DSP News

Meet the Brainy Tap Brothers.

Wollongong had never seen such a combination of brains, brothers and tap dancing.

What a treat for me to  see such nimble footwork from Moonglow Productions for their performance of Hot Shoe Shuffle at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in NSW.

Five members of the cast were related. There were the  Sanderson brothers and the Bell Brothers with their real life on stage Dad.

These tappers also move quickly up top.

The lads were dancing in between studying for Doctorates in Physics and Actuarial studies.

 

 

Paris - staged in Austria.

Paris - by Jon English and David Mackay has had a triumphant premiere in the German language.

I had great pleasure in attending the pro-am performance staged by a choir in the town of Mistelbach one hour north of Vienna.

A full account of my adventure can be read at the Stage Whispers Website.

The group sold out 7 performances in a 500 seat theatre.

Paris is being staged in June in NSW.

Todd Returns as The Boy From Oz.

Todd McKenney,  the original Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, has decided that 766 performances is not enough.

He's reprising the role with The Production Company in Melbourne at the State Theatre from August 18 until 22.

Keating the Musical World Amateur Premiere

I had great pleasure attending the Old Nick Company's magnificent performance of Keating! which is playing to packed houses in the Theatre Royal Hobart.

Pictured here is me with Scott Farrow who is playing the man himself.

It was an energetic and skillful performance from the cast.

The gala opening was attended by the Premier of Tasmania and a who's who of Hobart.

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Humdingers a Hit

Jack O'Hagan's Humdingers - was a huge hit for the Malvern Theatre and Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne.

The high cholesterol piece of Australian musical fare had packed houses and won rave reviews.  I greatly enjoyed my visit to see the show.

See pictures.

Here is what Theatre People wrote.

SUPA PRODUCTION OF STIFF

Supa Productions of Canberra had a riotous time staging the naughty theatre restaurant comedy Stiff in December.

I attended and was treated to an excellent performance and a lovely dinner at the beautiful Vivaldi Restaurant on the ANU Campus.

Pictured here is the main prop, cast and yours truly.

You can now read excerpts of this script and others. All you have to do is register an account - then search for the show and read the first ten pages on-line.

The Boy From Ballina

The Boy From Oz has been a huge hit in 2009 in venues large and small.

The Ballina Players booked 15 performances for November and December.

They sold out four nights before opening night and had to extend.

Pictured here Peter Allen (Paul Farrell) winds up a song by leaping onto the piano, surrounded by his glamorous dancers.

Ginger Meggs and the Missing Link

Jason Chatfield, the cartoonist who is Ginger Meggs, visited Canberra to see the opening night of Ginger Meggs and the Missing Link at the Belconnen Theatre staged in early October It was a huge thrill for the cast from Music For Everyone. Jason and the cast spent the day taking photos, appearing in TV and radio interviews, visiting the National Library and Museum. Ginger Meggs and the Missing link is a fabulous musical for schools and youth theatres.

Schools and NZ love the 70's and 80's

There has been a surge of interest in Back to the 80's and Disco Inferno

In New Zealand Abbey Music Theatre is staging Disco Inferno for its end of year review. This comes just weeks after a junior production of Rockin Robin.

Whangarei Music Theatre is following with Disco Inferno and Greymouth Operatic is staging Back to the 80's next year.

One of the largest school productions I have ever licenced took place in Launceston.

The Boy From Oz - rolls on amidst sad news

My good friends at PLOS in the Melbourne suburb of Frankston sold almost 5000 tickets to their recent production of The Boy From Oz.

I was dazzled by the energy of the cast and fabulous array of new costumes all made new by their production manager Brett Wingfield.

The next production is at the Gympie Muster this week and Caloundra in October. This pro-am production features Dale Pengelly as Peter Allen.

He was the understudy for Todd McKenney on the first national tour.

Next comes the Tasmanian Premiere by the Encore Theatre in Launceston from October 2.