Penny’s Magical Month

Penny McNamee as Nessarose in Wicked

The days are long but the end result will be something special. In rehearsals for the Sydney season of the blockbuster musicalWicked, Penny McNamee has a whirlwind of thoughts going around in her head. On one hand, there’s the excitement surrounding coming home for the Sydney season at the Capitol Theatre. On the other, there’s… Read more.

Glee-Up in Melbourne

Glee Club is thrilled to announce the launch of a new Gleeful concept – Showtune Tuesdays in Melbourne! In addition to the highly successful Wednesday night sessions hosted by Vicky Jacobs, Glee Club will now also be running on Tuesday nights singing showtunes from music theatre past and present and hosted by international cabaret and… Read more.

Buddy’s Financial Woes

The Adelaide and Perth seasons of the jukebox musical Buddy have a dark cloud over them, with the production apparently experiencing financial difficulties. The musical opened at the Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide last night and is due to open in Perth on October 13. The show, which focuses on the life and career of music legend… Read more.

Record Breaker

August 2009 has become the most successful month in the history of, overtaking previous visitor and page view records. 2009 has delivered record hits for the website with August now recording more visitors than any other month in the site’s history, taking over the previous record set in July 2008. Incredibly, doubled its July page views… Read more.

Theatre should start earlier, say fans

Australian theatre-goers say shows should start at 7.30pm and move away from the traditional 8.00pm start time. In a poll conducted on the website, 42.1 per cent of respondents said they would prefer 7.30pm starts. 39.5 per cent said they wanted the 8.00pm start time retained, while 10.7 per cent wanted a 7.00pm start. Most musicals… Read more.

Sydney readies to Light the Night again

Sydney readies to Light the Night again

Light the Night producer Shaun Rennie has encouraged Sydney’s theatre community to support the event this year, saying it is more important than ever to keep fundraising money rolling in. Now in its fifth year, Light the Night has become an extremely popular annual charity concert. To date, funds raised at this event have exceeded… Read more.

New meaning for upcoming show

Hornsby Musical Society’s upcoming production of Leader Of The Pack has taken on new meaning with the show’s inspiration – songwriter Ellie Greenwich – passing away last week. The musical will be presented at Hornsby RSL in Sydney from October 22 to October 30. Leader Of The Pack celebrates the life and times of the Brooklyn-born Greenwich, whose… Read more.

Ellie Greenwich dies

Ellie Greenwich dies

Ellie Greenwich – who inspired the musical Leader Of The Pack – has died, reports say. The 68-year-old suffered an apparant heart attack in New York, leaving behind a remarkable musical legacy. She was one of the most talented songwriters of her generation, penning such songs as ‘Chapel Of Love’, ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ and ‘Then He… Read more.

Sydney Memorial for Matthew Leonard

The Sydney theatre community will pay tribute to the late Matthew Leonard at a special memorial service next week. Leonard was killed earlier this month when a plane he was travelling in crashed en route to Kokoda. A WAAPA graduate, Leonard starred in a number of musicals before leaving the theatre industry to follow other… Read more.

Hats Off set for Melbourne

Hats Off set for Melbourne

Hats Off – the annual fundraising concert presented by Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (OSCEFA) – has become an annual concert institution in the diaries of Melbourne’s theatre and cabaret cognoscenti. This year, the cream of Australia’s media, arts and entertainment community will come together to celebrate the 10th year of Hats Off in Melbourne on Sunday, September 6 (Father’s… Read more.