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Helpmann Awards 2019

Sydney's Belvoir Street Theatre was the big winner at the Helpmann Awards held in Melbourne for the first time - taking out 12 awards including the double of Best Play and Best Musical.

Voters snubbed blockbuster international productions such as Harry Potter and Cursed Child instead voting for original Australian productions.

Tom Burlinson To Play Billy Flynn in Chicago

Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced that iconic Australian entertainer Tom Burlinson will join the cast of the multi-award winning, record breaking musical CHICAGO for its seasons in Sydney and Brisbane playing the role of the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn.

STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: JULY/AUGUST 2019 EDITION OUT NOW!!!

IN THIS EDITION

Come From Away – A 9/12 Musical

Our conversation with the creators, David Hein and Irene Sankoff

Blind Casting Drama

International controversy over local Community Theatre casting

Broadway’s Starry Spring Season

Peter Pinne’s look at some of Broadway’s current hits

Is Musical Theatre Art?

Great Debate at the Australian Musical Theatre Festival

Shakespeare in Love

Behind the Scenes at Muriel’s Wedding

A visit behind the scenes of hit musical Muriel’s Wedding reveals a massive number of wigs, a costume so huge it must be hung high overhead and a way that audience members can join the cast onstage. Simon Parris reports

Cabaret De Paris Can Cans into QPAC

Brisbane audiences will be treated to a taste of a Parisian style revue this July when Cabaret De Paris plays at Brisbane’s QPAC for three shows only. This spectacular event combines old-fashioned showgirl glamour with variety style entertainment. Audiences can expect to see skilful adagio dancers, aerial pole performers and of course the world-famous French cancan. The show dials up the mystery with illusionists and quick-change artists and is sure to give you a laugh with renowned comedy circus performers also in the mix.

Shrek The Musical in 2020.

Theatre producer John Frost has announced that the Broadway hit SHREK THE MUSICAL is coming to Australia. This lavish multi-million dollar musical will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star in early January 2020, followed by seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne and the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane.

All The World’s A Circus

With Barnum currently playing its limited season, Coral Drouyn looks at how Circus affects our lives and theatre - from Big Tops to stages here in Australia, and around the world.

“And away went the lions and the tigers so wild And away went my beautiful clown; And away went my very last day as a child The day that the circus left town.”

Written by Harold Spina and Carlyn Leigh.

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