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Mr Musicals Goes Fringe.

Meet Kris Stewart … the founder of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Australian resident director for Wicked, and now founding Director of the re-born Sydney Fringe Festival, in Sydney's inner west from September 10 to 26.

Canterbury Repertory Theatre – Update 8th September 2010

Following the bleak initial reports from Christchurch earlier in the week, after Earthquake damage to the delightful Art Deco Canterbury Repertory Theatre, we're delighted to hear from Treasurer Blair Kershaw that there's now a positive outlook for the theatre. 

Helpmann Awards 2010 - Avenue Q Almost Upstages Jersey Boys

Blockbuster musical hit Jersey Boys was in danger of being upstaged by Avenue Q right up until the very last award at Monday (6 September) night's 10th Annual Helpmann Awards, hosted by David Campbell. Nominated for ten awards, Jersey Boys had picked up just a single award for musical direction, before the evening’s final award, Best Musical, which the show took out.

Sydney Fringe Q & A

With the Sydney Fringe in full flight around Sydney’s inner west until September 26, Stage Whispers is speaking to the writers, directors and performers involved. All previous Fringe Q & As now follow directly after our latest Q & A.

In our final Sydney Fringe Q & A, Bethany Noble speaks about her play Deli Chicks, co-written with mother Paula Noble.

Silver Lining for Earthquake Damaged Theatre.

David Spicer reported yesterday (September 6, 2010)  that following severe damage to Christchurch's historic Art Deco Repertory Theatre during last weekend’s earthquake, which reached 7.1 on the richter scale, the theatre was set to be demolished.

An update from Christchurch Repertory Theatre’s Treasurer Blair Kershaw now paints a more optimistic picture.

WICKED celebrates one year in Sydney

WICKED today celebrated a year of performances in Sydney – it opened on September 5, 2009 – and last week reached the milestone of $50,000,000 of ticket sales in Sydney. Since it opened at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre last year, well over 500,000 people have seen the show.

Christie Whelan - Q & A

Christie Whelan-Browne is appearing as Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne from October 27, 2012 to January 6, 2013.

We spoke with Christie (pictured left with Hugh Sheridan) during the show's run.

What were rehearsals like for Forum, working not just with Geoffrey Rush, but a whole crowd of great comedians?

Australian Plays Dominate 2011 Ensemble Season

The eight play 2011 season at Sydney's Ensemble Theatre, announced yesterday (September 1) is dominated by Australian plays, with a hit New Zealand comedy thrown in for good measure.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical - North America Premiere

Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon (reprising his Australian and West End performance), Tony Award® nominee Will Simpson (Hair) and Nick Adams (La Cage aux Folles) will lead the cast of the pre-Broadway North American company of hit Australian Musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical. Written by Stephen Elliott and Allan Scott, directed by Simon Phillips and choreographed by Ross Coleman, will begin performances at The Princess of Wales Theatre for a pre-Broadway engagement, previewing from October 12.

Lillias White for Sydney season of Fame

Producer John Frost announced today that the role of Miss Sherman in the Sydney season of FAME will be played by Tony award winning actress Lillias White. Ms White has been recognized on Broadway with the Tony Award®, Drama Desk Award®, People’s Choice® Award and The Outer Critics Award® for Best Actress in a Musical - Broadway's Prestigious Quadruple Crown - for her 1997 role as Sonja in The Life. In 1990 she won The Obie Award® for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Hennie in Romance in Hard Times.