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Paris Underground

At the half-way mark of their eight-week season of Paris Underground at Melbourne’s Red Bennies, Richard Vegas and Julia Madotti (the show’s producers and lead performers) took a short breather to speak to Geoffrey Williams.

Tell us about your latest creation, Paris Underground.

Follow The Dream

Michelle Nightingale gives Coral Drouyn a lesson in not giving up.

Sometimes Life imitates Art in ways that seem like cliches. We have all seen and heard the story of the understudy or amateur plucked from obscurity to become the leading lady. It’s always an inspirational story. We might go along with it for the sake of the show or the film, but we know that things like that don’t happen in real life, right? Wrong! Life is imitating art right now as Brief Encounter reaches the Melbourne Festival as part of its National Tour.

Helen Reddy to Tour in 2014

Helen Reddy is back on stage after more than a decade off the road, playing Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from 5 April, 2014.

Crowned “Queen of 70’s Pop” and the 28thbest adult contemporary artist of all time by Billboard Magazine (2011), Helen Reddy has more than a dozen Top 40 hits including the iconic anthem I Am Woman, which was added to the National Film and Sound Archive in Australia in 2009.

Glen Street Theatre 2014 Season

Glen Street Theatre in Belrose, NSW, has announced the line up of drama, music, satire and comedy headed for the Glen Street stage in 2014.

The 2014 Season will start a little later than usual due to theatre renovations. Mayor of Warringah, Michael Regan said, “2014 is going to be a memorable year in Glen Street history – when we see the opening of our refurbished foyer, the beginning of work on our new Cultural Hub and a wonderful season of productions from stages all over Australia.”

Rocky Horror Cast Announced

Casting has been announced for the 2014 Australian tour of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show which opens in January 2014 at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane followed by seasons at the Crown Theatre, Perth in February, the Festival Theatre, Adelaide in March, and the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne in April.

Laughing at Lawyers

Sydney lawyer Tony Laumberg has written and produced 13 successful seasons of his unique brand of comic plays. The do-it-yourself theatre maker writes the plays, promotes the shows and even sells the tickets front of house. On the eve of his latest play The Good, The Bad and the Lawyer in Sydney he shared a coffee with David Spicer. 

Tell me your favourite lawyer joke I asked.

“What’s the difference between a lawyer and a laboratory rat? When the laboratory rat dies at least someone cares.”

State Theatre Company of SA Season 2014

Geordie Brookman, artistic director of State Theatre Company Of South Australia, announced their program for 2014 at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Dunstan Playhouse on the morning of Friday September 27, 2013. And it’s going to be another diverse one as it mixes classics such as Chekhov’s The Seagull, Shakespeare’s Othello and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest alongside new works from up and coming Australian playwrights.

Candy Man Returns to Sydney

Wayne Scott Kermond’s all dancing and all singing celebration of the life and music of Sammy Davis Jr.,Candy Man, returns to Sydney in October 2013, playing at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta from October 10 – 13 for six shows only.

At The Last Gasp

On the eve of the world premiere of their debut independent show ‘At The Last Gasp’ for this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival, National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) students Angelique Ross, Dylan Rodriguez and Luke Hubbard found time between gravity-defying rehearsals to speak with Geoffrey Williams.

Stephen Schwartz: Exclusive Interview

Stephen Schwartz and The Mantle of Awesome.

Coral Drouyn talks to composer / lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

I am an unabashed fanatic where Stephen Schwartz is concerned, so much so that I (tongue in cheek) call Sondheim “The Other Stephen”. Ever since Godspell hit our stages back in the early seventies, and changed our view on the form of the musical forever, Mr Schwartz has given us the gift of fabulous musicals – each one different in its structure and production style. Quite simply, he is an awesome composer and lyricist.

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