Stage Briefs

Jersey Boys Returns

The musical Jersey Boys will open its Australian tour in September 2018 at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. This premiere season has been secured for Sydney by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the enduring story and songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons continue to resonate with audiences worldwide while finding new legions of fans through the acclaimed musical Jersey Boys.

New Senior Leadership Team for Adelaide Festival

The Adelaide Festival Board has announced respected arts leaders Rob Brookman and Torben Brookman will join the senior leadership team of the Adelaide Festival as Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director.

The pair will work alongside co-Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy from May, replacing interim CEO Sandy Verschoor.

Christie Whelan Browne to Star in Vigil

Christie Whelan Browne will star in Vigil, an intimate one-woman musical theatrical encounter exploring life, death, love and honesty. After debuting at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Vigil, written by Steve Vizard, will make its Victorian debut at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio from 4 – 8 July.

Black is the New White at STC

Black is the New White is a provocative new romantic comedy commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company from writer and star of ABC’s Black Comedy, Nakkiah Lui. Directed by STC’s former Richard Wherrett Fellow Paige Rattray (now Queensland Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director), the cast includes Kylie Bracknell, Tony Briggs, Luke Carroll, Geoff Morrell and Shari Sebbens, with set and costumes by former Resident Designer Renée Mulder.<

David Hobson & Marina Prior Live In Concert

Tenor and Soprano powerhouse legends of Opera and Musical Theatre are performing together on stage.

David Hobson & Marina Prior join together in their own show ‘The 2 Of Us’ in an ‘up close and personal’ mode.

StageArt announces the cast for Spring Awakening

StageArt has announced the cast for the Victorian professional premiere of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, which will play at Chapel off Chapel from May 18.

Young Actors Announced for Sydney Season of The Bodyguard

Producers Michael Harrison, David Ian and John Frost today announced the four young actors who will share the role of Fletcher, the son of the Rachel Marron character, during the Sydney season of the international award-winning hit musical THE BODYGUARD. The young actors are Rome Champion (10 years old, of Pyrmont), Tyrese Medina (8, Russell Lea), Chetachi Nwaogazi (10, Yagoona) and Joshua Scott (11, Carss Park).


Only Heaven Knows Lead Actor Announced

Following the announcement of a new 30th anniversary production of Alex Harding’s Australian musical Only Heaven Knows at Hayes Theatre Co later this year, Luckiest Productions have revealed their leading actor and hero images.

Todd McKenney To Play Captain Hook

Producer Bonnie Lythgoe announced that one of Australia’s most popular all round theatre, television, radio and film performers Todd McKenney will play the role of Captain Hook in the The Adventures of Peter Pan & Tinker Bell.

When announcing the casting Bonnie Lythgoe said, “By hook or by crook, Todd will be Captain Hook; he is witty and smart and great for the part. Todd is the one and only ‘Hook’ for me. He sings, he acts and he dances like a dream. Just Perfect!

Green Day’s American Idiot for Brisbane

American Idiot, the rock musical based on Green Day’s Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album, makes its way down under for its Australian premiere season at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

The Playhouse, QPAC will be transformed into a grungy mosh pit for the exclusive to Brisbane, Australian premiere season, running from 23 February 2017.