Just weeks ago, Lucy Maunder began work on her most challenging role yet: balancing life as a new mother to her 8 week old daughter and commencing her contract for Matilda the Musical. Last night, Maunder stepped onto the Matilda stage for the first time in the principal role of Miss Honey, marking the start of the ‘Honey Handover’… Read more.
Actor James Rowland has come from the UK to Brisbane – it’s his first time in this city, but not the country. Following a week of previews in London, he’s here to perform in Duncan Macmillan and Johnny Donohoe’s one-man play Every Brilliant Thing. This play is the story of a seven-year-old boy whose mother… Read more.
Producers confirmed today the Cameron Daddo will return to the Australian stage in The Haunting, a two hander play adapted from the Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens by Hugh Janes. Daddo most recently appeared on Australian stages in the role of Captain Von Trapp in the 2016 GFO production of The Sound of Music. The Haunting is set in an… Read more.
Melbourne musical theatre company The Production Company announced the three musicals to make up their 2017 season today. Australia’s favourite leading lady Marina Prior will open the season in Hello Dolly alongside her offstage partner Grant Piro. Rob Mills, Alinta Chidzy and Zoy Frangos will star in Jesus Christ Superstar and Genevieve Kingsford, Rohan Browne, Nancye Hayes and Elise… Read more.
The 30th anniversary production of Alex Harding’s Australian musical (set in Kings Cross!), Only Heaven Knows, is all set to open at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Co in May 2017. And now the cast is complete. Ben Hall (Les Miserables) will star in the leading role of Tim. The cast also includes Matthew Backer (A Midsummer… Read more.
In tribute to the late Jon English, his rock opera passion project, PARIS: A Rock Odyssey is set to return in a Melbourne concert series for just four performances in July 2017 at Melbourne Recital Centre. Music Theatre Melbourne (MTM) will produce the concert production. Co-written by English and music producer David Mackay, English was working… Read more.
In what is looking like a desolate musical theatre scene for Perth in 2017 (Matilda which opens at the end of the month, is the only major production announced for 2017!) WAAPA (The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) continues to present some of Broadway’s best as part of this years season. Thanks goodness for… Read more.
Here’s some news that might make you want to dance with somebody: we finally have the ensemble and featured cast announcement for the hotly anticipated Australian production of The Bodyguard! Joining the previously announced principal cast of Paulini as Rachel Marron, Kip Gamblin as bodyguard Frank Farmer and Prinnie Stevens as Nicki Marron will… Read more.
If you have the chance to see Natalie Gamsu in cabaret, grab it. This women is a unique, spell binding, crazy, tower of strength, and she is bringing a brand new original work to Melbourne. Carmen, Live or Dead is the fascinating and extraordinary story of Carmen Frida Leon Davidovich, The Love Child of Frida… Read more.
Thank god it’s Esther! She gave us Ann Darrow in King Kong, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Bonnie-Mae in Miracle City, Penny Pingleton in Hairspray and now, multi-award winning actor, singer and musical theatre star Esther Hannaford has been confirmed as the leading lady in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical! Hannaford has collected a Helpmann… Read more.