Andrew Upton appointed Artistic Director of STC from 2013

David Gonski, Chairman of Sydney Theatre Company, today (August 16, 2012) announced that Andrew Upton has been appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company commencing 1 January 2013. For the past five years, Andrew Upton has been Co Artistic Director of the Company with Cate Blanchett. The duo’s final program – for 2013 – will be announced on 6 September this year.


OzMade Musicals- Monday 27 August @ The Comedy Theatre

Rhonda Burchmore: Putting the Woman in Show-Girl

Returning to the Melbourne stage with Cry Me a River, an intimate look at the life of stage and screen beauty Julie London, the equally vivacious (and iconic) Rhonda Burchmore allowed Aaron Ware to pick her brain on all things London, Broadway, and the state of the Arts in 2012.

Aaron Ware: I’ll start with the generic question; what can our readers expect from Cry Me a River?

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: The Official Launch

Coral Drouyn reports.

Several thousand years ago King Midas made everything he touched turn to gold (which must have made showering difficult!). But King Midas is a myth. Entrepreneur John Frost, however, has the same skill, and he is very much alive and kicking buttocks in the theatre world.

One can almost imagine the conversation between the amazing Frost, as Producer, and much lauded Director Simon Phillips….with some liberties taken.

First Day Rehearsal Buzz at Legally Blonde

The buzz was evident around the rehearsal room at the ABC in Ultimo, Sydney this morning (August 13) as the media gathered for Producer John Frost to introduce the cast of Legally Blonde on their first day of rehearsal.

In between the photo opportunities, and a brief preview from the show, Neil Litchfield had the chance to chat to a few of the performers before their read-through got underway, about their expectations for the first day of rehearsals, and what they love about the musical Legally Blonde.

Another Musical Theatre Creative Dies.

Mark O'Donnell, the Tony-winning writer behind "Hairspray" and "Cry-Baby," was found dead Monday (August 6, 2012) morning in New York City. O'Donnell, 58, reportedly suffered a heart attack in the lobby of his Upper West Side apartment building.

In 2003, O'Donnell and co-writer Thomas Meehan shared a Tony and a Drama Desk award for their musical adaptation of the 1988 John Waters film "Hairspray." Both went on to work on the 2007 film version, as well as the 2008 Tony-nominated 'Cry-Baby,' another Waters' adaptation.


Producer Tim Lawson announced the principal members of the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang August 9, 2012.

Playing the role of Caractacus Potts will be one of Australia’s best-known singers and recording artists, tenor David Hobson; the role of Truly Scrumptious will be played by Rachael Beck.

The role of Baron Bomburst/Lord Scrumptious will be played by Alan Brough, best known for his role on the ABC music game show Spicks & Specks.

2012 Helpmann Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 2012 Helpmann Awards®, celebrating excellence and achievement in 41 categories of live performance in Australia, were announced simultaneously in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane tonight (August 6, 2012) at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Arts Centre, Melbourne and Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane.

Fourth Season of National Theatre Live Screenings

Sharmill Films and The National Theatre of Great Britain have announced the fourth season of National Theatre Live (NT Live), a successful initiative to capture live performances from the National’s stages and screen in cinemas worldwide.

Season four titles include the stage adaptation of best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, new play The Last of the Haussmans starring Julie Walters, and Simon Russell Beale in William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens.


Melbourne may be the world’s number one sports city, but it’s also one of the foremost festival cities in the world. There are 39 Arts Festivals in any given year and first and foremost is the Melbourne Festival (October 11 – 27, 2012), which launched on Monday Evening (July 30) at The Sofitel Hotel, a great supporter of the Arts.

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