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The Producers, Chess and Promises, Promises for The Production Company

The Production Company will present The Producers, Chess and Promises, Promises in its 2012 season at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melboune.

The season commences with Mel Brooks' The Producers from July 10 – 15.

The production wil star Wayne Scott Kermond, Brent Hill, Christie Whelan, Mitchell Butel, Trevor Ashley and Rohan Browne

IT’S ALL OVER IF THE FAT CHANDELIER SINKS.

They’ve billed it as they greatest show on water. In March/April Opera Australia is staging La Traviata on a massive stage on Sydney Harbour. For Brian Thomson, Australia’s most successful set designer, it’s another milestone. David Spicer asked him to compare this project with other acclaimed sets he’s built in Australia and on Broadway.

David Spicer: What is the budget for La Traviata and how does it compare to other productions you have worked on?

Red Dog The Musical

Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost today (March 21, 2012) announced he had joined forces with the producer of the award winning Australian film RED DOG, Nelson Woss, to explore developing the Red Dog story into a musical production.

FAREWELL POSSUMS

DAME EDNA SAYS “FAREWELL POSSUMS”AS BARRY HUMPHRIES TAKES A FINAL BOW

Paul Dainty, Chairman of Dainty Group announced today (March 19, 2012) that iconic performer, satirist, artist and comedian Barry Humphries – will take his final bow to Australian audiences during his farewell tour, Eat Pray Laugh!.

Green Room Awards: 2011 Recipients

The 2011 Green Room Awards, for excellence on the Melbourne stage for the period January 1st through to 31st December 2011, were announced at a ceremony this afternoon, Sunday 18th March, 2012, at The Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne.

MTC 2012 Lawler Studio Season.

MTC Associate Director Aidan Fennessyhas announced the 2012 Lawler Studio Season.

Kate Gaul: The New Electric Ballroom

Stage Whispers’ Whitney Fitzsimmons recently caught up with director Kate Gaul to talk about her exciting new show, The New Electric Ballroom, staged as part of the Griffin Independent season.

Whitney Fitzsimmons: The New Electric Ballroom is set in a fictional town on the West Coast of Ireland. Do you think it will be hard for Australian audiences to relate to?

All Singing, All Dancing, All Naked!

Naked Boys Singing! swings into Sydney.

The wait is over! Your chance to see a bunch of naked men singing is has arrived. Emma Bell reports that with sell out seasons internationally, this musical is set to get you in the mood for nude.

I had the opportunity to sit down with cast member Glenn Ferguson (pictured below) and director Jonathan Worsley to ask them about the show that bares all.

Mary Poppins Songwriter Dies

Robert B. Sherman, half of the team of songwriting brothers who created the scores for Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, together with numerous other film songs and scores has died at the age of 86.

Together with his brother, Richard M. Sherman, Robert Sherman won two Oscars — for the song Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins, and for the score of the same film, created with Walt Disney, whose studios they worked at as staff composers from 1960 to 1973.

Legally Blonde The Musical: Australian Cast Announced

The coveted role of Australia’s Elle Woods in the musical Legally Blonde, which premieres on October 4, has gone to Lucy Durack, with Rob Mills as Warner, David Harris as Emmett, Erika Heynatz as Brooke Wyndham and Cameron Daddo as Professor Callahan, it was announced by producers Howard Panter and John Frost, together with the NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts George Souris on March 5, 2012.

It has now been announced (June 1, 2012) that the role of kooky beautician Paulette will be played by Helen Dallimore.

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