Hairspray the Musical

On a particularly cold winter's day today, the sky's cleared and the sun shone brightly as a convoy of 60s vintage cars pulled up outside Melbourne's majestic Princess Theatre.

Proving once again that we love nothing more than a good chuckle, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has announced record attendances and box office for the 2010 Festival.

Young Victorians from around the state have the opportunity to access free event management training as part of The Push’s annual 2010 Push FReeZA Summits in Wangaratta, Torquay and Brunswick, June 29 - July 2.

Circus Oz, Victoria’s internationally acclaimed contemporary circus, is thrilled with the Victorian Government’s budget announcement yesterday, that 3 million dollars has been allocated towards Stage One of the development of their new home in Collingwood.

Last night Michael Kantor unveiled his program for Season 2 2010, his final season as Artistic Director of Malthouse Theatre, before handing over to Marion Potts in 2011.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s most prestigious annual award, the Barry Award, was awarded early this morning at the Festival Club to Sammy J and Randy otherwise known as puppeteer Heath McIvor for their show Ricketts Lane.

Last night, 13 of Australia’s best new comedians took to the main stage at the Melbourne Town Hall for the 2010 RAW Comedy Grand Final. The top prize was awarded to Luke Heggie of New South Wales.

The Barry Award, named after Barry Humphries, the first patron of the Festival, recognizes the Comedy Festival’s Most Outstanding Festival Show, specifically aiming to seek out those performers who are enhancing the art form of comedy and acknowledging their vision.