Stage Briefs

West Side Story for Melbourne and Sydney

Opera Australia and GWB Entertainment have announced that the BB Group production of West Side Story will play limited seasons at Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House in 2019.

Audition submissions are now open for this timeless classic, which features Jerome Robbins’ ground-breaking choreography.

Mandy Patinkin Returns

Before he was an Emmy®-winning TV and film actor, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony®-winning Broadway star. Patinkin, star of the hit television series Homeland returns to Australia in November 2018 for the first time in five years to perform in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Tickets are on sale from Friday 3 August.

David Megarrity Wins the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018-19

From over 90 entries for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018-19 (QDPA), and the trio of finalists revealed earlier this year, Brisbane writer David Megarrity has won with his tender and lyrical family-oriented play, The Holidays.

West Side Story on Sydney Harbour

Opera Australia is bringing West Side Story, to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour stage in 2019, though this time it might be more appropriate to dub it Musical on Sydney Harbour.

Taking one of the most iconic works of the 20th century out of the theatre and onto Opera Australia’s outdoor stage will see years of planning finally come to fruition says OA’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini.

Cast Announced for Cry-Baby at The Hayes

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 based on the 1990 cult-classic John Waters film of the same name, which starred Johnny Depp.

MADIBA The Musical Casting Announced

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 exciting line up of talented singers, actors and dancers for MADIBA The Musical has been named, with the role of Nelson Mandela yet to be announced.

She Loves Me at Hayes Theatre Co

Hayes Theatre Co has announced that the romantic comedy She Loves Me will be playing later in 2018. Chosen for the inaugural Artist Led Production Initiative, this feel-good musical comedy will play at Hayes Theatre Co from 24 August with tickets on sale now at

Evita - Full Cast Announced

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini, Australian theatre producer John Frostand leading UK theatre producer David Ian have announced the full cast for their upcoming production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA. The original West End and Broadway production of EVITA, directed by Hal Prince, will return to Australia from 13 September this year, playing at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House.