Articles on ‘Toby Francis’
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.
Neil Gooding directs and produces a brand new Australian musical for Hayes Theatre Co, featuring music and lyrics by Tim Freedman (The Whitlams) and a book by Freedman and Alex Broun. The Hayes Theatre Comany has shaken up the Australian musical theatre scene. On its intimate stage it has dazzled with its first two performances, Sweet… Read more.
While it may indeed be a long way to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the distance between Sydney audiences and the best in Aussie cabaret just got a whole lot smaller. The Hayes Theatre Company this week have announced their 2014 Cabaret season and Aussie Theatre’s David Allen is on hand to offer you our top… Read more.
2014 can now be marked as the year the Australian Cabaret Showcase came of age. Re-christened the International Cabaret Contest and with a record number of applicants auditioning from Australia and New Zealand in five cities, the grand final looks set to be a wow. In the past the former Australian Cabaret Showcase has brought… Read more.
Carrie’s life as a musical is notorious, legendary, intriguing. A resounding flop when it originally hit Broadway in 1988, it closed after only 16 previews and five performances. For the past several years, the creative team have been working on rehabilitating the classic Stephen King story, presenting a reworked and more cohesive version in a… Read more.