Shortly after the forty-fifth anniversary of the release of Carole King’s chart topping and best-selling album, Tapestry, Debra Byrne and Vika Bull performed three sold out shows at the Melbourne Arts Centre to celebrate the music of the prolific artist. Six months later, the pair have enlisted the talents of the Brill Band once more… Read more.
I first fell in love with Carole King’s music as a young girl, in the phase of my life where the Dirty Dancing soundtrack turned my musical taste upside down. I started to seek out songs from different artists that reminded me of the music in the film, and before I knew it, I had… Read more.
On Monday 21 November, a dazzling array of Australian entertainment industry stars will come together in response to the shocking new figures detailing the widespread mental health issues currently faced by industry workers at all levels. Out From Under, which began in Melbourne in 2015, will aim to removing the stigma surrounding mental health within the entertainment… Read more.
AussieTheatre’s Emily Paddon-Brown, currently performing in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, writes about an upcoming charity event for the Victorian Actor’s Benevolent Trust and Australian Children’s Music Foundation in Melbourne. Recently I have had the joy of sharing a dressing room with the striking Jen Vuletic. If you’ve never met or seen her, she’s the tall one with… Read more.
When Debra Byrne walked on stage (barefoot) to the Adelaide premiere of Ripe holding hands with her pianist, it looked for all the world like a nice nephew gently guiding his dear old aunty into place at a family funeral. But when Byrne begins to sing she comes to life and any doubts about her… Read more.
Filling the shoes of the very successful duo of David and Lisa Campbell of recent years, newly appointed Artistic Director, Kate Ceberano revealed the re-branded, re-jigged and re-designed Adelaide Cabaret Festival to a packed house at the Adelaide Festival Theatre on Saturday night. This year’s festival is a very welcome return to a seemingly less commercial and… Read more.
David Allen attended Debra Byrne’s triumphant return to cabaret in her new show RIPE… It’s about 10:30 in the evening and the Factory Theatre is just beginning to empty. The electricity that accompanies any standing ovation is just about reaching its half-life and I am sitting on a lounge in the foyer watching as a… Read more.
The “mega-musicals” of the 80’s produced a coral of stars, and, for me, at the forefront of the pack was always Debra Byrne.
The principal cast has been announced for the forthcoming Australian production of Mary Poppins, but there’s just one problem – producers haven’t found someone to play Mary. Despite the incredible depth of talent in Australian theatre, producers haven’t found the perfect girl for the difficult role, and will continue their search. Whoever plays Mary will be… Read more.