In This Edition

• Meet Miss Honey – interview with Matilda The Musical’s Elise McCann

• Stars … Who Needs Them

• La Boite Turns 90 With Style

• There’s An Animal In My Play interview with Hannie Rayson and Lally Katz

• Acting The Truth - playing a dramatically maligned, real life character

Anything Goes for Caroline

Australia’s international triple threat Caroline O’Connor has returned to star in the John Frost / Opera Australia production of Anything Goes. She spoke to Neil Litchfield ahead of rehearsals.

Caroline O’Connor’s earliest stage experience included performing imitations of Ethel Merman for her dog. Now she’s about to play one of Merman’s great roles, Reno Sweeney, in the new Australian production of Anything Goes.


Nominees for the 2015 Helpmann Awards were announced at simultaneous events in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, and Hobart on June 22, 2015 by some of Australia’s biggest names of the performing arts sector, including Caroline O’Connor, Simon Gleeson, Wesley Enoch, Annette Downs, Michael Griffiths, and Suzie Mather.

Australian Plays Excite Audiences

There’s a new sense of optimism. After going through what one writer describes as a crisis it’s getting easier, albeit slightly, to produce new plays. The healthy crop of new works being performed around the country is proof of the advances being made. Peter Gotting reports.

Out of The Shadows

The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is upon us and for lovers of 60s music, Coral Drouyn talks to Bree Langridge, who brings her show “Little Diana and The Big Fuzz” to Chapel off Chapel this week.


Check out video performances from the four 2015 Helpmann Award nominations for Best Musical - Anything Goes, Les Misérables, Dirty Dancing and Once.

Click HERE to see a full list of Helpmann Award nominations.

The winners of the 2015 Helpmann Awards will be announced at the ceremony event on Monday 27 July at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on the set of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables.

Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect Co-Artistic Directors for Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2016 and 2017

On the final night of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2015, Artistic Director Barry Humphries took to the stage to announce he is handing over the role of Artistic Director to Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect, who will be co-Artistic Directors for the Festival in 2016 and 2017.

This year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival had more than 350 artists performing with 46 sold out shows and was the highest grossing festival in its 15 year history. 

“The Moment” is Almost Here

Coral Drouyn gives her take on the media launch of Jekyll and Hyde, perhaps the most anticipated Musical Theatre Premiere in a decade.

Jekyll and Hyde Cast Anounced

This is the moment! Producers John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini have announced the cast for the Australian premiere of the reimagined production of musical thriller Jekyll & Hyde, which will play from 8 December, 2015 at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne, followed by a season from 6 March, 2016 at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

A New Brad and Janet

When their car blows a tyre in The Rocky Horror Show, Melbourne will be seeing a new Brad and Janet apprehensively approach Frank’N’Furter’s creepy castle. Stephen Mahy and Amy Lehpamer spoke to Neil Litchfield during rehearsals.

Stephen Mahy and Amy Lehpamer may have rekindled their working relationship as the virginal young couple Brad and Janet, but it isn’t the first time they’ve shared a stage kiss.

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