The 13th Annual Helpmann Awards were being presented tonight (July 29, 2013) live at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, in a ceremony co-hosted by Eddie Perfect and Christie Whelan Browne. 

Three productions were equally big winners, with five awards each.

The Secret River received awards for Best Play, Best New Australian Work, Best Original Score, Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play and Best Direction of a Play.

A Dream Job

Coral Drouyn interviews Jeremy Kewley, A Melbourne Actor who has made sure he is always working.

We all like to name drop occasionally; but very few of us have a list like this:-


Peter Pinne suggests there’s something jingoistic about Australia’s annual Live Entertainment Awards, which will be announced at the Sydney Opera House on Monday night. He accuses organisers of snubbing imported classics to promote local producers, with a bias towards subsidised theatre.

New Sydney Home for Music Theatre and Cabaret

Independent Music Theatre and Cabaret has a new home in Sydney, taking over the current Darlinghurst Theatre in 2014. 

It has now been announced that theatre will be renamed the Hayes Theatre, in honour of Australian musical theatre legend Nancye Hayes OAM.

Australian Premiere: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is described as being like Saturday Night Live via the History Channel, given the Green Day treatment.

If you thought politics in Australia was rough, you ain’t seen Jackson yet…


Melbourne Theatre Company today (July 16, 2013) announced that David Williamson’s Rupert will tour to Washington D.C. to participate in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts WORLD STAGES: INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVALin March 2014. This is Melbourne Theatre Company’s first international tour and it will be the only Australian theatre company participating in this Festival.

Once a Gypsy

Music Theatre and dance diva Caroline O’Connor feels Australian down to her bootlaces. Yet more than any other performer she has been a true gypsy, travelling the world stage to rave reviews, rarely calling anywhere home. Coral Drouyn caught up with her on the eve of her opening as Mama Rose in Gypsy.


Latest: Reg Livermore to play the Wizard.

WICKED returns to its original Australian home, the Regent Theatre, Melbourne in 2014, opening on Saturday May 10, 2014 (previews May 7 - 9) for a strictly limited season, before touring to Sydney's Capitol Theatre from September 20 and Brisbane, with a cast led by popular stars from the original Australian tour, Lucy Durack (Glinda), Jemma Rix (Elphaba) and Maggie Kirkpatrick (Madame Morrible).

Cameron Daddo: A Family Affair

As Legally Blonde prepares to close we’ve taken the opportunity to update Cameron Daddo’s views on coming home when he spoke with Coral Drouyn some months ago. See Legally Blonde this week if you can.

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