Brisbane’s La Boite has unveiled a new-look season for 2013 that includes Holding the Man, The Glass Menagerie and a very new look at The Wizard of Oz. Classics sit at the heart of the season of five Mainstage and six La Boite Indie productions.

There’s a classic of the American stage, one of Australia’s great love stories fresh from a run in London’s West End, a surprising trip down the yellow brick road, a new Australian play, and a special show for kids and their families set in a huge pool of green slime.

Tunes or Story: What Makes A Hit Musical?

You might think great tunes make great musicals. Not according to some. David Spicer speaks to two men who believe great stories are the bedrock of the art form, Tony Award winning Director/Choreographer Jerry Mitchell for Legally Blonde The Musical and Oscar Hammerstein III, namesake grandson of one half of the great creative team Rodgers and Hammerstein..

Stephen Sondheim = Super Star

We’re used to the words Superstar and Genius being bandied about in this day and age. Usually they describe over-rated pop singers or bankable film actors – even footballers get the tags - or once in a while deservedly for someone like another SS – Steven Spielberg, or even a race horse like Black Caviar. But a guy who writes stage shows…..musical ones at that? He doesn’t even act in them….the acting parts are usually taken by…er…..superstars!

Rock Star Classic

International classical guitar sensation Milos Karadaglic talks to Coral Drouyn on the eve of his Australian tour.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: View from the Ensemble.

Prior to Opening Night of the Australian Premiere of the stage musical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre Neil Litchfield had the opportunity to chat with ensemble members Francine Cain and Nathan Pinnell, along with Tony Farrell, who plays the role of Lord Scrumptious.

Neil Litchfield: Tell me about how each of you came to be involved in the show. Had you seen the movie beforehand?

Casting for Hot Shoe Shuffle Anniversary Tour Announced.

Casting has been announced by David Atkins Enterprises for the 2013 national Anniversary tour of tap dance musical comedy Hot Shoe Shuffle, one of the most successful Australian Musicals of all time.

Opera Star David Hobson Turns Key to Musicals

Better known as an opera star, lyric tenor David Hobson is making the crossover to music theatre with the Australian production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

“It’s a big departure,” Hobson told Stage Whispers, “but musicals have been looming large in the background for the last few years now. This is the one that came along at the right time, and the right situation.”


More than 500 artists from Australia and around the world join hundreds more from WA for the 2013 Perth International Arts Festival, from February 8 to March 2, 2013

Celebrated artists and companies creating work for the Festival include The Berliner Ensemble (directed by Robert Wilson), Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, Margaret Atwood, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Maceo Parker, Jim Campbell, Frédéric Flamand and Ai Weiwei.

Pirates: Boys will be boys (and girls).

Exclusive Video and interview with director Sasha Regan.

Memories of a school Gilbert and Sullivan production inspired director Sasha Regan’s hit all-male production of The Pirates of Penzance, currently touring Australia. It originated at London’s intimate Union Theatre, formerly a derelict paper warehouse. Sasha spoke to Neil Litchfield.

Stagecraft: The Art of Comedy

Actor and writer Jonathan Biggins shares his secrets of writing and performing comedy, drawing upon his latest play Australia Day and twelve seasons of the Wharf Revue. This article was compiled from a question and answer seminar at the 2012 Association of Community Theatre conference at NIDA.

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