An Unknown Icon – Coral Browne

Our own Coral (Drouyn) talks to Genevieve Mooy about the fabulous Coral Browne and the new play “That F***ing Woman” which opens at 45 downstairs on July 10th

Since I have the name Coral I’m used to people saying, “That’s an unusual name, I don’t think I’ve ever heard it before,” to which I reply, “What about Coral Browne?” - only to be met with blank stares most of the time - the “Coral who?” is rhetorical.

Madiba The Musical

The late South African President Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 in July. Now a French musical, Madiba the Musical - a Celebration of the Life of Nelson Mandela, is set to tour Australia and New Zealand. The composer lyricist Jean-Pierre Hadida spoke with David Spicer ahead of the production’s English translation première.

What inspired you about the story of Mandela?




Our New Boy From Oz

Rohan Browne steps into the role of Peter Allen.

Canadian Mormon Star Steals Aussie Heart

The romance of Musical Theatre’s Ryan Bondy and Hilary Cole.

Our Master Storyteller

Our interview with playwright Alana Valentine.


Strictly Fernando

Australian Fernando Mira’s international journey in Strictly Ballroom.

Auditioning For A Musical

Voice teacher and musical theatre performer Jennifer Peers says poor preparation often ruins the chances of success in the audition room. She says the more homework you can do the better.

“I love auditioning!” said no-one (ever).

Let’s face it, it’s stressful to walk into an audition room facing judgement, comparison and frequent rejection.  

As a voice teacher, I spend countless hours helping performers prepare for auditions and yet I still see so many sabotaging their chances for success with poor preparation.

Aussie Kong Takes Over Broadway

Australian company Global Creatures is opening King Kong on Broadway, Moulin Rouge The Musical in Boston, Strictly Ballroom The Musical in the West End, and Walking with Dinosaurs around the world, all in the same year it successfully premiered Muriel’s Wedding The Musical. CEO Carmen Pavlovic reflects on the journey with David Spicer.

“I remember a few years ago thinking this is all too hard,” said a relieved looking Carmen Pavlovic in her Sydney office.

A Christmas Panto in July

Producer Bonnie Lythgoe is bringing the best of British pantomime traditions to Melbourne and Sydney again this winter with a production of Sleeping Beauty -  A Knight Avenger’s Tale. She revealed her recipe for success to David Spicer.

Playwright Sparks Worldwide Creative Connections

What happens when a playwright creates direct connections with some of the worldwide companies producing that writer’s play? Two years ago, Stage Whispers’ SA Correspondent discovered the benefits of this rare brand of creative collaboration for herself when she performed as Lily in the Australian Premiere of English comedic drama, Sex Cells, written by London-based playwright Anna Longaretti.

David Walters’ Lifetime Achievement Award

Last Monday 18 June, 2018, a large group of industry professionals gathered at MEAA, Brisbane, to celebrate Lighting Designer David Walters being honoured with the Alan Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution and continued support of the Arts Industry in Queensland. It was the first time a Lighting Designer had been recognised in the awards.

Murphy’s Merry Widow

Choreographer / director Graeme Murphy speaks to Coral Drouyn on the eve of his production of The Merry Widow for Opera Queensland at QPAC.

Muriel's Wedding Scoops Helpmann Nominations.

Muriel's Wedding the Musical is set to dominate the Helpmanns next month after receiving 11 nominations for Australia's peak live performing arts awards.

The Global Creatures/Sydney Theatre Company production nominations include Best Musical, Best Director (Simon Phillips), Best New Australian Work and Best Actress Maggie McKenna.

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