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STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: MARCH / APRIL 2019 EDITION OUT NOW!!!

IN THIS EDITION

The Disco Inferno

We talk to the stars of the new production of Saturday Night Fever

Todd Joins The Circus

Todd McKenney to sing, dance and walk the high-wire in Barnum

Geraldine’s Dream

Geraldine Turner’s great career and her greatest disappointment

Paradise Lost

Writer Sue Smith on her new play about George Johnston and Charmian Clift

Diary of a Busy Opera Singer

West Side Story Announces Full Australian Cast

Canberra and Adelaide seasons added

Opera Australia, GWB Entertainment and BB Group today announced the full cast for their upcoming Australian production of West Side Story.

The all Australian cast of 33 features a mix of established performers alongside emerging talent. 

The production will feature Todd Jacobsson as Tony, Sophie Salvesani as Maria, Chloe Zuel as Anita, Noah Mullins as Riff, and Lyndon Watts as Bernardo.

Paradise Lost

Unpublished

Award winning writer Sue Smith spoke with Peter Pinne over coffee about her new play Hydra, which explores the love affair between Australian literary icons George Johnston and Charmian Clift.

Something’s Coming

Unpublished

Coral Drouyn looks at our lasting love affair with West Side Story and the two new spectacular productions to hit Australia in 2019.

 

“Could be,

Who knows?

There’s something due any day,

I will know right away,

Soon as it shows.”

 

Todd Joins The Circus

Unpublished

It’s Todd McKenney’s toughest challenge yet - singing whilst walking and keeping balance on a high wire. He’s been training for months for the role of the legendary circus showman P.T. Barnum in the musical Barnum, which opens in Melbourne in late April ahead of an expected national tour. Todd spoke with David Spicer about his passion for the role and the big balancing act.

David Spicer: Why Barnum now?

Diary of a Busy Opera Singer

Unpublished

Being in one major production at a time is more than enough for most performers. Imagine juggling three at once. This is the typical week of Jonathan McCauley, an Opera Australia chorister and minor principal. For an insight into his complicated life, he compiled a diary during two weeks in January when he was concurrently performing or rehearsing La Bohème,  Turandot and Wozzeck.

Monday 7th January Turandot Piano Technical Rehearsal, Act 1

Geoffrey Rush Wins Defamation Suit

Geoffrey Rush has won his defamation lawsuit against The Daily Telegraph and its journalist Jonathon Moran over articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct.

He has been awarded initial damages of $850,000, just for the damage to his reputation, a figure certain to rise substantially.

The 2017 stories related to a complaint by fellow cast member Eryn Jean Norvillabout his behaviour during the Sydney Theatre Company’s 2015 production of King Lear.

Cirque Du Soleil to Tour with Kurios – Cabinet Of Curiosities

Cirque du Soleil will return to Australia from October 2019 with  KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™.  KURIOS will premiere under their Signature Big Top  on 2 October 2019 in Sydney at Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.  Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible.&nbs

Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Alinta Chidzey & Casey Donovan To Star In Chicago

The 2019 production of the multi-award winning, record breaking musical CHICAGOproduced in Australia by John Frost and Suzanne Jones, will premiere from August 20 at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

Parris in London, New York and Melbourne

Independent reviewer Simon Parris complements his Australian theatrical calendar with visits to New York and London each year. With a focus on musicals and plays, Simon shares his Top Ten for 2018.

10. The Ferryman (January 2018, Gielgud Theatre, London)

Jez Butterworth’s epic new play The Ferryman featured a multigenerational cast of 23 performers, including a live baby, as well as a live goose, rabbits and even rats.

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