DSP News

Cruisin the Musical The Show Must Go on!

I had the pleasure of seeing Cruisin the Musical for the first time last month at Coverdale Christian College in Sydney's north-west..under the Direction of one of the writers Pete Waterman.

The lead could not do the show - so Pete came up with a novel solution.

He flew in from New Zealand the boy who sung the role a few months back at Waitakere College in Auckland.

The show must go on!

Die Fledermaus in Canada

The appropriately named President of the Cowichan Musical Society in Canada - Les Broadway - recently contacted me looking for an excellent
translation of Die Fledermaus.

The Pavilion Music Edition which DSP represents was promptly selected because it has excellent chorus opportunities. http://www.davidspicer.com/oper.htm

Emma Celebrazione! moves to Italy

Graham Pitt's play with choir Emma Celebrazione! - based on the story of Italian immigrant Emma Ciccitosto has been a huge hit around Australia and was revived a few months ago in regional Victoria to packed houses.

The combination of music, pasta cooked on stage and the drama of the relationship between a mother and her daughter make it irresistible.

Next month it will have its premiere in Italy. Perhaps one of the first Australian plays staged professionally in that country.

Daryl R Peebles of Tasmania meets Daryl R Peebles of South Carolina.

Daryl Peebles the writer of Shenanigan's Wake, BBQ and Aussie Rules the Musical ( all excellent for theatre restaurant also http://www.davidspicer.com/Plays-dp.htm ) has had the most bizarre encounter with a man the same age with the same name on the other side of the world.

Here is a transcript of the story which appeared on ABC TV news a few weeks back.

Welcome Judith Prior

Each year more than 40 theatres around Australia stage one of Judith Prior's 16 classic comedies.

From Phantom of the Music Hall to Jest at the West to Pirate Prince to Opportunity Knocks! ( and many more ) Little theatres and schools stage the 'cheeky' comedies usually in theatre restaurant style.

Every imaginable theme is available from Ancient Egypt to Colonial England - to the Wild West to the Aussie outback. Theatres choose their own well known music to go with the script.

Season's Greetings

I wish you all a very safe and merry festive season. Hope you return from your Christmas break refreshed and renewed.

Vale Jim Sperinck

I am sad to report the passing of pantomime writer Jim Sperinck. I had the great privilege of meeting Jim during my visit to London last year.

Jim is the founder of Jasper Publishing and writer of many hit pantomimes including his red hot favourite Panto at the OK Corral. I enjoyed a pint in a lovely pub with this very jolly gentleman. Jasper Publishing lives on. His son is taking over the empire - and is about to launch an exciting new web-site for the company to honour his father's memory.


A big welcome to two new writers to DSP Clem Gorman and Pamela Whalan.

Clem Gorman is a prolific playwright who has had 11 plays staged by professional companies in Australia over twenty years.

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Eureka is an accomplished and entertaining musical" Sydney Morning Herald 2004.

I am very proud to announce the release of the rights to community theatre and schools of the stage musical Eureka.

Sample the sights and sounds of this musical at the Eureka web-site. http://www.essgee.com/html/Eureka/index.htm


If you have not received my 2007 catalogue yet please email me your postal address and a copy will be sent immediately. 2007 will be the tenth anniversary of my theatrical agency.

DSP started with one composer in 1997. It now licences more than 100 productions a year in Australia and New Zealand and another 60 in countries including Canada, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, China, Norway - and across the UK.

The catalogue includes Musicals, Plays, Pantomimes, Theatre Restaurant and Children's theatre.