The 16th annual Helpmann Award ceremony took place tonight at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, The Star with the who’s who of the Aussie arts and live performance industry in attendance. Check out our full list of winners below. BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A PLAY MARK LEONARD WINTER King Lear Sydney Theatre Company BEST… Read more.
The dreaded audition Ask any performing artist in the Australian musical theatre industry about the dreaded ‘A’ word, and 95% of them will shudder and tell you “it never gets any easier”. Despite our best efforts, and constant reminders that the audition room is “our space” and that we need to “take control” of the… Read more.
The women in black are coming back! Queensland Theatre Company have today announced that acclaimed new Australian musical Ladies In Black will be touring Australia in early 2017 with seasons slated for Sydney and Canberra as well as return seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne. The musical premiered in November 2015 in Brisbane, heralding a triumphant return… Read more.
Songs for a New World is not quite a musical, but is more than a collection of songs. Composer Jason Robert Brown, best known for The Last Five Years, Parade and The Bridges of Madison County, calls it “a very theatrical song cycle”. Blue Saint Productions has put together an impressive cast in a show… Read more.
Australian leading lady Suzie Mathers is set to join the West End production of WICKED as Glinda in September this year. Suzie began her WICKED journey with the show as an off stage vocal swing on the Australian production when it premiered in Melbourne in 2008 before taking over the role of Glinda for the 2011… Read more.
Musical theatre favourites Ross Hannaford (CATS, Sweeney Todd), Sophie Wright (Wicked, Follies in Concert), Sun Park (Hi-5, Mamma Mia!) and Vincent Hooper (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Heathers) are among the leading cast announced this week for a new production of Avenue Q, set to open at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne in August 2016. The adult puppet show won… Read more.
The Sound of Music opened in Melbourne last night at the Regent Theatre on Collins Street – the third stop in the show’s Australian tour. Photographer Belinda Strodder (dancephotography.net.au) snapped these beautiful images of the cast on stage yesterday for AussieTheatre’s special photo feature. The Sound of Music is currently on sale in Melbourne until… Read more.
Lucy Maunder will join the Australian company of Matilda The Musical as Miss Honey when the show tours to Brisbane and Perth from November this year. Maunder is currently starring as Heather Chandler in Heathers at Arts Centre Melbourne and has appeared in leading roles in more than 10 major musicals during her varied and successful career…. Read more.
On May 24 and 25, some of Australia’s most well-loved Musical Theatre performers will gather for a production of Follies In Concert, at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Directed by Tyran Parke and produced by Adrian Storey for Storeyboard Entertainment, the Melbourne-only event will inject Melbourne with a star-studded surge of Sondheim. For 3 performances only, the cast list… Read more.
Watching a musical based on your all-time favourite film could be a recipe for disaster. In the case of Heathers the Musical, the show, while incredibly entertaining and fun, struggles to use its original source material to create an engaging and innovative show. While a lot of the fantastic quotable lines from the movie are… Read more.