Over the Rainbow
and Over the Moon to a Better Place Than Brooklyn (21
– the Musical, Razor & Tie 82930-2
The New Moon, Ghostlight Records 4403-2
Finian's Rainbow, Ghostlight Records 4402-2
GOULD presents MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOPS with Philip Gould and Kate
School Holiday Workshops
MondayFriday. January 2005.
Capers Showcase Grand Final
the only major venue in Melbourne offering regular cabaret fare
is Capers in Hawthorn.
started at Capers supported by the previous owners has continued
with the new owners. Melissa Langton, Susan-Ann Walker and Mark
Jones are three of Australia's top cabaret and musical theatre
Bows Out While the JURY Triumphs
EUREKA the Musical bows out
of Her Majesty's Theatre on Sunday 28 November but not without
a fight. The show opened on October 3 as part of the Melbourne
Festival with a vision towards an open-ended run. Audience reaction
to the show has been positive but that has not translated into
business at the box office. The producers of the show have been
extremely generous in discounting tickets in order to make the
show financially accessible to the public with limited success.
Sadly, Eureka's departure will mean that the only professional
musical theatre activity in Melbourne for the foreseeable future
will be “ SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER” opening at the end of
December at The Arts Centre State Theatre.
In contrast to the slow ticket sales for EUREKA
, the independent production of “ 12 ANGRY MEN ” playing
at The Athenaeum theatre is packing
Announced for The Pratt Prize for Music Theatre 2004
AC today announced the winner of The Pratt Prize for Music Theatre
2004 - Matthew Robinson, who submitted the musical METRO STREET
for which he wrote the music, lyrics and book.
recipient of the second Pratt Prize, Matthew received a $50,000
cash award and will also receive $30,000 towards a 2005 workshop
production of his material. This $80,000 prize is made possible
through the generosity of The Pratt Foundation.
Robinson, who turned 25 today, is a Melbourne based performer
and composer. He is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy
of Performing Arts. Matthew describes METRO STREET as a contemporary
Australian drama that charts the intersecting lives of a mother
and son, a girl from the bush and a Toorak twenty-something as
they angle to find their place in metropolitan Melbourne with
only a streetside busker to guide the way. These five ordinary
citysiders discover that to satisfy their need for the extraordinary,
they must first find each other.
Pratt stated: "I think we've discovered a brilliant new musical
creation in METRO STREET and can1t wait to see the workshop production
of it in 2005. Matthew is an extremely talented all-rounder who
has written an original and exciting piece of theatre. And The
Production Company will assist Matthew with staging the workshop.2
The Production Company was created by Jeanne in 1999, as a not-for-profit
theatrical organization, specifically established to promote and
showcase new and well-known theatre talent. They produce three
semi-staged musicals each year at the State Theatre.
Jeanne Pratt AC, the judges for The Pratt Prize were musical director
Peter Casey, composer and former director of The Melbourne Festival
Jonathan Mills, producers John Hay-Mackenzie & Ken Mackenzie-Forbes
AM of Macks Entertainment, actor, writer & director Malcolm
Robertson and arts journalist Michael Shmith.
and four works were received from all over Australia for consideration
of The Pratt Prize for Musical Theatre. The judges found the submissions
to be of a very high standard and had a difficult time getting
down to only seven works for the shortlist.
Pratt AC and Jeanne Pratt AC established The Pratt Foundation
in 1978 with the shared vision of supporting charitable enterprises
and adding value to philanthropy. The Foundation is now one of
the largest sources of philanthropy in Australia. In the words
of its mission statement, it aims to enrich the lives of our community
and, in the words of Jeremiah, it works to fulfil this aim in
a spirit of kindness, justice and equity.
A WAAPA Graduate
of 2000, Matthew1s stage credits included: South Pacific
(The Production Company); God1s Last Acre and The
Sign of the Seahorse (Playbox); the original Australian cast
of MAMMA MIA! (Dainty); Back to Bacharach
(Full Cream Productions); Sunset BBQ (Midsumma) and
Saturday Night (Magnormos). His television credits
included Blue Heelers, Stingers, A Most Deadly Family
(Village Roadshow) and Good Morning Australia . As
a songwriter, Matthew1s work has been featured at the York Theater
Company (N.Y.C.), The Esplanade Theatre Complex (Singapore), and
in various cabaret performances throughout Australia and New York.
