AussieTheatre.com is thrilled to confirm the return of our regular ‘Coffee With’ column this year, featuring weekly updates from three graduates of WAAPA’s musical theatre course. The much loved ‘Coffee With…’ column, initially ran from 2007-2009 and featured WAAPA graduates Lucy Maunder (2007), Gemma-Ashley Kaplan (2008) and Kate Walder (2009) writing about their first experiences in the Australian… Read more.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is musical theatre’s hottest commodity these days, and Australian audiences will have the chance to see some of his work live this June. Pursued by Bear today announced the cast for their upcoming Victorian premiere of Miranda’s 15 minute musical 21 Chump Street. A cautionary tale of high-school love, the musical is based on… Read more.
Earlier this week, a small group of entertainment journalists were invited to take part in a closed question and answer session with legendary composer Alan Menken. Held ahead of Aladdin’s Melbourne opening night, we took the opportunity to ask Menken questions about his various successful collaborations with Disney and the future of his work in… Read more.
This winter, Disney on Ice brings the blockbuster family favourite Frozen to life where it should be – on ice. The beloved animated characters Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, will be performed by world class ice skating professionals, as they dance on ice to hit songs from the movie including “Let It Go”, “Do… Read more.
The smash hit musical Jersey Boys will return to Australia next year, it has been confirmed this morning, and auditions for the production will be held in July and early August this year to find Australia’s next Four Seasons. Producer Rodney Rigby and NSW Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall have announced that the blockbuster tuner, which… Read more.
Disney’s blockbuster musical Aladdin is preparing to commence performances in Melbourne this weekend, Gabi Bergman writes… “Agrabah. City of flying carpets, soaring heroes, famous love ballads and more glitz and glamour than any other fictional city in the world…” The Genie’s opening lines of Aladdin the Musical could not describe it more aptly. The much loved 1992… Read more.
New York-based Australian composer Matthew Lee Robinson will return to Melbourne next month to present New Voices 2017, this year with both participant and auditing positions available. Direct from developing his musical ATLANTIS with Broadway creatives in New York City, Helpmann-nominated composer / lyricist Matthew Lee Robinson will lead the new incarnation of his annual… Read more.
Tim Minchin has been busy. While the comedian / performer / writer / composer’s previous hit, Matilda the Musical, is touring Australia to popular and critical success, his next project Groundhog Day is due to open on Broadway this month. Groundhog Day, is based on the 1993 Bill Murray movie where a disgruntled weatherman mysteriously stuck in a… Read more.
Luckiest Productions announced today that Tim Draxl will play Cliff in the upcoming 30th Anniversary Production of Only Heaven Knows at the Hayes Theatre Co from May this year. A previous Helpmann Award and Logie Award nominee, Draxl joins the previously announced cast of Matthew Backer (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Blazey Best (Miracle City), Ben Hall (Neighbours) and… Read more.
Bette Midler sure knows how to make an understudy feel appreciated. Ensemble performer Christian Dante White was unexpectedly called upon to play the role of Cornelius Hackl (which he understudies, but had not yet rehearsed) during two preview performances on Broadway this week and Midler publicly acknowledged his efforts during the curtain calls. Playbill.com reported that Midler stepped aside to give the actor the… Read more.