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Sydney Sings

Australia’s International Festival of the Voice

28 July - 7 August 2016

Leo Schofield AM and Jarrod Carland, together with the NSW Government, have launched an exciting new cultural event – to be staged exclusively in Sydney - SYDNEY SINGS.

SYDNEY SINGS is an exciting, entirely new festival celebrating singing in all its many and varied manifestations, from Bach to beatbox, from massed choirs with orchestra to unaccompanied soloists, performing vocal repertoire that will range from classical to jazz. 

Queen Still Rocks You

As the cast of the new Australian production of We Will Rock You rehearsed ahead of opening night, Stage Whsipers Editor Neil Litchfield took the chance to chat to several ensemble members about Queen, and their favourite moments in the show.

How I Got Into Hamilton

With Hamilton receiving a record 16 Tony Award nominations, David Spicer reports on how he got his hands on Broadway's hottest ticket.

It is the hottest ticket, in the hottest theatre town – maybe ever. Getting into the musical Hamilton in New York is murderously difficult.  It is sold out until the end of 2016 and the formal ticket re-sale web site has prices of $400US (if you buy two) and $700US for a single seat.

2016 Tony Awards Nominations

Broadway blockbuster musical Hamilton has made Tony Award history with a record total of 16 nominations for the 2016 awards across the 14 categories available, a record previously shared by The Producers (2001) and Billy Elliot (2009), each nominated for 15 awards.

Other nominees in the Best Musical category, for which Hamilton must be considered runaway favoutite, are Bright Star, Waitress, School of Rock — The Musical and Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.

Bitten by Theatre

Dogfight finally reaches Melbourne on May 5th at Chapel off Chapel and the musical's director Darilyn Ramondo chats to Coral Drouyn.

There’s an old saying “For Love or Money” – and theatre is not exempt from it. After all, we all have to eat, don’t we? And artists will argue that theatre companies make their moolah regardless of whether they pay the artists what they deserve, don’t they?

Well, actually no, not always - in fact seldom in the crazy world of independent theatre.

A Horror-fying Role

Brent Hill, currently playing Seymour in the cult musical Little Shop of Horrors, talks to Coral Drouyn before the opening this week on May 4th at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre.

Musical Theatre can be a strange beast – and no more so than when it is about an actual Strange Beast, albeit with a name “Audrey II”, a man eating plant from another planet.

Kinky Boots Cast Announced

A cast of Australian and international performers has been announced to star in the Australian premiere season of multi award-winning musical Kinky Boots at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from 12 October 2016.

Callum Francis and Toby Francis will portray principal characters Lola and Charlie – the fabulous drag performer and the young man he inspires to revamp the family shoe business.

The Trunchformation

Eight times a week James Millar transforms from a gentle giant into the pigtail twirling school principal from hell  – Agatha Trunchbull - the arch enemy of child genius Matilda.  The full make-up and costume preparation for the musical takes just under an hour. David Spicer was invited into his dressing room for the ‘Trunchformation’.

A Quiet Explosion of Talent

With Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick … BOOM! about to open its professional premiere in Melbourne, Coral Drouyn talked to Director Paul Watson and leading man Luigi Lucente.

In this 20th anniversary year of Jonathan Larson’s death, I have to confess that I was not a fan of Rent; that is, until I saw Paul Watson’s production of the show several years ago at Chapel off Chapel, and suddenly everything became crystal clear and I fell in love with both the show and Watson’s direction.

APRIL SHOWERS - MAY OPENING

Coral Drouyn and videographer Nathan King attend the launch of Singin’ In The Rain, with the award winning West End production set to open next month.

There’s a buzz of energy beyond the norm at the fabulous Ministry of Dance in North Melbourne. With classes in process in every studio (so great to see), we travel along the wide recreational hallway, cameramen galore, to one special studio…the rehearsal studio for Singin’ In The Rain. The ultimate dance show has come to town.

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