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.

Hey There, Georgy Girl

As Georgy Girl - the Seekers Musical prepares to open on Australian stages, Pippa Grandison, who will play the iconic lead vocalist Judith Durham, speaks to Neil Litchfield.

Did you grow up in the 1960s too?

If so, you probably share the same proud, joyous memories of a nation watching from the other side of the world on grainy black and white TV as Aussie folk music quartet The Seekers blazed the trail as our first international pop superstars.

Farewell to Rock Surfers

After 18 years delivering independent theatre to Sydney audiences, Rock Surfers Theatre Company regrets to announce that it has ceased trading from December 17 2015.

As is the case with many small to medium organisations in the sector, the Company has, when balanced against output, been under-funded and under-capitalised since inception.

Why We Still Love The Sound of Music

With a new production of The Sound of Music opening, Coral Drouyn explores why the musical holds so much magic for us.

What is it about The Sound of Music that sets it apart from other musicals? Why are we welcoming yet another production, this time the award winning London Palladium production from 2006? After all, the show is 55 years old, so what is its magic appeal?

Making Australian Musicals Great

A new network to help develop Australian musicals has been born with a range of ideas including a million dollar fund to workshop new productions. David Spicer attended the symposium at the Victorian College of the Arts in September.

Composer/musical director Max Lambert was pulling no punches. “A lot of people in Australian musical theatre have no idea of what they are doing.”

Immersive, Sustainable South Australian Oklahoma!

Today’s musical theatre audiences expect to see increasingly innovative staging for shows, which can be a challenge for theatre companies. Undaunted, Adelaide’s Emma Knights has faced such a challenge with enthusiasm. In January, Emma Knights Productions will produce Oklahoma! in an unusually immersive and environmentally friendly theatrical environment, a real farm. Lesley Reed reports.

Melbourne Season for Violet.

Blue Saint Productions have announced the Melbourne premiere season of VIOLET, to be presented at Chapel off Chapel from March 3-20, 2016.

Adelaide Fringe 2016

The 2016 Adelaide Fringe program features more than 1100 events – a new record. More than 5000 artists will take part in 228 music events, 24 interactive events, 112 cabaret shows, 35 circus and physical theatre shows, 305 comedy events, 12 magic events, 32 dance shows, nine film and digital events, 151 theatre productions, 111 art and design exhibitions, 58 children’s events and 45 special events. Magic is a new genre in the Fringe for 2016, as is the interactive genre.

Meet Brisbane's Von Trapp Children

Producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian, John Frost and the Really Useful Group have announced the 18 children who have been cast in the Brisbane season of The Sound of Music. There will be three different casts alternating in the roles of the six youngest von Trapp children.

Ladies in Black

QTC and QPAC have joined forces to present the world premiere season of Australia’s latest original musical, which will subseuqently have a season at the MTC. Stage Whispers’ Peter Pinne spoke with director Simon Phillips and actress Christen O’Leary about the project and its development.

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