News and Features

Last Monday 18 June, 2018, a large group of industry professionals gathered at MEAA, Brisbane, to...
Murphy’s Merry Widow
Choreographer / director Graeme Murphy speaks to Coral Drouyn on the eve of his...
Muriel's Wedding Scoops Helpmann Nominations.
Muriel's Wedding the Musical is set to dominate the Helpmanns next month after...
The Boy from Oz Cast Announced
The Production Company has announced full details of the cast and creative team for its...

Latest Reviews

‘All happy families resemble one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way....
Ramin Karimloo and Anna O'Byrne
I was feeling a bit out of it. Here I was at Hamer Hall to review an Iranian refugee who...
2018 Melbourne Cabaret Festival Opening Gala
The Melbourne Cabaret Festival returns for its ninth year. The Opening Gala kicked things...
I Love You Because
It usually takes a lot to impress critics. After all, we see a lot of theatre. On a cold...

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The Smitten Scientist
Paper Cuts- a new collection of thirty-six contemporary,...

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Costuming a School Musical.
Jennifer McKenzie from Stage School Australia draws on her...

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Music and New Musicals News
Music Theatre International New Releases Doctor Zhivago...

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Useful Apps For Theatre Groups
Daniel Pepperell from Music Theatre New Zealand has the...

Production Team and Crew »

Shrek - New Show on the Block
Shrek the Musical had a $25 million budget on Broadway...

Sound and Light »

Can Small Theatres Afford LED?
John McKissock from Clearlight Shows recommends that small...

Theatre Companies »

80 Years of History for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild
The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild can boast many...

Training »

From a Coffee Table to Broadway
Brent Street graduate Joel Houwen is dancing with Opera...

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New Theatre to Deliver More Performing Arts for Queenslanders
The Palaszczuk Government will deliver a new $150 million...

Stage Briefs

Producer LPD in association with Hayes Theatre Co has announced several of the cast members for the upcoming Australian Premiere of the rockabilly musical, Cry-Baby. Playing at Hayes Theatre Co from 20 July, Cry-Baby is ...
The creators of energetic new stage show MADIBA The Musical – A Celebration of the Life of Nelson Mandela have announced the cast members for the show’s upcoming premiere Australian season. Australian producer Neil Croker said an...
JERSEY BOYS Director, Des McAnuff has announced the talented ensemble he has cast in the season of Jersey Boys, opening for a strictly limited season at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney during September 2018.  The line-up of...

Community Theatre

As part of the celebrations for Rockdale Opera's 70th Anniversary, there’s a special exhibition at Mascot Library and George Hanna Memorial Museum, 2 Hatfield Street Mascot, from 9 June till 7 July, 2018.   Exhibits include...
IF YOU remember the name Fame, head to the Koorliny Arts Centre (WA) in June 2018 as the popular musical hits the stage with its combination of singing and dancing. Presented by Laughing Horse Productions and directed by Cat Rippon, Fame...
Snoopy: The Musical is a musical comedy by Larry and Hal Hackady, with a book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw, and Michael Grace. The characters are from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts. This sequel to the musical You...

Stage Heritage and History

Legendary Australian composer Peter Stannard died in March 2018, just months before a star-studded concert revival of Lola Montez, the musical he penned sixty years ago, is staged at Sydney’s Riverside Theatre. In his last interview Peter...
Jenny Fewster from Ausstage reports. In late 19th century Australia, theatre fires had become so common that one of the most popular medicines of the time was advertised under the somewhat misleading headline, “A Theatre on Fire”....
Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) latest free exhibition Puppet People: A Snapshot of Australian Puppetry is on view in the Centre’s Tony Gould Gallery untilthe end of January 2018. Beth Keehn reports. Not long ago...

Schools on Stage

Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.Rosny College (Tas). Darren Sangwell (Director) Andrew Castles (Musical Director) Janelle Stowe (Vocal Director). Set (Adrianne Daley and Maddie Smith) Costumes...
By W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Additional material by Melvyn Morrow. Directed by Lisa Laurino. Gibney Hall, Trinity College, Perth, WA. May 10-12, 2018 Perth’s Trinity College is renowned for its excellent choirs and music program, but it...
St Edmund’s College, Canberra and St Clare’s College put on a production of Disco Inferno to packed crowds in May 2018. Disco Inferno tells a classic tale of redemption. After the hero sells his ‘soul’ for...