Articles on ‘Toby Francis’

Kinky Boots sashays into Melbourne

Kinky Boots. Australia. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

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.


Kinky Boots Australia cast will perform at the AFL Pride Game

Kinky Boots: on its way to Melbourne?

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 Australian premiere cast announced

Callum Francis as Lola in Kinky Boots. Photo Credit Darren Bell.

  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.


2016 Hayes Theatre Co cabaret season announced

2016 Hayes Theatre Co cabaret season announced

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.



Review: Dogfight — Hayes Theatre Co

Hilary Cole and Luigi Lucente in Dogfight. Image by Noni Carroll.

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.


Dogfight opens this week at Hayes Theatre Co

Luigi Lucente, Hilary Cole, and Toby Francis in rehearsal for Dogfight.

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.


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