American Ballet Theatre in Australia

For the first time in its history the American Ballet Theatre will visit Australia performing exclusively at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane, from 28 August to 7 September, 2014, as part of QPAC’s International Series. Peter Pinne reports.

Based in New York, the American Ballet Theatre is the United States National Ballet Company, as named by an Act of the United States Congress, and is considered a living national treasure.

Life is Anything but Misérable for Kerrie Anne

Kerrie Anne Greenland, currently appearing as Eponine in the new production of Les Misérables, spoke to Coral Drouyn about her “charmed life” prior to opening night.

Real-life Drama of Peter and Alice

‘All children, except one, grow up,’ are the immortal words that begin J M Barrie’s enduring, dreamlike and magical children’s story Peter Pan. The words also have context, although a very different one, for international playwright John Logan’s play, Peter and Alice, for which Logan has personally granted Adelaide’s Independent Theatre the Australian Premiere this month, starring Will Cox and Pamela O’Grady.

Broadway With A Twist.

Coral Drouyn spills the beans on a night of generous gender-bending bent on Broadway.

Semi-Finalists for 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award Announced

The 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award were announced today (July 25, 2014). They are Daniel Assetta, Ben Bennett, Hilary Cole, Andy Cook, Thomas Davis, Daniel Downing, Vivien Emsworth, Anna Freeland, Nelson Gardner, Nick Hedger, Matt Holly, Georgina Hopson, Loren Hunter, Graeme Isaako, Kirby Lunn, Seann Matthew Moore, Katie McKee, Lauren McKenna, Emily Mercurio, Joel Parnis, Daniel Raso, Joshua Robson, Angela Scundi, Rebecca Selley, Zach Smith, Monica Swayne, Connor Sweeney, Karla Tonkich, Tarisai Vushe and Sophie Wright.

Patch Theatre Takes Cranky Bear from Page to Stage

How do you stop a cranky bear being grumpy? You bring together the bear, a zebra, a lion, a moose and a sheep, then put them in front of an audience full of 4-8-year-old kids. The result is a rollicking cabaret style show that blows away crankiness through mayhem, surprise and laughter.

With the creation of their latest production Cranky Bear, South Australian children’s theatre company Patch Theatre is producing an inspirational new work, based on Australian author and illustrator Nick Bland’s best-selling picture book, The Very Cranky Bear.

Miracle City at Hayes Theatre Co: Cast Announced

Luckiest Productionsin association with Hayes Theatre Co will present a brand new production of Nick Enright and Max Lambert’s musical Miracle Cityat Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney from October 17 – November 16, 2014.

Amanda McBroom: Let’s Fall in Love

Renowned American cabaret star Amanda McBroom returns to Sydney’s City Recital Hall for the first time in a decade on 19 July 2014, as well as appearing at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 18 July.

Pondering the light and dark sides of romance, McBroom will perform alongside her longstanding pianist Michele Brourman in their intimate show Let’s Fall In Love.

2014 Helpmann Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 2014 Helpmann Awards were announced simultaneously tonight (July 14) at events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

The nominations, across 41 categories, were announced by various performers in each city including Lisa McCune, Todd McKenney, Jonathon Biggins, John Wood, Nancye Hayes, Simon Gleeson, Li Cunxin and Greta Scacchi.

The John Frost / Opera Australia production of The King and I was recognised with 10 nominations.

ONCE: Cast Announced

Over a morning Guinness at Melbourne’s downtown Irish Times pub, the cast was announced today (11 July) for the multi-award-winning musical ONCE, opening 4 October, 2014 at the Princess Theatre. They are Anton Berezin, Andrew Broadbent, Ben Brown, Gerard Carroll, Colin Dean, Brent Hill, Stefanie Jones, Keegan Joyce, Amy Lehpamer, Lachlan Neate, Jane Patterson, Greg Stone, Susan-ann Walker and Paul Watson. Heading up the ensemble in the key roles of Guy and Girl are Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones.

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