Articles on ‘Toby Francis’
Kinky Boots had me at “The most beautiful thing in the world”: a song about shoes. A song about shoes written by 1980’s pop icon Cyndi Lauper. The show’s won awards, including the 2013 Best Musical Tony, and the Australian production has opened in Melbourne – as if we needed another excuse to wear long red… Read more.
Today at Etihad Stadium, the cast of the new Australian production of Kinky Boots the Musical will join in with the inuagural AFL Pride Game. As the Game’s official entertainment partner, the cast will be giving a pre-match performance under a pair of 3.3m high “kinky boots.” Leading man Toby Francis will sing two songs, joined by other… Read more.
Kinky Boots has been a real success of a new musical on Broadway and the West End, and now the cast has been announced for its premiere season in Australia, which opens in Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from 12 October 2016. Leading the cast is Toby Francis (Dogfight), a writer, producer, and performer from… Read more.
Cabaret season is fast approaching as the line up for the third annual Hayes Theatre Co Cabaret Season was announced this morning. It features 14 exciting cabaret acts, master classes and special events over four weeks! The season’s headliner is Philip Quast, alongside a number of Australian musical theatre stars, newbies and in an exciting… Read more.
Dogfight, with a book by Peter Duchan and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, premiered off-Broadway in 2012. Now having its Australian premiere at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney, it’s a perfect example of a contemporary musical adopting strong classical structure and ideas to tell a new, moving story. There’s a classic flashback framework in… Read more.
It’s all happening on Friday 1st May: performances of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Dogfight makes its Australian premiere at the Hayes Theatre, an increasingly important intimate space for musical theatre. The story takes place in 1963, where, on the night before their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines set out for one final “boys’ night”… Read more.
A film adaptation with heart and soul, the new musical Dogfight is making its Australian debut at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre in May 2015. Directed by Neil Gooding, the first casting announcement is here, and it’s really exciting! With a book by Peter Duchan and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story,… Read more.
There’s not much question about it anymore: Toby Francis is the new rockstar of independent musical theatre. The ex-punk with a heart of gold spent his last cabaret digging into the music of Queen, and this time, he’s really outdone himself in the best possible way. In Love and Death and an American Guitar, written… Read more.
Toby Francis finds it hard to pick a side. Canberra born and raised, he fell into two different worlds with vigor: punk music, and musical theatre. Polarising as it sounds, Toby loves them both. His first role was in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, when he was in Year Seven. “I was meant… Read more.
Over at the Lyric, a new Australian, Sydney-set musical is telling the story of a family legacy, of art and love. It’s Strictly Ballroom; you’ve probably heard of it. In Potts Point, in a much smaller theatre, on a set allergic to glitz and sparkle, there’s a new Australian, Sydney-set musical telling a story of… Read more.