Sydney Theatre Company’s direction unclear after shock departure of star AD

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Australia’s largest theatre company is suddenly rudderless after the shock departure of brand new artistic director Jonathan Church. Church, who was the company’s first non-Australian artistic director, announced on Thursday that he was quitting the top job because it wouldn’t be “viable” to continue as STC’s AD while taking care of his other interests, including

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Imported actors in prized musical theatre roles a ‘non-issue’, say producers

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

Over the last two weeks, local musical theatre artists have voiced concerns about the opportunities available to Australian performers. With foreign actors cast in principle roles in four major commercial musicals in Australia this year (and more rumoured to be announced shortly), many believe there’s a trend developing. But employers’ organisation Live Performance Australia says it’s a

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Living on screens: Nick Enright play explores dangers of reality TV

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In 1999, reality TV was still in its infancy (Big Brother had premiered in the Netherlands, but was still two years away from making it to Australia shores) and social media had barely been invented. But in that year legendary Australian playwright Nick Enright wrote A Man With Five Children, which deals with many of the questions we’re still asking today about

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Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist and MacGyver headed to the small screen as US TV bets on nostalgia

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In the last 12 months, reboots of TV shows Twin Peaks, Full House, The X-Files and Gilmore Girls have either aired or gone into production, and there are now even more reboots and adaptations of films on the way. Over the last week, US Networks have revealed their 2016-17 line-ups and new programs, and there’s something familiar coming from most

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Xanadu the Musical review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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The final five minutes of Xanadu the Musical at Hayes Theatre are charmingly audacious: a cast of nine takes to the stage on wheels for an epic, sequinned song and dance set in a 1980s roller disco. The performance space of the Hayes isn’t exactly generous, but this is a cast that refuses to have their fabulosity restricted

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Back to the ’50s? international actors take prized roles in Australian musical productions

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

In the 1950s, the phrases “direct from Broadway” and “direct from the West End” were amongst the most important in an Australian musical theatre producer’s vocabulary. The leading roles in our major musicals were almost exclusively filled by international actors (many of whom never actually played those leading roles on Broadway or the West End) because it was felt that

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