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Helpmann Awards 2019

Sydney's Belvoir Street Theatre was the big winner at the Helpmann Awards held in Melbourne for the first time - taking out 12 awards including the double of Best Play and Best Musical.

Voters snubbed blockbuster international productions such as Harry Potter and Cursed Child instead voting for original Australian productions.

Tom Burlinson To Play Billy Flynn in Chicago

Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced that iconic Australian entertainer Tom Burlinson will join the cast of the multi-award winning, record breaking musical CHICAGO for its seasons in Sydney and Brisbane playing the role of the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn.

Behind the Scenes at Muriel’s Wedding

A visit behind the scenes of hit musical Muriel’s Wedding reveals a massive number of wigs, a costume so huge it must be hung high overhead and a way that audience members can join the cast onstage. Simon Parris reports

Eddie Perfect on Broadway

He’s done what no other Australian has before - composed songs for two musicals on Broadway at the same time. What’s more, those musicals - Beetlejuice and King Kong - are in theatres literally a stone’s throw away from each other. David Spicer has the story.

Eddie Perfect is having the time of his life.

Ruthie Henshall: Making Dreams Reality

Broadway and West End star Ruthie Henshall talks to Coral Drouyn about her fabulous life on stage and her upcoming Australian tour.

It’s 7.30 on a Tuesday morning and the mellow voiced woman who answers the phone is trying to get her teenage daughters ready for school, just like millions of mums all over the world. The difference is that the multi-tasking woman on the phone is Ruthie Henshall – triple threat musical theatre Diva, television actress, author, recording and concert artist, multiple award winner and, of course, mum of two.

Boy Swallows Universe On Stage

Queensland Theatre has secured the rights for the world premiere of the stage version of Brisbane-born Australian author Trent Dalton’sbreakout novel, Boy Swallows Universe.

Josh Piterman in Intimate Concert Tour

The last twelve months have seen Josh Piterman wrap up the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in the role of Gerry Goffin; the release of his debut self-titled pop-opera album (Fanfare & Sony Music) which reached number one on both the ARIA and iTunes Charts (Classical/Crossover); and most recently his performance of Nessun Dorma at this years’ Australia Day Live Concert at the Sydney Opera House. Now in June 2019, Josh is taking his music to stages across the country.

Dame Edna Emerges From Retirement

Dame Edna Everage has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring “Precious Possums”, announcing a surprise tour of Australia in September and October 2019.

In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement from public life, blaming her manager, “failed actor and attention seeker” Barry Humphries.

When Creative Worlds Collide: Interview with Jane Sheldon

Soprano Jane Sheldon is a fearless performer who believes in pushing the boundaries of vocal performance. She lives parallel lives, balancing her work between Australia and the US, and has a passion for bringing her two worlds together in creative collaborations. Before the end of 2019, Ms Sheldon is performing three world premieres, starting with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in English Baroque with Circa from 2 May 2019. She spoke to Beth Keehn during rehearsals just before the national tour.

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