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2015 INTERNATIONAL CABARET CONTEST GRAND FINAL LINEUP

The final of the Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC) has its Grand Final at The Basement in Sydney on Saturday January 17, after recently holding heats in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Auckland, and Sydney. Winners from every city are flown to Sydney to take part in the contest Grand Final, which will see ­­11 hopefuls take to the stage in what promises to be an exciting night of new talent from around Australia and New Zealand.

flowerchildren: Mamas and Papas Musical for Adelaide

Adelaide’s Davine Interventionz Productions has been on a critically acclaimed retrospective music odyssey for some time now, with Xanadu being the most recent show in that journey. 2015 begins with another stop on memory lane, with the company’s 2015 Adelaide Fringe production of flowerchildren – the mamas and papas story. Lesley Reed reports.

Loving Is Always Worth Repeating

Coral Drouyn talks to Jason Langley, the director of a new musical about Gertrude Stein having its Australian Professional debut this month

It’s not often that we get an Australian premiere of a Musical with impeccable multi-award-winning creators, that very few people have even heard of; yet that’s precisely what will happen from the 21st of January for a limited season at Chapel of Chapel, when Loving Repeating begins its limited run.

Why Smart Phones are Ruining Live Entertainment

It’s enough to make Joseph Ting scream.  He argues that the ebb and glow of flickering screens is spoiling theatre.

The essence of the cultural experience is a direct, personal and revelatory encounter with an event or artwork. The joy of seeing a play or visiting an art installation is in the physical live experience. Our attention must be directed to the subject matter in front of us.

Wicked Has A New Glinda

Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost has announced that the role of Glinda in the 2015 Brisbane and Perth seasons of the Broadway musical will be played by Suzie Mathers, taking over from Lucy Durack who is leaving at the end of the Sydney season for her next “thrillifying” role … as a mother.

STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2015 EDITION OUT NOW!!!

In This Edition

• Verity Hunt-Ballard on Mary Poppins, Motherhood and Sweet Charity

• Hollywood’s latest musical adaptations for the festive season

• Kath and Kim creator Jane Turner takes to the stage

• Designing Romeo and Juliet

• Radio Microphone Nightmare

• Convict Theatres in Australia

• The Phantom of the Opera in Community Theatre

• Community Theatre Seasons  2015

• How to Make Props and Sets Sparkle

Cirque’s Towering Totem

The evolution of mankind, no less, is the mighty canvas for Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring extravaganza. But is it Theatre? FRANK HATHERLEY peeks under the big top.

What should we call Cirque du Soleil? Is it Theatre or Circus or Big Top Cabaret or Massive Musical or what?

New York’s Drama Desk has no doubt. This respected posse of Broadway critics and reporters gave its 2013 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience to Totem, the latest themed entertainment from Cirque du Soleil.

New Wizard for Wicked

John Frost has announced popular musical theatre star Simon Gallaher will play the Wizard in the upcoming Brisbane and Perth seasons of the hit musical Wicked. Frost said he had been hoping to work with Simon for many years and is thrilled that he has accepted his invitation to play the role in Brisbane and Perth.

Musicals in 2015 and Beyond

Stage Whispers correspondents preview another exciting year of Musical Theatre.

The biggest musical theatre news of 2015 is the arrival of Tim Minchin's West End and Broadway smash hit Matilda The Musical at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in July, at the start of a national tour.

Hot Plays in 2015

Stage Whispers correspondents cast their eyes over the best drama on offer next year.

Melbourne Theatre Company

Coral Drouyn says it’s been a long while since she has been as excited by an MTC season as she is about 2015, the third season under Artistic Director Brett Sheehy.

There’s something for everyone, including a couple of world premieres. For me it’s a veritable feast but there are certain must-sees that I have already got in the diary.

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