Australian Musicals Take Centre Stage in 2018 (

Originally published on February 1st, 2018 | By: Trevor Jones | Features Last week was a momentous week in Australian Musical Theatre. Three Australian-written shows were concurrently playing to full houses in major theatres. Maggie McKenna will play Muriel | Photo James Green Muriel’s Wedding, with music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall concluded

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2017 – A Year of Australian Musical Theatre

Far from being in crisis, 2017 was a great year for Australian musical theatre The cast of Muriel’s Wedding: the Musical, a co-production between Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures. © Lisa Tomasetti Trevor Jones, Griffith University In June this year, the annual Helpmann Award Nominations sparked concern that original Australian musical theatre was in

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Bridging The Gap

Ladies in Black, new Australian Musicals

Transferring original musicals to commercial production In response to my first article, Craig Donnell, an Executive Producer for the Gordon Frost Organisation, commented on Facebook (with permission to share): “I support your push for more local content but perhaps you are looking to the wrong people to do the heavy lifting?  Commercial producers are just

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New Australian Musicals? Here They Are!

Colin Lane in Joh for P.M. a New Australian Musical

Since my last article, there has been a lot of discussion about the current state of Australian musical theatre. This discussion is certainly not new, with some debate sparked in early 2015 by John Senczuk’s platform paper ‘The Time is Ripe for The Great Australian Musical’. Recently, I was invited to speak on ABC Radio

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from The Conversation 22nd June 2017

Where are the new Australian musicals? Waiting in the wings Trevor Jones, Griffith University This week’s nominations for the Helpmann Awards, which recognise the performing arts in Australia, have caused a storm of discussion, particularly about the state of Australian musical theatre. The winners will be announced on July 26. There are exciting new Australian

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