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Ensemble Theatre’s Cruise Control

The first thing to say when talking about Cruise Control, David Williamson’s new play currently on at the Ensemble, is that the cast are electric. Funny, devilish, dry, wacky – they play their characters with energy and honesty. There are some wildly funny scenes, some excellent moments of human emotion – and all at appropriately… Read more.

Tyran Parke on cabaret, Sondheim and Children and Art

When it comes to the music theatre and cabaret, you would indeed be hard pressed to find someone more passionate on the subject than Tyran Parke. Actor, singer, writer, director – Tyran is more than a bright talent on the Australian landscape. He’s something of an expert. In 2013, Tyran released his second studio album:… Read more.

Hayes Theatre: Cabaret Season 2014

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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.

Geraldine Turner returns to Sydney stages with Ruthless! the Musical

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Australian music theatre icon and legendary leading lady Geraldine Turner will return to Sydney stages to star in the Theatre Divisions premiere production of Ruthless! the musical. Turner will play the role of Lita Encore alongside a cast to include Helpmann Award nominee and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels star Katrina Retallick. Though the pinnacle of her… Read more.

James Millar to join the US arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar

Australian music theatre star, and book writer behind such smash hits as Der Gelbe Stern, Love Bites and The Hatpin, James Millar will be joining the cast of the US arena tour of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar commencing in June 2014. Though James Millar made the move the UK in recent years, he… Read more.

‘Whatever Happened to the Music?’ – A Culture of Concious Neglect

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Recently, an article on’s Daily Review created a lot of discussion within the music theatre industry by posing the question of whether home-grown musicals received the creative support they needed within the Australian theatre industry. With critics citing Aussie made musicals like Miracle City, Summer Rain and Keating as examples of the “Great Australian Musicals”… Read more.

Once We Lived Here in London

Once We Lived Here in London

After award winning Australian seasons and a trip to New York, Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank’s original musical has made it into London. Replete with a spectacular cast of Aussie talent, the musical will run at the Kings Head Theatre in London until April 26. Once We Lived Here debuted on Melbourne stages in 2009… Read more.

Review: All’s Well That End’s Well

There’s a reason Shakespearean repertory theatre company Sport for Jove got all those awards earlier this year at the Sydney Theatre Awards. Look yonder oh thy good souls of Sydney and look well, for before ye stands the new rock star theatre company of our times. Sport for Jove is presently presenting a double bill… Read more.

Review: Handa Opera on the Harbour – Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly is one of the worlds most popular and most performed operas. It remains a guarantee, however, that whether you have seen Puccini’s early 20th century tale of the loss of innocence before, or are only seeing it for the first time, you have never, nor will never see a production like Opera on… Read more.