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Strictly Ballroom Cast Announced: Search For Fran Over

After months of auditions, Director Baz Luhrmann and Producer Carmen Pavlovic have announced that the search for the actress to play the role of ‘Fran’ in Strictly Ballroom the Musical is over.

BRAVO! A CRUISE OF THE PERFORMING ARTS

There will be many enchanted evenings on the South Pacific next year. Cruise specialist Fabio Caruso sings the praises of sailing the high seas with the stars.

It’s called Bravo! and dubbed the most exciting Performing Arts cruise Australia has seen. The seven-night voyage will depart Sydney on 22 November 2014 on board Royal Caribbean International’s Radiance of the Seas.  A wide range of international performers from musical theatre, opera and classical music will entertain guests as they sail the South Pacific Islands.

Tony Sheldon: Musicals Globe Trotter

TONY SHELDON, now a resident of New York, has returned to Australia for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He tells FRANK HATHERLEY about starring on Broadway (loves it) and London’s West End (not happy at all).

“I live in New York now. I have my Green Card and I’m a permanent resident.”

Bernadette Peters in Concert in April 2014

Three-time Tony Award winning Broadway star Bernadette Peters brings her concert to Australia in April 2014, performing a selection of Broadway songs from her extensive songbook, including standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim to name a few.

"I am very excited to be performing in Australia once again" says Ms. Peters. "I have so many great memories of my previous visits and of the warm and enthusiastic Australian fans".

Rob Guest Endowment Concert 2013

David Spicer reports on the awards’ first outing in Sydney.

Having sat through umpteen award nights both professional and amateur, which are sometimes drawn out affairs, I was cautious about the prospects of sitting through another industry event.

But the Rob Guest Endowment concert has a different vibe. It is fun, punchy and filled with good will.

The audience comprises mainly members of the public, put in a good mood by folksy jokes from Bert Newton.

“Look at Rhonda Burchmore’s legs,” he quipped.

RED STITCH ACTORS THEATRE 2014 SEASON

New Artistic Director of Red Stitch Theatre, Ella Caldwell has announced her inaugural season for 2014 revealing eight plays including two world premieres (Out Of The Water and The Mesh), two Australian premieres (Belleville and The Flick) and four plays never before seen in Victoria (This Year’s Ashes, Grounded, Glory Dazed and Eurydice).

‘Wagner Roos’ Welcome ‘Ring Nuts’ to Melbourne

In the Northern Hemisphere they’re called “Ring Nuts”, but the Australian cohort have been dubbed “Wagner Roos”. They are the unique breed, travelling to wherever Wagner’s Ring Cycle is on. “Wagner Roos” are in heaven with The Ring currently on stage  Melbourne, courtesy of Opera Australia, The City of Melbourne and patron Maureen Wheeler. Lucy Graham dons her horned helmet to investigate if these enthusiasts have more money than sense.

Will State of the Art Sydney Theatre Precinct be Saved

Hugh Jackman has joined Dean Carey in raising the final dollars needed to save the Forum performance precinct in Leichhardt from being converted into a child care facility.

Premiere for Stage Version of Cult Film

Adelaide based Growling Grin Productions stage the Australian premiere of the stage adaptation of Radha Bharadwaj’s 1991 cult-classic film Closet Land during November 2013. Lesley Reed reports.

Set in an unspecified place and time and based on Radha Bharadwaj’s 1991 cult-classic film of the same title, Growling Grin Productions’ staging of Closet Land uses multimedia alongside live performance to generate what promises to be a gripping psychological thriller that will appeal to modern audiences.

Harvest Rain Season 2014

Queensland musical theatre company Harvest Rain Theatre’s 2014 season, their first full season as a fully professional company, was launched at an all singing and all dancing season launch on November 18, 2013.

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