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Cate Blanchett Wins Best Actress Oscar!

Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Maids. Image by Lisa Tomasetti 2013

Australian star of stage and screen and former co-creative director of the Sydney Theatre Company Cate Blanchett officially joined the ranks of Hollywood royalty today winning her second Academy Award for her tour de force performance in the Woody Allen movie Blue Jasmine. Blanchett won her first Oscar in 2002 in the Martin Scorcese movie… Read more.

Diva Fever! – Bernadette Peters, Faith Prince and Elaine Paige

Image by: Kurt Sneddon

2013 became all about the Wicked witches Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. 2014 is more than living up to the benchmark as international music theatre icons Bernadette Peters, Faith Prince and Elaine Paige all announce tours of Australia this year. With Adelaide Cabaret Festival setting the standard, it’s becoming a fantastically more frequent occurrence each… Read more.

Anything is possible: Sydney’s independent theatre revolution

Well it’s official, this month Sydney audiences resoundingly welcomed the return of the independent musical. With William Finn’s Falsettos playing at the Eternity and Sweet Charity at the Hayes Theatre, for the first time in a long time, the independent musicals outnumbered the mainstage productions. Better yet, this isn’t a miraculous one-off. There’s much more… Read more.

Alexis Fishman’s ‘Star’ to rise in New York

Alexis Fishman. Image by Seth Walters

Australian music theatre star Alexis Fishman (Dusty, Kiss of the Spider Woman) will feature as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in her smash hit one woman show co-penned with James Millar – Der Gelbe Stern. Der Gelbe Stern (The Yellow Star) debuted at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2011 where it received… Read more.

History in the Making: Melbourne Farewells Broadway Bound King Kong

You never saw such a standing ovation as greeted the final performance of King Kong last night. Though Wicked’s and Grease’s come and go and ignite the youthful believers of the music theatre flame, the audience that closed King Kong would not have looked out of place at the symphony. And yet, this crowd of… Read more.

Thank You For Being a Friend

When I was 4 years old, I was a giant fan of a TV show called The Golden Girls. I’d watch the classic 80s – 90s tv show with my mother and, admittedly, back then I didn’t understand everything I was seeing. But four sassy older ladies living in a house in Miami had a… Read more.

Sydney Mardi Gras Festival – Our Picks for 2014

With Sydney’s most successful international event – the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras kicking off with Fair Day on Sunday, it can only mean one thing: it’s time for Aussie Theatre to give you our picks for the Mardi Gras Festival! Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014 (remember when they got rid of… Read more.

Review: Opera Australia’s Carmen

Carmen’s passion strikes you full force. By word, by deed and through it’s famous score, it’s a crazed tale of misbegotten adventure with the good corrupted and vanquished at every turn by the deadliest of all mortal emotions: l’amour. In a world of earthen tones where the sun beats down by day and the flames… Read more.

Sydney Theatrical Institution Celebrate 45th Anniversary at the 2013 Glug Awards

The Glugs marked their 45th anniversary at the Castlereagh Inn in Sydney last night with the presentation of the annual Glug Awards. Big winners of the evening included George Youakim’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, along with wins for both the Ensemble and Sydney Theatre Company. The Glugs have been a Sydney theatrical tradition since 1969. Beginning as… Read more.