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We Will Rock You Cast Announced

Producers of the new Australian production of the musical WE WILL ROCK YOU, John Frost, Queen Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and Tribeca Theatrical Productions, have announced their cast.

2015 Glugs Theatre Awards Winners

The 2015 Glugs Theatre Awards were presented on Monday 1 February 2016 at Sydney’s Castlereagh Boutique Hotel.

2016  marks the Glugs’ 50th anniversary of their first meeting. In 1966 a group of theatre lovers – critics, journalists, actors and theatre-goers – met weekly for lunch to discuss theatre and welcome international touring actors. Founding members included theatre critic Norman Kessell, Bill Fenn, JCW’s PR man John Love, and ABC producer Allan Kendall.

Bernadette Robinson's White House Songfest

Bernadette Robinson speaks to David Spicer about her latest one-woman songfest drama Pennsylvania Avenue, this time set in the White House, which is touring Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

In Songs for Nobodies Bernadette Robinson channeled five singers and the impact they had on complete strangers. Audiences were stunned at the authenticity of her impersonations that ranged from Maria Callas to Judy Garland.

STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016 EDITION OUT NOW!!!

In This Edition

 

• Rob Mills’ Unchained Melody - Ghost The Musical

• Queen Will Still Rock You - Ben Elton keeps the Queen musical fresh

• Marina’s Evolution - The secrets of Leading Lady Marina Prior’s longevity

• My Fair Lady Restored - Julie Andrews’ plans for My Fair Lady

• Chain Play - 20 top Australian playwrights, one play

Musicals in 2016 and Beyond

Stage Whispers takes a look at musicals around Australia in 2016 and beyond.

Disney’s Aladdin

When news broke that Aladdin will open at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney in August 2016, just two years after its Broadway premiere, Stage Whispers’ Facebook page almost went into meltdown from the excitement.

The musical by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice also won over the most jaded of theatre critics.

Short+Sweet Cabaret 2016 Final

After four weeks of heats at New Theatre, Short+Sweet Cabaret 2016 reaches its climax on Sunday 7 February with its gala final at Slide Lounge in Darlinghurst

Fourteen cabaret, comedy and magic acts, selected by both industry judges and audience votes, will face off at one of Sydney’s few genuine cabaret venues from 7pm.

The acts include a bizarre singing Terminator, a girl with a hilarious one night stand habit, spectacular tap dance, a Dr Who stalker, singing serial seducer (with tips to share!), a stunning chanteuse… and more!

The Young King: Adelaide Festival World Premiere

A former amusement complex is to be transformed, as internationally-acclaimed Adelaide theatre company Slingsby takes audiences into an exquisitely magical world. Lesley Reed reports on a 2016 Adelaide Festival of Arts World Premiere, The Young King.

James Plays Epic for Adelaide Festival

The combined brilliance of the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Edinburgh International Festival will bring the Exclusive Australian premiere of an extraordinarily powerful historical trilogy to the Adelaide Festival of Arts in February. Lesley Reed reports on The James Plays.

Saturday Night Fever in Melbourne

StageArt Theatre is using quadruple threat performers for its February production of Saturday Night Fever the Musical at Chapel off Chapel. The cast are singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments. The Executive Producer Robbie Carmellotti told *David Spicer that Melbourne has so much talent he could have cast it twice over.

How is Saturday Night Fever relevant today?

STC's The Present Broadway Bound

Following its sold-out, critically acclaimed engagement in Sydney, Australia last August, The Present, Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, will be presented on Broadway for a limited engagement in the early Winter of 2016.

With the Sydney Theatre Company all-Australian cast including Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, The Present will be directed by John Crowley. Set and costume design is by Alice Babidge with lighting design by Nick Schlieper. Stefan Gregory is Sound Designer and Composer.

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