Book of Mormon director on his mega-hit in Melbourne & the Mean Girls musical

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When director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw finally joined the creative team for The Book of Mormon, the show had been in development for nearly seven years. South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, along with composer Robert Lopez, had written pretty much all they needed for a wonderful and outrageous satirical musical about The Church of Jesus Christ of

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Win a double pass to Ladies in Black in Melbourne

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Adapted from Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, this acclaimed production has been brought to life by Australian screenwriter Carolyn Burns and internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original music from legendary singer songwriter, Tim Finn OBE (Split Enz, Crowded House). The world premiere of Ladies in

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WATCH: Virginia Gay performs ‘Secret Love’ from Calamity Jane

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Last year, stage and screen star Virginia Gay played the title role in Calamity Jane for seven ‘Neglected Musicals‘ performances of the classic 1950s musical. These shows were a slapdash affair, performed with script in hand, but were extremely popular, selling out well in advance. Now Gay is returning to the role with a full-scale production at

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Ladies in Black review (Sydney Festival, Lyric Theatre)

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When it comes to major arts festivals, it’s not unusual to see pieces of theatre thrown into venues that are less than ideal. Almost every performance space in Sydney is full during January, so it’s understandable that a relatively intimate piece of musical theatre might end up in a venue like the 2000-seat Lyric Theatre. But

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Broadway star and Disney Princess Lea Salonga on her Opera House debut, diversity & audiences

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Lea Salonga has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages since her breakthrough role as Kim in the original West End production of Miss Saigon in 1989. Since then, she’s played several leading roles on Broadway, provided the singing voices for Disney Princesses Jasmine and Mulan, and sold more than 19 million albums. But the

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Sydney on stage: the top 11 of 2016

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Despite great uncertainty across the performing arts sector in 2016, there was still plenty of excellent performance in Australia. Over the course of the year, I saw performance in New York, Perth, Adelaide (Mother’s Ruin is brilliant, and a must-see for Sydney Festival), Brisbane (a wonderfully fun staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Melbourne (Lilith: the Jungle Girl was

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Kinky Boots producer and union reach agreement on imported musical stars

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Australia’s musical theatre community has been speaking out for much of the last year over the rise in international performers winning prized roles in our biggest musicals. We’ve seen imported performers this year in leading roles in productions of Ghost, Kinky Boots, My Fair Lady and Aladdin, and just last month it was revealed that the Australian premiere of Book

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Survey reveals live music and theatre have suffered a huge hit at the Australian box office

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Live Performance Australia has released its annual ticket attendance and revenue survey for 2015, revealing a decline in ticket sales across the sector after two years of growth. Just over 18 million tickets were issued to live performance events in 2015, generating total ticket sales revenue of $1.4 billion. When compared to 2014, revenue is down

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VIDEO: Mack and Mabel on stage at the Hayes Theatre

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Director Trevor Ashley’s new production of Jerry Herman’s classic 1974 Broadway musical Mack and Mabel opens this week at the Hayes Theatre in Potts Point, Sydney. Daily Review snuck into the final dress rehearsal to see the show coming together. The production stars Scott Irwin and musical theatre star in the making Angelique Cassimatis in the title roles, and

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Mack and Mabel review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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Mack and Mabel has a reputation as a problem musical with a bit of an identity crisis. There’s plenty to love, and it’s developed a strong cult following since it premiered in 1974, but it’s true that it never manages to meld together its dark and light sides into an entirely cohesive whole. Using the lives of silent

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