Articles on ‘Australian Musical Theatre’

Only Heaven Knows – Hayes Theatre Co

Photo credit: Robert Catto.

Musicals about queer people that aren’t afraid to embrace their queerness – or in the words of Lily Tomlin, aren’t trying to imitate heterosexuality – are few and far between. It’s not something you’d expect to find in musical theatre history pre-Rent or Fun Home, and it’s probably not something you’d expect to find in… Read more.


Calamity Jane – Hayes Theatre Co

Credit: John Mcrae.

With a woman who refuses to shrink down into the boxes her society assigns her, a rowdy saloon in the middle of the Wild West, strongly hinted queer subtext, and an immersive theatre experience, One Eyed Man Production’s Calamity Jane has something for everyone. And if none of that sparks your interest, it boasts an incredibly… Read more.


Ladies in Black Returns to Brisbane

Ladies in Black - Queensland Theatre

In a return season presented by Queensland Theatre, Ladies in Black is a charming musical full of flair and frocks, exploring the post-war era in Australia. Adapted by Carolyn Burns from Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, the story looks at this time and its issues from a lighter perspective, using quintessential Aussie… Read more.


Ladies in Black – Sydney Lyric Theatre

Cast of Ladies in Black. Credit: Lisa Tomasetti.

Ladies in Black means well. A new Australian musical based on Madeleine St John’s novel Women in Black, it carries in its quintessentially Australian core an eagerness to charm audiences. Just like young protagonist Lisa Miles longs to grow up, defy boundaries, and find her identity in mid 20th century Australia, so too is this musical trying… Read more.


Aladdin the Musical – Capitol Theatre

Ainsley Melham as Aladdin. Photo By Deen van Meer.

Disney’s Aladdin the Musical, based on the beloved 1992 film, is an incredible spectacle that’s focused more on its visual impact than its storytelling – the definition of ‘style over substance’. It’s the well-known story: ‘street rat’ Aladdin (an eager Ainsley Melham) who meets Princess Jasmine (an earnest Arielle Jacobs) by chance in the marketplace. Both feel… Read more.



Chatting with Little Shop’s leading lady Esther Hannaford

Brent Hill (Seymour) and Esther Hannaford (Audrey) | Photo by Jefff Busby

Tinderbox Productions and Luckiest Productions’ Little Shop of Horrors is currently touring the country after a highly acclaimed premiere at the Hayes Theatre in February. This cult classic musical with score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken has received new life in director Dean Bryant’s vision. Leading lady Esther Hannaford has frequented the Australian stage… Read more.


Review: The Detective’s Handbook

The Detective's Handbook at Hayes Theatre Co. Image by Clare Hawley

It’s always exciting when Australia gets a new homebred musical like The Detective’s Handbook. It’s a rare and special treat in a landscape of mass-produced shows imported from overseas to witness something new and fresh, particularly when young Australian talent like Ian Ferrington and Olga Solar write it. The Hayes Theatre Co has previously given… Read more.


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