January 30, 2014

St. Ballroom

This week at Carriageworks Redfern, Director Baz Luhrmann began an eight week intensive rehearsal period for “Strictly Ballroom The Musical”, the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This brand new theatrical production will be brought to the stage by the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.

Chosen from an audition process that lasted eight months and involved close to 600 auditionees, newcomers Thomas Lacey and Phoebe Panaretos will play the roles of Scott Hastings and Fran. Thomas and Phoebe will be joined by principal performers Heather Mitchell, Drew Forsythe, Mark Owen-Taylor, Robert Grubb, Bob Baines, Fernando Mira and Natalie Gamsu plus the entire 43 member multi-talented cast.

“Strictly Ballroom The Musical” will commence previews at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on Tuesday 25 March 2014, with the official World Premiere tangoing and sashaying onto the world’s stage on Saturday 12 April 2014.

Sandra Tiltman   Photo:  John Pond 



January 30, 2014
Falsettos Director, Stephen Colyer

Falsettos Director, Stephen Colyer

Darlinghurst Theatre Company will begin their 2014 season at the Eternity Playhouse with the Tony Award winning musical drama “Falsettos”, opening on 11 February and previews from 7 February.

Presented in association with the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, “Falsettos” is a quirky yet tender tale about a family, growing up and what it means to be a man. Marvin has left his wife and son for a male lover. Meanwhile, his ex-wife Trina ends up with the family psychiatrist. Amongst this there’s a Bar Mitzvah to organise. Wickedly funny lyrics accompany a live piano score in this touching musical about the original modern family.

Directed by renowned theatre director Stephen Colyer, who has assembled a dream cast including Tamlyn Henderson, Katrina Retallick, Stephen Anderson, Ben Hall, Margi de Ferranti, Elise McCann, Anthony Garcia and Isaac Shaw. Stephen commented “Each of them has been firmly established as a versatile, dynamic star of the Australian stage capable of the unique blend of pathos and comedy that “Falsettos” demands”.

With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Finn & James Lapine, “Falsettos” premiered on Broadway in 1992.

Sandra Tiltman