A member of original band Inside Zero, his work
has been commissioned by the Australian Theatre for Young People
and Tasmanian Carols By Candlelight and he received the inaugural
Judges1 Award at the 2003 Sydney Cabaret Convention. Matthew1s
first musical Metro Street underwent a 2003 reading at VCA, was
invited to participate in the 2004 New York Music Theatre Festival
and is in development for further production. Matthew last appeared
for The Production Company in this year's Carousel and
Annie Get Your Gun.
Profit Doesn't Mean Free
AUSTRALIA is a gift to the Australian Musical Theatre Industry.
- Still flying the flag! (October 30,
Australian musical EUREKA received commendable reviews
on opening night. Word of mouth about the show is good. The cast
features Australia's best: Ian Stenlake, Rachael Beck, Simon Gleeson,
Trisha Crowe, Michael Cormick, Amanda Muggleton, Peter Carroll,
Barry Crocker and Nancye Hayes. The battle for this "EUREKA"
is to bring in the audiences. The show has posted an extended
run notice and is now selling tickets through November 14. Long
Closing for "THE PRODUCERS"
posting a closing in December notice for the Melbourne season
of THE PRODUCERS, the real producers of the show have
decided to close earlier than expected. The official closing date
has been moved forward to November 14. (EUREKA must be
hoping to hang on till this date witrh the expectatiion of being
the only musical in town till the end of the year). The early
closing of THE PRODUCERS leaves its cast with six unexpected
weeks of unpaid leave leading into the Christmas season. Not a
nice Christmas present. The show will open in Brisbane in February
2005 before moving on to Sydney.
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! opens as THE PRODUCERS announces
farewell. (September 20, 2004)
newest musical EUREKA! has its official premiere on Friday
October 8 at Her Majesty's Theatre - Melbourne. Meanwhile advertising
notices for THE PRODUCERS have appeared announcing it
is leaving Melbourne sometime in December.
Night Was Made For Music (September 20, 2004)
Herald - Sun Newspaper, Melbourne, Australia Tuesday September
AT THE OPERA" - As 53,356 fans braved the cold on Saturday night,
AFL bosses were hot-footing it to listen to Italian tenor Andrea
PRODUCERS REVISITED - A SECOND LOOK
smash hit, multi-award winning musical THE PRODUCERS, officially
opened in Melbourne on 17 April 2004. Here it is August 24, 2004
and the show is as fresh today as opening night.
STARTS AGAIN heads to New York for Musical Theatre Festival.
(August 22, 2004)
talents are about to take their show to New York, the only Australian
production invited to be performed at the First New York Musical
Theatre Festival. Joe Starts Again stars Martin Croft,
one of Australia's leading musical theatre performers. Adapted
from the play Dating Joe by Mark Fletcher, Martin Croft and pianist/composer
Dean Lotherington will bring their Victorian Green Room Award
winning show to New York with director Cameron Wenn.
LION KING in Melbourne in 2005.
it that THE LION KING will roar into The Regent Theatre
- Melbourne some time in 2005. Watch this space for more info.
Production Company Picks a Winner with CAROUSEL and David
Campbell. (August 22, 2004)
- "High Society" or "High Anxiety"? (July 17, 2004)
- "Minefields and Miniskirts" (July 17, 2004)
- "High Society" (July 17, 2004)
a Song and Dance - The Quest for an Australian Musical
Exhibition - George Adams Gallery, The Arts Centre, Melbourne,
Boy From Oz" may be the first Australian musical to make
an impression on Broadway, but the Australian musical has been
around for a long time. According to curators of this exhibition
Margaret Marshall and Simon Plant in over 80 years Australians
have composed more than 700 musicals. Making a Song and Dance
throws a spotlight on over 50 of these shows including:
Collits' Inn, The Highwayman, Reedy River, Lola Montez, The
Sentimental Bloke, Ned Kelly, The Betty Block Buster Follies,
Manning Clark's History of Australia: The Musical and
Bran Nue Dae .
also honours many local theatre heroes including Reg Livermore,
Nancye Hayes, Jill Perryman, Barry Humphries, Nick Enright, Gladys
Moncrieff and George Wallace.
musical theatre enjoying unprecedented attention, the timing of
this exhibition couldn't be more appropriate.
