Tonight, at just twenty three years of age, Australian performer Sarah Bakker will be realising her dreams as she debuts on Broadway as the world’s most famous nanny – Mary Poppins. Raised in Brisbane, Bakker has understudied some of the biggest roles in Australian musical theatre of late including Roxy in Chicago, Christine Daaé in Phantom… Read more.
Australian performer Drew Weston (Mary Poppins) has been invited to record an album with some of Broadway's biggest stars, and (not surprisingly) is thrilled at the prospect. Weston will record a track on the upcoming album by New York based composer Drew Gasparini who was named as one of Playbill's 'Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should… Read more.
Anthony Warlow has made his long-awaited Broadway debut in the revival production of Annie, and his reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, even if some of the responses to the show have been lukewarm.
Anthony Warlow in Annie on Broadway and now this! Australian icon and theatrical legend Caroline O'Connor will be part of the cast of the new musical A Christmas Story, based on the classic 1983 holiday film. It's the story of Ralphie, and his big Christmas wish for a Red Ryder BB Gun – and all… Read more.
This is a particularly difficult column for me to write. I have wanted to write it for a good while and have postponed it many times but today I feel its time to let it loose into the theatrical community. (I would love some people’s opinions after reading.) The reason I find it difficult to… Read more.
Got a riddle for you, guvnor: The Melbourne Theatre Company love it, the Sydney Theatre Company are thrilled to present it, and the Adelaide Festival couldn’t wait to announce it as part of the 2013 lineup. What is it? The National Theatre of Great Britain’s smash hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, of course! One Man,… Read more.
Australia’s Carmel Dean has been living and working on Broadway for the last ten years as an arranger, musical director and composer. A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, Dean has been working hard to produce a regular ‘song blog’ which features Broadway stars singing her new material. Project Song Blog #3… Read more.
Last week we featured David Harris’ first exclusive AussieTheatre blog, detailing his adventures in a whirlwind theatre tour of London. After seeing Warhorse, Les Miserables, Blood Brothers, Phantom, and enjoying a backstage encounter with the West End cast of Legally Blonde (Harris will star as Emmett in the Australian premiere production later this year), David… Read more.
Again the Adelaide Cabaret Festival has been delighted and entertained by a Broadway legend. Last year was the irresistible Chita Rivera, this year, the amazing Ben Vereen. In his illustrious career, spanning nearly 50 years, Vereen has done it all. In his cabaret show, Steppin Out, Vereen musically relives his tremendous life journey and the… Read more.
On the opening weekend of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, we saw a real life Disney princess (Lea Salonga). By the closing weekend, we have come full circle with a real life Disney villian. Sherie Rene Scott might have voiced Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, but this is just a drop in her illustrious career which… Read more.