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STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: MAY / JUNE 2016 EDITION OUT NOW!!!

In This Edition

Queen: Still Rocking You - We Will Rock You cast and creatives share Queen memories

Singin’ In The Rain - The Classic Hollywood musical dances onto Australian stages

M Is For Marvellous and Megan - Megan Hilty on Broadway, Smash and her Australian tour

10 Of The Best On Broadway - David Spicer’s musical highlights on the Great White Way

Kinky Boots Cast Announced

A cast of Australian and international performers has been announced to star in the Australian premiere season of multi award-winning musical Kinky Boots at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from 12 October 2016.

Callum Francis and Toby Francis will portray principal characters Lola and Charlie – the fabulous drag performer and the young man he inspires to revamp the family shoe business.

The Trunchformation

Eight times a week James Millar transforms from a gentle giant into the pigtail twirling school principal from hell  – Agatha Trunchbull - the arch enemy of child genius Matilda.  The full make-up and costume preparation for the musical takes just under an hour. David Spicer was invited into his dressing room for the ‘Trunchformation’.

APRIL SHOWERS - MAY OPENING

Coral Drouyn and videographer Nathan King attend the launch of Singin’ In The Rain, with the award winning West End production set to open next month.

There’s a buzz of energy beyond the norm at the fabulous Ministry of Dance in North Melbourne. With classes in process in every studio (so great to see), we travel along the wide recreational hallway, cameramen galore, to one special studio…the rehearsal studio for Singin’ In The Rain. The ultimate dance show has come to town.

Love Has Power

Stage Whispers is sharing the final song performed at the public memorial to Jon English, as a lasting tribute to the 66 year old singer/actor/composer who died on March 10.

The entire cast – led by John Waters – joined together on the stage of the Capitol Theatre to sing Love has Power from the Jon English/David Mackay musical Paris.

There was barely a dry eye among the almost 2000 fans at the memorial concert, held on April 4.

Some fans had queued from before dawn to get the best seats.

David Campbell to Play Bobby Darin in Dream Lover

David Campbell is set to return to the musical theatre stage for the lead role in the World Premiere production of Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres joined director Simon Phillips and producer John Frost today (April 4, 2016) to announce the two lead cast members for the exclusive Sydney season at a special event at Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star.

Megan Hilty: Australian Tour

Broadway and television star Megan Hilty will make her debut Australian tour in June 2016, performing in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide.

Accompaniedby her four-piece band, including her musical director and pianist Matt Cusson and husband Brian Gallagher on guitar, Megan will take audiences on a trip through the American Songbook.

The 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival

The 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, which kicks off on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend with the popular Variety Gala, will feature more than 425 Artists in 150 performances over 16 days and nights.

Mark Mitchell: A Bewdiful Life

Mark Mitchell plays Lazar Wolf in the new production of Fiddler on The Roof. But he is best known to Australian audiences for his television characters. He took time out to talk to Coral Drouyn

Don’t Make Me Laugh

With over 200 shows on offer, Coral Drouyn looks at some of the highlights of the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which runs from March 24th to April 17th.

It’s the 30th Anniversary of the MICF, and if you haven’t found much to laugh about lately, that’s all about to change. And if you really can’t afford to see everything….or you’re not up to doing three or four shows in one night, this might help you decide.

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