DSP News

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 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.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie the Musical

I had great pleasure attending a wonderful production of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie the Musical by the Queanbeyan Players.

With a large talented cast of adults and children, in the beautiful surrounds of the new Q theatre - it was an artistic and commercial success.

The Canberra times wrote "Children and adults alike were enthralled to the end. An enchanting production."

Fabulous New Theatre Website

The upgraded Stage Whispers website has many new features.


Promote an entire set of costumes/props or style for just $11.

Advertise your show on the front page for $40.

Or just visit the site for regular updates on What's On, Reviews and News or Features.

Pictured here is the Trojan Horse used by Savoyards in Brisbane. Savoyards staged an updated script and score of Paris by Jon English and David Mackay in September and October.