The Queen of Blanks

Dolly Diamond talks to Coral Drouyn about her revival of everyone’s favourite Panel Show – “Bl*nkety Bl*nks.”

I can’t think why it has taken so long for Blankety Blanks to become a stage show, and neither can the incomparable, unofficial Queen of Melbourne, Dolly Diamond.

Ready Please Mr Musicals

What is the secret to making a new hit musical? Simon Phillips, who directed Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dream Lover – the Bobby Darin Musical, Ladies in Black, Love Never Dies, An Officer and a Gentleman, and will this year direct Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, believes he has finally worked out the recipe. He explained his thinking to a breakfast organised by Currency House.

Musicals in 2017 and Beyond

The Book of Mormon

It has taken almost seven years for this nine-time Tony Award winning musical, written by the team behind South Park, to open in Australia. Fans are counting the days until the opening at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in January.

The Book of Mormon has a flimsy set, plain costumes and the most implausible of story lines. It does have some catchy songs and the sharpest array of religious satire. Amazingly some Mormons (secretly) enjoy going to see it, even though it roasts the central tenets of their religion.


In This Edition

A Religious Experience for Theatre Lovers

Broadway hit The Book of Mormon opens in Melbourne

Independents Day

What makes our leading Independent theatre companies tick?

Tim Finn’s Musical Adventure

New Aussie musical Ladies in Black begins its national tour


Thirty Years of Giving

The Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation

Australia’s Runaway Circus

Simon Gallaher Remembers Debbie Reynolds

Australian entertainer Simon Gallaher has paid tribute to the late Debbie Reynolds, revealing that the Hollywood icon played an important role in developing his career.

“I thought yesterday was tragic with (the death of) Carrie (Fisher). I have known Debbie for a very long time and know she would have been feeling it very much. I thought now was not the time to call her. “

Aussies Conquering Musical Mountains

Young Australians are scoring lead roles in major Broadway and West End musicals. David Spicer and Sally Alrich-Smythe spoke to stars of An American in Paris and Jersey Boys on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sydney born dancer Dimitri Kleioris has quite a tale to tell his grandchildren. “The first time I ever spoke or sang in public was as a lead on Broadway with a full orchestra.”

2016 Sydney Theatre Awards Nominations

Nominations were announced today for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2016, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday 23 January 2017 at 6pm at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre, a much larger venue than previous years due to the burgeoning popularity of the ceremony.


Twenty Five Years of Stage Whispering

Apart from our logo, Stage Whispers magazine is barely recognisable from its humble origins in 1991 as a black and white newspaper - a voice of amateur theatre. Just as the magazine has changed, so has the theatre world it reports on. *David Spicer spoke to some leading lights in the professional and community theatre worlds to reflect on the last quarter of a century.

The first quote in the first edition of Stage Whispers Magazine was a knock out.

Sierra Boggess to Tour in 2017

Broadway and West End music theatre star Sierra Boggess, will make her debut Australian tour from Saturday 3 June 2017, performing in Sydney, and Brisbane as well as Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.

Big Fish for Hayes Theatre Co

RPG Productions will present the Australian Premiere of Big Fish 12 Chairs Version at Hayes Theatre Co from 18 April to 14 May 2017.

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centres on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest... and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

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