Defying Gravity

Four of Australia’s favourite leading ladies are preparing to sing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on July 15 and 16. David Spicer spoke with two of them -  Lucy Durack and Helen Dallimore - about their concert called Witches and also asked for their tips to performers playing  the role of Glinda in Wicked in community theatre productions around Australia.

Lucy Durack says nothing beats singing with a symphony orchestra. “If there is a heaven on earth it is singing with the Sydney Symphony.

A Desire for Family

Director Andrei Schiller-Chan talks to Coral Drouyn about his Sol III Production company and its second production.

Dream Lover – Further Cast Announced

Further casting has been announced for the World Premiere production of Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical, which plays at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 22 September for a strictly limited season. Caroline O’Connor, Bert LaBonte, Martin Crewes and Marney McQueen will join David Campbell as Bobby Darin and Hannah Fredericksen as Sandra Dee in the tale of the Grammy award-winning singer and Oscar nominated actor, Bobby Darin.


In This Edition

KOOZA - Cirque du Soleil’s latest treasure.

Cloudstreet The Opera - How a former judge adapted Tim Winton’s epic novel.

Don’t Mention The War - A new Basil and Sybil for the stage premiere of Fawlty Towers.

Meryl Streep: The Art of Being Awful - On playing the iconic off-key operatic singer Florence Foster Jenkins.

Sue Rider Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

It might have been wet and cold outside, but inside the warmth in the room was palpable when former QPAC CEO Dr Tony Gould presented Sue Rider with the Alan Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award in front of an audience of industry colleagues on Monday June 27, 2016.Rider was a popular and worthy recipient having spent a lifetime working in the theatre, 30 years of it in Brisbane.

Stephen Page To Receive 2016 JC Williamson Award®

Andrew Kay AM, President of Live Performance Australia, today announced that Stephen Page, Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, will be the recipient of the 2016 JC Williamson Award®.  The announcement was made on the stage of the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House with dancers from Bangarra Dance Theatre in attendance.  The Award will be presented to Stephen Page at the 2016 Helpmann Awards Ceremony on Monday 25 July at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Adelaide’s von Trapp Children

Producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian, John Frost and the Really Useful Group have announced the 12 Adelaide children who have been cast in the The Sound of Music. There will be two different casts alternating in the roles of the six youngest von Trapp children during the Adelaide season.

When Acting Is Ageless

Jillian Murray talks about acting, youth and recognition as she performs another encore season of Marguerite Duras’ L’Amante Anglaise, this time at fortyfivedownstairs.

It’s very rare for any show to have not one, but two encore seasons, but the psychological thriller L’amante Anglaise (based on a true story and with two successful seasons at La Mama under its belt) is drawing audiences of those who were mesmerised at first viewing, and younger people who have heard of this third  production through word of mouth.

Singing On Through Tomorrows and Yesterdays

Flourish Productions and the songs of Matthew Robinson are explored by Coral Drouyn.

When Sing On Through Tomorrow was first produced in 2011, Catherine Langley, a twenty-year-old aspiring performer, sent a fan message to Matthew Robinson, composer and star, via Facebook. Now, five years older and a producer with her own company Flourish Productions, is about to present a new production of the show, with a whole new cast.

2016 Helpmann Award Nominations

The countdown to the 16th Annual Helpmann Awards is on, following the announcement of the 2016 Helpmann Award Nominees. 

The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s live performance industry and recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre, children’s presentations, regional touring and cabaret.  

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