Kneehigh Announce Brief Encounter Tour Cast

UK based theatre company Kneehigh has announced the eight cast members who will perform in the Australian tour of its Broadway/West End hit production of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter from September 10, 2013.

Two Australian actors, Michelle Nightingale as Laura and Kate Cheel asBeryl, will  join UK and US actors Annette McLaughlin, Damon Daunno andJoseph Alessi from the 2010 Broadway production of Brief Encounter along with Jim Sturgeon, Dave Brown and James Gow. 

Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert for Sydney in 2013

Now in its’ fifth year, the Rob Guest Endowment is an established and highly anticipated annual opportunity to showcase some of Australia’s finest upcoming young  talent which culminates in a night of stellar performances at the Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert.

The Gala Concert will be held in Sydney for the first time in 2013.

Eddie Perfect and Christie Whelan Browne to Host Helpmann Awards

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has announced that Eddie Perfect and star Christie Whelan Browne will host the 13th Annual Helpmann Awards® presented live in Sydney at SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE on Monday 29th July. Currently performing together in Shane Warne the Musical, Eddie and Christie are truly fitting ambassadors for Australia’s Live Performance industry.


King Kong will be theatre on the kind of scale producer Carmen Pavlovic dreamed of, but we can barely imagine. Making that dream a reality was entrusted to three key creatives, and Coral Drouyn took the opportunity to get inside information from the dream builders themselves. What transpired is a lesson in collaboration.

Contagion’s Kiss: Lepers' Story Inspires Play

Northern Territory physical theatre company Business Unusual draws on stories from Darwin’s history to create its theatre. Its latest work Contagion’s Kiss is inspired by stories from Darwin’s Channel Island Leprosarium. Nicola Fearn, the co-founder of the company, is also the co-director and co-writer of the work. She spoke to Neil Litchfield from Bordertown, on her road-trip from Melbourne to Darwin, in a fully laden car, complete with dog and a pair of crutches strapped to the roof-rack.

2013 Tony Awards

Kinky Boots, with a score by Cindy Lauper, was the big winner at the 2013 Tony Awards Ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, were presented at Radio City Music Hall, New York, on June 9, taking out six awards including Best Musical.

Matilda The Musical, with it's score by Tim Minchin, and Best Musical Revival Pippin scored four awards each. 

The Tony Award Winners

Best musical - 
"Kinky Boots, The Musical"

Best revival of a musical - "Pippin"

Eddie’s Ladies….or is that Shane’s?

When the revamped concert version of Eddie Perfect’s Shane Warne – The Musical opens tonight at The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the charismatic Eddie will be joined on-stage by two of Australia’s best known and most talented leading ladies.

Kristin Chenoweth: From Broadway with Mum and Dad

Known to local theatre fans mainly though the Internet, this top Broadway diva is about to tour Australia with her Oklahoma parents – and she couldn’t be more excited. Frank Hatherley phones her in New York.

To Australian ‘musical theatre tragics’ Kristin Chenoweth is best known as the exotically named star of the original Broadway Wicked album. As Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, she sang the brilliantly funny ‘Popular’: just one listen and you were hers forever.

Two Musicals, Two Families

No matter what the subject, musicals need to explore issues and themes everyone can relate to. Rick Elice, the co-writer of Broadway musicals The Addams Family and Jersey Boys (with Marshall Brickman), explains to Neil Litchfield about the stories connected with these two very different musicals.

How flowerchildren and Magnormos Bloomed

Melbourne Production Company Magnormos is entering its second decade in style, stepping up to stage a season of flowerchildren – the Mamas and Papas story at the Comedy Theatre. David Spicer and Lucy Graham report.

Written by AFI award winner Peter Fitzpatrick, flowerchildren is a musical about late sixties band sensation The Mamas and The Papas. It has great music and Jersey Boys style off-stage drama including a debilitating love-triangle, drugs, sex, deceit, alcoholism, and chronic over-eating.  

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