If I was to ask you “What is the most commercially successful Australian musical with an original score?”, I doubt you would guess “Lola Montez”, but the musical (originally produced in 1958) has enjoyed sold-out seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, chart-topping songs on the Aussie hit parade (which outsold Elvis Presley), was adapted for television… Read more.
The full cast of the upcoming Hayes Theatre Co. production of the iconic musical Gyosy were announced this morning. Previously announced were Blazey Best (Miracle City, Only Heaven Knows) as Rose, and Laura Bunting (Rent, Calamity Jane) as her daughter Louise. Joining them will be Sophie Wright (Kinky Boots) making her Hayes Theatre debut as June, Anthony Harkin (The… Read more.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed today that the hit musical Come From Away will be coming to Australia. Set to open at the ‘soon to be refurbished’ Comedy Theatre in July 2019, Come From Away is produced by Rodney Rigby (New Theatricals) who has had great success with the show on Broadway and Toronto. Based around… Read more.
It was announced today the Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical, will open at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in January 2019. Produced by John Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions in Australia, the musical has already enjoyedl previous seasons on Broadway and The West End…. Read more.
AussieTheatre.com can confirm that 2017 WAAPA graduates Benjamin Almon Colley and Daisy Valerio will join the writing team as regular columnists in 2018. The much loved “Coffee With…” column, which initially ran from 2007-2009 and featured new graduates of WAAPA writing about their first experiences in the Australian theatre industry, made a triumphant return in 2015 with Matilda… Read more.
Hayes Theatre Co’s critically acclaimed 2017 production of Assassins, will play a season at Sydney Opera House Playhouse this June, starring David Campbell and according to director Dean Bryant, a return season couldn’t come at a better time for Australia. “Assassins couldn’t be more right for Australia now when our newsfeeds are full of the… Read more.
This morning, Sydney Theatre Company Chairman Ian Narev announced that the Executive Producer of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) Annette Shun Wah and respected actor Heather Mitchell (Strictly Ballroom, Spellbinder and more than 30 STC productions since 1981) have joined the board of STC. This comes as outgoing board directors Toni Cody and John Connolly conclude… Read more.
It was confirmed this morning that Todd McKenney, one of Australia’s most celebrated triple threat performers, will step into the role of Frank N Furter for The Rocky Horror Show’s Melbourne season this July. McKenney will be the third actor to play Frank N Furter in the current Australian tour, taking over the role from… Read more.
The Green Room Awards, now in their 35th year, were announced today in Melbourne. Known as Melbourne’s premier peer-presented performing arts awards they recognise excellence and innovation across a range of categories and include a total of 64 awards. The Green Room Awards ceremony will feature spectacular live performances and award presentations by an array of dazzling… Read more.
The Production Company have announced their 20th birthday season at a special launch event today in Melbourne. Oklahoma, The Boy From Oz and the Australian premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will make up the 20th anniversary season. The announcement was streamed live from the Pratt family’s Italianate mansion, Raheen, and was peppered… Read more.