Articles on ‘Theatre’

We Will Rock You returns to Oz?

We Will Rock You

According to, Ben Elton’s smash hit musical We Will Rock You – featuring 24 songs from Queen’s catalogue – will be returning to Australia for a national tour next year. Announced on the band’s Facebook page and website, a revival of the production is set to be produced by Australia’s leading musical theatre producer John Frost, in association with… Read more.

First ever Sleepover at Arts Centre Melbourne!

The Sleepover - Thanks to Arena Theatre Company

On Saturday 22 August, children and their families will have the opportunity to explore dressing rooms, under the stage and through mazes of corridors at Arts Centre Melbourne as part of the first ever ‘Sleepover’ at the iconic Victorian venue. Kids aged 8-11 have been invited to explore parts of the theatre complex that nobody… Read more.

Thrillifying news! Wicked non professional rights now available in Oz!

Thrillifying news! Wicked non professional rights now available in Oz!

Good news, Ozians! Australia has been granted the non-professional performance rights for WICKED, thanks to Music Theatre International (Australasia) in association with Hal Leonard Australia. Now that the Australian professional production – which opened in 2008 and enjoyed return seasons across the country this year – has drawn its final curtain, local communities across the country will be… Read more.

2015 Theatre Footy Day wrap up: Matt McFarlane

Matt McFarlane

Matt McFarlane brings you a special wrap up of the 5th Annual Theatre Footy Day in Melbourne! A note from Matt Three things I have learnt this week: Jellicles can and do, white men can actually jump, and theatre people can play footy! So the next person who tells you these statements are inaccurate, I… Read more.

Oi Taylor Swift, Let These Aussie Theatre Legends use ‘Shake it Off’ in their play

Belvoir's Seventeen. Image by Brett Boardman

Have you seen the news? Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre company are petitioning Taylor Swift (or anyone who can get in touch with ‘her Royal Swiftiness‘, according to to convince them to grant the rights to her pop anthem ‘Shake it Off’ in their production of Seventeen, which opens tomorrow night. Seventeen is about a group of teenagers… Read more.

The courage of creativity

The courage of creativity

I want to delve further into the concept and action of creativity. And perhaps even to the furthest branch of brain-bending constructs: ‘purpose’. I talked in my first essay about child-like openness, play, and the ease with which children go out and create, or pursue their dreams and how we as adults often struggle against… Read more.

2015 Rob Guest Endowment applications close this week

2014 winner Josh Robson and judges Guy Simpson, Todd McKenney, Nancye Hayes and Kellie Dickerson. Image by Kurt Sneddon

Attention members of the arts community: applications for Australia’s richest musical theatre competition – the Rob Guest Endowment – will close this week. The application process for the 6th annual Rob Guest Endowment will close on July 26, with up and coming performing artists, musicians and technical workers encouraged to apply. The Rob Guest Endowment executive committee, Bernadette Hayes… Read more.

Harvest Rain announces Hairspray for 2016

Harvest Rain's Hairspray

Brisbane based musical theatre company Harvest Rain will make history in 2016 by staging the largest production of the musical Hairspray in the world. With an estimated cast of over 500 (including 30 core performers and over 500 local ensemble performers) Hairspray will take place at the Brisbane Convention Centre, performing five shows over three nights… Read more.

Broadway hooks Anthony Warlow once more!

Anthony Warlow

Australia’s favourite leading man, Anthony Warlow, will be returning to the Broadway stage next month for a stint as Captain Hook in the critically acclaimed Finding Neverland, according to Warlow, who made his Broadway debut as Daddy Warbucks in the 2012 revival of Annie, will be replacing American actor Kelsey Grammer (best known for his role of Frasier in… Read more.