Leonard Bernstein's Mass a 2012 Adelaide Festival Highlight

From the celebrated Broadway and classical composer Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story, Candide), the Adelaide Festival will present a new production of Bernstein’s large-scale masterpiece Mass as part of the 2012 program on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 March, 2012.

Pam Ayres to Tour Nationally

Writer, broadcaster and entertainer Pam Ayres will tour Australia with her latest show A Fun-Filled Evening with... Pam Ayres from Monday 7 November to Friday 2 December 2011.  Her return to Australia coincides with the publication of her autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude and a DVD, Pam Ayres Word Perfect Tour.

Melbourne Circus Festival

National Institute of Circus Arts, Prahran, from September 26 to October 2, 2011.

Alana Valentine Dramatises Pollies in New Play

Playwright Alana Valentine spoke with Cathy Bannister about her new Australian play, MP., opening in Canberra on October 1, scriptwriting, and the notion of seeing the good in politicians.

Cathy Bannister: So, without giving too much away, what is the synopsis of MP?

Opera Queensland Announces 2012 Season

Opera Queensland has announced its 2012 season, featuring a concert rendition of Verdi’s Macbeth, a new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and the Queensland première of Francesca Zambello’s production of Bizet‟s Carmen.

Geoffrey Rush for Drowsy Chaperone Film

Canadian written Broadway hit The Drowsy Chaperone is set to become a musical, with Geoffrey Rush, who starred in the MTC’s Australian premiere to repeat his role of Man in Chair – the show's musical-obsessed, cardigan-wearing narrator -in the film reports.

In another Australian connection, Fred Schepisi will direct.

Hugh Jackman Broadway Bound Again

Hugh Jackman will be on Broadway from October 25 in a one man show, Back on Broadway, singing music theatre songs, backed by an 18-piece orchestra.

The show, to play at the Broadhurst Theatre, will have its opening night on November 10, and play until January 1.

The show is described as “a personal selection” Jackman’s favorite musical numbers that reflect on his life and career.

It is the same show which played sold out runs in San Francisco and Toronto.

The New Deal for Sydney Fringe


What does Alex Simmons think about asylum seekers, women's rights, tax cuts and party leadership?

The New Deal is a new play about power and politics by James Ballan, playing the 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival from September 15 – 19.


As Ensemble Theatre enters its 54th year, Co-Artistic Directors Sandra Bates and Mark Kilmurry today September 12, 2011) announced the 2012 season of 11 plays.

Notable features are two David Williamson plays, one an Australian premiere, the other a Sydney premiere.

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