Stage Briefs


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Evita Comes to Australia in 2018

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini, Australian theatre producer John Frost and leading UK theatre producer David Ian have announced that one of the most celebrated classical musicals, EVITA, will return to Australia, playing at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House in September 2018.

This is the first time a Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will play at the Sydney Opera House.

Memphis - Australasian Premiere Cast Announced

StageArt has announce the cast for the Australasian premiere of the Tony award-winning Memphis the Musical, which will play at Prahran’s Chapel off Chapel from 6 October 2017.

James Elmer (ABC 3 and MTV host) leads the cast as ambitious young DJ Huey Calhoun, who is passionate about African-American rock ‘n’ roll music and is determined to bring it to a mainstream audience. He starts to fall for the incredibly talented and beautiful star on the rise, Felicia, played by Elandrah Eramiha-Feo (In the Heights).

Three Monks - China National Theatre for Children

China National Theatre for Children will present Three Monks at Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio for two performances only on Saturday 2 September 2017. Adapted from an ancient Chinese legend, this beautiful, wordless production integrates traditional Chinese opera, martial arts and classic elements of Chinese culture in an exploration of philosophy of unity, cooperation and the harmony between man and nature.

Calling All Writers

Entries are now being accepted for The Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition, which attracts entries from playwrights across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, USA, and other countries.

2018 will mark its 41st year of providing a unique opportunity for the three finalist playwrights to see their new work performed on stage at the Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Play Festival.

Melbourne Concert Version of Ned Kelly Musical

The iconic story of Ned Kelly is brought to life in new Australian musical. NED makes its Melbourne debut after its premiere season at the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo.

The original cast reunites for a one night only concert at The National Theatre in St Kilda on Jul 17, 2017.

NED explores the highs and lows of Ned Kelly’s journey from local hero to felon to legend. Audiences will see themselves in the struggle of a poor family trying to make it through in a system that was stacked against them.

New Youth Theatre Company Gives Young Actors Wings

Following her daughter’s attendance at a musical theatre camp, an Adelaide actor and drama teacher has recognised a niche opportunity for very young local actors. Creative ideas and a crucial collaboration have resulted in a new youth theatre company, Wings2Fly Theatre and the company’s very first production is hitting the boards in the July school holidays. Lesley Reed reports.

Dream Lover - Melbourne Cast Announced

Producer John Frost has announced the casting of the principal roles in Melbourne’s summer musical Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical, which plays at Arts Centre Melbourne from December 29th for a strictly limited season. Joining David Campbell who plays Bobby Darin is Hannah Fredericksen playing Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin’s wife.  Starring alongside them will be Marina PriorMarney McQueen, Rodney Dobson and 

The Search for Dorothy

The Wizard of Oz is returning for an Australian tour later this year, starring Anthony Warlow as The Wizard and Professor Marvel, Lucy Durack as Glinda the Good Witch and Jemma Rix as The Wicked Witch of the West. But who will wear the ruby slippers of Dorothy?

PARIS - Full Melbourne Cast

Music Theatre Melbourne has announced the full cast for its new concert production of Australian rock musical PARIS, which pays homage to one of Australia’s great performers, Jon English.

John Waters (Ulysses), Ben Mingay (Achilles), The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman (Agamemnon)and ‘80s rockerBrian Mannix (Sinon) head the cast that will bring this epic show, co-written by Jon English and music producer David Mackay, to life for just four performances from 13-15 July 2017 at Melbourne Recital Centre.