knit theatre community is in shock today with actor Matthew Leonard feared dead in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea. The wreckage of the plane – which went missing yesterday en route to the Kokoda Track – has been found and there are “no immediate signs of activity”, according to official… Read more.


Young Aussie cleans up at major awards

Young Aussie cleans up at major awards

Damien Noyce has set the world alight with sensational success at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. The baby-faced 25-year-old Darlinghurst actor returns home this week from the 13th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) with five gold medals and one bronze medal as well as being named overall champion in… Read more.


Witches jump on brooms for Sydney

Amanda Harrison and Lucy Durack in Wicked

Wicked has played its last performance at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, with the mammoth task of moving the show to Sydney now underway.   The musical, which stars Amanda Harrison as Elphaba and Lucy Durack as Glinda, has proved a mammoth success in Melbourne, where it opened in spectacular fashion last July. Producers are hoping Sydney… Read more.


Draxl To Perform In New York

Tim Draxl

It was announced today that Australian actor and cabaret performer Tim Draxl has been invited to perform at the prestigious New York Cabaret Convention at the Lincoln Centre in New York in October. The convention, which features the top singers and cabaret artists from around the world, is a long-running special yearly event in New… Read more.


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