Penrith Musical Comedy Company presents the NSW Premiere of the Broadway stage musical adaptation of the 1980 cult classic musical fantasy film Xanadu at Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre from February 10.
Present Laughter, first play of the Pavilion Theatre’s 2012 season, was written by Nöel Coward - king of the witty light comedy. Set in London in the late 1940’s, it’s the story of Garry Essendine, famous actor, who is preparing for a gruelling theatre trip to Africa while trying to untangle his best friends’ complicated love lives, deal with eager would-be actresses, fob off desperate would-be playwrights … and survive a mid-life crisis.
So firmly is James Goldman’s play entrenched in the mythology of Broadway that it is sung about in the musical, Fame, rhyming: ‘…The Lion in Winter, … Brecht and Harold Pinter.’
Heidelberg Theatre Company has chosen a play which is part of their history, James Goldman’switty story of a dysfunctional royal family, The Lion In Winter,to begin their 60th Anniversary year in February. It harks back to the company’s successful 1983 production.
Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport, opens its 2012 season on 28 January Australian play Cosi by Louis Nowra, directed by Stuart Lumsden.
Set at the time of the Vietnam War, it is a largely autobiographical story about young theatre director Lewis. His first job sees him working with a group of psychiatric patients on a production of Mozart’s great comic opera Cosi Fan Tutte. The trouble is that none of them can sing or speak Italian! It helps to be a little crazy when chasing your dreams.
The night of nights for Western Australian amateur theatre, the 37th Annual Robert Finley Awards, took place on Saturday 21st January 2012. The event took place at the beautiful Judith Cottier Theatre at Perth College and was a wonderful celebration of the year that was. The Independent Theatre Aossociation of WA manages the awards and their adjudicators saw over 55 productions in the 2011 year.