Adams Gallery is open every day until late. FREE admission.
Marshall and Simon Plant will be special guests on "Henry
Sachwald's THEATRETRACK" on Thursday night 29 July. (10 p.m.
- 3MBS 103.5fm).
Australia at LIMMUD OZ
Plumley LIVE & LUSCIOUS CD
launch and farewell performance
– The Musical in Concert
AUSTRALIA wins over audience at LIMMUD OZ – Melbourne
- A Festival of Jewish Learning and Culture, took place in Melbourne
June 12 – 14. With over 200 presentations on themes as diverse
as Art, Music, Theatre, History, Family Relationships, Diaspora,
Education and Israel the crowd of approximately 800 registered
over the 3 days had an abundance of choices to make. Henry Sachwald,
founder of Musicals Australia presented a session entitled JEWISH
BROADWAY. Loosely based on the themes of Jewish assimilation
into American society the presentation covered a span of 50 years
in 50 minutes; not easy. Rather than rely on the spoken word,
Henry played excerpts of Irving Berlin (Alexander's Ragtime Band),
Al Jolson (Sonny Boy), George Gershwin (Freud and Jung and Adler),
Leonard Bernstein (I Am Easily Assimilated), Jerry Herman (Hymn
to Hymie), Bock & Harnick (In My Own Lifetime), William Finn
(Heart and Music), Jason Robert Brown (Stars and the Moon) and
Ricky Ian Gordon (Joy). Imagine 50 minutes on Jewish Broadway
and not once song from “Fiddler” or a mention of Stephen Sondheim!
The audience loved it. For many it was a first listening to most
of these songs. The goal of these presentations by Musicals Australia
is to bring an awareness of the repertoire, writers and performers
to the general public – “Keeping Musical Theatre Alive!”
Plumley is off to the U.K.!
again the temptations of bright lights and the big city are stealing
another great Australian talent form the Melbourne stage. The
incredibly versatile and talented Chelsea Plumley (singer, actor,
comedienne, dancer and pianist) has wowed audiences with her performances
in cabaret and musical theatre in Australia, New York, and Australasia.
Now Chelsea is off to the U.K. While acting as an overseas ambassador
for Australian talent, Chelsea's absence from the Melbourne cabaret
and musical theatre scene will be noticed. So we don't forget
her while she is gone Chelsea is releasing a CD of her most recent
show in Melbourne, LIVE & LUSCIOUS .
live at Chapel Off Chapel in September 2003, LIVE & LUSCIOUS
includes songs by Cy Coleman, Michel Legrand, Fats Waller,
Charles Aznavour and Melbourne composer Eddie Perfect. It's a
mixture of ballads, love songs and comic numbers including THE
FRENCH SONG and SONG FOR MY FRIENDS.
perform selections from LIVE & LUSCIOUS at a farewell
show on Sunday 27 June 8 p.m. at THE LIDO, 675 Glenferrie Road,
special guest attraction: THE PIANO BAR hosted by Martin Croft,
Dean Lotherington and Robyn Arthur
$25 BOOKINGS: 03 9818 7567
& LUSCIOUS is available @ www.middle8.com
New Australian Musicals:
Kevin Purcell, book and lyrics by Victor Kazan
the novel by Daphne DuMaurier
“in concert” REBECCA is an ambitious production in the
tradition of shows like Andrew Lloyd Webber's “The Phantom of
the Opera” and the Marsha Norman – Lucy Simon production of “The
Secret Garden”. Adapting a period piece, based on a classic novel
to the musical theatre stage can be very complex. After all, “Nothing
can kill a show like too much exposition.” (Urinetown, 2001).
Victor Kazan's book and Kevin Purcell's sweeping score cut through
this exposition taking us from Manderlay to Monte Carlo and back
to Manderlay in record time.
by a parade of new and established Australian musical theatre
performers, all the ingredients for a major new musical are present
and ready to be shaped into a major new musical for Melbourne,
Sydney, Broadway and London.
