MTC 2013 Season: New Light

Brett Sheehy, Melbourne Theatre Company’s new Artistic Director today (August 23, 2012) announced his inaugural MTC 2013 Season and the celebration of the Company’s 60th anniversary year.

In 2013 MTC presents four world premieres and five Australian premieres of works from UK, Europe, South Africa and USA.

An Audience with Simone Young.

In August, Brisbane audiences are being treated to some of the finest German Opera, Music and Ballet from the nation’s second largest city, Hamburg. Australian conductor Simone Young is wielding the baton for a concert performance of Wagner’s Das Reingold with the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. Peter Pinne caught up with Simone Young on the eve of her return.

Peter Pinne: The Hamburg Seasonis an exciting time for Queensland and opera in Australia. How did it come about?

Addams Family Australian Cast

Producer Rodney Rigby and Sandra Chipchase CEO, Destination NSW today (August 21, 2012) announced seven key cast members for the Australian production of the Broadway Musical The Addams Family.

Ladies Night on Tour: Postcard

Jally Entertainment is on the road to present Ladies Night, a funny and most cheeky stage play.

Fifty-three venues across Australia from North Queensland to Canberra will be presenting this comedy. They are sending Stage Whispers the occasional postcard.

The play is about four unemployed guys, motivated by ‘The Chippendales’ to form a male stripping act, in order to make some fast cash.

Death of a Salesman: Update on Colin Friels

Colin Friels is still recovering in hospital after his collapse during Thursday night’s performance of Death of a Salesman. Belvoir’s Artistic Director Ralph Myers visited Friels in hospital yesterday and reported him to be in very good spirits. “Colin has a nasty infection but is being well looked after and is on the mend,” Myers said. “He has been very touched by all the well-wishes.”

John Wood for New Production of The History Boys

John Wood will appear in a new production of Alan Bennett's hit comedy The History Boys, to be performed for a strictly limited season from February 8 to March 2, 2013 at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House.

Andrew Upton appointed Artistic Director of STC from 2013

David Gonski, Chairman of Sydney Theatre Company, today (August 16, 2012) announced that Andrew Upton has been appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company commencing 1 January 2013. For the past five years, Andrew Upton has been Co Artistic Director of the Company with Cate Blanchett. The duo’s final program – for 2013 – will be announced on 6 September this year.


OzMade Musicals- Monday 27 August @ The Comedy Theatre

Rhonda Burchmore: Putting the Woman in Show-Girl

Returning to the Melbourne stage with Cry Me a River, an intimate look at the life of stage and screen beauty Julie London, the equally vivacious (and iconic) Rhonda Burchmore allowed Aaron Ware to pick her brain on all things London, Broadway, and the state of the Arts in 2012.

Aaron Ware: I’ll start with the generic question; what can our readers expect from Cry Me a River?

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: The Official Launch

Coral Drouyn reports.

Several thousand years ago King Midas made everything he touched turn to gold (which must have made showering difficult!). But King Midas is a myth. Entrepreneur John Frost, however, has the same skill, and he is very much alive and kicking buttocks in the theatre world.

One can almost imagine the conversation between the amazing Frost, as Producer, and much lauded Director Simon Phillips….with some liberties taken.

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