Jersey Boys 1000th Australasian Performance

Jersey Boys notches up its 1,000th Australasian performance today, Thursday April 26, at Auckland’s Civic Theatre.

Producer Rodney Rigby said, “We are thrilled that New Zealand continues to embrace the great story of four guys from the wrong side of the tracks. The 1,000thshow of Jersey Boys not only marks the great success of the production in New Zealand and Australia, but, of equal importance, recognizes the outstanding contribution of everybody associated with the production worldwide.”

Moonshadow Shines Through on a Gloomy Melbourne Morning

Lucy Graham reports on the new Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam musical Moonshadow.

This morning (April 24, 2012)  in a Brunswick studio, with rain pelting the roof, Melbourne’s media were invited to attend a Moonshadow appetiser. Images of set designs and sketches of costumes, not yet made were, the only backdrop, and yet a forty-strong media contingent squeezed into the space.

She Loves Me Next for Neglected Musicals

Sydney based Neglected Musicals has announced She Loves Me as the next Neglected Musical presentation. Directed by Nicholas Hammond with Musical Director Craig Renshaw, She Loves Me is to be presented on Monday 21 May at 2pm and 8pm at the Darlinghurst Theatre.

The cast will include Emma Cooperthwaite, Shaun Rennie, David Whitney, Belinda Wollaston, Tyran Parke, Chris Horsey, Jay James-Moody and Phillip Lowe.

The Book of Everything Scores Rave Reviews in New York

Belvoir and Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image production The Book of Everything opened at the New Victory Theater in New York over the weekend of a standing ovation and rave reviews from New York critics.

‘It’s not quite right to say that “The Book of Everything” is one of the best children’s shows in town. It’s one of the best shows, period.’ The New York Post

Melbourne Orphans Named on Annie’s 35th Birthday

Lucy Graham reports.

You’d have been excused for thinking there was a party at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre this afternoon (April 21, 2012), as twenty-four exuberant girls were introduced to the media. And in a way you’d be right.

Annie’s Executive Producer Walter van Nieuwkuyk was on hand to introduce Melbourne’s three Annies, and the twenty-one orphans who will constitute the three different casts for the season.


Funny man Jonathan Biggins is going ‘straight’. The star of the highly successful Wharf Revue has penned a play about Australia’s national day. The Melbourne Theatre Company premieres the production in April before it touches down in Canberra and Sydney later this year.   Frank Hatherley shared a coffee with Mr Biggins. But first here’s a sneak preview. The setting is an Australia Day Committee meeting in a small coastal town...


Sydney Next to Normal Cancelled

Today Paul Jay, the Producer of rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL announced that due to circumstances beyond his control the season has been cancelled.

NEXT TO NORMAL was due to open on 13 September 2012 at the Capitol Theatre.

Ticket holders should contact their original point of purchase to arrange a refund.

July 25, 2012.

Our Earlier Coverage


Against the backdrop of Australia’s international hit musical Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Network Ten and FremantleMedia Australia’s brand new entertainment program I Will Survive, set to screen later this year, will send one exceptional performer to Broadway. I Will Survive is the search for Australia’s next Triple Threat – Singer / Dancer / Actor.

The national auditions begin on Thursday April 18, 2012, and the prizes have now been announced.


• A cash prize of $250,000

Celia Pacquola

Comedian and writer Celia Pacquola, currently appearing in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, speaks to Tammy Shmerling.

Celia Pacquola is buzzing. When we meet she has just finished her first performance of comedy show Delayed for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Energy and nerves are high as she ponders audience responses.  

Sydney Philanthropist Criticises Axing of Queensland Premier’s Literary Award

The day after the Queensland government scrapped the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, which included the Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer, the David Unaipon Award, Belvoir has announced The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. Neil Balnaves AO of The Balnaves Foundation made an impassioned speech at the launch decrying governments’ lack of support for the arts.

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