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New Musicals in the Raw – Carnegie 18

Four new music theatre projects in development will have their first airing at the Arts Centre, Melbourne from January 19 – 25 as part of the Full Tilt development program.

When you think of the ABC’s youth network Triple J – music theatre might not come to mind. But with a musical in this program at the Arts Centre – called Carnegie 18 – the link is achieved.

QPAC Re-Opens.

The soggy Queensland Performing Arts Centre re-opened Tuesday January 25 with a matinee of Wicked as the opening performance.

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said he is delighted the Centre is able to welcome patrons into its Lyric Theatre after almost a fortnight of enforced closure due to the recent floods.

"This has been an extremely challenging time for our state and we hope that presenting this internationally acclaimed production in our theatre, will bring some fun and magic to our audience's hearts."

Age Has Not Wearied David Williamson … As Don Parties On

David Spicer speaks to Australia’s most successful playwright as he prepares to mark his 40th year of writing for the stage. The highlight is a blockbuster sequel to Don’s Party, the play he wrote for the election night which pitted John Gorton against Gough Whitlam in 1969.

Don Parties On is set on the night of last year’s cliff-hanger election count between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott.  An underlying theme is the looming threat of global warming.

John Bucchino, Georgia Stitt and Friends.

Acclaimed U.S music theatre composers and performers John Bucchino and Georgia Stitt take to the stage to perform an evening of their best and most loved works. Both perform together in Brisbane for one night only, with individual performances by Bucchino in Sydney and Stitt in Melbourne. 

Mark Kilmurry to Share Helm at Ensemble

Mark Kilmurry Appointed Co-Artistic Director of Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre

In celebrating the anniversary of her 25th year at the helm of Ensemble Theatre, Sandra Bates today (January 5) announced  the appointment of Mark Kilmurry as her Co-Artistic Director.

Dr Zhivago The Musical In Rehearsal.

Rehearsals for the new musical production Doctor Zhivago are well underway in Sydney. Director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) arrived in Australia from Canada just before Christmas to commence rehearsals on December 27, while others members of the production team subsequently flew in, including composer Lucy Simon, choreographer Kelly Devine, music supervisor Eric Stern, orchestrator Danny Troob, US co-producer Anita Waxman and lyricists Michael Korie and Amy Powers and book writer Michael Weller.

How to Dance Up a Storm (even if you have two left feet).

Legendary Choreographer, Director and Performer Nancye Hayes shares her dance secrets for non-dancers with David Spicer.

I was such a bad dancer that during a rehearsal for the Waverley Lugar Brae Players’ production of Kiss Me, Kate, the musical director threatened to walk out if I wasn’t shipped out.

Spider-Man Injury Toll Rises.

The injury toll continues to rise on Broadway's troubled Spider-Man musical.

The role of the villainess Arachne in Broadway’s still-previewing Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has claimed a second injury victim. The New York Times reports that T.V. Carpio, who took over the role when Natalie Mendoza was injured, will be out of the show for two weeks after an injury during an onstage battle scene during the preview on March 16.

She became the fifth performer to suffer an injury during rehearsals and previews for the show.

2010 CONDA Awards

The 32nd Annual CONDA Awards (City of Newcastle Drama Awards), held at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre last night (Friday, December 17, 2010), saw the evening’s awards in 23 categories spread across sixteen productions and twelve companies.

The CONDAs recognise achievement in both professional and non-professional theatre within this lively theatrical community, where a total of 70 productions were eligible for consideration in a twelve-month period to October 31, with 44 productions receiving nominations in one of more category.

Jason Robert Brown to Tour

Multi-award-winning Composer Jason Robert Brown will tour Australia in February/March 2011

Following sell-out concerts in New York, Europe and the West End, the Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown will perform The One Night Only Tour in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

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