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16th Annual Helpmann Awards nominations announced: full list!

When I Grow Up: Australian cast of Matilda The Musical. Image by James Morgan

Tonight, live announcements of the nominees for this year’s Helpmann Awards were made at simultaneous events in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson said “This year has been a remarkable year for live performances in Australia reflecting a vibrant industry with more than 18 million people attending shows across the country… Read more.


Production Company’s Curtains cast announcement

Production Company’s Curtains cast announcement

The cast for The Production Company’s new staging of the Broadway whodunnit, Curtains was announced earlier today, with Colin Lane, John Wood and Nicki Wendt joining Simon Gleeson, Alex Rathgeber, Lucy Maunder, Melissa Langton and Alinta Chidzey in the Kander & Ebb murder mystery musical comedy. According to Ken Mackenzie-Forbes, Artistic Director of the Production Company, the casting of Curtains “reflects… Read more.


STARMAN – A David Bowie themed cabaret by Sven Ratzke

STARMAN – A David Bowie themed cabaret by Sven Ratzke

Sven Ratzke has been touring the globe for more than a decade with his eclectic mix of cabaret, jazz and vaudeville. As part of a whirlwind world-tour, Ratzke will be bringing his David Bowie themed cabaret Starman to Australia for a limited engagement. Chris Fung managed to grab him between cities for a quick chat. CF:… Read more.


Artefact Theatre: a new independent company in Melbourne

PHOTO: Theresa Harrison

Starting a new independent theatre company is a difficult thing under the best of circumstances, let alone the current climate of arts funding cuts. Mark Yeates and Artefact Theatre Company have done more than just rise to the occasion; they have eagerly embraced the situation by opening the Company’s inaugural production of the Tony and Pulitzer winning play Proof, at… Read more.



Lisa Fisher and Grand Baton

Lisa Fischer. Image Supplied.

Grammy Award winner Lisa Fischer has had a long career performing alongside mega-acts like the Rolling Stones, Nine Inch Nails and Tina Turner. She is coming to Brisbane for the Queensland Cabaret Festival on a tour with her new band, Grand Baton. Her one-night only performance will include songs that span Fischer’s illustrious career, as… Read more.


WAAPA’s Bring It On Photo Feature

Image - Jon Green

As the musical theatre students from WAAPA prepare for opening night of Bring It On – The Musical, check out the images captured by Jon Green during a recent technical run through. Presented by the final year and second year musical theatre students, Bring it on – The Musical is based on the 2000 cheer… Read more.


Pursued By Bear’s First Date cast announced

Pursued By Bear’s First Date cast announced

Following the success of their recent production of tick, tick…BOOM!, Pursued by Bear will present the professional Australian premiere of recent Broadway musical, First Date, in Melbourne this September. A show for anyone who has ever experienced the awkwardness, undeniable thrill or absolute trauma of a blind set-up, the setting of Pursued By Bear’s First Date… Read more.


Queensland Cabaret Festival

Queensland Cabaret Festival. Image Supplied.

We can see heroes as the Queensland Cabaret Festival (June 3-12) swings into winter, showcasing legends and those that pay tribute to them. Launching with a solid round of sold-out shows on opening weekend, Brisbane audiences saw everyone from a pop-culture-princess in An Evening with Molly Ringwood to the extraordinary encore season of The Rise and… Read more.


Hayes Theatre Co reveal Act Two, 2016

Hayes Theatre Co reveal Act Two, 2016

Hayes Theatre Co have confirmed a great lineup for act two, 2016 tonight with two neglected musicals, two touring productions, two brand new productions and one international hit (from Trevor Ashley!) heading for the 110 seat theatre. The announcements, read by David Campbell, were peppered with performances from the upcoming shows and a lot of… Read more.


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