Weimar Cabaret for Sydney

It is 1933, in divinely decadent Berlin. Feisty, sassy and always provocative, Erika Stern’s show embodies the excess and daring of her time. But as the Nazis rise to power, tonight’s performance will be her last. The lights go down and the audience holds their breath.

Emily Eyefinger Adapted for Stage

Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People have taken another much-loved Australian children’s story and turned it into a new stage production, opening at the Seymour Centre as school holiday entertainment from July 9 to 16 before touring. This time it’s the classic Australian series, Emily Eyefinger, by the multi-award winning children’s author, Duncan Ball, that has been adapted for the stage.

Sharon Millerchip: Love Never Dies and So Much More

Triple Threat Musical Theatre performer Sharon Millerchip’s career came almost full circle this year. She is playing the role of Meg Giry in the new Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, a role she first played in the original Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera.

Sharon spoke to Neil Litchfield prior to rehearsals for the show, which opened at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in May.

Melbourne Juggling Convention 2011

Jugglers all across Australia and the world are poised for the 2011 Melbourne Juggling Convention. 

In its 5th year of juggling innovation and experimentation, the Melbourne Juggling Convention (MJC) is set to involve hundreds of people from all over Australia and the world in this event focusing on the art of juggling and object manipulation!

Avenue Q in the Making for Adelaide

When Adelaide theatre entrepenuer Matt Byrne went looking for puppets for his July production of Avenue Q, he decided to go local.

He found “an amazing puppet lady” called Sue Dosset who jumped at the challenge to create the cast.

"When Information Night came I thanked a packed crowd of interested actors for coming, and said I would like to introduce them to the cast. The lights went out and when they came up the puppets were sitting there on stage. The reaction was electric," he said.

Twisted Broadway

Putting a twist on Australian Broadway to raise money for HIV/AIDS.

On the 18th of July 2011, The Benge Group will present ‘Twisted Broadway,’ a charity event to raise money for Oz Showbiz Cares / Equity Fights Aids.

Mary Poppins Heads Helpmann Nominations

The Nominees for the 11th Annual Helpmann Awards were announced simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne tonight (July 4).

Heading the nominations were the big musical theatre productions running around the country. Mary Poppins led the nominations with 12 nominations, followed by Love Never Dies with 10 nominations, while Hairspray and Doctor Zhivago were tied on seven nominations each. The four musicals are competing for the title of Best Musical.

Burlesque Play for Newtown

Newtown Theatre (NSW) becomes The Scarlet Lounge when Wayne Tunks’ new play The Burlesque Effect makes its world premiere from July 21 to August 13, 2011.

Set in 1950’s Sydney, The Burlesque Effect sees straight laced suburbanite James seduced by the burlesque world when he ventures into The Scarlet Lounge and meets dancer Honey. Torn between the life he has and the one he desires, will James run away with Honey or stay with the wife who loves him?

Milk and Honey First in a Jerry Herman Triptych.

Magnormos commence their Jerry Herman Tryptych at the Melbourne Recital Centre next Monday, July 4 with the popular Broadway composer / lyricist’s first musical, Milk and Honey.

This is the first of three ‘concert staged’ book-in-hand presentations over three consecutive Monday evenings. Dear World (July 11) and Hello, Dolly! (July 18) follow.

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