Has Hollywood become the out-of-town try-out for stage musicals? Screen to stage adaptations certainly dominated the Great White Way when Stage Whispers’ reviewer Peter Pinne spent a week in New York in May catching up on some of Broadway’s newest musicals.

Screws, Nuts & Blokes

Stress. Difficult to define yet it affects us all. Equally. Without question. An inevitable reality. So how do we cope?

A Stellar Parade

Australia’s first professional production of Parade opens tonight in Melbourne – and Coral Drouyn looks at this highly acclaimed but seldom seen musical that The Collective, a new Melbourne theatre company, has chosen for its debut.

Sport For Jove Season 2015

Sydney based Sport For Jove Theatre Company has announced its theatrical line-up for 2015.

Outdoor Sport

SFJ’s outdoor theatre season returns for its 6th year in December 2014 and January 2015 with two works - A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare and The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

Here Lies Love Premiere for Vivid Sydney in 2015

The Australian premiere of the stage musical Here Lies Love, the award-winning New York production, will open in Sydney in May 2015 as the theatrical centrepiece of the Vivid Festival.

Penned by Talking Heads founding member David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, and directed by Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love retraces the journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos from her meteoric rise to power to her descent into infamy after the People Power Revolution.

STC Waiting for Godot London Bound

Sydney Theatre Company's production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot featuring Luke Mullins, Philip Quast, Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving, directed by STC Artistic Director Andrew Upton, will tour to London’s Barbican as part of the International Beckett Season in 2015.

Mark Vincent Makes Musical Theatre Debut in Dirty Dancing

Young classical music singer Mark Vincent will make his musical theatre debut in the role of Billy in the new Australian production of Dirty Dancing, producer John Frost announced today (September 16, 2014). The leading roles of Johnny Castle and Baby will be announced in coming weeks.Dirty Dancing will play at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 28 November this year, then Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from March and the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from May.

Sounding The Bell for The Bard in 2015

It doesn’t seem possible that 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Bell Shakespeare Company, truly our only National theatre company, or that Bell still heads the company that bears his name, though he has grown from leading man to elder statesmen. These days he has a co-Artistic Director in Peter Evans, but it is still Bell’s vision at the core of the company.

Belvoir Season 2015

The collection of works that makes up Ralph Myers’ fifth and final season prioritises new Australian plays, alongside a renewed commitment to Indigenous-led theatre and inventive interpretations of the classics.

Shirley MacLaine To Tour

Producers John Frost and Phil Bathols have announced that actor, dancer, director, author, activist and legend Shirley MacLaine will tour Australia and New Zealand in December 2014 in her show If They Could See Me Now – Shirley MacLaine.

Shirley MacLaine has forged a powerhouse presence on the world stage that spans seven decades and countless indelible performances, from Irma La Douce and Sweet Charity to Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias and Downton Abbey.

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