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5 Years of Gender-Bending Broadway

Twisted Broadway charity concert returns to Melbourne on Monday 4 August, 2014.

Celebrating five fabulous years, the gender-bending music theatre charity blockbuster Twisted Broadway returns to Melbourne for one-night-only at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse on Monday 4 August, 2014! Having enjoyed sell-out concerts in previous years,Twisted Broadway features internationally-acclaimed music theatre talent singing songs originally penned for the opposite gender in a one-off night of show-stopping entertainment.

Ruthless! The Musical

Season Extended to July 12 due to popular demand.

When satirical all female Off-Broadway musical Ruthless! – a razor sharp send-up of theatrical ambition and the entertainment business – has its Sydney Premiere on June 20, it will be the culmination of a 16 year dream for co-stars and co -producers Meredith O’Reilly and Katrina Retallick. They spoke to Neil Litchfield.

Adelaide Premiere for Ettie’s Boys

Publishing and performance coincide to launch WW1 play

When one thinks about the many pioneering women of the early twentieth century, names such as suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and aviator Amelia Earhart come to mind. When Ettie’s Boys plays at Adelaide’s Holden Street Theatres in July 2014 theatregoers will learn about another female pioneer, a trailblazer for sex education and sexual health, Ettie Rout.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical for Melbourne

Global Creatures confirmed today (June 17, 2014) that Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical will open in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre in January 2015.

Tickets for Strictly Ballroom The Musical will go on sale on Monday 21st July from www.ticketek.com.au.

KKK Storms Australia with Killa Musical.

David Spicer speaks to Ana Polataivao, the director and co-writer of The Factory, described as New Zealand’s very own ‘Pacific Les Misérables’, currently on tour around Australia.

Tell us about the journey of the Factory?

It was inspired by our parents and their journey to New Zealand. It is basically a migrant story. It started in 2010. Then in 2011 we put on a four week production. It was mental. It was like four weeks.

Home Grown is Always Best.

Coral Drouyn gives the lowdown on an exciting new Melbourne based musical theatre showcase project which opens on Monday 16th June, 2014

New South Australian Play Explores Mystery MI6 Death

A thought-provoking new South Australian play explores the bizarre and mysterious death of MI6 officer. Lesley Reed previews the production.

Polygraph Collective is an Adelaide-based group of established and emerging artists dedicated to exploring new ways of making theatre. The collective is inspired by the notion of the polygraph or lie-detector, which measures pulse, blood-pressure and respiration to determine truth. 

Spring Awakening

Sydney-based independent theatre company Stagetek Productions is producing multi-award winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening for a very limited season in June 2014.

The winner of eight Tony Awards in 2007 including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, Spring Awakening, with its modern rock score,is based upon Franz Wedekind’s 1906 play of the same name, which was banned at the time due to its confrontational content. The musical also received four Drama Desk Awards, while the original cast recording won a Grammy Award.

2014 Tony Award Winners

The 68th Tony Awards were presented at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday June 8, hosted by Hugh Jackman.

Audra McDonald took out a record-breaking sixth Tony Award — the most of any actor ever —for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Shw became the first performer to take out Tonys in all four acting categories.

Awards  were spread across seven musicals and six plays.

JOHN FROST AND LYNDON TERRACINI AWARDED AUSTRALIAN HONOURS

It was announced today that both leading Australian theatre producer John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini have been awarded an AM (Member in the General Division) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

John Frost had been awarded an OAM in 1999, and this year was upgraded to an AM for “Significant service in the performing arts, and as a supporter of industry personnel.” Lyndon Terracini was awarded the AM for “Significant service in the performing arts as an opera performer, director and administrator”.

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