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Stephen Lynch - Exclusive

A Q & A with Geoffrey Williams.

On the eve of his first Australian tour – The 3 Balloons Tour – Tony Award nominee and YouTube sensation STEPHEN LYNCH took a moment to give Stage Whispers some insight into the world of the self-proclaimed “musician trapped in the body of a comedian” … and one whose balls hang very low.

EXCLUSIVE: Mary Poppins' Composers Sing

The legendary composer of Mary Poppins - RICHARD M SHERMAN - has given a performance with the two young composers George Stiles and Anthony Drew who updated the Disney Musical.

Their singing can be heard EXCLUSIVELY at the bottom of this article.

In the 20 minute documentary Richard M Sherman explains how Walt Disney approached him and his brother Robert Sherman to write and compose the musical.

Simon Phillips Set to Depart MTC

Artistic Director and Chief Executive of MTC Simon Phillips will leave the Company at the conclusion of the 2011 Season.

Chairman of the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Board, Derek Young today (July 28) announced that after more than 10 years at the helm of the MTC, Artistic Director and Chief Executive Simon Phillips would leave his roles with MTC at the conclusion of the 2011 Season. Simon will continue to direct and program the 2011 Season whilst an international search is undertaken to find a new Artistic Director and Chief Executive for the Company.

Sydney Theatre Company wins top environmental awards

The Sydney Theatre Company won two prizes at leading environmental awards, the 2010 Green Globe Awards, presented on July 27, 2010.

The awards received were:

• The Premier's Award for Sustainability - the top award for the best overall nominee, as selected by the judging panel.

• “Community Sustainability” - best non-profit organisation who is motivating the community to achieve sustainability goals.

Community Theatre ‘Legends’ Join Hall of Fame.

Three men and one woman with a combined involvement of 200 years of outstanding service to community theatre have been honoured at a dinner on July 24, presided over by Music Theatre superstars Nancye Hayes and Simon Gallaher.

The Association of Community Theatre (NSW) inducted Kevin Booth (Gosford Musical Society), Alan Mundy (Miranda Musical Society and Guild Theatre), Janice Harris (Orange Theatre Company) and Peter Fordham (GRAPA - Griffith) into its Hall of Fame.

 

Mary Poppins: Practically Perfect in Every Way

Ian Nisbet caught up with the Australian cast of Mary Poppins during rehearsals, and found out what really makes the show fly.

Based on the beloved books by Australian author, actress, and journalist Pamela Lyndon Travers OBE, and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins the musical has all the classic songs from the movie as well as some new inclusions.

Rose Hancock Musical Premiere

Soap Opera Turns into Musical Drama as a community theatre premieres Rose Hancock musical - Prix D’Amour.

They both made their fortunes through a stroke of luck. Lang Hancock became a mining magnate when his plane was blown off course and he stumbled upon some rich deposits of iron ore. Rose Lacson was in Perth when she noticed an advertisement to be Lang Hancock’s housekeeper. So the lives of the multi-millionaire with a penchant for safari suits and his Filipina housekeeper became entwined.

Anthony Warlow Launches Dr Zhivago Musical

Anthony Warlow wowed group bookers on Tuesday Night with a beautiful rendition of two songs from the new musical Dr Zhivago, which will have its main stage world premiere in February next year in Sydney.

The musical, with a score by Lucy Simon, the composer of The Secret Garden, had a try-out at the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, California, in May 2006.

But the chance to have Anthony Warlow play the leading man, interest from Producer John Frost, and more effective cost structures has led to Sydney scoring the main-stage premiere.

Gwen in Purgatory – a Q and A with playwright Tommy Murphy

Tommy Murphy spoke to David Spicer about his new play Gwen in Purgatory, which plays at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney until September 19, then at La Boite in Brisbane from September 29 to October 24. Gwen in Purgatory is described as an existential comedy about an African missionary in the wilderness of Australian suburbia.

Meeting Deborah Kerr: Part Two

As The Production Company’s The King and I at the State Theatre in Melbourne enters the second week of its season, Stage Whispers reviewer Geoffrey Williams continues the story of his meeting the actress who made Mrs Anna famous.

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