In This Edition

• Why We Still Love The Sound of Music

• Quiet Please, There Are Leading Ladies On Stage

• Making Australian Musicals Great

Postcard from London, Berlin and Vienna

New Australian Musical Ladies in Black

Pippa Grandison on playing The Seekers’ Judith Durham.

Seasons 2016

Musicals in 2016

Red Stitch Season 2016

Red Stitch celebrates 15 years in 2016 with a season of eight plays never seen before in Australia, plus a new relationship with Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Red Stitch Actors Theatre started life in 2002 as an ensemble, artist driven organisation playing to a seating capacity of 30 people per night, and 15 years later has become a Melbourne institution, known for new plays from Australia and overseas, touring.

Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage

Michael Coppel and Philip McIntyre in association with Louise Withers will present the World Premiere of John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage – touring Australia and New Zealand from August 2016.

A Sigh is still a Cy

Cy Coleman – it’s not a name on the tip of our tongues, though this month has been a good one for him, with his brilliant Tony Award winning hit City of Angels playing at Melbourne’s Arts Centre, and now a fabulous tribute show with some of our brightest musical theatre stars opening this weekend at Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club.

A SPARC of Life for The King

With only three performances of their show Are You Lonesome Tonight this weekend (Nov 20 – 22, 2015), Coral Drouyn takes a look at SPARC theatre and their impact on the community.

We sometimes forget too easily that some people are side-lined by society, alienated in their own communities. Life has little to offer them, but still they look for a way to belong. Everyone has something to contribute to the Arts, but first they need someone to believe in them.

Quiet Please, There Are Leading Ladies On Stage

Our writer Coral Drouyn is a self proclaimed “Music Theatre Tragic” and an outright fangirl where Leading Ladies are concerned. She talked to four of our best, exploring the history of those Divas who bring us the show stopping 11 O’Clock numbers we adore, in preparation for a show that is all about Leading Ladies.

Daniel Assetta Wins 2015 Rob Guest Endowment Award

The winner of the 2015 Rob Guest Endowment Award was announced at the Grand Final Concert at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on November 9. Competing against five other outstanding Semi-Finalists with his performance of Goodbye and Memphis Lives in Me, *Daniel Assetta took out the prestigious award after being chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Kelley Abbey, Peter Casey and Gale Edwards.

The Arrival of Angels

With Cy Coleman, Larry Gelbart. David Zippel’s multiple Tony Award winning musical City Of Angels opening at Melbourne’s Art Centre on Thursday, Coral Drouyn managed to catch up with actor and co-Producer Troy Sussman for an enthusiastic chat.

Sport For Jove: 2016 Season

Sydney-based Sport For Jove Theatre Company has announced its its 2016 theatre season.

In December and January, Sport For Jove’s Outdoor Summer Season returns for its 7th year with a double bill of moonlit romance, of men behaving badly and women winning the day, with a swift kick up the backside for a culture that is still discussing the rights and rules of marriage equality centuries after our greatest poets shot Cupid’s arrows right back at him.

Fit New Cats On The Prowl

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new West End version of Cats is now set to prowl stages across Australia. Two of the new cats in the alley, Josh Piterman (Bustopher Jones, Gus and Growltiger) and Holly Meegan (Jennyanydots) spoke to Neil Litchfield during rehearsals.

Cats marks Josh Piterman’s return to the commercial musical theatre stage, after establishing his Melbourne fitness business, PITFIT, in St Kilda.

What came first for Josh, I asked, fitness or performing?

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