We Will Rock You, the musical featuring a book by Ben Elton and the music of legendary band Queen, is well known for its musical numbers. And we have here your first taste of the new Australian cast feeling the music! At the cast announcement event in Sydney this past weekend, the principal cast – Gareth… Read more.
Today at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, media gathered to hear the announcement of the cast of We Will Rock You, the musical by Queen and Ben Elton. This is the second outing of the show in Australia – the first production premiered in Melbourne in 2003 – and it ran on London’s West End for 12… Read more.
With Willy Russell’s iconic West End musical Blood Brothers in full swing at Melbourne’s Chapel-Off-Chapel until April 6, AussieTheatre took time out to hear from the Johnson Twins – Gareth Keegan and Matthew Bradford. The actors playing the twins (as alike born as two new pins) the tough questions about writer Willy Russell, leading lady… Read more.
Blood Brothers revolves around a pair of twins, Mickey and Edward, who are separated from birth. The children’s lives are told through the frame of a series of collisions between binary opposites starting when their mother, Mrs Johnstone, cannot afford to keep both boys and gives Edward away to Mrs Lyons, her wealthy employer. The… Read more.
On a beautiful Melbourne autumn afternoon, in the magnificent surrounds of Raheen, a 19th century Italianate mansion high on the hill overlooking the Yarra River, The Production Company launched their 2014 Season. This is their 16th season and Chairman Jeanne Pratt AC admits to having chosen three of her favourite Broadway musicals, along with some… Read more.
Queensland born Matthew Robinson is a Pratt Prize winning composer/lyricist with both a prestigious Churchill Fellowship and an Australia Council Music Fellowship to his name. Editor Erin James spoke with Robinson about the upcoming world premiere concert of his new musical Atlantis in Melbourne on February 23, how he writes musicals and more… “I like to… Read more.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Pirates of Penzance was first performed in New York on 31 December 1879. It proceeded to have a highly successful run that would fix the style of the piece for almost a hundred years. A rethinking of the work lead to the acclaimed 1981 Broadway version of Pirates, restaged for… Read more.
Gaybies is on its way to being an important piece of theatre that shakes up stale and dull opinions. Opening at Midsumma, it’s singing show tunes with the choir, but there couldn’t be better and more fabulous audience to introduce this work to. Created by music theatre director/creator Dean Bryant, Gaybies is the first work commissioned by the… Read more.
We captured the first glimpses of Moonshadow last week at the Princess Theatre Melbourne at a special media event. Starring Gareth Keegan and Gemma-Ashley Kaplan (both featured in the video) the show features 40 songs penned by Cat Stevens including ‘Father and Son’, ‘Wild World’ and ‘Moonshadow’ We also had a chat with cast Members… Read more.
As carbon under the right conditions might form an appealing – but not always perfect – diamond, the elements of Moonshadow combine, maybe with the odd flaw, to give a production that will have a handsome sparkle for many beholders. It is a happy circumstance that the singer/songwriter once known as Cat Stevens, now Yusuf… Read more.