Musicals in 2014 and Beyond

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Something old, something new and plot-lines borrowed from a film or two. Stage Whispers looks at what will sing and dance across our stages in 2014.

Baz Luhrmann’s World Premiere adaptation of his hit movie Strictly Ballroom The Musical is probably the most keenly anticipated musical of 2014.

2013 Sydney Theatre Awards Nominations Announced

Nominations were announced today December 19, 2013) for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2013, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 20, 2014 at 6pm at the Paddington RSL.

EMPIRE: Twist of Fate for Aussie Aerialist

There are twists and turns aplenty in a contortionist’s career. Neil Litchfield speaks to Lucia Carbines – Empire’s ‘Miss A in a Bubble’.

Queensland aerial artist Lucia Carbines was rehearsing for High Wire Motorbike Trapeze stunt at the 2013 Melbourne Grand Prix when the call came which saw her join Spiegelworld’s EMPIRE, with its mix of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque, stepping into the role of ‘Miss A in a Bubble’.

The “Other” Stephen S

Broadway Icon Stephen Schwartz in conversation with Coral Drouyn, during his recent visit to Australia and New Zealand.

Roar of the Lion

A decade after it toured Australia and New Zealand last, The Lion King returns in December at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Disney has cast some extraordinary new talent, including an Auckland Rugby Player who has never had an acting lesson, and one of the hottest graduating students from NIDA. David Spicer attended rehearsals for an experience described by a cast member as weird but wonderful.


Australian audiences can look forward to a wide and varied spectrum of magic when The Illusionists 2.0 has its World Premiere here in December 2013 and January 2014. Lesley Reed previews the magic spectacular and speaks to ‘The Hypnotist’, Doctor Scott Lewis.

Wesley Enoch: Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture 2013

Queensland Theatre Company Artistic Director Wesley Enoch has labelled some other main stage companies ‘immoral’ for not paying Independent Theatre artists.

Here is an excerpt of his blistering speech delivered for the Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney December 8, 2013.


The 35th Annual City of Newcastle Drama Awards (CONDAs) were presented at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on December 6, 2013, in an evening appropriately themed ‘Applause’. Winners in the 24 categories were spread widely over shows staged in the awards period, the 12 months ended October 31, as 11 productions collected trophies, with 10 groups represented.

The night’s big winner was the Metropolitan Players’ staging of The Phantom of the Opera. It was awarded seven CONDAs, including Best Non-Professional Musical Production.

Old Fitzroy Theatre 2014 Season

Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO) announced its 2014 Season at the iconic Old Fitzroy Theatre this week.

SITCO have programmed an eclectic range of productions, collaborating with a wide variety of emerging and seasoned Australian independent theatre companies and artists. The line‐up consists of mainly Australian plays including five world premieres.

White Night Melbourne 2014

White Night Melbourne returns with expanded program in 2014, and Stage Whispers' Alex Paige was at the launch.

Next February 22, Melbourne’s streets, laneways, public spaces and major cultural institutions will again undergo a dusk-till-dawn transformation into a “cultural playground” for the city’s second annual White Night event.

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