Musical Theatre in New Zealand is experiencing a ‘golden era’, with record attendances, profile and audition interest. The growth is not in professional theatre, but community theatres which ship professionally built sets and costumes around the country.
The musical theatre scene in New Zealand is a unique one, with the combined factors of a strong economy and some beautiful regional theatres, but a relatively small and geographically spread population.
Every year it seems that the hot new show on community theatre stages across Australia is the latest Broadway or West End blockbuster released for amateur performance.
While 2019 is set to be no exception, with Kinky Boots strutting its stuff around the country, allowing performers to give expression to their inner drag queens, Australian musical Ladies in Black is giving the imported blockbuster a run its their money.
They are the stars of the little stages, moving from one community theatre to another scoring the plum roles. David Spicer spoke to six of the most popular leading ladies and men in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
Nadia Gianinotti hobbled back to work after twisting her ankle in her final performance as Velma Kelly in Fab Nobs’ production of Chicago.
Shannon O’Connell previews Campbelltown Theatre Group’s November 2019 production of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal.
As a lover of theatre, especially musicals, my favourite shows are the ones that have a clever story line with complex characters, are brave in the themes and issues they explore, have a musical score you can fall in love with and most of all, make you feel something.
Bankstown Theatre Company is staging the exuberant and joyous coming-of-age musical, 13 The Musical, at the Bryan Brown Theatre from October 16 – 20, 2019.
With music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, 13 The Musical is the only Broadway musical ever with a cast entirely consisting of teenagers.
Adelaide’s Galleon Theatre Group focuses on comedy with a touch of darkness and has presented Neil Simon’s plays many times in the past, including Rumours, a production that achieved the Adelaide Theatre Guide 2015/16 Best Comedy award.
Galleon’s audiences love Simon’s plays and this October and November the multi-award-winning company is embracing his work again by producing The Prisoner of Second Avenue. Galleon brings to life this classic comedy at the company’s regular venue, Domain Theatre, at the Marion Cultural Centre.
Willoughby Theatre Company will bring the legendary musical Fiddler on the Roof back to Sydney’s North Shore during October 2019.
The production will be the first time in almost 40 years that the company has presented the classic Broadway musical on stage.
Fiddler on the Roof is a show steeped in tradition and Director Andrew Benson says the company plans to breathe new life into this timeless musical when it hits The Concourse Theatre stage in Chatswood.
CLOC Musical Theatre’s upcoming production needs little introduction, other than saying just one word – ABBA. You can guess the rest.
Mamma Mia! is a true phenomenon – seen in over 440 major cities in 6 continents, translated into 26 languages, and seen by more than 60 million people world-wide (and counting). It’s not hard to see why – a funny and heart-warming story of family and love set in a sun-drenched paradise and fused with nearly 30 glorious, instantly recognisable ABBA songs.