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.

Send for the Doctor

Anthony Warlow talked and sang to Frank Hatherley during rehearsals for Doctor Zhivago.

There’s no doubting his excitement. The uncrowned ‘King of Australian Musicals’ is glowing with enthusiasm for his latest venture.

Anthony Warlow Back On Stage

Following his onstage injury hours before last Friday’s first preview of Doctor Zhivago, it has been confirmed that Anthony Warlow has recovered and will be back at the Lyric Theatre tomorrow evening, Tuesday February 15, in the title role of Yuri Zhivago in the premiere season of the musical Doctor Zhivago.

Dr Zhivago Update

Stage Whispers revealed exclusively on Saturday that Anthony Warlow had injured his leg during the previous night's preview of Dr Zhivago.

Now David Spicer can give the first account of what the show is like.

In a word - SENSATIONAL.

But first the off stage drama.

I attended on Saturday night. The Producer John Frost came on stage and gave the audience the bad news that Anthony Warlow was injured.

A number cried out in protest. "How Dare You!" said one woman behind me.

2011 Brings New Worlds for Jason Robert Brown

American composer, lyricist, and book writer of contemporary musical theatre Jason Robert Brown is inspired by places he has never been. He crossed Australia off the list with his Australia/New Zealand concert and workshop tour in February / March 2011.

Born in Ossining, New York, Brown has written or contributed songs to five musicals as of 2010, Songs For a New World (1995); Parade (1998); The Last Five Years (2002); Urban Cowboy the Musical (2003); and 13 (2007).

Warlow Tears Calf Muscle, but Zhivago Still on Track

No one will dare say ‘break a leg’ to Anthony Warlow.

With Blockbuster musical Dr Zhivago premiering at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre this week, Stage Whispers received reports after last night’s (Feb 11) preview performance, when Anthony Warlow appeared on crutches and was unable to perform.

The show’s publicist has filled us in on the details, and assured Stage Whispers that all is still on course for next Saturday’s Gala Opening.

New Musicals Australia Workshops

Sydney based New Musicals Australia has announced its inaugural program of events, and Director Kris Stewart speaks to Stage Whispers about the initiative.

The New Musicals Australia program includes the Workshop Presentations of three new musicals; the Writers’ Weekend of The Musical Snapshot, which presents a twenty to forty minute extract of the musical in concert alongside other new musicals; andThe Developmental Reading, whichsees a new work rehearsed and performed in concert.

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