Articles on ‘Professional Music Theatre’

Australia’s Jemma Rix celebrates 1000 performances as Elphaba in Wicked

Jemma Rix as Elphaba in WICKED. Image by Belinda Strodder

Australian music theatre performer Jemma Rix is celebrating an incredible milestone this evening as she performs the coveted role of Elphaba in Wicked for the 1000th time. That’s a LOT of defying gravity! Rix, who was cast as Elphaba standby in Australia’s debut season at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in 2008 took over the role from Amanda Harrison and has performed… Read more.

The Lion King Premieres in Brisbane to a Standing Ovation

Hakuna matata. QPAC presented the Queensland premiere of Disney’s award-winning musical spectacular The Lion King at the Lyric Theatre last week, to a well-deserved unanimous standing ovation. Having missed the musical last time round (as it did not come to good ol’ Brisvegas), it was with bursting, child-like excitement that my niece (the Junior critic) and I… Read more.

Australian Musicals Update 2014 – 2015 and beyond

Australian Musicals Update 2014 – 2015 and beyond

Looking for the latest Musicals Update? Check out our Major Musicals: 2015 and beyond update here Music Theatre is thriving in Australia at the moment. From the major commercial productions to independent and boutique seasons, it’s an exciting time to be involved in the music theatre industry. We take a look at what is in… Read more.

The Lion King premieres in Brisbane tonight

Opening tonight in Brisbane, The Lion King remains one of the most popular stage musicals in the world, from its beginnings as a Disney animated feature in 1994. Since then, the stage production has been seen by 70 million people in 16 different countries. With music and Lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice, the Australian tour… Read more.

Getting to know you: Matthew Ngyuen

Matthew Nguyen

Opera Australia and John Frost’s production of The King and I is set to open at the Sydney Opera House this week after successful seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne. The national tour of this Helpmann Award Winning musical marks the professional music theatre debut of many up-and-coming performers. AussieTheatre is thrilled to be featuring an interview series entitled Getting… Read more.

2014 Helpmann Awards Winners – Full List

Lisa McCune as Anna Leonowens in Opera Australia's The King and I. Image by Oliver Toth

The 14th Annual Helpmann Award have wrapped up at the Capitol Theatre Sydney. The incredible Cassie Tongue was on site at the Helpmann Awards, live tweeting and instagramming the ENTIRE night and we have a special storify blog of Cassie’s work here. Check out the full list of Helpmann Award Winners below! Congratulations to all… Read more.

Rocky Horror will play Sydney, 2015

Craig McLachlan will return to the role of Frank N Furter in Rocky Horror for a limited season in Sydney in 2015. Despite only being scheduled to play Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, the recent Australian revival of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show is now confirmed to play a short season at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre… Read more.

Grease – Adelaide

If the yardstick for measuring the quality of a musical is the length of time you keep humming away at the music afterwards, then Grease is one of the best musicals I have seen. Toe tapping, singing along and even dancing is encouraged, and the party atmosphere permeates through every facet of the production. Grease,… Read more.

Opera Australia to present Anything Goes, 2015

Opera Australia have launched their 2015 season today and in amongst the plethora of shows to be presented is a saucy little gem called Anything Goes. Set aboard a cruise liner en route from New York to London, Cole Porter’s musical will follow South Pacific and The King and I in the September/October slot at… Read more.