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The Divine Miss Bette - A Cabaret

The Divine Miss Bette - A Cabaret, a one hour show based on Bette Midler, plays at Slide Cabaret Club on November 11.

Performer Catherine Alcorn says, “The Divine Miss Bette is absolutely the next best thing to seeing Bette herself as my vocal coach, Steve Ostrow, is the very man who discovered her in New York City in the 1970's. He is famously known for having owned the Continental Baths where Bette and Barry Manilow launched their careers.

The 2010 Sydney Cabaret Showcase

The Annual Cabaret Showcase is set to present a new line-up of cabaret talent in Sydney this December. Now in its 8th year, this year’s Showcase promises to be the biggest yet! Produced by Your Management, the event provides the opportunity for cabaret and musical theatre talent at all stages of their career, to showcase their abilities in front of an audience and before a panel of judges assembled from Australia’s leading entertainers and entertainment industry professionals.

More Misses than Hits in Regional Tours.

David Spicer reports that audiences in regional Australia are staying away from most of the plays, dance, children’s theatre and comedy acts which are sent on tour by the Commonwealth Government’s Playing Australia Program.

In 2009 the most successful productions came from the private sector, whilst works produced by traditional subsidised State Theatre Companies were amongst the least successful.

The last time Stage Whispers scrutinised the figures it ruffled some feathers at the Arts on Tour office in New South Wales.

Doctor Zhivago Musical - Cast Announced

The principal cast of the musical Doctor Zhivago, to premiere in Sydney in February 2011, was announced by producer John Frost on October 22.

Acclaimed musical star Anthony Warlow who plays Doctor Yurii Zhivago will be joined by Lucy Maunder as Lara, and Taneel Van Zyl in the role of his wife Tonia. Martin Crewes plays political radical Pasha Antipov, Bartholomew John plays corrupt attorney Viktor Komarovsky and in the roles of Alexander and Anna are Peter Carroll and Trisha Noble.

Belvoir Goes International

Belvoir has announced that two of its shows – The Diary of A Madman and The Sapphires – will tour to New York and London respectively in 2011. Belvoir’s General Manager Brenna Hobson said, ‘Belvoir’s local, national and international touring program forms a key part of the Company’s activities each year. We’re thrilled to be taking these productions overseas, and to be introducing new and wider audiences to our work.’

New Musicals Australia Shortlist Announced

New Musicals Australia, a new initiative dedicated to the production of original Australian musical theatre, today announced the works shortlisted for development in 2010/11.

How to Make a Hit Musical: Cameron Mackintosh Exclusive.

If anyone knows how to make a hit musical it’s Sir Cameron Mackintosh. But when the Producer of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Miss Saigon was in Australia to launch Mary Poppins, he told Stage Whispers that making a hit is a ‘lucky accident.’

David Spicer reports.

When Sir Cameron Mackintosh was trying to raise the cash to stage Cats he readily admits it was a big struggle.

Mother Africa – Circus of the Senses

Mother Africa is a growing global circus phenomenon that is ironically yet to debut in its own country. Matt Byrne reports on, and reviews, the show, currently touring Australia.

Vale Dame Joan Sutherland

Tributes are flowing in from around the world for Australia’s greatest Opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland. Dame Joan, known as La Stupenda, has died at the age of 83 at her home in Switzerland after a long illness. New Zealand diva Dame Kiri Te Kanawa said Dame Joan could never be equalled. "She's totally unique and you will never ever hear another voice like that," Dame Kiri told ABC Radio. "I certainly haven't heard one like that in the last 40 years.

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