Ned Kelly Musical for Adelaide Fringe

Adelaide’s Upstage Theatre brings the story of Australia’s most infamous bushranger Ned Kelly to life in its 2016 Adelaide Fringe show The Legend of Ned Kelly. It’s a musical that focuses on a period steeped in folklore, the Kelly Gang’s last days. Lesley Reed reports.

Au Revoir Les Mis

Cameron Mackintosh’snew production of Boublil & Schönberg's legendary musical, Les Misérables, which premiered in Melbourne on June 22nd 2014 and is preparing for its final bow this coming Sunday 17th January in Brisbane. The award-winning Australian production has celebrated a 19 month run with seasons in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane and will close after 588 performances.

Chase The Feeling

Forming a volume of a Masters in Anthropology of Theatre, Michael Allen Productions’ World Premiere, Chase The Feeling is an intriguingly different Adelaide Fringe production. Lesley Reed reports.

Based on real anthropological fieldwork about a group of autistic actors, Chase The Feeling is an experiment in combining academic research with theatre. This fast-paced satirical assassination of theatre and autism is to be presented at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe by Michael Allen Productions.

2015 Glugs Theatre Awards Nominations

The Glugs have announced the nominees of the 2015 Glugs Theatre Awards, to be presented Monday 1 February 2016 at Sydney’s Castlereagh Boutique Hotel.

This year marks the Glugs’ 50th anniversary since their first meeting. In 1966 a group of theatre lovers – critics, journalists, actors and theatre-goers – met weekly for lunch to discuss theatre and welcome international touring actors. Founding members included theatre critic Norman Kessell, Bill Fenn, JCW’s PR man John Love, and ABC producer Allan Kendall.

A Fruity Role

Fiddler on The Roof opens in Melbourne this week and actor Mark Mitchell took time out from rehearsals to talk to Coral Drouyn


In This Edition


• Rob Mills’ Unchained Melody - Ghost The Musical

• Queen Will Still Rock You - Ben Elton keeps the Queen musical fresh

• Marina’s Evolution - The secrets of Leading Lady Marina Prior’s longevity

• My Fair Lady Restored - Julie Andrews’ plans for My Fair Lady

• Chain Play - 20 top Australian playwrights, one play

2015 Sydney Theatre Awards Nominations

Nominations have been announced for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2015, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 18, 2016 at 6pm at the Paddington RSL.

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.

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