Smash Theatrical, founded by Joanna Pearson and Shane Tooley, will launch onto the Brisbane stage in 2013 with their inaugural production of The Wedding Singer, the Broadway musical based on the Adam Sandler movie, will be presented at Brisbane’s historic Schonell Theatre from February 14 to 23 2013.
Following on from successful productions of Oliver! and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Packemin Productions will be presenting The Wizard of Oz in February 2013 at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta (NSW).
Heidelberg Theatre Company’s first production for 2013, The Dresser, opens on February 21.
Playwright Ronald Harwood was himself dresser to the great Shakespeare actor-manager Donald Wolfit for several years, and though he strenuously denies it, has clearly made great use of this experience in creating The Dresser.
British black comedy The Anniversary will take to the stage in March at Javeenbah Theatre on Queensland’s Gold Coast, promising laughs and gasps at one of the most wicked characters in modern theatre.
The play, by Bill McIlwraith, follows the story of ‘Mum’ who keeps a tight hold on all three of her sons with gifts, threats and ruthless exploitation of their weaknesses. But as the family is unwillingly brought together to celebrate Mum's wedding anniversary (regardless of deceased Dad), revolt is in the air.
MELVILLE Theatre (WA) is presenting two very different comedies from February 8 – the world premiere of the adaptation of an Australian short story, Someone Called Rob, and a classic British comedy, Hands Across The Sea by Noël Coward.
Martin Lindsay’s Someone Called Rob was featured in the book Best Australian Stories 2012 and he has now adapted it for the stage.
Jeffrey Hansen is directing the comedy, which explores the miscommunication and subsequent paranoia that can occur from a simple mistake.
Melbourne's CLOC Musical Theatre, one of Australia's largest and most successful community theatre groups, has been known as the home of amateur premieres, whether it be Victorian (Evita, Singin' in the Rain, The Boy from Oz, Hot Shoe Shuffle), Australian (Sweeney Todd, Annie, Les Misérables, Dusty) or Australasian (Cats, Steel Pier, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard).
Brisbane Arts Theatre’s opening production for 2013, from January 25, is Casablanca - A Radio Play.
Remember the chemistry between Bogart and Bergman, famous lines like “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”, and of course, Sam’s rendition of ‘As Time Goes By’? In 2013 Brisbane Arts Theatre relives the romance, nostalgia and drama of Casablanca in a new format. Casablanca – A Radio Play brings to the stage one of popular culture’s most beloved films in the form of a radio play.