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HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL CAST ANNOUNCED

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.

CABARET - An Evening With Caroline O’Connor - A Musical Life

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. June 25-26 Interview by Matt Byrne

Buderim Playwright Takes Out Top One-Act Play Honours.

Local Buderim based playwright Bruce Olive took home top honours in Noosa Arts Theatre’s National One-Act Playwriting Competition during June, winning Best Play with his chilling drama God Willing.

Mr Olive beat a very competitive field of 55 entries from right around Australia, and took home $2500 prize money.

Inspired by the Mumbai Hotel bombings, God Willing explores the motivations behind terrorist activities. A young female terrorist grapples with her conscience as she holds a pregnant aid worker hostage.

Aussies Invade the West End.

David Spicer reports on a remarkable purple patch for Australian producers in London.

Wicked's Final Sydney Bow Announced

More than twelve months after its spectacular Sydney Premiere, the curtain will come down on Wicked at the Capitol Theatre for the last time on September 12, 2010. “After more than two astonishing years in Australia, 866 glorious performances seen by well over a million people, it will be time for WICKED to close,” said John Frost, Australian Co-Producer of Wicked. “Sydneysiders have only 12 more weeks to see one of the most successful shows in theatre history at the most perfect theatre it could play in, the glorious Capitol Theatre.”

Aussies Love Shows more than Sport or Movies.

Australians spend almost two billion dollars on live entertainment every year– a new survey has found.

The results for 2008 were released by Live Performance Australia [LPA], the peak body for Australia’s live entertainment and performing arts industry.

The Study finds that the industry generated revenues of $1.88 billion in 2008 and contributed $1.1 billion to the Australian economy making it larger than film and video production, sports and physical recreation, book publishing and horse and dog racing.

Memphis and Red Big Tony Winners

Red (Best Play) with six awards and Memphis (Best Musical) with four awards were the big winners at this year's Tony Awards, presented in front of a 3,000 plus audience at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday June 13. Catherine Zeta-Jones (Best Actress in a Musical) and Denzel Washington (Best Actor in a Play) were both recognised with individual awards.

Hit Children’s play wins acclaim at home and abroad.

David Spicer looks at the remarkable success of The Gruffalo.

Gold Logie Winner for Strange Bedfellows Stage Musical

Gold Logie winner John Wood and musical theatre star Peter Cousens are set to head the cast of a stage musical version of 2004 Australian film Strange Bedfellows (which starred Paul Hogan and Michael Caton) set to premiere at Albury’s Regent Theatre on October 29 in an off-Broadway-style try-out, close to Yackandandah, where the movie was set.

“The script is hilarious and the music by John Foreman is terrific. It’s going to be an enormously entertaining show,” said Peter Cousens (Vince). 


SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE’S $152 MILLION UPGRADE

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally unveiled a $152 million upgrade of the Sydney Opera House on Sunday June 6 – the biggest building works on the site since its October 1973 opening.

“Our Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognised buildings in the world and the upgrade is about securing its long-term future,” Premier Kristina Keneally said. “The Sydney Opera House is the single master work of a recognised architectural genius – Jorn Utzon.

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