Melbourne’s von Trapp Children Announced

Producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian, John Frost and the Really Useful Group have announced the 18 children who have been cast in the Melbourne season of The Sound of Music. There will be three different casts alternating in the roles of the six youngest von Trapp children during the Melbourne season.


In This Edition

• The Trunchformation - James Miller transforms into Matilda’s Miss Truncbull

• A Bewdiful Life - Mark Mitchell, alias Con the Fruiter, is now Fiddler’s butcher

• Oz Musicals in US - The Boy From Oz and Atomic play regional America

• Co-Starring with Puppets - Esther Hannaford on playing opposite Audrey 2 and King Kong

2015 Matilda Awards

In a double first, the Matilda Awards have bestowed just one Gold Matilda as its pinnacle, and honoured the recipient posthumously.

This ultimate accolade recognised late legend Carol Burns’ lifetime achievement, which culminated in a final outstanding performance last year in Queensland Theatre Company’s Happy Days, for which she also received a Silver Matilda award nomination.

No Shrinking Violet

With the musical Violet set to open in Melbourne this week, director and award winning performer sat down to chat with Coral Drouyn about this very special show.

Our Simba For West End

Disney Theatrical Productions has announced that Nick Afoa will transfer to the London production of THE LION KING as Simba when the Australian season of the concludes on Sunday 28 February, 2016. 

It will be the first time Afoa has ever visited London and only his second professional theatre role. He made his stage debut as lion cub Simba in the homegrown production of THE LION KING in 2013. 

Aladdin Casting Announced

Casting has been announced for Disney’s new musical comedy, Aladdin. The predominantly Australian and New Zealand cast will be joined by Broadway performer Michael James Scott in the role of the Genie.

Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, Aladdin will open in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre in August 2016.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, 8th of March, 2016.

The cast for Aladdin has been announced after intense and competitive auditions throughout Australia.

Home Grown in Fertile Ground

Home Grown is still growing strong with the announcement of a brand new Songbook Feature. Coral Drouyn has the news.

Following the Spotlight

Chelsea Plumley has a new show, Follow Spot, opening this Friday at Chapel off Chapel, and took a break to chat with Coral Drouyn.

When Chelsea Plumley was still in primary school she was sent home for repeating a slightly blue joke.

Deluge: Adelaide Festival of Arts Premiere

The Adelaide Festival of Arts is renowned for its World Premieres and Adelaide will see yet another in March as the Festival joins with Tiny Bricks and Brink Productions to present the world-first production of Deluge. Lesley Reed reports.

How many of us have texted while watching a video on YouTube and at the same time skimmed an online article, scrolled through Facebook and watched TV? It’s an everyday occurrence and we may also do this while taking part in real conversations, distracted though those discussions may be.

Green Room Awards 2016 - Nominations

The 2016 Green Room Awards are to be held on Monday March 21 at the Comedy Theatre. This is Melbourne’s premier peer-presented, performing arts industry awards recognising excellence and innovation across a range of professional productions presented on the Melbourne stage. In 2016 they recognise outstanding achievement for work presented in 2015 across Cabaret, Contemporary & Experimental Performance,Dance, Independent Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera and Theatre Companies.

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