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Floyd Collins in Concert

Floyd Collins - a musical about a trapped miner - was programmed by Kookaburra, the National Music Theatre Company in 2007, but only days away from rehearsals, was cancelled.

It was another blow for the company, which eventually folded.

Kookaburra founder Peter Cousens finally had the chance to perform the title role on May 3, 2010.

A special one off concert was held at Sydney’s City Recital Hall Angel Place with Anne Maree McDonald, planned musical director for the original production, at the helm, and Stuart Maunder directing.

FAME – REMEMBER MY NAME

Peter Pinne speaks to the Fame director and choreographer Kelley Abbey, and one of the young stars, Tim (Timomatic) Omaji, about the upcoming mulit-million dollar revival of the iconic dance show.

Calendar Girls

Tim Firth, writer of the hit comedy Calendar Girls, speaks to Neil Litchfield about his surprise hit stage adaptation, originally intended for amateur production.

The stage comedy Calendar Girls is adapted from your own film, based on a true story. How did the film come about?

Theatrical Postcard From Singapore.

Singapore may be known as the trading lion of Asia, but it is now staking its claim as a major Arts capital. In June it is hostng a major arts conference coinciding with its International Arts Festival, bringing together leaders in the field of musical theatre, classicial music and jazz. David Spicer reports on what is in store in June and for regular visitors during the year.

Aussie Physical Theatre Performer to Tour Internationally

Wolfe Bowart will tour LaLaLuna and Letter’s End internationally, following the premiere of his latest production, The Man the Sea Saw Following on from his 43-venue tour of Australia with Letter’s End in 2009, physical theatre creator/performer Wolfe Bowart is gearing up for a year of global touring in 2010.

DAME EDNA BOWS OUT EARLY ON BROADWAY.

After just two weeks ALL ABOUT ME, Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein's show closed at the Henry Miller Theatre. Expectations were high for the show that was advertised as  1 Megastar, 1 Gigastar, a 12 Piece orchestra, over 40 songs, and 22 ladies lavatories. The latter a reference to the hopelessly inadequate toilet facilities (especially for women) in Broadway theatres. The critics thought the concept (two stars booked into the same theatre at the same time) was tired. They likened it to a 1950s TV variety show.

LOVE NEVER DIES - KEEPING THE BRAND NAME ALIVE!

Both Peter Pinne and David Spicer recently caught up with the highly anticipated Lloyd Webber follow up to Phantom, Love Never Dies, in the West End.

David Campbell - On Broadway

New CD, TV Documentary and Tour

Entertainer David Campbell has returned to his first love Broadway releasing a new album of Broadway classics. The album, On Broadway was released on April 2.

Youtube Quest for New Musical’s Star

A new Australian musical, Beaudy, by Australian musician Michael Orland, is set to irreverently transport classic 17th century fairytale The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods to modern day Australia.

Australianised and updated, Beaudy is a spruced up old-fashioned tale filled with original music, laughs and familiar icons. It has its World Premiere season at the Parade Theatres, Kensington, NSW, from July 7.

“Open” auditions (NSW residents only) in the quest for Beaudy’s leading lady begin on Youtube.

Australia’s Oldest Musical Society to Produce Australia’s Newest Musical.

David Spicer reports on a barrel of full on and off stage drama.

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