David Allen attended Debra Byrne’s triumphant return to cabaret in her new show RIPE… It’s about 10:30 in the evening and the Factory Theatre is just beginning to empty. The electricity that accompanies any standing ovation is just about reaching its half-life and I am sitting on a lounge in the foyer watching as a… Read more.
David Allen has a candid chat with Trevor Ashley – star of Fat Swan, a hilarious new ‘Adult Only’ pantomime… “It amazes me that the new generation of music theatre stars in Australia is only just beginning to emerge. The real stars are still the icons from the 80’s – your Marina Priors and Peter… Read more.
To observe Maria Venuti once is to instantly commit the name, the face and the persona to memory. There really is no choice in the matter. She’s just too much of a character!
Judy Garland only toured Australia once – and the experience damn near killed her! Infamously, her prescription medications were confiscated at Customs when she first arrived.
Declan Egan begins his Jersey Boys onstage experience this evening at the Theatre Royal, Sydney. David Allen spoke with Declan about his professional music theatre debut and his role in this blockbuster musical… Jersey Boys is unquestionably the sleeper hit of the last few musicals seasons in Oz. The sight of four boys in red… Read more.
The “mega-musicals” of the 80’s produced a coral of stars, and, for me, at the forefront of the pack was always Debra Byrne.
David Allen speaks with West End Star Scarlett Strallen about Australia and her experiences as Mary Poppins… For those unknown to the work and career and West End star Scarlett Strallen, it’s an impressive line-up. Her musical credits run the gamut from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Gilbert & Sullivan to Arthur Freed – she’s talented, beautiful,… Read more.
David Allen attended the official launch of An Officer And A Gentleman this week at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre. He reveals John Frost’s thoughts on Original Cast Recording… among other things… A World Premiere Event from John Frost … Again! Legendary Australian producer John Frost knows how to unveil a new production – and given his lengthy, game… Read more.
Four Flat Whites in Italy is an aptly named play. You’ll need at least that much caffeine to sit through it. A farce by nature, Four Flat Whites is a serviceable comedy populated with clichés and one-liners.