Rose Hancock Musical Premiere

Soap Opera Turns into Musical Drama as a community theatre premieres Rose Hancock musical - Prix D’Amour.

They both made their fortunes through a stroke of luck. Lang Hancock became a mining magnate when his plane was blown off course and he stumbled upon some rich deposits of iron ore. Rose Lacson was in Perth when she noticed an advertisement to be Lang Hancock’s housekeeper. So the lives of the multi-millionaire with a penchant for safari suits and his Filipina housekeeper became entwined.

Anthony Warlow Launches Dr Zhivago Musical

Anthony Warlow wowed group bookers on Tuesday Night with a beautiful rendition of two songs from the new musical Dr Zhivago, which will have its main stage world premiere in February next year in Sydney.

The musical, with a score by Lucy Simon, the composer of The Secret Garden, had a try-out at the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, California, in May 2006.

But the chance to have Anthony Warlow play the leading man, interest from Producer John Frost, and more effective cost structures has led to Sydney scoring the main-stage premiere.

Gwen in Purgatory – a Q and A with playwright Tommy Murphy

Tommy Murphy spoke to David Spicer about his new play Gwen in Purgatory, which plays at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney until September 19, then at La Boite in Brisbane from September 29 to October 24. Gwen in Purgatory is described as an existential comedy about an African missionary in the wilderness of Australian suburbia.

Meeting Deborah Kerr: Part Two

As The Production Company’s The King and I at the State Theatre in Melbourne enters the second week of its season, Stage Whispers reviewer Geoffrey Williams continues the story of his meeting the actress who made Mrs Anna famous.


A new initiative dedicated to the production of original Australian music theatre was launched on July 17 in Sydney through the support of the Australia Council Music Board and Century Venues - New Musicals Australia.

Meeting Deborah Kerr: Part One

To celebrate the opening of The Production Company’s The King and I at the State Theatre in Melbourne, Stage Whispers reviewer Geoffrey Williams recalls meeting the actress who made Mrs Anna famous.

In 1979, one of my favourite actresses - Deborah Kerr - arrived in Melbourne to star in Frank Harvey's play The Day After The Fair at the Comedy Theatre. I was fifteen years old ... and it became my mission to meet her.

Sydney Premiere of [title of show]

Independent Sydney producer Squabbalogic's Sydney premiere of Off-Broadway and Broadway hit [title of show] opened at the Seymour Centre on July 14, following the successful Australian premiere staged earlier this year by Melbourne based production company Magnormos.

Yes, [title of show] is the title of the show. Read on.

Australia’s Newest Merry Widow - Lehar Operetta’s Leading Lady

When Antoinette Halloran sweeps onto the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre stage as Hanna Glawari in Franz Lehar’s immortal The Merry Widow she’ll finally be graduating, as she puts it, “from little girls to women.” Up until now her impressive career has seen her play all of the young girl roles: Adine in The Elixir of Love, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore and Gianetta in The Gondoliers amongst others.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

An intimate production of multiple Tony Award winning Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman reaches the stage first at Darlinghurst Theatre, from July 8.

Director Stephen Colyer discusses what attracted him to Kiss of the Spider Woman.


The nine Australian principal cast members of Hairspray The Musical, to open at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, on Saturday 2 October, have been announced.

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