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Melbourne Green Room awards dominated by My Fair Lady, Aladdin, King Roger, Split and Away


The annual Green Room awards for performance were announced in Melbourne last night with mulitple awards going to Opera Australia’s production of King Roger and its Julie Andrews directed musical My Fair Lady co-produced with John Frost. The Disney musical Aladdin was also a multi winner. In a strong year for Malthouse, the play Away, co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company, won

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American Idiot cast member sacked for inappropriate conduct

American Idiot
Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

An actor has been fired from the touring production of Green Day’s American Idiot, now playing at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne, for breaching its producers’ “Statement of Zero Tolerance to Inappropriate Behaviour”. In an apologetic Facebook post today, the performer, Linden Furnell (pictured foreground, above), who plays the lead character of Johnny, said he was sacked for

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

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

Musicals, Reviews, Stage |

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


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’

Simon Stephens ©Alex Rumford
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

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’

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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