Stage Briefs

Craig McLachlan charged

The ABC is reporting that Craig McLachlan has been charged with assault and sex offences by Victoria Police.

Victoria Police confirmed to the ABC that sex crime detectives charged a 53-year-old NSW man with one count of common law assault, eight counts of indecent assault, and one count of attempted indecent assault.

According the the ABC Mr McLachlan was charged on summons to appear at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on February 8, 2019.

Aussie Aladdin on Broadway

Australian music theatre star Ainsley Melham is taking his magic carpet all the way to Broadway. After touring Australia in Aladdin -The Musical, Ainsley will make his Broadway debut in the title role of the American production at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre on the 19th Feb.

He will be joined by fellow original Australian Cast members Michael James Scott as the Genie and Arielle Jacobs as Jasmine. Having opened the Australian production together back in 2016, this reunion sees them performing together again till mid-July ‘19.

A Chat with “Ned Kelly”

Josh McElroy is portraying Ned in the NSW premiere of Ned – A New Australian Musical at the New Theatre from Dec 18 until 22. The musical by Adam Lyon, Anna Lyon and Mark McIntyre was first staged in Bendigo in 2015, where it opened the Ulumbarra Theatre.  Since taking the role Josh has explored a family connection to the Kelly gang.

You are portraying Ned - do you believe he was a hero or a villain?  And Why?

School of Rock for Brisbane and Sydney

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock musical School of Rock has announced Brisbane and Sydney seasons for 2019.

Worldwide Executive Producer, Madeleine Lloyd Webber and producer GWB Entertainment, have announced that following the Melbourne season at Her Majesty’s Theatre, the production will embark on an Asia Pacific tour including a national tour of China as well as seasons in Brisbane at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from July 2019 and the Capitol Theatre in Sydney from November 2019.

Squabbalogic Returns with Herringbone

Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre returns to the Sydney stage in January 2019, with their first full production since 2017, Herringbone - A Vaudevillian Ghost Story by Tom Cone, Skip Kennon and Ellen Fitzhugh, in association with KXT and Bakehouse Theatre Company.

This darkly comic, hilariously disturbing southern gothic tale is a vaudevillian ghost story told by eleven larger than life characters. They just don’t know there’s only one actor in the cast.

NORPA Season 2019

Northern NSW based theatre company NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) has revealed its 2019 Season, including the return of the company’s sell-out hit Dreamland re-imagined for Bangalow’s iconic A&I Hall, Bell Shakespeare with Much Ado About Nothing, I Want to Know What Love Is by QLD based company The Good Room, and a premiere performance by Katie Noonan with the Australian String Quartet.

Sydney Premiere of Margaret Fulton: Queen of The Dessert

The Bondi Theatre Company cast of the Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert have had a close encounter with the Australian cooking legend, who is the subject of their production from October 12 – 27.

The musical is based on the biography of Margaret Fulton I sang for my supper, tracking her life from a school girl to a national cooking superstar who sold 1.5 million books.

Cast and creatives were thrilled recently to meet the almost 94-year-old in the Southern Highlands, to learn a little about her life.  

Ethan Sings for Farmers in Adelaide

In 2015 when Ethan Hall sang “Advance Australia Fair” at an Adelaide Bite Baseball game at 7 years of age with the "hiccups", the video clip went viral overnight, resulting in media interviews, both national and international.

Catch Me If You Can for Hayes in 2019

Truth is stranger than fiction. From the producer who brought you Cry-Baby, High Fidelity and Rent, Lauren Peters, comes the musical Catch Me If You Can. Based on the biographical hit film of the same name, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, Catch Me If You Can will play from 19 July 2019 as part of the Hayes Theatre Co 2019 season.

Louis Nowra’s Cosi at Chatswood

In 2016, seeing a need for great theatre opportunities for young actors, Megan Barlow and Julie Moore began ‘The Acting Experience’s Youth Theatre Ensemble’. The Ensemble was created for young actors between the ages of 16 and 23, and designed to give them the chance to perform interesting, thought-provoking and challenging plays in a professional theatre environment.