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Opera singers’ court win after allegations of unpaid ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ performance fees

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News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

Leading opera singers Antoinette Halloran, Jason Wasley, Andrew Jones and Jacqueline Dark have had a win in the NSW District Court after their agent took action against the producers of the inaugural Melbourne Musical Theatre Festival. The festival had cancelled a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Some Enchanted Evening in early 2017, one day into rehearsals. The singers’ agent, Patrick Togher Artists’ Management, this

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Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards announced in Brisbane

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Dance, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

The winners of the 2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were announced last night by Carrillo Gantner AO, chair of the Sidney Myer Fund at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Australian Performing Arts Market. The winners were playwright and actor Kate Mulvaney for the Individual Award ($60,000); Nicole Beyer, the executive director of Theatre Network Australia won the

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Monash Uni launches a program of music, theatre and dance, and it looks like a year-long festival

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Dance, Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Composer and former Adelaide Festival director, Paul Grabowsky, who is also the executive director of Monash Academy of Performing Arts in Melbourne, has announced the inaugural season of MLIVE – a program of Australian and international live music, theatre and dance curated “as a cultural response to Melbourne’s diverse and open-minded communities”. “We’ve assembled an incredible line-up

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The Production Company announces 2018 season as it celebrates its 20th year

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

The Production Company (TPC) announced its 2018 season this morning in Melbourne at Raheen, the home of its founder Jeanne Pratt. The three shows see the return of The Boy from Oz with Caroline O’Connor as Judy Garland,  a revival of Oklahoma! starring Helpmann Award winners Simon Gleeson (pictured above, left) and Anna O’Byrne and the Australian premiere of

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Limelight is back for its March edition as a third party comes to its rescue

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News & Commentary |

Arts Illuminated Pty Ltd, the publisher of Limelight magazine, has announced that an “interested party” has come forward to work with the magazine’s staff to ensure the ongoing publication of the magazine. In a statement, the company said: “Detailed planning is currently underway, but in the meantime the publication of the March edition has been assured. 

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Victorian Opera gets new home

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News & Commentary |

Victorian Opera, formerly based at the heritage-listed Horti Hall in Melbourne’s CBD, will house itself in a new home in the inner city suburb of West Melbourne from mid-2018. A former commercial plasterboard warehouse will be “transformed into a state-of-the-art facility” designed by Rara Architecture, The new building will see Victorian Opera gain a second rehearsal studio, dedicated coaching

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Artwork planned to mark the Stolen Generations’ Bringing Them Home report

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News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Artist Reko Rennie, who is known for his work eliciting discussion about Aboriginal culture, identity and history, will create a permanent public artwork to pay tribute to and honour the struggles of the Stolen Generations. Known as The Marker, it will be unveiled in Melbourne on May 26 in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report

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Stella Prize longlist announced

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News & Commentary |

The longlist for the 2018 Stella Prize – presented for the best work of fiction or nonfiction by an Australian women published in the previous calendar year – was announced last night. The shortlist will be announced on March 8 and the winner at a ceremony in Sydney on April 12. The longlist comprises seven works

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Limelight Magazine goes under

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News & Commentary |

The classical music and arts magazine Limelight has gone into liquidation, cancelled its March issue and terminated its staff, The Australian reported today. The magazine was founded in 1976 as an ABC publication called ABC Radio 24 Hours and was renamed Limelight in 2003. It was licensed to independent publishers Haymarket Media Group in 2006 which sold it to its current owners,

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The curious case of the incident of the rat in the dog in the night-time play

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News & Commentary, Theatre |

The Melbourne Theatre Company and Arts Centre, Melbourne production of the National Theatre, London’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an unequivocal hit. Every seat for its nine shows a week has been sold in its six week season that has been extended until February 25. But the cost of importing the show and its full UK cast

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