Goodbye Miss Monroe, a show about Marilyn, right? Right, and wrong. Ultimately this two-hander is about Jack Cole, dancer and choreographer extraordinaire from the Golden Age of Broadway and Hollywood film. You know him! Well I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t heard of him before. I am especially ashamed as he is credited with being… Read more.
The critically acclaimed modern masterpiece Neighbourhood Watch will continue to delight audiences at Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) until Saturday 26 April. Aussie Theatre’s Bethany Simons chatted with playwright Lally Katz about writing, relationships and why everybody needs good neighbours. Since seeing Lally Katz’s unforgettable play Neighbourhood Watch at MTC I’ve been seeing the world differently…. Read more.
After suffering a massive hit from the Global Financial Crisis, fictional mega church DreamSong decides to stage the return of Christ, marketing him as a Christian pop star. Writer/Performer Hugo Chiarella talks to Bethany Simons about how the journey of writing a new musical is anything but taking the straight and narrow. The rehearsal room… Read more.
The peanuts kids are all grown up. That’s the premise for Melbourne-based independent troupe Boutique Theatre’s latest production Dog Sees God, currently playing at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute. If you’re a fan, you’ll delight in playwright Bert V. Royal’s creation of troubled teens inspired by Charles Schulz’s legendary Peanuts comic strip. If you don’t know… Read more.
Recently, AussieTheatre’s David Allen got the chance to go backstage during a break in a tech run of music theatre darling Squabbalogic’s latest production. Mix ups, mayhem and a gay wedding, it’s The Drowsy Chaperone! Welcome to the Theatre Inside the Hayes Theatre, the stage lights come up on Jay James-Moody. He’s sitting in a… Read more.
AussieTheatre’s David Allen talks to the creator of the legendary Rocky Horror Show – Richard O’Brien as he prepares to join the Australian tour. On the phone, Richard O’Brien reminds me slightly of David Bowie. Though the two are responsible for definitive glam rock creations, what creates this parallel in my head as I speak… Read more.
It’s just turned autumn and it’s a dazzling day in Brisbane. The sun is shining and the gleaming glass headquarters of Harvest Rain Theatre Company are awash with colour and buzzing with activity. There’s a marathon costume fitting session in progress in preparation for their first show of the season, the iconic Broadway musical Guys… Read more.
In amongst rehearsing his lead roles in Windmill Theatre’s upcoming festival trilogy and fulfilling his commitments as writer of all three featured shows, Matthew Whittet took time to speak to AussieTheatre’s Paige Mulholland about the shows, writing for young audiences, the metaphor of dystopia and the Adelaide Festival. At the 2014 Adelaide Festival Windmill Theatre… Read more.
Pacific Overtures is perhaps one of Stephen Sondheim’s most ambitious musicals. It straddles two cultures, two vastly incompatible musical styles, and with a cast of over 50 characters, it demands audience engagement. In 2014 Pacific Overtures will have its first theatrical season in Melbourne, under the direction of Alister Smith. Annie Ferguson caught up with… Read more.
Aussie Theatre’s Annie Ferguson sat down over an early morning coffee with Rachael Maza, Artistic Director of Ilbijerri Theatre Company, to discuss Melbourne’s premier season of Beautiful One Day, presented by Ilbijerri in conjunction with Arts House, Belvoir and Version 1.0. Beautiful One Day is a work of documentary theatre that jams a crowbar under the… Read more.