Hot Shoe Shuffling for 21 Years.

The Dancing Man - David Atkins - has dusted off his tap shoes to help introduce a new generation to Hot Shoe Shuffle, the musical he co-created. Now opening in Sydney, and soon Melbourne after a Brisbane season, the director of iconic sporting ceremonies in recent times  is back on stage. David Spicer reports.

David Atkins relishes telling the story about how the musical which has now been performed in six countries, and was a hit in the West End, got started.

GREASE: More Casting and More Performances Announced.

Due to “an unprecedented demand for tickets,” more performances of GREASE are being released for sale on July 15 in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

GREASE producer John Frost said, “We’re thrilled with the overwhelming demand for tickets - the rush to buy tickets shows that GREASE must be everyone’s favourite party musical. So we’ve added additional weeks and performances so everyone can get to see this fantastic cast perform in one of the most loved musicals of all time.”

Marina Prior: Leading Lady On Tour and CD.

It’s hard catching up with Marina Prior these days. Australia’s favourite musical theatre diva is on the road touring for the rest of the year. Peter Pinne spoke to her in between concerts in Bathurst and Orange.

Social Media and Sold Out Shows

Gary Gumbleton, Head of Sales at Iticket (New Zealand), explains how theatres can ride the social media wave to fill their theatres.

Why should you be using social media? Well, above all, it’s free (although you can pay for additional reach). It allows you to feed information directly to the people who are specifically interested in what you have to offer.

Kylie Minogue and David Blenkinsop Co-recipients of 2013 JC Williamson Award

Pop music icon Kylie Minogue OBE and Arts philanthropist David Blenkinsop CBE AM have been named co-recipients of the 2013 JC Williamson Award by Live Performance Australia (LPA).

Life really IS a Cabaret.

Willkommen, bienvenu, welcome and other suitable salutations.

All My Sons to Open Eternity Playhouse

Darlinghurst Theatre Company Director Glenn Terry today (June 25, 2013) announced that the inaugural production in the company’s new home, the Eternity Playhouse, will be Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.

“We’re thrilled that our inaugural production at the Eternity Playhouse will be one of the most celebrated plays of the twentieth century, All My Sons,” said Terry. “We believe a theatre ought to be a vibrant, inspiring and welcoming place, and our new home, the Eternity Playhouse, will be just that.”

2013 Helpmann Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2013 Helpmann Awards have been announced simultaneously at events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth tonight (June 24). This is the first time Live Performance Australia (LPA) has held Nominations events in 6 different cities and it is a first for Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

Sydney Theatre Company’s production The Secret River, based on Kate Grenville’s book, heads the nominations with a total of eleven including Best New Australian Work.


After 272 performances and nearly 10 months, Legally Blonde ends its Australian tour on Sunday July 14, 2013. Legally Blonde began at the Sydney Lyric on September 21 last year, followed by seasons at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane from March 12, 2013 and at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from May 9.

Crowds of up to 200 fans flock to the stage door after every show to meet their favourite performers, and Sydney critics voted Lucy Durack as Best Actress in a Musical at the 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards.

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