MAMMA MIA! Cast and Tour Dates Announced

The global musical phenomenon MAMMA MIA! will commence its new national tour at the Canberra Theatre Centre on November 24th 2017 followed by a season from December 26th 2017 QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane.

The tour will continue onto Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from February 11th 2018, Crown Theatre Perth from May 15th 2018, Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from July 10th 2018 and the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from October 9th 2018.

Captain Cook’s Demise Musicalised

Director Jason Langley and Musical Director Michael Tyack will lead a third workshop of Between Worlds from 26 June – 14 July, ending with the new musical’s first public performance at the Australian Theatre for Young People on 15 & 16 July.

Between Worlds tells the story of James Cook’s ‘first contact’ with the Hawaiians in 1779, exploring how the desires and tensions brought to that encounter shaped the ecstatic and tragic moments that unfolded.

Does Size Matter On Stage?

Chloe Angel first felt the sting of missing out on an audition because of her weight at the age of ten. She opens her soul to discuss how to manage perceptions of being over-weight with a career in performing arts.

I remember the second it happened. It was a Friday afternoon in 1997 in the assembly hall and we were told to pair up with someone our size.

I reached out to Sandy, who pulled away her hand horrified, screamed, “we’re not the same size” and stomped away. That is the moment I realised I was fat.


In This Edition


The Bodyguard

We chat with stars Paulini and Kip Gamblin

Alan Menken

The Magical Touch of Music

Musical Midas Touch

The public theatre companies creating global hits



Birds of Cabaret Paradise

Our Musical Theatre divas at Adelaide’s Cabaret Festival

Postcard From Broadway

Latest hits on the Great White Way

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - Full Cast Announced

Following the announcement of multi award-winning leading lady Esther Hannaford, the producers have revealed the full company of the Australian premiere production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

A talented cast of Australian performers will star in the Broadway hit musical which begins performances at a newly refurbished Sydney Lyric Theatre on 17 September 2017.

Dream Lover for Melbourne

Producer John Frost and Chief Executive Officer of Arts Centre Melbourne, Claire Spencer, today (April 30, 2017) announced that they would unite to reinstate the tradition of the annual summer musical in the State Theatre of Arts Centre Melbourne from 2017.

“In days gone by, Melbourne audiences looked forward to enjoying lavish musicals during their summer holidays. Shows like Hello Dolly, The Secret Garden and The King and I opened in late December at the State Theatre and played though January and February,” they said.

Oz Returns With Anthony Warlow as Wizard

John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz is coming to Australia. The Australian Premiere will be held in Brisbane in November, then travel to Sydney in December. This new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz is a revision of the all-time classic. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, it contains the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y.

Dr. Theatre Rescues Actress

Imagine being a prolific actress and a playwright at the same time as managing chronic back pain.  That’s the life of Kate Mulvany, who has been cast as the lead in Bell Shakespeare’s Richard III. It was her unique connection to England’s much maligned King that in part inspired her to take on the role. David Spicer reports.

When the skeletal remains of Richard III were exhumed in 2012, more than 500 years after he was killed in battle, Kate Mulvany felt awful for him.

Of Cats, Books, Plays and Writing

Throwing Shade Theatre Company’s new production of Australian play Down an Alley Filled with Cats plays at King Street Theatre, Newtown from April 25 to May 13. Playwright Warwick Moss and director Tom Richards play cat and mouse (or is it devil’s avocado?)

Warwick: Tom, what attracted you to the play besides it having been written by a genius. Why did you want to direct it?

No Small Role

Musical Theatre star Michael Cormick talks to Coral Drouyn on joining the cast of Cabaret for its Melbourne season.

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