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This is Warlow’s Moment

It was a performance which put Anthony Warlow on the international map. His stirring rendition of the dual roles of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde on the concept album of the Broadway bound musical excited fans and critics alike. Now a quarter of a century after the album was released, Australia’s most successful musical theatre star will finally perform the role live in a series of concerts. David Spicer reports.

Bran Nue Dae 30th Anniversary Cast Announced

Legendary Australian actor and TV presenter Ernie Dingo will reprise the role of Uncle Tadpole he first performed 30 years ago when the hit musical Bran Nue Dae, written by Jimmy Chi in collaboration with the band Kuckles, embarks on its 30th Anniversary tour in 2020.

Recognised as a National Living Treasure, Dingo has had an accomplished acting career spanning more than four decades. He first performed the role of the wily Uncle Tadpole in the original 1990 tour of Bran Nue Dae and again in the 2009 film adaptation of the musical.

Shrek: Full Adult Cast Announced

Producer John Frost has announced the full adult cast of SHREK THE MUSICAL, which opens in Australia next year. SHREK THE MUSICAL will play at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star from 1 January 2020, followed by seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from 16 February and at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane from 9 May.

Darlinghurst Theatre Company Season 2020

Darlinghurst Theatre Company has announced its 2020 season, including two world premieres and one Australian premiere, two musicals and festivals created by some of Australia’s most talented theatre makers. 

State Theatre Company South Australia Season 2020

A provocative new festival piece, a premiere Australian work, reimagined international and Australian classics and a post-modern masterpiece are jsome of the highlights making up State Theatre Company South Australia’s 2020 season, the first program from its new artistic director Mitchell Butel.

Announced at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Thursday (Oct 10), the eight-play season offers diverse works sparked by the theme of power.

Todd McKenney Joins Shrek Cast as Lord Farquaad

Television and stage star Todd McKenney will take on the role of Lord Farquaad, the short-in-stature, ruthless ruler of Duloc in the upcoming production of musical comedy SHREK THE MUSICAL. Todd will join the fairy-tale cast of Ben Mingay as Shrek, Lucy Durack as Princess Fiona and Marcia Hines as the Dragon in this wonderful Broadway hit musical. Todd will perform in the Sydney season of the musical, and the Melbourne performances currently on sale.

Hayes Theatre Co 2020 Season

Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney has announced its 2020 season of musicals and cabaret, the company’s seventh year of programming.

“The 2020 season at Hayes Theatre Co will have four new Australian works,” said Chair of Hayes Theatre Co Lisa Campbell.  “Dubbo Championship Wrestling is an hilarious, heart-warming story about the world of wrestling in Dubbo.  This is a brand-new musical that has been developed by us at Hayesand we cannot wait to share it withyou.”.

Blind Casting Furore

Theatre companies in Australia are coming under attack from overseas networks about the ethnicity of their casts. It’s an issue that is causing grief in professional theatre, community theatre and in schools. David Spicer reports.

In April 2019, CLOC Musical Theatre in Melbourne released a statement on their Facebook page responding to criticism of their casting for the musical Kinky Boots.

Bernadette Robinson Returns in Songs For Nobodies

Following her sold-out season in London’s West End, Bernadette Robinson returns to Australia for a limited engagement in the hit play SONGS FOR NOBODIES.

Colin Friels IS Scaramouche Jones

Coral Drouyn previews Colin Friels' forthcoming Gold Coast season.

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