Dream Lover, Dream Songs, Dream Story

Bobby Darin’s musical repertoire, together with the dramas of his short life, provide rich source material for new musical Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, having its World Premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre. Neil Litchfield speaks to members of the cast and creative team.


In This Edition


Aussies Conquering Musical Mountains

Young Australians star on Broadway and in the West End

Ready Please Mr Musicals

Simon Phillips on the art of creating hit musicals

25 Years of Stage Whispering

How theatre has changed over the last quarter of a century.


Seasons 2017

The best plays which our theatre companies will stage next year

Musicals in 2017 and Beyond

Adelaide Festival 2017 Program

The debut Adelaide Festival from Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy will mark a return to artistic works on a grand scale, with epic opera and theatrical spectacle under the stars in the 2017 program.

The line-up features 31 theatre, music, opera, dance, film and visual arts events alongside Adelaide Writers’ Week and WOMADelaide, including 16 Australian premieres, 17 events exclusive to Adelaide and three world premieres over 17 days from March 3 to 19, 2017.

Alternate 'Lawrence of Arabia' Story on Adelaide Stage

Independent Theatre’s next production, Ross, by Terence Rattigan, premieres on Remembrance Day, November 11, fitting timing for a man who was a reluctant WWI hero and who helped change history forever. Lesley Reed reports.

Maria Brings a Ten to Nine

Maria Mercedes talks to Coral Drouyn about the special one off charity concert performance of the musical NINE.

It’s very rarely that an actress gets to reprise the same role in a musical, years apart. It’s even rarer when it is almost 30 years apart; and yet that’s precisely what the amazing Maria Mercedes is doing in a special concert version mounted for the Think Pink Foundation.

Paulini to Star in The Bodyguard Musical

Producers John Frost, Michael Harrison and David Ian have announced that Australian vocalist and performer Paulini will play the leading role of Rachel Marron in the Australian Premiere of the international award-winning hit musical THE BODYGUARD. The 2017 Australian tour of THE BODYGUARD will commence at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on 22 April 2017, before playing at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane from July and the Regent Theatre, Melbourne from August.

A Light in Chelsea

Coral Drouyn talks to the amazing Chelsea Plumley during rehearsals for The Light in the Piazza.

These Kinky Boots Are Made For Dancing

With the Australian Premiere of Tony Award winning Kinky Boots in Melbourne approaching, Coral Drouyn muses on shoes, pop divas and men in women’s roles as she talks to the young star of the show, Toby Francis.

Smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots is the latest in the theatrical tradition of men in female clothes.

Since the days of Greek theatre, through to Shakespeare’s Globe, then English pantomimes, there have always been men in frocks playing female roles.

Mack and Mabel Cast Announced

Working Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co has announced the cast of Jerry Herman’s MACK AND MABEL, which will play a strictly limited season at Hayes Theatre Co from November 18. MACK AND MABELis based on the real-life tumultuous romantic relationship between early 1900s legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and accidental starlet Mabel Normand.

Old Fitz Theatre Season 2017

After two successful years of operation at the intimate 63-seat Old Fitz Theatre, welcoming more than 32,000 people to 65 different shows, Red Line Productions have planned an even bigger season for 2017. Becoming known as a space which sees actors and creatives making brave and exciting choices and creating high-quality theatre, Red Line Productions has programmed ten main stage plays that will require more fearlessness and honesty from artists and audiences.

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