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A Chat with Fantine, Cosette and Eponine

Packemin Productions will transport audiences to nineteenth century France as they bring one of the world’s most iconic musicals, Les Misérables, to life at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

At the core of this incredible story there are characters who fight against societal norms and fight for love and revolution, in their own particular ways. They bring us into a world of despair and make us feel hopeful for the future and that “even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

Tudor Queens Get Pop Voices

Melbourne, New Zealand and Adelaide seaons postponed.

Remixing the story Henry VIII’s six wives with a pop score, SIX The Musical is touring Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide this year. Loren Hunter, who plays Jane Seymour, and Olivia Ansell, Sydney Opera House’s Head of Contemporary Performance, spoke to Neil Litchfield.

Shrek the Musical

Some of Australia’s most popular musical theatre stars are slapping on the green make up and strapping on the knee pads for the awkward demands of playing the leading roles in Shrek the Musical now on stage in Melbourne. David Spicer caught up with them before the hard work in the swamp and castle commenced.

Ben Mingay was like a child with a new toy when Stage Whispers caught up with him at his first make-up call. He was giggling, and other members of the cast squealed with excitement when the famous actor emerged for the first time as the lovable green ogre.

A Horse of Another Colour

Coral Drouyn explores the evolution and wonder that is War Horse as it returns to Australia in 2020.

Merrily We Roll Along - Hayes Theatre Cast

Production postponed until 2021.

Luckiest Productions, in association with Hayes Theatre Co, has announced the cast for their forthcoming production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along. A Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success, Merrily We Roll Along is running from 16 April 2020 at the Hayes Theatre Co.

Rolling Thunder Vietnam

Season postponed!

Concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam is returning for a national tour in 2020. The production mixes classic 1960s rock songs and video footage with a series of monologues based on actual letters sent by Australian soldiers. Tom Oliver has played the lead role since the show premiered in 2014. He told David Spicer that he has been inspired by the reaction of Vietnam Veterans to the production.

David Spicer: Tell us about your character?

American Psycho at Sydney Opera House

American Psycho – The Musical will be presented in the Sydney Opera House Playhouse from 4 – 21 June, 2020. Sexy, dark and disturbing, the production is returning after a successful season at the Hayes Theatre Co. in 2019 that earned the musical nine 2020 Sydney Theatre Awards.

Sydney Season for Come From Away

Producers Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions have announced that the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY will open at Sydney’s State Theatre on Saturday 8 August 2020.  

David Suchet – Inside Out

Coral Drouyn speaks to acclaimed actor David Suchet and his alter ego before his Australian tour.

Everyone wants to speak to acclaimed actor David Suchet, particularly about his famous portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot - but no-one has interviewed Poirot to find out what he thinks of Suchet. While waiting to interview Mr Suchet, I took the opportunity to speak to Poroit himself and ask his opinion of Suchet and the other great actors who have interpreted him.

Arts Stars Honoured on Australia Day

Big stars of the stage and screen have been honoured this Australia Day including Hugo Weaving, Caroline O'Connor, Tim Minchin, Kate Mulvany, Jane Turner, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Mercurio, Heather Mitchell, Peter Combe and Wesley Enoch.

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