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Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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MAMMA MIA! full cast announced

MAMMA MIA! full cast announced

Natalie O’Donnell will lead the brand new Australian revival of MAMMA MIA!, producers Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda Bewick confirmed today. O’Donnell will star as mother-of-the-bride Donna Sheridan (the role immortalised by Meryl Streep in the 2008 film), coming full circle after playing the role of Donna’s daughter Sophie in the 2001 Australian premiere…. Read more.


David Campbell returns to Dream Lover for Melbourne season

David Campbell in Dream Lover. Image by  Dayna Ransley Photography

Melbourne is welcoming back its beloved “Summer Musical” this year with David Campbell’s star turn, Dream Lover, at Arts Centre Melbourne. After a world premiere season at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in September last year, Producer John Frost has teamed up with Arts Centre Melbourne to bring Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical to Melbourne, with… Read more.


‘Coffee With’ continues with WAAPA graduates Stephanie Wall, Jens Radda and Matthew Manahan

‘Coffee With’ continues with WAAPA graduates Stephanie Wall, Jens Radda and Matthew Manahan

AussieTheatre.com is thrilled to confirm the return of our regular ‘Coffee With’ column this year, featuring weekly updates from three graduates of WAAPA’s musical theatre course. The much loved ‘Coffee With…’ column, initially ran from 2007-2009 and featured WAAPA graduates Lucy Maunder (2007), Gemma-Ashley Kaplan (2008) and Kate Walder (2009) writing about their first experiences in the Australian… Read more.


Jersey Boys set to return to Sydney

The original Australian cast of Jersey Boys | Photo by Jeff Busby

The smash hit musical Jersey Boys will return to Australia next year, it has been confirmed this morning, and auditions for the production will be held in July and early August this year to find Australia’s next Four Seasons. Producer Rodney Rigby and NSW Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall have announced that the blockbuster tuner, which… Read more.


Matthew Lee Robinson’s New Voices returns with a new format

Matthew Lee Robinson

New York-based Australian composer Matthew Lee Robinson will return to Melbourne next month to present New Voices 2017, this year with both participant and auditing positions available. Direct from developing his musical ATLANTIS with Broadway creatives in New York City, Helpmann-nominated composer / lyricist Matthew Lee Robinson will lead the new incarnation of his annual… Read more.



Photo Feature: First look at the Australian cast of The Bodyguard

Paulini and ensemble of The Bodyguard | Photo by David Hooley Photography.

The cast of The Bodyguard musical got up close and personal with media this week when producer John Frost opened the rehearsal room doors for a sneak peek at the production. The talented cast presented selected moments from the show (and removed selected items of clothing), giving us a glimpse of what’s in store when… Read more.


2016 Green Room Award winners announced

Australian cast of Matilda The Musical. Image by James Morgan

The Green Room Awards, Melbourne’s only peer-assesssed performing arts industry awards, were presented at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre this evening. Hosted by Patron Julia Zemiro, it featured performances by Otto and Astrid of Die Roten Punkte, the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble and Yumi Umiumare. Celebrating the outstanding work presented in Melbourne during 2016, the 34th Annual Green Room Awards… Read more.


Kinky Boots and Aladdin on the move

Kinky Boots. Australia. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Major musicals Kinky Boots and Aladdin both completed their Australian premiere engagements last night and the hit shows are set to switcheroo next month. Aladdin, which has been playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre since August 2016, is set to transfer to Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in April while Kinky Boots will strut out of Her Majesty’s and… Read more.


Home grown and beautiful: Esther Hannaford to play Carole King in new musical

Home grown and beautiful: Esther Hannaford to play Carole King in new musical

Thank god it’s Esther! She gave us Ann Darrow in King Kong, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Bonnie-Mae in Miracle City, Penny Pingleton in Hairspray and now, multi-award winning actor, singer and musical theatre star Esther Hannaford has been confirmed as the leading lady in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical!  Hannaford has collected a Helpmann… Read more.


Hidden Gem: Brett Brown’s Postcards will resonate with audiences far and wide

Hidden Gem: Brett Brown’s Postcards will resonate with audiences far and wide

Firstly, did you know that Art Gallery of NSW has a special concert series – Resonate – which opens this weekend and brings the best musicians from Australia and beyond to the gallery’s performance space? Secondly, did you know that award-winning London based Australian actor and singer Brett Brown will open the 2017 Resonate Concert Series… Read more.


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