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!

Luke Leonard

I recently stumbled upon a story-telling night happening at Fitzroy's Kodiak Club. Run and MC'd by local comedian Luke Leonard, it was largely cast with other popular local comedians. But this was no mere comedy gig.

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Tyran Parke

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. 

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The Boy From Oz

One of the finest pieces of collective ensemble works seen for many years in Perth.

Magic Mike Live

Yes, the bodies you see are perfect specimens of sculptured sixpacks and biceps you could walk over and get at least 2000 steps in. But they are muscles moving bodies in marvellous ways. These boys can dance and every movement is potent.

Shrek The Musical

With the world struggling to find a new norm in these ever-changing circumstances, never has the phrase “the show must go on” been more apparent. 

Skylight | Verendus Theatrical/Red Phoenix Theatre

This is a production of which any director, cast and theatre company should be proud.

Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark | The Listies

To pee or not to pee. It sounds like a lowbrow take on the infamous Hamlet quote. One that a philistine would utter while their cronies scoff and drink mead and the thespians nearby cringe while nibbling on breast of peacock.