2013 Green Room Awards Nominations

In its 31st year of acknowledging excellence in the performing arts on the Melbourne stage, the Green Room Awards Association has announced the nominations for the 2013 Awards for performances presented between January 1st and December 31st 2013.  The recipients of these awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held on Monday April 28th at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne.

Les Mis From Page to Stage

Tickets are now on sale for Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage, a world-first exhibition and the biggest to ever be staged at the State Library of Victoria.

Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition will take visitors on a journey from the 19th-century Paris of Victor Hugo’s novel – Les Misérables – to today’s blockbuster musical.

BigMouth for Adelaide Festival

A sell-out hit at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012 and with successful seasons later in Europe and the UK, the Australian premiere of SKaGeN’s BigMouth is to be exclusively presented by the Adelaide Festival. The production is with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in a co-production with De Tijd and Stuk.

Roman Tragedies: Six Hour Shakespeare Epic for Adelaide Festival

Staged by Toneelgroep Amsterdam exclusively in Adelaide and for the first time in Australia, visionary director Ivo Van Hove bravely combines three of Shakespeare’s plays, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra into one epic and continuous six-hour political drama, Roman Tragedies.

A Very (S)Pacific Role

Actor Nick Simpson-Deeks talks to Coral Drouyn about Sondheim and Melbourne’s first full production of Pacific Overtures.

Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour: Full Cast Announced

On 21 March 2014 a cast of 60 international and local artists will converge on the purpose-built 1276sqm stage on Sydney Harbour in Opera Australia’s (OA) modern adaption of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Along with the Principal Artists announced last year, the full Madama Butterfly company hails from 11 different countries. The cast joins the company of 626staff and crew that come together to make Handa Opera on Sydney Harbourhappen. The Principal Artists will alternate between the ‘Butterfly’ cast and the‘Pinkerton’ cast.

2013 Glugs Awards: The Winners


The Glugs annual Theatre Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Castlereagh Inn, Sydney, on February 3, 2014.

Chief Glug Mr. Lee Young was the M.C., while the presenters included Nancye Hayes, Lorrae Desmond, Miriam Davis, Bevereley Davies, Sandra Bates, Amanda Buckworth, Ian Phipps. and Jason Langley

Big winner on the night was Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which took out four awards including Best Musical.

Intimate Sweet Charity at the Hayes

Sydney’s new home for independent musical theatre, the Hayes Theatre Company, named after Australian triple threat legend Nancye Hayes, opens in February 2014 with a new production of her breakthrough show Sweet Charity. Director Dean Bryant spoke to Neil Litchfield prior to rehearsals.

How do you scale back a Broadway musical like Sweet Charity for an intimate space?

Dreamsong: New Satirical Australian Musical

New satirical Australian Musical DreamSong will open for a 10 day season at Theatre Works, St Kilda from 10 to 20 April.

Australia Day Honours for High Profile Performers

High profile performers Geoffrey Rush, Nancye Hayes, Jacki Weaver and Rhonda Burchmore, and theatrical producer John Robertson, have been recognized in the 2014 Australia Day Honours.

Geoffrey Rush has been recognized with the Companion (AC) in the General Division, for eminent services to the arts as a theatre performer, motion picture actor, and film producer, as a role model and mentor for aspiring artists, and through promotion of the Australian arts industry.

Winner of an Oscar, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award, he was 2012 Australian of the Year.

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