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Andrew “Drew” Lane was born in Melbourne, and began playing piano at the age of four. At age 15, he began to write his own material, and was also introduced to musical theatre via shows such as Starlight Express, Les Miserables and Time. From that moment on, Drew was actively involved in musical theatre at a rehearsal pianist, musical director, or on stage performer. In 1992, Drew composed his first musical for high school, Back Streets, and in 1994, Drew was accepted into the Ballarat Academy of Performing Arts, where he honed his skills, not only as a composer, but also as a performer. Gaining valuable experience on stage and behind the scenes helped him to realise his next musical, Atlantis. A workshop production was staged for the Ballarat Opera Festival in 1996 and gained rave reviews. In the following years, Drew took up teaching but was also able to regularly composer and stage his own productions including Eva’s Wish (1997, Anacortes, WA, USA), Revelations (1998, Touring, Victoria, Australia), and Toys (1999, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia). In 2010, Drew's musical Marking Life was chosen to be part of the Festival of Broadway, hosted by the University of Tasmania, and was performed for Steven Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin). A prolific composer, Drew hopes to be able to take his musicals to Off-Broadway or the West End, and believes that his best writing is yet to come. He is presently completing his Master’s degree in Performing Arts, and has several new musicals presently in development. Drew is proud to be a regular contributor to and looks forward to hearing from all of his readers!

Drew has written 33 articles on AussieTheatre

A musical interview with Matthew Robinson

AussieTheatre’s resident musical guru Drew Lane sits down with Matthew Robinson for the latest in a series of interviews with Australian musical theatre writers and composers. Today I have the pleasure of chatting with award-winning composer Matthew Robinson. His musical Metro Street won the coveted Pratt Prize, and went on to be nominated for five Helpmann… Read more.

For Fear Of Repeating Yourself

Sometimes, as a creative being, we find ourselves in a position where we think we’re creating something new when we have, in actual fact, done it before. Some people might call this a personal motif, a signature that characterises what we do. Others would see it as creative bankruptcy; a sign that the end of… Read more.

The Creative ‘P’s

Drew Lane returns to AussieTheatre with a column on getting things done. Recently, I think I’ve stumbled across something that might actually hit home for some people. I guess that it’s about the roadblocks that we face as creative beings, between trying to produce what our hearts and souls drive us to create and living… Read more.

Sunset Boulevard prepares for its close up, Melbourne

Award winning CLOC Musical Theatre is preparing to launch its 2012 season with the non‑professional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. It’s quite a coup for CLOC, being the first non-professional company to score the Australasian rights to the show, and also securing professional actress Maureen Andrew to play the lead role of Norma Desmond,… Read more.

Jews Do Q

After the sold-out season of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which included several Burke award nominations, JYM Co., Australia’s only Jewish musical theatre company, is back with their most challenging show yet, Avenue Q. With only a week before they open, I managed to grab a moment with the extremely busy Pip Mushin… Read more.

Interview with composers of One More Year – A new Australian Musical

Over the coming months, Drew Lane will be presenting a series of blogs which focus on new music theatre in Australia… This year, I’ll be doing some interviews with up and coming musical theatre writers and composers for AussieTheatre. This is obviously something very close to my own heart (being a musical theatre composer myself!), and… Read more.

DreamSong – Carnegie 18

DreamSong was presented as part of the Arts Centre’s Carnegie18 New Music Theatre Series, and was essentially a moved reading.  Director Michael Gurr prefaced the performance by saying that we were seeing an abridged version of a much longer piece. The program states “DreamSong is a show about the way faith cultivates desire rather than… Read more.

Cautionary Tales For Children – Carnegie 18

Cautionary Tales For Children was presented as part of the Arts Centre’s Carnegie18 New Music Theatre Series. I arrived early and sat in the foyer of the Fairfax Studio watching as streams of children and their parents came in; this was opening night and the 6.30pm timeslot was perfect for families to see theatre. Once… Read more.

10 More Songs NOT To Audition With

10 More Songs NOT To Audition With

First of all, thanks to everyone who have been reading my little blog here on… It’s great to have your readership and I love reading your comments! So, I’d like to do a sequel to probably my most read, commented on, re-tweeted and reposted article 10 Songs NOT To Audition With, with ten more! Many… Read more.

10 Songs NOT to audition with

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Here’s a topic that is sure to send some people into conniptions … what are the songs that you should never choose to audition with? Of course, any list like this is completely subjective – and open to ridicule and derision. But, in my defence, I’ve played for and been behind the desk of enough… Read more.