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30 YEARS OF VITALSTATISTIX

Thirty Vital Years for Independent SA Theatre Company. Lesley Reed reports.

In 1984 theatre-makers Roxxy Bent, Ollie Black and Margie Fischer created a dynamic new South Australian independent theatre company, Vitalstatistix, which soon came to be known amongst its followers as Vitals.

Based at Port Adelaide at the heritage-listed Waterside Workers Hall, the company maintains a feminist perspective, having developed a proud tradition of supporting women artists.

Lisa McCune: Leading Lady

In her former life as a TV script producer, Coral Drouyn once had Lisa McCune killed off (or at least her TV alter ego). As the multiple Gold Logie winner prepares for The King and I in 2014, the star and the screenwriter caught up for a chat.

ONCE IS ENOUGH.

The first launch of the smash hit Tony award musical ONCE, coming to Melbourne in Oct, gave us Guinness, champagne, Irish music and academy award winner Glen Hansard. Coral Drouyn was there to soak up the atmosphere and the champagne (one was enough).

The Production Company Season 2014

Jeanne Pratt AC, Chairman of The Production Company, has announced her Company’s 2014 season.

‘Three very different musicals are coming to Melbourne for our 2014 Season. Spanning sixty years of Broadway creativity, they are three of my favourite Broadway classics. Guys and Dolls opens our season on July 19, Show Boat opens on August 16 and our third musical is La Cage Aux Folles, which opens on November 22.

‘To star in these musicals, we have engaged artists who will shine and enchant our audiences.

BEYOND WICKED

Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett talks about beyondblue’s arts connection with Wicked to Coral Drouyn.

Wicked might not seem the perfect match for beyondblue, an organisation committed to helping those with depression of all kinds, but founder and chairman Jeff Kennett believes they are a perfect fit.

Fight Night: Adelaide Festival Audiences Get The Vote

South Australia is to have a state election in mid-March and many onlookers are finding the political games prior to the big day a little tedious. However, audiences can leave tedium at the door when attending the Adelaide Festival’s Fight Night, in which elections become a theatrical game in a very different, entertaining and totally absorbing perspective on politics.

STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: March / April 2014 EDITION OUT NOW!!!

•  Mrs Popular: Lucy Durack on her wedding and Wicked white dress.

• The Art of Farce

• Lunch with Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien

• Melbourne’s thriving Independent Theatre scene.

• Sydney’s Theatre Gridlock

• Marty Rhone’s King and I stagecraft lessons with Yul Brynner.

• The Road to the Adelaide Fringe.

• School Performing Arts Resource Kit

• Reviews. What’s On. Broadway and West End

• Lots more…

Stephen Schwartz: From The Heart

Part Two of Coral Drouyn’s interview with Musical Theatre legend Stephen Schwartz during his 2013 visit to Australasia.

Cick here if you missed Part 1.

When you get the chance to talk to someone like Stephen Schwartz, and he’s open to any question, you can’t help but be a little bit cheeky.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical: The Composers

Director Baz Luhrmann, currently hard at work in the rehearsal room at Carriageworks, has announced composers he and co-writer Craig Pearce have collaborated with on original songs for STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL.

Australian audiences will hear new music and lyrics from composers including Australia’s own Elliott Wheeler, Sia Furler and Eddie Perfect along with American songwriters David Foster and Diane Warren, who between them have won all the most prestigious music awards including Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy Awards.

Sydney to Host Premiere of Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical will have its Australian Premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre in August 2015, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced today (February 27, 2014).

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