2011 Tony Awards

The Book of Mormon and War Horse were the big winners at the 65th Annual Tony Awards presentation in New York today. The Book of Mormon took out nine Tonys in the Musical categories, including Best Musical, while War Horse took out awards in five Play categories, including Best Play.

Crazy For You at WAAPA

Following last year’s smash-hit production of Anything Goes, The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is presenting the Tony Award-winning musical Crazy for You at the Regal Theatre, Perth.

Nancye Hayes, Toni Lamond and Jill Perryman Honoured.

Three legends of the Australian musical stage awarded the highest honour by the live entertainment industry.

Nancye Hayes OAM, Toni Lammond AM and Jill Perryman AM MBE, the last three Leading Ladies of the Golden JC Williamson era have been announced as the recipients of the prestigious JC Williamson AwardTM, to be presented at the 2011 Helpmann Awards®.


On the eve of the Broadway opening of Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical, Peter Pinne had a Q&A with star Tony Sheldon about the show, the role of Bernadette, and his historic theatrical achievement, which appeared as the cover story in our May / June print edition.

Peter Pinne: Tony, you have made history, becoming the first Australian performer to star in an Australian musical in Australia, London and New York. How does it feel?

New Director for Sydney Festival 2013-15

Sydney Festival today announced Lieven Bertels as the new Director for Sydney Festival 2013-15.

Lieven Bertels is currently Artistic Coordinator for Holland Festival, the Netherlands’ oldest and largest annual arts festival. Bertels helped to re-establish the event as a leading presenter and producer of contemporary music, opera and non-western work.

Hairspray - Fun Facts and Hair-Raising Figures

The full cast and crew of Hairspray  will come together tomorrow (2 June) as the Sydney premiere of the smash-hit musical draws near. Preview performances commence on 11 June in advance of the star-studded Premiere on Thursday 23 June.

Lloyd Webber in Oz for Love Never Dies

Andrew Lloyd Webber has been composing new music right up to the eve of opening of the Australian premiere of Love Never Dies, Lucy Graham reports from today's media preview at Melbourne's Regent Theatre.

At the Love Never Dies sneak-peek held at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre today, Director Simon Phillips revealed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has composed additional new music since arriving in Australia last Friday for the Australian premiere.

Noosa Preview for new David Williamson / Mohamed Khadra Play

A sneak preview of David Williamson and Mohamed Khadra’s latest play will form part of the 70 plus event program of theatre, dance, music, food, literature, forums and workshops staged in various venues across Noosa over 10, culture filled days and nights. It is among a number of Australian and Queensland exclusive performances on offer at this year’s Noosa Longweekend Festival (June 17-26, 2011).

Book of Mormon and Anything Goes Big Drama Desk Winners

Big winners at New York’s 2011 Drama Desk Awards, were The Book of Mormon (Outstanding Musical) and Anything Goes (Outstanding Musical Revival), with five awards each. The Normal Heart (Outstanding Revival) and War Horse (Outstanding Play) took out the top awards in the drama categories. The awards presented at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan on May 23.

Strictly Ballroom Premiere for Sydney

UPDATE: Strictly Ballroom The Musical now to open in March 2014 - link to more details

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell today announced the stage musical of the iconic Australian film Strictly Ballroom will have its world premiere and first run in Sydney at the Lyric Theatre from September 2013.

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