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A Quiet Explosion of Talent

With Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick … BOOM! about to open its professional premiere in Melbourne, Coral Drouyn talked to Director Paul Watson and leading man Luigi Lucente.

In this 20th anniversary year of Jonathan Larson’s death, I have to confess that I was not a fan of Rent; that is, until I saw Paul Watson’s production of the show several years ago at Chapel off Chapel, and suddenly everything became crystal clear and I fell in love with both the show and Watson’s direction.

TWINS – Double The Talent

Two great stars, Rhonda Burchmore and Trevor Ashley, talk to Coral Drouyn on the eve of their new show’s opening.

It’s a little disconcerting to interview two Divas at once, especially if you are a fan-girl of both. Lets face it, they are both Legends in EVERYBODY’s lunchtime. So why, given that they both have such huge followings in Music Theatre and Cabaret circles, choose to link their new production Twins, to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival?

Song Contest: The Almost Eurovision Experience

Producer/Director Glynn Nicholas is launching a brand new musical comedy paying homage to Eurovision at the Melbourne Comedy Festival from April 1 to May 1, 2016. Song Contest - The Almost Eurovision Experience has been devised from day one as an interactive theatrical experience like no other. After the Melbourne World Premiere in April, Song Contest will be available for schools, community and amateur theatres to perform. Glynn spoke to *David Spicer.

A Prescription for Living

Last night David Spencer opened in the terrific Vic Theatre Production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, turning in a stellar performance as Vice Principal Panch. David is a highly successful Music Theatre performer who has toured the UK, and has appeared in many main stage productions as well as being Resident Director for such shows as Anything Goes. But that’s not where his talents begin and end. In a Jekyll and Hyde existence, David has another life.

Pinter’s Old Times for Adelaide

Busy completing his PhD on Shakespeare's actor Richard Burbage, Cate Blanchett’s former acting teacher Tony Knight is moving his focus for the moment; from Shakespeare to a very different acting style. He is to co-produce and direct an April production of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s tense drama, Old Times. Lesley Reed reports.

33rd Annual Green Room Awards

The 2016 Green Room Awards were presented on Monday March 21 at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. Melbourne’s premier peer-presented performing arts industry awards recognise excellence and innovation across a range of professional productions presented on the Melbourne stage.The 2016 awards recognise outstanding achievement for work presented in 2015 across Cabaret, Contemporary & Experimental Performance, Dance, Independent Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera and Theatre Companies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage Fawlty Towers’ Basil and Sybil Announced

On behalf of Michael Coppel and Philip McIntyre in association with Louise Withers, Creator and Co-Writer of the original television series, John Cleese today (March 21, 2016) announced that Stephen Hall will play the role of Basil Fawlty in the World Premiere Tour of Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage with Blazey Best Co-Starring as Sybil Fawlty.

FUNNY BUSINESS

On the eve of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Coral Drouyn talks to Adam Hills about Festivals, British humour and HIS favourite Comedian

A famous one footed comedian and a quiet funny American walked into a festival…

No, there’s no punchline and it’s actually true…. Adam Hills met Jake Johannsen in  Kilkenny (home of great beer) at the Cats Laugh Comedy Festival, and a Bromance was born.

PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JON ENGLISH

The family of Jon English has confirmed details of the Public Memorial Service for Jon.

Date: Monday 4 April 2016

Venue: Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket, Sydney

Time: 4.30pm for a 5pm start

Everyone is invited and very welcome.

Rob Mills’ Unchained Melody

Coral Drouyn talks to Rob Mills as he prepares to open in the biggest challenge of his life…the role of Sam Wheat in Ghost – The Musical.

“My manager asked me what I wanted to do next…and I said – Everything!”

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