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Singin’ in the Rain Cast Announced

The full Australian cast of the splash-hit West End stage production Singin’ in the Rain has been announced. The production will open May 2016 at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, followed by a season from July at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre before touring to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Play Us The Music

As lovers of Musical Theatre, we all have our ideas of the most important person in any production. Coral Drouyn talks to four super talented people, without whom the show couldn’t go on.

2015 HELPMANN AWARDS

The 2015 Helpmann Awards were presented at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Monday 27 July, on the set of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables, in a ceremony hosted by Todd McKenney.

Les Misérables, The Perth International Festival, and the Brisbane Baroque Festival were the big winners of the 2015 Helpmann Awards.

La Boite Turns 90 With Style

Boys get out your blazers and boaters, and girls put on your flapper dresses and cloche hats and all Charleston on down to Kelvin Grove for the party of the year. Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre turns 90 in July, and to celebrate it’s throwing a ball in keeping with 1925 - the year the company started. Peter Pinne looks back at the company’s remarkable history.

One Night Only of Hogwarts and Plant Genitalia

Not forgetting love, dysfunction and every other subject that inspires Musical Theatre writers. Coral Drouyn looks at one of our most original Music/Lyric combos and their new show The Songs of Mackenzie- Spencer and Strano.

Acting The Truth

For writers and actors it’s been a challenge since Shakespeare made up Richard III.  How do you play an invented character who’s an inaccurate version of a real life one standing there in the wings? Martin Portus explains the dilemma from his vantage point, on stage in the world’s best known Holocaust play.

Poor Richard may have been freshly unearthed but he long ago lost that propaganda war.

He’s doomed to be always the hunchbacked villain.

“Something Great is Coming”

West Side Story opens this week with a stellar cast, and our Coral Drouyn talks to Choreographer Michael Ralph about re-creating Jerome Robbins original choreography.

The Canterbury Tales Updated by 600 Years

A team of young theatre makers is turning Geoffrey Chaucer’s comedic masterpiece into a “rollicking, surreal and thought provoking night of entertainment.”

This new interpretation of  The Canterbury Tales is half medieval and half community TV talent quest.

Grey’s Lobotomy: A New Australian Musical Comedy

Grey’s Lobotomy, a new musical comedy about the Australian health system by Xavier Brouwer, opens at the Alex Theatre, St Kilda on Wednesday 8 July, playing until Sunday 26 July 2015.

Australia’s medical health system is in a precarious position, and this biting satire explores hospital care and its administration while also examining public health campaigns.

The Book of Kevin

His name’s Kevin, he’s from Queensland and he’s back.

After nearly two years in self-imposed exile, Kevin Rudd is finally prepared to break his silence in his tell-all autobiography ‘Here to help.’

Join the team from Year of the Abbott and Australia Votes 2013 for another satirical send up as they give voice to one of the most fascinating figures in Australian political history in ‘The Book of Kevin’.

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