Youtube Quest for New Musical’s Star

A new Australian musical, Beaudy, by Australian musician Michael Orland, is set to irreverently transport classic 17th century fairytale The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods to modern day Australia.

Australianised and updated, Beaudy is a spruced up old-fashioned tale filled with original music, laughs and familiar icons. It has its World Premiere season at the Parade Theatres, Kensington, NSW, from July 7.

“Open” auditions (NSW residents only) in the quest for Beaudy’s leading lady begin on Youtube.

Australia’s Oldest Musical Society to Produce Australia’s Newest Musical.

David Spicer reports on a barrel of full on and off stage drama.

Wicked Cast Go Into The Woods

The Wicked cast's one night only concert performance of Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods, on May 17, 2010 at Sydney's Capitol Theatre, raised over $90,000, and still counting, for the ANZ Trustees Foundation: Rob Guest Endowment. The funds were raised through ticket sales, an auction and donations.

Fancy Dress For Fancy Musicals.

Musical Theatre Companies in New Zealand kicked up their heels at a fancy dress ball in Auckland on Saturday night to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the organization.

A spectacular photo album is now on-line at

Helping to celebrate were newly installed Music Theatre New Zealand Life Member John Antony and Music Theatre pioneer Len Spier (pictured with the cake in our Facebook album).

New Arts Centre Program to Fund Music Theatre Development Across Australia

The Arts Centre, Melbourne, in conjunction with the Australia Council, is launching a national two year $300,000 Music Theatre Development Program that aims to discover Australia’s next musical theatre hit. The program will provide financial and artistic support for up to five new music theatre performances to be developed to workshop stage and showcased at the Arts Centre in January 2011.

Jersey Boys Big Green Room Winner

Jersey Boys was the most awarded production at Melbourne’s Green Room Awards on Monday March 15, 2010, taking out seven awards.

Opera House Crisis … “Give me 180 million or it shuts.”

David Spicer spoke to Sydney Opera House Chief Executive Richard Evans about the looming crisis that is confronting the Sydney Opera House for the March / April edition of Stage Whispers.

Lloyd Webber’s New Phantom - Soon to Haunt West End and World Stages

With new Lloyd Webber musical Love Never Dies opening in the West End, we take this opportunity to put Doug Mayo's article from the January / February edition of Stage Whispers online.

The Production Company - 2010 Season Announced

Jeanne Pratt AC, Chairman of The Production Company has announced her company’s 2010 season today (March 9).

Bigger than Ben Hur? Chariot Race Spectacle Goes for Box Office Gold at Olympic Stadium.

Tonight (March 8) Sydney radio personality Alan Jones touted Ben Hur – The Stadium Spectacular as the biggest theatrical event ever seen in Australia.

Ben Hur – The Stadium Spectacular, beginning a world tour, will perform exclusively at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium for two nights only on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 October.

This is a Sydney exclusive performance. There will be no other performances in Australasia.

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