Articles on ‘Australian Music Theatre’

Belinda Jenkin and Will Hannagan on writing a new musical

Belinda Jenkin and Will Hannagan on writing a new musical

While studying Music Theatre together, Belinda Jenkin and Will Hannagan often found themselves playing around on the piano and writing songs when they weren’t needed in rehearsals. Five years later, the first musical they wrote together, The Gathering, is currently enjoying a season at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne. After being encouraged to create their own work… Read more.

Aussie musical Ladies in Black to tour in 2017

Ladies in Black -  Image by Rob Maccoll

The women in black are coming back! Queensland Theatre Company have today announced that acclaimed new Australian musical Ladies In Black will be touring Australia in early 2017 with seasons slated for Sydney and Canberra as well as return seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne. The musical premiered in November 2015 in Brisbane, heralding a triumphant return… Read more.

Music to our ears: New Musical Theatre Syllabus for AMEB

Lisa McCune as Anna Leonowens in The King and I. Image by Belinda Strodder

The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) has been Australia’s leading provider of examinations for music, speech and drama for over 100 years. With 40 syllabus options already available for graded examinations ranging from musicianship and piano to tuba, band, and singing for leisure, AMEB will launch an entirely new syllabus, with the help of Australian stage and… Read more.

Strictly Ballroom photo feature

Thomas Lacey as Scott Hastings. Image by Belinda Strodder

The wonderful Belinda Strodder stopped into Strictly Ballroom in Melbourne to take some incredible shots of this new Australian musical. Starring Phoebe Panaretos and Thomas Lacey, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom is currently playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. If you wish to share these images, please remember to at the photo credit for Belinda Strodder. Visit for… Read more.

Opera Australia to send Shane Warne The Musical to India

Opera Australia has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Australia-India Council (AIC) to send Shane Warne The Musical to India. Written by Eddie Perfect, who worked with Opera Australia in its highly successful production of South Pacific in 2012, Shane Warne The Musical is one of 13 projects supported by AIC in the 2014-2015 grants scheme. The… Read more.

Bethany Simons on Reception: The Musical

Bethany Simons. Image by Sarah Eley

This April, one of AussieTheatre’s own lights takes centre-stage with a new, original work based on her experiences in a different kind of foyer, with Reception: The Musical. Brendan McCallum caught up with Bethany Simons to talk swivel chairs, stationery orders, and the enduring love of audiences for good, toe-tapping cabaret. “It’s not poking fun,… Read more.

‘Whatever Happened to the Music?’ – A Culture of Concious Neglect

Image by planet of success.

Recently, an article on’s Daily Review created a lot of discussion within the music theatre industry by posing the question of whether home-grown musicals received the creative support they needed within the Australian theatre industry. With critics citing Aussie made musicals like Miracle City, Summer Rain and Keating as examples of the “Great Australian Musicals”… Read more.

Once We Lived Here in London

Once We Lived Here in London

After award winning Australian seasons and a trip to New York, Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank’s original musical has made it into London. Replete with a spectacular cast of Aussie talent, the musical will run at the Kings Head Theatre in London until April 26. Once We Lived Here debuted on Melbourne stages in 2009… Read more.

Win a double pass to see Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You

Tim Freedman and the cast of Truth Beauty and a Picture of You. Kurt Sneddon

AussieTheatre are thrilled to be giving away four DOUBLE PASSES to see the new Australian musical Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You at Sydney’s exciting new theatre venue, the Hayes Theatre Co on Saturday 10 May. Starring an extraordinary cast of Sydney’s finest musical theatre talent including Ian Stenlake (Sea Patrol, Guys and Dolls) and Erica Lovell (Spring Awakening, Little Women), this… Read more.