New Cabaret Under The Microscope at Fringe Festival

Images of illness or injury instantly come to mind when learning the title of new Adelaide theatre company Under The Microscope’s very first show. Scarred For Life’s narrative does indeed have a tie-in with health, but there’s a much more multi-layered and unique story behind the company and the show than one might imagine, with big stars involved. Lesley Reed reports.

Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix Travel Down That Other Yellow Brick Road

Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced that Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix are joining the cast of the The Wizard of Oz to play Glinda the Good Witch and The Wicked Witch of the West respectively, alongside Anthony Warlow who will be playing The Wizard and Professor Marvel.

A World of Fair Ladies

With My Fair Lady playing in Melbourne, prior to a return Sydney season, Coral Drouyn talks to star Anna O’Byrne and looks at the history of “The World’s Best Loved Musical”.

My Fair Lady is back - some would say it never went away. Now a whole new generation is discovering the joys of “The Perfect Musical”. But the show’s origins are not so well known.

Secret Immersive Chicago in Adelaide Speakeasy

Chicago is set in a time of banned alcohol and secretive speakeasies, the Prohibition era. Emma Knights Productions is taking that secrecy and running with it, creating a very different experience for its production of the classic musical. Lesley Reed reports.

MAMMA MIA! Cast and Tour Dates Announced

The global musical phenomenon MAMMA MIA! will commence its new national tour at the Canberra Theatre Centre on November 24th 2017 followed by a season from December 26th 2017 QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane.

The tour will continue onto Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from February 11th 2018, Crown Theatre Perth from May 15th 2018, Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from July 10th 2018 and the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from October 9th 2018.

Captain Cook’s Demise Musicalised

Director Jason Langley and Musical Director Michael Tyack will lead a third workshop of Between Worlds from 26 June – 14 July, ending with the new musical’s first public performance at the Australian Theatre for Young People on 15 & 16 July.

Between Worlds tells the story of James Cook’s ‘first contact’ with the Hawaiians in 1779, exploring how the desires and tensions brought to that encounter shaped the ecstatic and tragic moments that unfolded.

Does Size Matter On Stage?

Chloe Angel first felt the sting of missing out on an audition because of her weight at the age of ten. She opens her soul to discuss how to manage perceptions of being over-weight with a career in performing arts.

I remember the second it happened. It was a Friday afternoon in 1997 in the assembly hall and we were told to pair up with someone our size.

I reached out to Sandy, who pulled away her hand horrified, screamed, “we’re not the same size” and stomped away. That is the moment I realised I was fat.


In This Edition


The Bodyguard

We chat with stars Paulini and Kip Gamblin

Alan Menken

The Magical Touch of Music

Musical Midas Touch

The public theatre companies creating global hits



Birds of Cabaret Paradise

Our Musical Theatre divas at Adelaide’s Cabaret Festival

Postcard From Broadway

Latest hits on the Great White Way

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - Full Cast Announced

Following the announcement of multi award-winning leading lady Esther Hannaford, the producers have revealed the full company of the Australian premiere production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

A talented cast of Australian performers will star in the Broadway hit musical which begins performances at a newly refurbished Sydney Lyric Theatre on 17 September 2017.

Dream Lover for Melbourne

Producer John Frost and Chief Executive Officer of Arts Centre Melbourne, Claire Spencer, today (April 30, 2017) announced that they would unite to reinstate the tradition of the annual summer musical in the State Theatre of Arts Centre Melbourne from 2017.

“In days gone by, Melbourne audiences looked forward to enjoying lavish musicals during their summer holidays. Shows like Hello Dolly, The Secret Garden and The King and I opened in late December at the State Theatre and played though January and February,” they said.