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Trevor Ashley’s Huge Year

Getting into a dress and glamming it up is a well-worn ticket to stardom for Australian male performers and Trevor Ashley has made a lucrative career out of it.

David Spicer reports.

No fewer than seven of his cabaret extravaganzas were staged in 2013; from cruise ships to the West End to the most prestigious stages around Australia.

His next big gig is Diamonds are for Trevor at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse, a tribute to Dame Shirley Bassey.

The Right Temperament

Coral Drouyn comments on some of the hottest tickets for the Midsumma Festival.

Grand Finalists for International Cabaret Contest Announced

Heats of The Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC) wrapped this week after heats in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Auckland. The Grand Final line-up competing for the chance to win the largest cabaret prize in Australasia will be: Sydney heat winners Melody Beck, Sarah Gaul, Brendan Hay, Monique Salle, and audience vote winner Ben Hudson, as well as inaugural Adelaide heat winner Candy Chambers (aka Jamie Jewell), Brisbane winner Jessica Papst, Melbourne winner Jenny Wynter and wild-card Ivy Lucille, and finally Auckland winner Joanna Millett.

International Cabaret Contest: The Heats Begin

The 2014 Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest, the new incarnation of the Australian Cabaret Showcase, began its 11th year with the Sydney heat at Slide on Monday January 6.

Finalists now announced.

King Kong Cast Members in Charity Concert

Cast members of King Kong are putting together a charity concert in support of Mission Australia, to be performed on January 19, 2014.

“A couple of months back, I decided to organise a charity concert for the cast of King Kong to perform in,” Josh Robson, who is currently performing in the production of King Kong at the Regent Theatre as part of the ensemble told Stage Whispers.

Theatre Seasons 2014

Australia’s theatre companies have dished up a smorgasbord for 2014. There are lashings of stars and classics, sex and comedy, music and cross-dressing and more than a few plays by an English playwright born 450 years ago.

The most extraordinary Shakespeare of 2014 should be Macbeth starring Hugo Weaving (pictured left). The Sydney Theatre will be turned back to front, with the audience watching from the stage.

New Theatre: Season 2014

The season for 2014 at New Theatre in King Street, Newtown, ranges across drama, comedy and musical theatre, promising Sydney audiences will enjoy the work of local and international writers and the talents of seven women directors!

There are two Australian premieres, two Sydney premieres, adaptations of beloved novels, and revivals of a much-loved Australian contemporary play and a ground-breaking gay work.

STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: January / February 2014 EDITION OUT NOW!!!

In This Edition

• Lisa McCune - Our Leading Lady

• Shakespeare Aussie Style

Rocky Horror Turns 40

• Finding Strictly Ballroom’s Fran And Scott

• Stephen Schwartz - From The Heart

Sweet Charity to open Hayes Theatre

• Cutting Edge Opera

• Community Theatre Seasons 2014

South Pacific Kids: All in the Family in Adelaide

The current national season of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific provides Australian audiences with the opportunity to see well-known stars such as Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes at their very best. It also gives some of Australia’s child performers a chance to shine. Lesley Reed reports.

Musicals in 2014 and Beyond

Something old, something new and plot-lines borrowed from a film or two. Stage Whispers looks at what will sing and dance across our stages in 2014.

Baz Luhrmann’s World Premiere adaptation of his hit movie Strictly Ballroom The Musical is probably the most keenly anticipated musical of 2014.

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