Australian music theatre writer Xavier Brouwer (Grey’s Lobotomy, DIVE, MACKILLOP) will premiere his new musical Ned Kelly My Love at the Brunswick Mechanics Theatre in Melbourne from November 9. Revolving around an untold love story of notorious bushranger Ned Kelly the musical is based on historical evidence recently uncovered by Paul O’Keefe. O’Keefe’s research suggest Kelly was betrothed to… Read more.
Julie Andrews’ 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady – the most successful show ever to play at the Sydney Opera House – has confirmed it will be returning to Sydney in 2017. The major musical, starring Anna O’Byrne, Robyn Nevin and Reg Livermore, played its final performance at the Joan Sutherland Theatre yesterday (5 November) and producers… Read more.
It has absolutely made a splash in Melbourne, and now we know Sydney will play host to the strutting extravaganza that is Kinky Boots the musical. You’ll be able to catch it at the Capitol Theatre from April 2017. Based on the charming British film, featuring a book by Harvey Fierstein and music by the… Read more.
Pacific Opera, an influential program for young, exceptional performers has announced this week that it is under threat. A provider of talent to Opera Australia and other international companies, Pacific Opera is at risk of closure after losing its primary source of funding – private donations. Established in 2003 by former Opera Australia principal Christine… Read more.
Nick Enright and Terence Clarke wrote Summer Rain, a charming and quintessentially Australian musical, in the 1980s. It’s wistful, light, and lively, and features Enright’s trademark of deceptively simple lyrics that can conjure up whole worlds. lf you’re in Sydney, and you’ve never seen Summer Rain, or you saw it a while ago and you’d love to see… Read more.
At a media call today, producers John Frost, Michael Harrison and David Ian announced that beloved Australian pop star Paulini will play the leading role of Rachel Marron in the Australian Premiere of The Bodyguard, the award-winning musical. With a five-octave range and household-name recognition since her time on Australian Idol, Paulini has performed around the… Read more.
News landed today that American Idiot, the award-winning Broadway musical based on the 2004 Green Day concept album, will make its Australian debut at Brisbane’s QPAC in February 2017. Craig Ilott (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Smoke and Mirrors) will direct and Lucas Newland (Velvet) is set to choreograph. American Idiot is a scorching look at post-9/11 America…. Read more.
Here’s a surprise piece of news! This evening Opera Australia announced the resignation of its CEO, Craig Hassall AM. Hassall has given six months’ notice before his exist, during which time the company will search for his replacement. Hassall has been appointed Chief Executive at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2017. Opera Australia today announced the… Read more.
Your first love, Benita from Play School (just me?!) is starring with the Channel 9 Midday mastro Geoff Harvey (trust me on this one, kids, he was a thing) in the return season of Senior Moments, following its successful season at the Glen Street Theatre. You’ll know if you’re the audience for this kind of show. The comedy… Read more.
Jerry Herman’s classic musical Mack and Mabel is coming to the Hayes Theatre from November 18, and today Working Management and Hayes Theatre Co have announced the full cast and creative team for the season. An old-school musical comedy, Mack and Mabel is based on the real-life coupling of early 1900s filmmaker Mack Sennett and starlet Mabel… Read more.