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Candide in Concert at Opera House

One of the great legacies of Leonard Bernstein’s career, Candide premiered on Broadway, at the Martin Beck Theater in New York on December 1, 1956. Although the original season met with mixed reviews, the Colombia Records recording of the original cast album thrived and Bernstein's score gained a sort of cult status.

Over the coming decades Bernstein collaborated on five versions of his operetta, each time adding to the show’s song list, and further enhancing the work’s increasingly legendary reputation.

Parramatta’s Funny Girl

A story of shining success and bittersweet love, Funny Girl is the musical theatre classic that celebrates Broadway’s comedic genius Fanny Brice.  Following their inaugural production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earlier this year, Theatre & Company are venturing into the Broadway classic.

Belvoir Season 2019

Belvoir has announced the nine productions that will make up their 2019 season.

Kicking off the 2019 season is the world premiere of Counting & Cracking, a new theatre work created in conjunction with CuriousWorks. Presented at Sydney’s Town Hall and co-commissioned by CIAF, Sydney Festival and Adelaide Festival, this epic production will comprise theatre, music, dancing and food.

Malthouse Theatre Season 2019

From the Lambs to the Pickles, bogans to bourgeoisie, mysterious roadtrips and outback mysteries, Malthouse Theatre’s Season 2019 is an adventure that begins in Melbourne and travels onward to out-of-this-world experiences.

Starstruck The Stage Musical

The Australian film Starstruck is to be turned into a full-fledged “all-singing, all-dancing” musical in a ground-breaking and extraordinary partnership between industry heavyweights, aspiring theatre talents and the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong: Cast Announced

The producers of the West End comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which tours Australia from 19 December to 17 March 2019, have announced that they have managed to convince 10 incredibly talented actors – including movie and musical theatre star Jay Laga’aia – to perform in the Olivier-nominated play.  The tour follows hot on the wobbly heels of last year’s Olivier Award-winning comedy hit The Play That Goes Wrong.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Casting Announced

Four of the Golden Ticket winners and other members of the cast of the new musical Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have been announced. Roald Dahl’s delicious tale will be playing only in Sydney at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from 5 January 2019.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Australian Cast

Producers Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions have announced the cast of the Australian premiere production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The Australian cast of 42 performers will be led by Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Gyton Grantley as Ron Weasley, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter, Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy and William McKenna as Scorpius Malfoy.

Canadian Mormon Star Steals Aussie Heart

Forget Harry and Meghan, we think the cutest North American/Commonwealth wedding this year was the one between Ryan Bondy and Hilary Cole. Stage Whispers is thrilled to reveal how our magazine helped fire Cupid's arrow for the star of The Book of Mormon and the Kinky Boots / Muriel’s Wedding bridesmaid. David Spicer reports.

Black Swan Season 2019

Following a successful debut season in 2018, artistic director Clare Watson continues her imaginative programming. In 2019 the company explores Where The Heart Is - about family, and in particular, the myriad of Australian families. Clare sees the programme as ‘a collection of characters and stories that explore belonging. It asks us what it means to be a citizen and belong to a community.’

There are classic plays and contemporary work, old tales told anew and some of the best, freshest voices that Australian theatre boasts today.

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