New Musical: Ned Kelly My Love will premiere in Melbourne this week

New Musical: Ned Kelly My Love will premiere in Melbourne this week

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.

Loverly Return: Encore My Fair Lady season confirmed for 2017, Sydney

Anna O'Byrne as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Image by Lightbox Photography

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.

Pacific Opera facing shock closure

Pacific Opera.

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.

Cast announced for New Theatre’s upcoming musical, Nick Enright’s Summer Rain

L-R Summer Rain cast members Tom Handley, Jacqui Rae Moloney,
Andrew Sharp and Catty Hamilton (with guest appearance by 'Mouse' the New Theatre cat) Photo © David Hooley

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.

Paulini to headline the Australian premiere of The Bodyguard: the Musical

Paulini. Photo by Daniel Boud.

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.

Green Day musical American Idiot to make Australian premiere in Brisbane

American Idiot is coming to Brisbane.

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.

Cast announced for Mack and Mabel at the Hayes

Scott Irwin & Angelique Cassimatis in MACK AND MABEL (c) Kurt Sneddon

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.