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Maddi is a performer who has been too scared to stand in the spotlight for the last few years, so she channels her need for love and appreciation into writing about the theatre instead. An energetic consumer of musical theatre, she is currently earning a degree in journalism and teaches voice in her small hometown. Maddi is normally covered in cat fur, has an opinion on everything, and in the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda, is not throwing away her shot.

Maddi has written 85 articles on AussieTheatre

Mama Alto on the intersection of identity, activism and performance

Mama Alto at the National Theatre, photography by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea.

In a time where conformity is expected and otherness is denied the right to thrive, Mama Alto is a figure that stands firmly against a strong tide of ignorance. The power of her performance is unique and seemingly never-ending – not only does she have the vocal ability to transport her audiences to an ethereal plane,… Read more.

Stephen Oremus on the empowering message of Kinky Boots

Stephen Oremus on the empowering message of Kinky Boots

To those interested in the backstage and creative machinations of Broadway musical theatre, Stephen Oremus is a name that continues to pop up throughout some of the most critically and fan-acclaimed work of the last fifteen years. Working on original productions of Wicked, The Book of Mormon, 9 to 5, Avenue Q and Kinky Boots in various musical roles… Read more.

Disney legend Alan Menken talks creation, composition, and collaboration

Alan Menken

In the days leading up to Aladdin’s opening night in Melbourne, a small group of Australian arts journalists were invited to interview the legendary composer, Alan Menken. In the time available to us, we were treated to a medley of Menken’s theatre compositions (including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of… Read more.

Amanda Harrison on Cyrens and life as a leading lady of Aussie theatre

Amanda Harrison, Chelsea Gibb and Melissa Langton in a promotional image for Cyrens.

Amanda Harrison is beloved by audiences for her massive contribution to the Australian theatre industry throughout her career, originating some of our most challenging female roles in leading musical theatre productions. She has earned her leading lady status, but over recent years has been seen embracing more concert and cabaret style performances, moving away from… Read more.

Brent Trotter talks Spring Awakening and mental health in the arts

Photography by Belinda Strodder

Spring Awakening is one of a rare few musicals that transcends time periods and generational gaps, advocating for a society where young people are allowed the knowledge and support to make decisions about their lives and bodies. Full of sadness and beauty, the themes of mental health, abuse and repression of sexuality in Spring Awakening… Read more.

Hayes Theatre Co announce final 2017 program

Hayes Theatre Co announce final 2017 program

Earlier this evening, Hayes Theatre Co unveiled the shows that will make up Act Two of their 2017 season at an intimate announcement event. Their July – December program is packed full of fun no matter what type of theatre you prefer, and we have all the details below! Under the Covers Following the previously… Read more.

Breaking: Anastasia to come to Australia!

Christy Altomare and Derek Klena in Anastasia on Broadway. Photography by Michael Murphy.

Have you heard? There’s breaking news from St. Petersburg! (Well, the news actually comes from Broadway… But why would I waste the opportunity to use such a perfect lyrical reference?) and last night reported that the producers of Anastasia on Broadway are planning to stage the show around the world, with one production… Read more.

Jerry Mitchell on the healing power of Kinky Boots

Jerry Mitchell on the healing power of Kinky Boots

Jerry Mitchell, acclaimed Broadway musical theatre director and choreographer, is no stranger to Australian audiences. His work has been Tony and Helpmann Award nominated (he’s won a few of each!), proving that he knows how to translate themes across continents, no matter the background of the viewer. In the following interview, Mitchell talks to us… Read more.

Video: Alan Menken’s epic medley will blow your mind (all his hits in 10 mins)

Alan Menken at Piano

Earlier this week, a small group of entertainment journalists were invited to take part in a closed question and answer session with legendary composer Alan Menken. Held ahead of Aladdin’s Melbourne opening night, we took the opportunity to ask Menken questions about his various successful collaborations with Disney and the future of his work in… Read more.