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MACKILLOP - A new Australian Musical

Nuns are not new to musicalisation - take Nunsense and Sound of Music - but a new Australian musical chronicling the life of our own Mary MacKillop, premiering in Sydney and Melbourne in October to coincide with the canonisation of Australia's first saint, is probably set to become the first local addition to the sub-genre.

Written by newcomer Xavier Brouwer, MacKillop has a cast of 80 and a 25 piece orchestra.

The Glee Effect: TV Show boosts Live Theatre.

They’re calling it the “Glee Effect”. The TV show Glee is credited with increased audiences, bigger attendances at auditions and more musicals being performed. Kimberley Shaw reports.

Carrie Fisher On Stage Across Australia

Carrie Fisher will perform her play Wishful Drinking in Australia during October and November.

“If my life wasn’t funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.” Carrie Fisher

Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher’s hit autobiographical stage production, will be touring to five Australian cities from 19th October 2010, direct from a successful Broadway run - its first performances outside America.

Geoffrey Rush to Frock Up for Simon Phillips’ MTC Farewell

Melbourne Theatre Company Artistic Director Simon Phillips today (September 21) announced MTC Season 2011, his last the after twelve years leading the Company.

Sydney Theatre Company’s 2011 Main Stage Season

Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett today (September 20) announced Sydney Theatre Company’s 2011 Main Stage Season, their third as Artistic Directors of the Company, comprising twelve productions at Sydney Theatre, the Drama Theatre at the Sydney Opera House and The Wharf. The 2011 season features a variety of works concerned with the outsider, the fragility and struggle of the individual and the sometimes isolated, dislocated lives of those in search of identity and community.

Ziggy, The Songs of David Bowie

Multiple Helpmann winner iOTA leads the headliners in Ziggy, The Songs of David Bowie, a homage to David Bowie, the pop phenomenon - the influential individualist with the uncanny ability to push boundaries and transform himself and the world around him. In the concert, touring during November, iOTA shares the stage with Jeff Duff, Steve Balbi, Brydon Stace, and a star-studded band drawn from the ranks of Silverchair, Noiseworks, Leo Sayer and Jimmy Barnes.

Belvoir Launches its 2011 Season

Sydney’s Belvoir welcomed a new Artistic Director, a new logo, fresh talent and a new, stripped back name in 2011 as the company celebrated the launch of its inaugural season under Ralph Myers on September 15.

Australian Ballet’s 2011 Season Announced

The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister launched the company’s 2011 season today.

In 2011, the company reflects on its coming of age and celebrates its extensive international influence over the past 49 years.

From classic, full-length ballets to contemporary offerings, each work in the 2011 season has a significant place in the journey towards 50, explains McAllister.

Sam Strong Announces Griffin’s 2011 Season

Griffin Theatre Company Artistic Director Sam Strong unveiled both Griffin’s Main and Independent seasons together, for the first time, at the company’s 2011 season launch on September 13. The main Griffin 2011 program at Sydney’s SBW Stables Theatre comprises four Australian plays, including a revival of one of Australia and Griffin’s best, Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues. Griffin’s Independent season includes a further Australian play and three international works.

Stephen Sondheim - Oz Celebration In Three Courses.

If you were not already aware that Stephen Sondheim turned eighty on March 22 this year, where have you been? Celebrations in America include the New York Philharmonic's Sondheim: The Birthday Concert; the opening of Sondheim on Sondheim; and the renaming of the Henry Miller Theatre on West 43rd Street to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Across the Atlantic, the BBC held a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, but nothing much has happened in Australia - until now.

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