In This Edition

• Meet Miss Honey – interview with Matilda The Musical’s Elise McCann

• Stars … Who Needs Them

• La Boite Turns 90 With Style

• There’s An Animal In My Play interview with Hannie Rayson and Lally Katz

• Acting The Truth - playing a dramatically maligned, real life character

Anything Goes for Caroline

Australia’s international triple threat Caroline O’Connor has returned to star in the John Frost / Opera Australia production of Anything Goes. She spoke to Neil Litchfield ahead of rehearsals.

Caroline O’Connor’s earliest stage experience included performing imitations of Ethel Merman for her dog. Now she’s about to play one of Merman’s great roles, Reno Sweeney, in the new Australian production of Anything Goes.


Nominees for the 2015 Helpmann Awards were announced at simultaneous events in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, and Hobart on June 22, 2015 by some of Australia’s biggest names of the performing arts sector, including Caroline O’Connor, Simon Gleeson, Wesley Enoch, Annette Downs, Michael Griffiths, and Suzie Mather.

Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect Co-Artistic Directors for Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2016 and 2017

On the final night of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2015, Artistic Director Barry Humphries took to the stage to announce he is handing over the role of Artistic Director to Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect, who will be co-Artistic Directors for the Festival in 2016 and 2017.

This year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival had more than 350 artists performing with 46 sold out shows and was the highest grossing festival in its 15 year history. 

“The Moment” is Almost Here

Coral Drouyn gives her take on the media launch of Jekyll and Hyde, perhaps the most anticipated Musical Theatre Premiere in a decade.

Jekyll and Hyde Cast Anounced

This is the moment! Producers John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini have announced the cast for the Australian premiere of the reimagined production of musical thriller Jekyll & Hyde, which will play from 8 December, 2015 at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne, followed by a season from 6 March, 2016 at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

A New Brad and Janet

When their car blows a tyre in The Rocky Horror Show, Melbourne will be seeing a new Brad and Janet apprehensively approach Frank’N’Furter’s creepy castle. Stephen Mahy and Amy Lehpamer spoke to Neil Litchfield during rehearsals.

Stephen Mahy and Amy Lehpamer may have rekindled their working relationship as the virginal young couple Brad and Janet, but it isn’t the first time they’ve shared a stage kiss.

The Sound of Music Cast Announced

The lavish London Palladium production of The Sound of Music comes to Australia later this year, opening at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney from December 13, 2015, with a season at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre from March 11, 2016.

The cast will be led by Amy Lehpamer as Marina Rainer and Cameron Daddo, alongside Marina Prior as Baroness Schraeder, Jacqueline Dark as Mother Abbess, Lorraine Bayly as Frau Schmidt and David James as Max Detweiler.

Leisl will be played by Stefanie Jones and Rolf by newcomer Du Toit Bredenkamp.

2015 Tony Award Winners

Actors Kristin Chenoweth (also a nominee), and Alan Cumming hosted Broadway’s 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Musical Hall, New York, on June 7.

The Tony for Best Musical was taken out by Fun Home, while The King and I was recognized as Best Revival of a Musical.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Tony for Best Play, while Skylight won the award for Best Revival of a Play.

Image: Fun Home


Todd McKenney To Host 2015 Helpmann Awards

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today (June 8, 2015announced previous Helpmann Awards winner and Australian favourite, Todd McKenney, as the host of the 2015 Helpmann Awards.

The 2015 Helpmann Awards will be held at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Monday 27 July on the set of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables and broadcast live on Foxtel Arts.

LPA Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson said McKenney is no stranger to the Helpmann Awards stage and LPA is very excited to be working with him this year.