2010 Matilda Awards

Monday 19 April, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane.

The would be’s, could be’s, and never will be’s were all out in force when Brisbane’s annual theatre awards for excellence – the MATILDA AWARDS - were handed out on Monday 19 April, in front of a packed industry audience of over 300 people at the Judith Wright Centre. Now in their 23rd year, the Matilda Awards are judged by a panel of Brisbane based newspaper, radio and website theatre critics.


Stage Whispers’ Editor has the inside story on Angus Young, lead guitarist with AC/DC. In this WORLD exclusive he reveals what the rock star was like when he was obliged to wear a school uniform

[title of show] an original broadway musical – Director’s Diary

Melbourne based Magnormos is about to present the Australasian premiere of [title of show] - yes, that’s the show’s name.

[title of show] is a boutique musical that deals with the process of writing an original work, and the strength of friendships. The musical documents its own creative process, as two friends write a musical to enter into the New York Music Theatre Festival, with the help of two actress friends.

Floyd Collins in Concert

Floyd Collins - a musical about a trapped miner - was programmed by Kookaburra, the National Music Theatre Company in 2007, but only days away from rehearsals, was cancelled.

It was another blow for the company, which eventually folded.

Kookaburra founder Peter Cousens finally had the chance to perform the title role on May 3, 2010.

A special one off concert was held at Sydney’s City Recital Hall Angel Place with Anne Maree McDonald, planned musical director for the original production, at the helm, and Stuart Maunder directing.


Peter Pinne speaks to the Fame director and choreographer Kelley Abbey, and one of the young stars, Tim (Timomatic) Omaji, about the upcoming mulit-million dollar revival of the iconic dance show.

Calendar Girls

Tim Firth, writer of the hit comedy Calendar Girls, speaks to Neil Litchfield about his surprise hit stage adaptation, originally intended for amateur production.

The stage comedy Calendar Girls is adapted from your own film, based on a true story. How did the film come about?

Theatrical Postcard From Singapore.

Singapore may be known as the trading lion of Asia, but it is now staking its claim as a major Arts capital. In June it is hostng a major arts conference coinciding with its International Arts Festival, bringing together leaders in the field of musical theatre, classicial music and jazz. David Spicer reports on what is in store in June and for regular visitors during the year.

Aussie Physical Theatre Performer to Tour Internationally

Wolfe Bowart will tour LaLaLuna and Letter’s End internationally, following the premiere of his latest production, The Man the Sea Saw Following on from his 43-venue tour of Australia with Letter’s End in 2009, physical theatre creator/performer Wolfe Bowart is gearing up for a year of global touring in 2010.


After just two weeks ALL ABOUT ME, Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein's show closed at the Henry Miller Theatre. Expectations were high for the show that was advertised as  1 Megastar, 1 Gigastar, a 12 Piece orchestra, over 40 songs, and 22 ladies lavatories. The latter a reference to the hopelessly inadequate toilet facilities (especially for women) in Broadway theatres. The critics thought the concept (two stars booked into the same theatre at the same time) was tired. They likened it to a 1950s TV variety show.


Both Peter Pinne and David Spicer recently caught up with the highly anticipated Lloyd Webber follow up to Phantom, Love Never Dies, in the West End.

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