Sydney Festival Fundraising Initiative for Major New Indigenous Work

Sydney Festival is setting out to raise $300,000 for the development and staging of one of the centrepieces of the 2012 program, I Am Eora.

Hairspray: A “Brand New Do” in Music Theatre Technology

Hairspray the Musical is visual and technological feast, a smorgasbord of bubblegum colours, brilliantly energetic song and dance, and animated cartoon landscapes behind which lie a level of technological prowess unprecedented in musical theatre.

Lucy Graham spoke to Hairspray’s Creative Director Digital Content, Robbie Klaesi, about the technology behind the theatrical magic.

NSW Playwright Takes Top Award at Noosa Playwriting Competition

The 2011 Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition has been won by NSW writer Mark Langham for his comedy Nothing.

The 3 finalists had known they were finalists in the competition back in February. Their plays were staged for the first time at the intimate Noosa Arts Theatre, with the winner finally announced at the conclusion of the final performance.

Kevin Spacey as Richard III For Exclusive Sydney Season

The eagerly awaited, exclusive to Sydney season of The Bridge Project’s Richard III will open at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, The Star tonight (December 1, 2011), where it plays until December 11.

We are informed that a limited number of tickets will be released on the day of each performance, with best availability on Sunday 11th December at. 2pm

Spider-Man Musical Finally Opens - Reviews Still Negative

After substantial reworking, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has finally opened on Broadway after 183 previews, but the critics aren’t impressed.

Links follow to some of the  reviews.

New York Times - 'a bore'

The Hollywood Reporter - 'bloated monster'


Belvoir's 2009 family favourite The Book of Everything returns for a tour of Australia before following in the footsteps of Dairy of a Madman with a season in New York at The New Victory Theater.

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?

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