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Full Cast of Sister Act Announced

The final cast members have been unveiled for the Australian premiere musical Sister Act, including Sophie Montague, Bianca Bruce, Raphael Wong and James Bryers, joining already announced stars Casey Donovan, Genevieve Lemon and Rhonda Burchmore.

Plied and Proud of it

With a new parody on everyone’s favourite lovers, Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, opening this week in Brisbane, Coral Drouyn looks at our penchant for “Taking the P**s”.

Some may call it the Tall Poppy Syndrome, but really it’s more than that. Take an icon…a film, a play, a book, and create a parody of it, send it up mercilessly with all the tropes and cliches you can find, and serve it to a hungry audience with all the aplomb of a French chef.

The Visitors Embarks on National Tour in July

Moogahlin Performing Arts and Sydney Theatre Company present the national regional tour of Jane Harrison's critically acclaimed play, The Visitors, directed by the celebrated Quandamooka man Wesley Enoch.  Fresh from its triumph at the 2023 Sydney Theatre Awards, where it won Best Mainstage Production and Best Ensemble, The Visitors will tour across Australia and to regional areas from July to September 2024.

Hadestown To Premiere In Sydney

Seen by three million, streamed by over 350 million and with fans all around the world, singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s West End and Broadway musical Hadestown will make its Australian premiere at Theatre Royal Sydney in February 2025.

Presented by Opera Australia and JONES Theatrical Group, Hadestown won eight Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 2019, including Best Score and Best Director and is still playing to packed houses five years later.

Rhonda Burchmore Is Getting Into The Habit For Sister Act

Rhonda Burchmore has been confirmed to join Casey Donovan and Genevieve Lemon in the cast of Sister Act

Rhonda will star as Sister Mary Lazarus in the Australian premiere of Sister Act when it opens at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney from August and the Regent Theatre in Melbourne from November.

Anthony Warlow’s Biggest Moments

Chicago was the last big musical on Anthony Warlow’s bucket-list. Now on a national tour playing Billy Flynn, the 62-year-old has revealed that he thought his opportunity to play the star lawyer had passed. David Spicer reports, in association with the podcast ‘Stages with Peter Eyers’.

STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: MAY / JUNE 2024 EDITION OUT NOW!!!

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Ghost Story Thrills Waters

John Waters on revisiting The Woman in Black

 

The Not So Odd Couple

Just how much do Shane and Todd share with Felix and Oscar?

 

A Toast to Tim Draxl

Ahead of Sunset Boulevard, we reflect on the actor-singer’s career

 

Cirque’s Mexican Dream

Image: Running Woman. Photographer: Anne Colliard.

Luzia, Cirque du Soleil’s 38th extravaganza under the Big Top, is touring Australia this year. Jonathan Cox spoke to Helena Merten and Nelson Smyles, two Aussies living their dreams performing with the troupe.

What Happens to Child Stars?

Image: Josh Gates in Billy Elliot

Debora Krizak speaks to stars of Rent and The Rocky Horror Show who cut their teeth in the industry as children.

Having spent the best part of 2023 performing with young kids, I have often wondered whether any of them would go on to pursue a performing arts career, and at what cost.

Sarah Snook and Marg Horwell Win Olivier Awards for Dorian Gray

The Picture Of Dorian Gray’s star Sarah Snook has been named Best Actress at the 2024 Olivier Awards, held at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The annual awards, presented by the Society of London Theatre, recognise excellence in professional theatre in London.