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Legally Blonde Producer Upstaged by Blonde Kevin and Ranga Julia.

Howard Panter is one of the biggest name in theatre in the UK. His Ambassador Theatre Group owns 39 venues, including the Savoy and Piccadilly theatres. The company also  co-produces hit musicals and plays by the bucket load. The biggest hits include Ghost the Musical and the latest production of West Side Story which also toured Australia.

But in Sydney for another visit, his latest gala announcement was dashed by the leadership challenge in Canberra.

Side By Side By Sondheim: Special Charity Event

On Friday 20 April, some of Australia’s most popular and acclaimed stage performers will gather to appear in a one-off performance of the acclaimed musical revue Side By Side By Sondheim.

Side By Side By Sondheim is a celebration of the earlier work of legendary Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and features songs from groundbreaking musicals that revolutionised Broadway, including West Side Story and Gypsy.

2011 Green Room Awards: Nominations Announced

What on earth went on with this year’s Green Room Awards nominations?

ANNIE CHILDREN’S CAST ANNOUNCED FOR QUEENSLAND

Producer John Frost today announced the 24 local children who have been cast in the upcoming Brisbane production of the Annie.

There will be three different casts alternating in the roles of Annie and the seven orphans during the season which opens on April 7 in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) Lyric Theatre.

The three girls cast as Annie in the Brisbane production are Jazmine May, Anita Munro, and Chloe Thiel.

Jersey Boys to Tour

Melbourne Return season announced.

It has now been announced that Jersey Boys – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will return to Melbourne, playing at Melbourne's Princess Theatre from January 10, for a strictly limited 14 week season.

This follows the Brisbane and Adelaide seasons. Jersey Boys opened at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC on July 13, 2012. The show will also play at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, from October 26, 2012.

Summer of the 90th Year for our ‘Doll’ Playwright.

56 years after its premiere in Melbourne, The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler is a hit all over again under the direction of Neil Armfield, selling out last year in Sydney at Belvoir and now opening in Melbourne, Wollongong and Brisbane. ‘The Doll’ is lauded as a game changer for Australian theatre, not only because it portrayed Australian life, but because it was the first Australian play to tour internationally. Lucy Graham caught up with the ninety-year-old playwright Ray Lawler at his bayside home in Melbourne.

2011 MATILDA AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Brisbane’s answer to the Oscars, the Green Room Awards and the Helpmann Awards – the Matilda Awards, turns 24 this year!

These awards recognise and celebrate the quality and diversity our local theatre scene. 

The nominations are evenly spread, with QTC’s No Man’s Land and Pygmalion, La Boite’sEdward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness andJulius Caesar, and Indie productionAmadeus (4MBS Festival of Classics) receiving four nominations a piece.

Soccer Mums and Dads in New Aussie Musical

New Australian musical Every Single Saturday has grown from an initial 10 minute incarnation to a full-length song and dance story of soccer mums and dads which is set to tour to Glen Street Theatre, Sydney’s Theatre Royal, Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford and Parramatta Riverside Theatre during February and March 2012. Writer / composer Joanna Weinberg speaks to Neil Litchfield.

Where did the idea for Every Single Saturday spring from?

The Marriage of Figaro

Benedict Andrews' new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Australia, features a set created by Ralph Myers, costumes by Alice Babidge and lighting by Nick Schlieper.

SONDHEIM’S COMPANY TO SCREEN IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS

Coming to cinemas across Australia on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April (alternative dates at some locations) is a unique and outstanding production of Stephen Sondheim's Company, one with a brilliant ensemble cast that includes some of the hottest names from American stage and TV circles. Staged by the world-famous New York Philharmonic, Company is captured live from the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, New York in 2011 and is now screening in cinemas outside the US for the first time.

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