You don’t need to flex your visual imagination muscle in the latest show from The Umbilical Brothers. Because two green screens, a lot of cameras, special effects, computer power and an onstage tech wizard named “Doug” do it for you.

A knight to remember! Featuring the iconic music of ABBA, the worldwide stage hit CHESS THE MUSICAL will debut at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in April 2021. Heather Bloom chats to director Tyran Parke about post pandemic performances and the enduring nature of live theatre. 

Paul McDermott and Gatesy Go Solo

In 2017 two Australian comedy superstars, Paul McDermott and Steven Gates performed a 'one-off' event as part of the Ballarat Cabaret Festival. Now they're touring the country together. Steven Gates spoke to Australian Stage's Simon Piening about spinning plates and 'serious' music.

Where's My Money?

John Patrick Shanley’s vicious black comedy, Where's My Money? returns to Melbourne under the direction of Beng Oh at The Burrow from November 20.

Susan-ann Walker

Susan-ann Walker (Funny Girl, Once, Xanadu, Menopause the Musical, Yummy, Subtle) returns to the cabaret stage, with her brand-new show, Not Quite Right.

Genevieve Kingsford

The music of multi-award winning composer Stephen Sondheim arrives at Chapel Off Chapel in this sensational concert selection of his Broadway hits – Everything's Coming Up Sondheim. Heather Bloom had a chat with one of the show’s stars, Genevieve Kingsford about all things Sondheim.

Joey McKneely

Two-time Tony Award-nominated choreographer, Joey McKneely (Smokey Joe’s Café, The Life, Twelfth Night, The Wild Party and The Boy From Oz) has received world-wide acclaim for his vibrant re-staging of West Side Story. He spoke to Australian Stage's Heather Bloom ahead of the Melbourne season.

Muriel’s Wedding Melbourne launch

After entertaining guests and media with an irreverent look back at the journey to find her, Director Simon Philips gave way to the young woman taking on the role of iconic outsider Muriel Heslop in the upcoming Melbourne and Sydney seasons of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical – and she’s anything but terrible!

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Chess The Musical | StoreyBoard Entertainment

For fans of the musical, the problems and changes to the book and plot of Chess are as familiar to them as the score itself and arguably, all this messing about has resulted in an inability to now claim anything as a definitive version. 

Berlin | Melbourne Theatre Company

Through the eyes of her own children during a family holiday to the German capital in 2015, Murray-Smith pondered the feelings and implications for the young drawn to a city so rich in history and creativity but also one so profoundly soaked in shame.

The Removalists | New Theatre

The behaviour of the men is misogynous. The behaviour of men in authority menacing. The Removalists is as relevant today as it was then.

Matador | Midsumma Festival 2021

A dance competition on steroids, Matador brings a mainstream top-of-the-pops version of a Spanish dance love story to Her Majesty's Theatre.

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Come Dance with Me is a brand new TV dance competition show filming at Docklands Studio Melbourne for American Television.