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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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Mamma Mia! (Capitol Theatre, Sydney): as seamless as an IKEA flat-pack

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ABBA are too often dismissed as those comely Nordic popstars who defined Eurovision camp while singing of heterosexual love and heartache. To do so forgets the group’s music has only been outsold by those other four megastars of pop, The Beatles. And ABBA arguably left an even greater imprint on pop. Madonna, Kylie, Taylor – ABBA is

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Win tickets to Green Day’s American Idiot musical in Melbourne

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The Australian production of Green Day’s American Idiot, the rock musical, is currently playing in Perth before heading to Melbourne from February 23. Developed by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (lyrics) and Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Book and lyrics), American Idiot takes the musical in a new direction, capturing not just the sound of a generation, but also the

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Playwright Simon Stephens on maths, music and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Theatre |

Last week, Simon Stephens, 46, was on Melbourne public radio station, Triple R chatting about music and his ‘90s youth spent Dj-ing and in the Scottish art-punk band, Country Teasers. (The band’s albums include Satan Is Real Again, or Feeling Good About Bad Thoughts and Destroy All Human Life). The program also took time to include

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Craig McLachlan claims: The day of reckoning is here

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

The explosive report by Fairfax and the ABC this morning of allegations against actor Craig McLachlan marks the arrival, with a thud, of a reckoning for the Australian live entertainment industry. The long and detailed allegations by Christie Whelan Browne, one of the biggest names in musical theatre (made with two other female colleagues) against McLachlan

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Survey finds 14 per cent of theatre workers experience ‘sexual assault’

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Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

A survey of theatre workers has found 40% to 50% of them had experienced sexual harassment including “unwanted familiarity, leering and unpleasant jokes”, 14% said they had been sexually assaulted, 11% had been the victims of physical assault and 10% had been stalked by a co-worker.  The report also found 9% had experienced indecent exposure. The report was commissioned by

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How much longer will it be before our arts companies are no longer run by artists?

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Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

The acclaimed lighting designer Nick Schlieper delivered the 2017 Philip Parsons Lecture this week in Sydney at Belvoir Theatre. His address makes for sobering reading about the state of our state theatre and opera companies. Schlieper describes how an increasing reliance on box office, corporate sponsorship and philanthropy has led to safer, blander programming and fewer opportunities

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Muriel’s Wedding the Musical review (Roslyn Packer Theatre)

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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Australia’s cultural cringe may well be at its greatest when it comes to our musical theatre. We certainly don’t have a strong history of championing and developing our own unique voices and talents, and our yardstick for measuring the quality of our work has always been international success. Muriel’s Wedding the Musical is a big, boldly joyous “screw you” to that notion

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