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When Acting Is Ageless

Jillian Murray talks about acting, youth and recognition as she performs another encore season of Marguerite Duras’ L’Amante Anglaise, this time at fortyfivedownstairs.

It’s very rare for any show to have not one, but two encore seasons, but the psychological thriller L’amante Anglaise (based on a true story and with two successful seasons at La Mama under its belt) is drawing audiences of those who were mesmerised at first viewing, and younger people who have heard of this third  production through word of mouth.

Singing On Through Tomorrows and Yesterdays

Flourish Productions and the songs of Matthew Robinson are explored by Coral Drouyn.

When Sing On Through Tomorrow was first produced in 2011, Catherine Langley, a twenty-year-old aspiring performer, sent a fan message to Matthew Robinson, composer and star, via Facebook. Now, five years older and a producer with her own company Flourish Productions, is about to present a new production of the show, with a whole new cast.

2016 Helpmann Award Nominations

The countdown to the 16th Annual Helpmann Awards is on, following the announcement of the 2016 Helpmann Award Nominees. 

The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s live performance industry and recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre, children’s presentations, regional touring and cabaret.  

Broadway To TV

Live television broadcasts of Broadway musicals are proving to be a ratings bonanza again for TV networks. Peter Pinne reports that everything old is new again.

2016 Tony Awards – Winners

The 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, were presented on June 12, 2016, at New York’s Beacon Theatre, in an event overshadowed by the Orlando shootings, and dedicated to the victims.

As anticipated, Hamilton dominated the awards, taking out 11 awards, though it was denied a Tony Award record early in the evening when the revival of She Loves Me took out the award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, then later The Color Purple’ Cynthia Erivo’s win in the Best Leading Actress category.

Camping Intense

On the eve of his Cabaret Festival show, and a recording of his musical, Jamie Burgess talks to Coral Drouyn about being Gay, Musical Theatre, trying to change perceptions and make a living at the same time.

No-one would deny that Jamie’s Musical from the Midsumma Festival “Butch Masters – Man of Destiny” is perhaps the campest offering we have seen in many years, but Jamie – a deep thinker behind the façade of wit – is unapologetic.

First Date Cast Announced

Melbourne Indie theatre company Pursued by Bear announces their cast for their next offering. Coral Drouyn comments

Pursued by Bear is one of those small Indie theatre companies that consistently does excellent work without much fanfare – or even much recognition except from real Music Theatre Tragics like myself.

The Proof is in the Truth

With David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof opening tonight in Melbourne, Anna Burgess took time out from a frantic schedule to talk to Coral Drouyn.

Nurturing Home Grown from the Roots

Nick Hedger and Ben Nicholson, young entrepreneurs and composers, launch a new initiative, Grassroots, and Coral Drouyn is excited.

M is for Marvellous - and Megan

Imagine making your stage debut on Broadway in the hottest musical in town. It’s just one of the reasons why Coral Drouyn enjoyed chatting to Smash star Megan Hilty before she headed down under.

Megan Hilty is beautiful, super talented and has a voice to die for. She’s also open and friendly, easy to talk to and laughs a lot. Life is good, and she’s holidaying at Disneyland with husband, Brian, and 18-month-old daughter Viola, before making her trip to Australia for a concert tour.

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