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Hailing from the wind-blasted steppes of Mongolia, Chris Fung is a highly accomplished mathematician, award-winning potato grower, and habitual liar. Two specialties which have lent themselves perfectly to his current career in Musical Theatre. Chris met AussieTheatre Editor Erin James when they were both cast members of the Australian national tour of 'The King and I', wherein Chris was fortunate enough to understudy and play the title role to 25 audiences at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. 

The King that is, not Mrs. Anna.

Chris studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (B. Musical Theatre), at Sydney University (B.A. in Performance Studies and Education) and at the School of Hard Knocks (B. ing a very bad man that nobody wanna mess with)

Chris has written 24 articles on AussieTheatre

Inside ‘Boys of Sondheim,’ part of the MELT festival in BRISBANE Feb 2-4

Inside ‘Boys of Sondheim,’ part of the MELT festival in BRISBANE Feb 2-4

As part of their mandate to offer Brisbane audiences an alternative to mainstream musical theatre, Alex Woodward and Understudy Productions are once more set to thrill with Boys of Sondheim. A cabaret-concert weaving the works of celebrated composer Stephen Sondheim with monologues capturing the essence of what it is to be a gay man in today’s… Read more.

A Chat with Festival Director Joseph Mitchell of the OzAsia Festival Sept 17 – Oct 2

Joseph Mitchell PHOTO:  Randy Larcomb

The OzAsia Festival is one of the most highly regarded celebrations of Asian Theatre and performance anywhere in the world. Each year in Adelaide, it is held specifically to celebrate the depth of modern performance culture across the gamut of all performance arts.  From technology infused dance performances, to family shows involving puppetry, to stand… Read more.

STARMAN – A David Bowie themed cabaret by Sven Ratzke

STARMAN – A David Bowie themed cabaret by Sven Ratzke

Sven Ratzke has been touring the globe for more than a decade with his eclectic mix of cabaret, jazz and vaudeville. As part of a whirlwind world-tour, Ratzke will be bringing his David Bowie themed cabaret Starman to Australia for a limited engagement. Chris Fung managed to grab him between cities for a quick chat. CF:… Read more.

Artefact Theatre: a new independent company in Melbourne

PHOTO: Theresa Harrison

Starting a new independent theatre company is a difficult thing under the best of circumstances, let alone the current climate of arts funding cuts. Mark Yeates and Artefact Theatre Company have done more than just rise to the occasion; they have eagerly embraced the situation by opening the Company’s inaugural production of the Tony and Pulitzer winning play Proof, at… Read more.

Audition Log: ‘Miss Saigon’ Open Auditions in Manila, The Phillipines

Outside the Audition Venue, PHOTO: Facebook/Miss Saigon 2016 Auditions

Ever wondered what an open call audition for a musical is like? Last month, open auditions were announced for global productions of Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon in the Philippines. Over 900 hopefuls were processed through auditions organised by the Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group between March 15 – 21. As casting director and former AD Bobby… Read more.

In conversation with Nancye Hayes, star of Follies In Concert

Nancye Hayes

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.

Hats Off! For Harmony, a Star Studded Charity Concert with a great deal of Heart

Hats Off! For Harmony, a Star Studded Charity Concert with a great deal of Heart

Your friends have HIV/AIDS. Your loved ones are dying. Nobody understands how to directly combat this rampaging disease, but you do: it’s time to dance. From its early beginnings, Hats Off! has grown to become a gargantuan celebration of community spirit. A culmination of the nation’s best and most exciting performers, Hats Off! is one of THE musical theatre… Read more.

Written in the Broadway Stars: Hayden Tee ascends to the World Stage

Hayden Tee, currently starring as Javert in Les Miserables, is heading to Broadway. Photo by Matt Murphy.

Hayden Tee is starring on Broadway! Fresh from his Green Room and Sydney Theatre Award winning run as the French Inspector (or Inspecteur, if you’d prefer) Javert in the Australian tour of Les Miserables, Hayden Tee – adopted Australian, show-stealing Musical Theatre Star – has been given the opportunity to perform the iconic role on Broadway. And he finished his… Read more.

We Will Rock You – A Chat with Ben Elton

Ben Elton. Image by Johnny Ring

Ben Elton has enjoyed a lifelong immersion in words. From successful TV shows like Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder, to a cavalcade of acclaimed standalone novels, to full length theatrical plays – it seems that Ben Elton’s pen has traipsed joyfully through all of the successes possible within the creative world. Musical Theatre fans may recognise Ben’s name… Read more.