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American Psycho Musical to Premiere at Hayes

Producers BB-Arts Entertainment and Two Doors Productions join forces with Hayes Theatre Co to present the Australian premiere of AMERICAN PSYCHO - THE MUSICAL. Based on the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, which also inspired the 2000 film starring Christian Bale, the musical will have its Australian Premiere at the Hayes Theatre Co from 10 May 2019.

CAROLINE OR CHANGE PREMIERES AT HAYES

The Australian Premiere of the Olivier Award-winning musical CAROLINE OR CHANGE starring Zahra Newman in August 2019. 2018 Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel returns to Hayes Theatre Co to direct this uplifting and profound musical by Tony Kushner (Angels In America) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet).

State Opera of South Australia 2019 Season

The State Opera of South Australia’s 2019 season is the first program for the company by recently appointed Artistic Director Stuart Maunder AM, headlined by a summer outdoor spectacular, Carmen in the Square, on March 23.

This one night only event signals a year full of firsts, a new series shining the spotlight on Australia’s ‘lost’ operas and a rejuvenated education program to take opera out of the theatre and into the community.

State Opera Executive Director Yarmila Alfonzetti said the 2019 season truly belongs to the people.

St Kilda Writers Centre Launches

A new centre for creative writers will launch in St Kilda on Sunday 30 September. Coinciding with the inaugural St Kilda Writers Week (30 Sept – 7 October), the St Kilda Writers Centre is artistically directed by Stage Whispers reviewer, Geoffrey Williams. The home of the St Kilda Writers Centre will be The Laneway Artspace, 148A Barkly Street, St Kilda.

Mitchell Butel in Bernstein and Candide

As part of the international celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs will present a concert version of Bernstein’s Candide at Sydney Opera House on September 29 and 30, 2018.

Although the original 1956 Broadway season of Candide met with mixed reviews, the Colombia Records recording of the original cast album thrived and Bernstein's score gained a sort of cult status.

2018 Rob Guest Endowment Semi-Finalists

Earlier in September the Rob Guest Endowment held auditions in Melbourne and Sydney to search for this year’s winner of the Rob Guest Endowment Award. After careful consideration, the 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award have been chosen. 

State Theatre Company SA Season 2019

An all-female version of an Australian classic, the return of a hit comedy and a Cabaret Festival production starring one of Australia’s brightest musical theatre personalities all featutre in State Theatre Company’s 2019 season.

The eight-play program - announced by outgoing Artistic Director Geordie Brookman at the Dunstan Playhouse on Monday, 10 September combines comedies, sweeping epics and reimagined Australian classics led by old and new faces both on and off the stage.

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta Season 2019

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta (NTofP) has announced its Season 2019, comprising three Australian premieres and a newly commissioned work. In its fourth year, the NTofP program focuses on identity and celebrates diversity.

In 2019, NTofP presents the productions Grounded by George Brandt, Girl in the Machine by Stef Smith, Comedy of Errors adapted by Hilary Bell and White Pearl by Anchuli Felicia King, a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company. 

Sydney Theatre Company 2019 Season

Sydney Theatre Company has unveiled its 2019 Season – Kip Williams’ second as Artistic Director - a program of thirteen shows across four venues.

Among the highlights, Rebel Wilson, Mia Wasikowska, Celia Pacquola and Patrick Jhanur make their STC mainstage debuts, featuring alongside STC audience favourites including Hugo Weaving, Pamela Rabe, Helen Thomson, Caroline Brazier, Michelle Lim Dividson, Zahra Newman, Amber McMahon, Rahel Romahn, Hunter Page-Lochard, Geraldine Hakewill and Toby Schmitz.

Candide in Concert at Opera House

One of the great legacies of Leonard Bernstein’s career, Candide premiered on Broadway, at the Martin Beck Theater in New York on December 1, 1956. Although the original season met with mixed reviews, the Colombia Records recording of the original cast album thrived and Bernstein's score gained a sort of cult status.

Over the coming decades Bernstein collaborated on five versions of his operetta, each time adding to the show’s song list, and further enhancing the work’s increasingly legendary reputation.