Some of Australia’s most popular musical theatre stars are slapping on the green make up and strapping on the knee pads for the awkward demands of playing the leading roles in Shrek the Musical now on stage in Melbourne. David Spicer caught up with them before the hard work in the swamp and castle commenced.
Ben Mingay was like a child with a new toy when Stage Whispers caught up with him at his first make-up call. He was giggling, and other members of the cast squealed with excitement when the famous actor emerged for the first time as the lovable green ogre.
Luckiest Productions, in association with Hayes Theatre Co, has announced the cast for their forthcoming production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along.A Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success, Merrily We Roll Along is running from 16 April 2020 at the Hayes Theatre Co.
Concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam is returning for a national tour in 2020. The production mixes classic 1960s rock songs and video footage with a series of monologues based on actual letters sent by Australian soldiers. Tom Oliver has played the lead role since the show premiered in 2014. He told David Spicer that he has been inspired by the reaction of Vietnam Veterans to the production.
American Psycho – The Musical will be presented in the Sydney Opera House Playhouse from 4 – 21 June, 2020. Sexy, dark and disturbing, the production is returning after a successful season at the Hayes Theatre Co. in 2019 that earned the musical nine 2020 Sydney Theatre Awards.
Coral Drouyn speaks to acclaimed actor David Suchet and his alter ego before his Australian tour.
Everyone wants to speak to acclaimed actor David Suchet, particularly about his famous portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot - but no-one has interviewed Poirot to find out what he thinks of Suchet. While waiting to interview Mr Suchet, I took the opportunity to speak to Poroit himself and ask his opinion of Suchet and the other great actors who have interpreted him.
Big stars of the stage and screen have been honoured this Australia Day including Hugo Weaving, Caroline O'Connor, Tim Minchin,Kate Mulvany, Jane Turner,Rachel Griffiths,Paul Mercurio, Heather Mitchell, Peter Combe and Wesley Enoch.
The winners of the 2019 Sydney Theatre Awards have been announced, with 35 Awards presented, shared between 18 productions which played in Sydney during the calendar year of 2019. More than 400 members of the Sydney theatre community packed the York Theatre at the Seymour Centre to celebrate.
The Sydney Festival and the Ensemble Theatre are teaming up to present the World Premiere of Black Cockatoo during January 2020.
It’s about the epic adventure of 13 Aboriginal men from Western Victoria who picked up their cricket bats 150 years ago to embark on a treacherous voyage to England (pictured left). Risking illness and persecution, Australia’s first international cricket team amazed the English crowds with astonishing talent, personality and grit.