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Leads Announced for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Lyndon Terracini for Opera Australia and John Frost for Crossroads Live have announced the lead cast for their contemporary retelling of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. The Tony® Award-winning Broadway production will have its Australian Premiere in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre from 16 November.

A Triple Threat Comes Home

Coral Drouyn looks at the home-coming of triple threat performer Max Patterson.

Based on the 80s film of the same name, The Wedding Singer opens at HOTA on the Gold Coast this Friday night (June 18, 2021), and there are a lot of good reasons to hurry and buy what tickets are left for the two week season.

Mamma Mia! on the Gold Coast

Coral Drouyn talks to producer Matt Ward about his upcoming production of Mamma Mia! On Queensland’s Gold Coast

Coming Back From Away

After hit musical Come From Away landed back at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre following its COVID hiatus, Simon Parris spoke to company members ahead of their Sydney and Brisbane transfers.

Just like the passengers on board North American flights in 2001, after their planes and lives were diverted when the terrorists attacked, so too cast members of the Australian production of Come from Away have learnt to cope with major disruptions.

Meet the Men of Magic Mike Live!

Image: L-R Ned Zaina, Kit Clark, Nick Phillips, Brian Siregar, and Charlie Bartley.

Sophia Dickinson chats with cast members from Magic Mike Live ahead of the Melbourne opening on June 8.

Talking Shakespeare's Transformations with Damien Ryan

Damien Ryan makes his Queensland Theatre (QT) debut with Taming of the Shrew, having worked on productions of around 20 of Shakespeare's plays – that's more than half of the known 37 works by the playwright – as director and performer at Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Co, and his own company, Sport for Jove. Beth Keehn from Stage Whispers spoke to the award-winning director just before opening night.

Image (above) of Damien Ryan by Dylan Evans.

Mary Poppins Flies Back Into Sydney In 2022

Cameron Mackintosh and Disney have announced that their Tony® and Olivier Award-winning production of Mary Poppins will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in May 2022.  

Featuring the beloved quintessentially English magical Nanny, Mary Poppins has been seen by over 12 million people worldwide and was the winner of 8 Helpmann awards in Australia in 2011.

The Past Is Never Dead: Joanna Murray-Smith’s Berlin

Image from Berlin at Melbourne Theatre Company. Photographer: Jeff Busby.

The past is never dead.  In fact, it’s not even past.  William Faulkner

Playwright Joanna Murray-Smith explains to Michael Brindley how a visit to Berlin and her own family history inspired her new play Berlin.  Will this internationally themed play, currently premiering at the MTC, have the same resonance as her previous hits and take it to the West End and Broadway?

Reimagining The Shrew in Hollywood's Silent Era

Talking Shakespeare's riffs on acting, disguise and keeping up appearances with the cast of Taming of the Shrew.

Opera Queensland Tours Premiere of Are You Lonesome Tonight

Beth Keehn caught up with performer and multi-instrumentalist, Jonathan Hickey, as the cast and crew commenced a seven-week tour of regional Queensland with their new Australian work Are You Lonesome Tonight.

Beth Keehn (BK): Your world premiere opening night was on 4 May in Rockhampton – what was the reaction?