A New Brad and Janet

When their car blows a tyre in The Rocky Horror Show, Melbourne will be seeing a new Brad and Janet apprehensively approach Frank’N’Furter’s creepy castle. Stephen Mahy and Amy Lehpamer spoke to Neil Litchfield during rehearsals.

Stephen Mahy and Amy Lehpamer may have rekindled their working relationship as the virginal young couple Brad and Janet, but it isn’t the first time they’ve shared a stage kiss.

Songs to Celebrate

Squeezed between the MICF, the MIJF, and the forthcoming Melbourne International Cabaret Festival, the Melbourne Recital Centre presents The Great American Songbook Festival. Coral Drouyn urges you all not to miss it and talks to one of the stars, Johanna Allen, about a very special show.

Miles Davis (just to drop a name) said, “music and life are all about style,” and it’s no secret that the musical style of the Great American Songbook transformed the sounds of America in the 20th century.

Far More Than The Bear Necessities of Fun For Adelaide Kids

This July, Adelaide’s school holidays promise a treat for littlies when Windmill Theatre and Adelaide Festival Centre present Bear With Me, produced by Metro Arts. Lesley Reed reports.

Children are invited to bring their own teddy bears along to the Space Theatre when Brisbane ukelele duo *Tyrone and Wesley deliver this playful and interactive musical tribute to the teddy bear.

The Sound of Music Cast Announced

The lavish London Palladium production of The Sound of Music comes to Australia later this year, opening at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney from December 13, 2015, with a season at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre from March 11, 2016.

The cast will be led by Amy Lehpamer as Marina Rainer and Cameron Daddo, alongside Marina Prior as Baroness Schraeder, Jacqueline Dark as Mother Abbess, Lorraine Bayly as Frau Schmidt and David James as Max Detweiler.

Leisl will be played by Stefanie Jones and Rolf by newcomer Du Toit Bredenkamp.

2015 Tony Award Winners

Actors Kristin Chenoweth (also a nominee), and Alan Cumming hosted Broadway’s 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Musical Hall, New York, on June 7.

The Tony for Best Musical was taken out by Fun Home, while The King and I was recognized as Best Revival of a Musical.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Tony for Best Play, while Skylight won the award for Best Revival of a Play.

Image: Fun Home


Todd McKenney To Host 2015 Helpmann Awards

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today (June 8, 2015announced previous Helpmann Awards winner and Australian favourite, Todd McKenney, as the host of the 2015 Helpmann Awards.

The 2015 Helpmann Awards will be held at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Monday 27 July on the set of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables and broadcast live on Foxtel Arts.

LPA Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson said McKenney is no stranger to the Helpmann Awards stage and LPA is very excited to be working with him this year.

Bring It On The Musical For Sydney

Inspired by the 2000 film about interschool cheers squad rivalry, Bring It On The Musical plays at the NIDA Theatres, Kensington (NSW) from June 27.

Bring It On The Musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition when rival high school cheer squads perform explosive dance and aerial stunts, tumbling and flipping across the stage, performing elaborate routines culminating in towering formations of human pyramids.


Staged in a different Australian city every year and producing its eighth event in July, the National Play Festival is a must for theatre lovers. Lesley Reed reports.

In 2015 the National Play Festival, a fine showcase of contemporary new plays by Australia’s leading playwrights together with new works-in-progress by talented homegrown emerging playwrights, will be hosted by Adelaide.

Acting for Real

Coral Drouyn talks to Jonathan Peck, about to open in his first starring role at The Owl and the Cat in Melbourne.

An illustrious former Prime Minister – Malcolm Fraser – once said “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” It’s especially true if you’re an actor. Ninety per cent of our actors are out of work at any given time and, whilst a writer can still write; a musician can still play; a designer can still design; an actor needs an audience to act.

A Festival of Fabulous Firsts: Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2015

Brimming with world firsts, a strong Australian flavour and a pinch of F-words, Barry Humphries’ 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival will be a smorgasbord of fabulous music, wit and comedy. Lesley Reed previews Humphries’ inaugural curation of an arts festival anywhere in the world.