Matilda Awards - 2010 Winners

In a  red carpet performance, and in front of nearly 300 arts practioners on March 7, Hon. Rachel Nolan MP, Minister for Finance and the Arts,  announced the winners of Queenslands five Matilda Awards. whilst Matilda Award and AFI winner Russell Dykstra presented the 10 Matilda Commendations.

Gallipoli Musical to Premiere in April

Over 60 performers will appear in the World Premiere of a new musical about the origins of the ANZAC legend at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW, in April 2011.

3 Weeks in Spring: The Gallipoli  Story  by Ian Gerrard (Book & Lyrics) and Russell Tredinnick (Music), is the story of the ANZAC soldiers and the loved ones they left behind – retold for modern audiences of all generations.

New Musicals Australia - Casting of Workshops Announced

New Musicals Australia has announced its casting for the inaugural workshop season, rehearsals for which started on Saturday.

“New Musicals Australia today announced the cast for the inaugural season of workshops. We are so excited to add to our very talented teams of people and move one step closer to seeing the development of the new and promising selected works” said Director of New Musicals Australia, Kris Stewart.

New Qld Music Theatre Course Led by Top London Teacher

Paul Sabey trained many of the current crop of West End stars. Now he’s moved to Brisbane in a newly created position, as Senior Lecturer in Music Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium.

Peter Pinne spoke to him on the eve of his first year.

Q. This is a new strand of the Bachelor of Music program isn’t it?

A. Yes, the emphasis in previous years had been on Opera, but the Conservatorium thought it was time to introduce a specific Music Theatre strand.

Q. What exactly will the course be?

John Bucchino in Australia

Popular American cabaret and musical theatre singer / songwriter John Bucchino  is visiting Australia during March to accompany the Australian premiere of his musical revue, It’s Only Life, at Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel from March 10, and for a series of concerts beginning in Brisbane on March 2.

Stage Whispers: It’s Only Life is described as a musical revue of your songs – what is it that makes that collection of songs work together as a show?

Century Venues to Manage New Chatswood Venue

Willoughby City Council has engaged Century Venues to manage the entertainment and event venues on The Concourse.

The new entertainment venue, in the heart of Chatswood, replaces the old Willoughby Civic Centre.

Historic Christchurch Theatre Severely Damaged

The historic Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch has been severely damaged by this week’s devastating earthquake.

The 103 year old building survived last September’s earthquake, but the theatre General Manager Neil Cox has told Stage Whispers this time it has suffered ‘quite visible damage.’

MTC appoints Brett Sheehy as its new Artistic Director

Chairman of the Melbourne Theatre Company Board, Derek Young today announced Brett Sheehy as the new Artistic Director and Chief Executive for Melbourne Theatre Company.

Hairspray for Sydney in June

Following its Melbourne season, Hairspray will play at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre for a limited season only opening on Thursday 23 June.

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