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.
With Priscilla Queen of the Desert auditions kicking off in Melbourne next week, we thought we would pull together a little information to help all those preparing to strut their stuff. General Information Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is based on the the hit 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which starred… Read more.
Since its initial release in 1939, The Wizard of Oz has left its mark on society. There’s just something about the story of Dorothy Gale and her journey that audiences just adore, and it is constantly revisited in television, artwork, and even several stage adaptations. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 2011 London Palladium production is no exception… Read more.
With a cast of over 50, Packemin Productions’ Miss Saigon is currently playing at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. We caught up with stars Vivien Emsworth (Kim) and Marcus Rivera (The Engineer) to talk about the staggering story, the emotional rollercoaster and the joy of revisiting such complex characters in Boublil and Schönberg’s epic musical. A quick chat… Read more.
Queenie van de Zandt needs no introduction. A powerhouse of the Australian industry she has recently been touring the country with her new show Blue – The Songs of Joni Mitchell. We sat down with Queenie, as she prepares to take her show to the Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney, to talk about Joni Mitchell, production of… Read more.
The Helpmann Awards are not just pomp and ceremony. They also include performances from a number of nominated and upcoming productions from around Australia. The years awards included performances by cast members of Aladdin, My Fair Lady, Kinky Boots, American Idiot, Construct, Book of Mormon, Velvet and the upcoming Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. We’ve pulled together all… Read more.
The Production Company’s Jesus Christ Superstar opens this Saturday at the State Theatre in Melbourne. Roving reporter Darcy Oliver caught up with Rob Mills, who plays Jesus in the production, to talk about the show itself, choosing a role, the differences between acting for TV and stage and Rob’s top tips for breaking into the industry…. Read more.
Direct from his sold out world premier season at the Perth FringeWorld festival, Maverick Newman is bringing Finding Felix: A Memoir to The Butterfly Club in Melbourne for one week only. Finding Felix: A Memoir follows the hilarious Felix Bright on his inspiring and slightly self-entitled pilgrimage through modern Australia. This satirical one-man cabaret touches on… Read more.
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.
There is a chill in the air, dark clouds build on the horizon, and a palpable sense of apprehension can be felt as we realise that it is that time of the year again… TAX TIME. Like many aspects of life working as a performer, tax time can have its own unique challenges. Can you… Read more.