The Musical in Concert: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, 19
Thomas (Maxim De Winter), Monique Pitsikas (the new Mrs
De Winter), Lauren Elise (Rebecca), Maureen Andrew (Mrs Danvers),
Jane Badler (Mrs. Van Hopper), Will Conyers (Jack Favell), Ian
Sandercoe (Frank Crawley), Robert Harsley (Frith the Butler),
Sean Gunn (Giles), Katrina Wellins (Beatrice).
Michael Harvey, Book by Maggie May Gordon, revised book and lyrics
by Gale Edwards and John Senczuk. Directed by Gale Edwards.
the only uprising in Australian history, Eureka follows the story
of Peter Lalor, an Irish miner in the goldfields of Ballarat,
Victoria and the fight against the government administration of
cast that reads like a who's who of Australian musical theatre
EUREKA premieres at Her Majesty's Theatre – Melbourne
on October 9.
: Her Majesty's Theatre – Melbourne
Ian Stenlake, Rachael Beck, Amanda Muggleton, Nancye Hayes, Barry
Crocker, Simon Gleeson, Peter Carroll, Trisha Crowe.
at Chapel Off Chapel”
Off Chapel may lack the buzz and the warmth that existed before
the departure of Nancy Cato, it is still a great venue for cabaret,
revue and chamber musical theatre. Three shows have currently
selected the "Chapel" as their venue of choice for short
seasons of "musical mayhem" and serious consideration.
is alive with the sound of musicals.
Producers looks set for a long run in Melbourne as performances
sell out and audiences return for second helpings of Bialystock
flushed with success completes its limited run on May 15. Unfortunately
no extension of the current run is possible. However, there are
rumours that commercial producers are considering picking up the
COMPANY, inspired by N.Y. City Center's ENCORES series has announced
their 2004 season: High Society, Carousel, Annie Get Your
OFF CHAPEL hosts a series of musicals in May and June: Spontaneous
Broadway, Kookie Tunes, Passion.
listings on the SHOWTIME
show with the unusual title opens in Melbourne: “URINETOWN – The
Don't be put
off by the title. It's all part of the fun as this refreshing
musical comedy pokes fun at itself the establishment and ourselves.
Weekend ON THE TOWN ”
like sport. You have your good seasons and your not so good seasons.
Well if the weekend of April 17, 2004 is anything to go by this
should be a fantastic season for Melbourne musical theatre.
NIGHT” – A gay (but straight) romp through the world of showbiz
with Max and Leo – “THE PRODUCERS”.
Is the stage
version of THE PRODUCERS an improvement on the original movie?
Is it a clever adaptation? Does the Australian production meet
up to the standards of the original Broadway production. Is the
casting as good as on Broadway?
ON FIRST? -
premieres in Melbourne on April 17, the same night night as "THE
Broadway, producers try to avoid competing for opening night attention.
Does that sort of competition scare Australian producers? No worries
mate, she'll be right! Both shows have good advanced bookings
and should have successful runs. "URINETOWN" is produced
by the Melbourne Theatre Company and is a limited engagement from
April 17 to May 15. "The Producers' is bedded down at The
Princess Theatre for the foreseeable future and is looking forward
to a long run, hopefully through Christmas.
BROOKS in MEL BOURNE for the Australian premiere of "THE
you got it , flaunt it!" and this production of "The
Producers" got "it". Audiences attending previews
of the show have been loving it. Brooks is thrilled with the casting
of Reg Livermore as Max and Tom Burlinson as Leo. The offical
opening is Saturday night 17 April.
GOES TO BROADWAY!
American Showbiz Adventure Tour
4 October - 21 October 2004
New York - Washington - Las Vegas - Los Angeles
of fun and entertainment - insight into US Showbiz. From
Broadway Shows to Washington Theatre - from Vegas Legends to the
movie capital Hollywood.
itinerary information here
further information contact 3MBS on (03)9816 9355.
-The Theatre City
Too many theatres
in Melbourne? I think not. Could they be better utilised? Definitely!
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