Australia’s Ashleigh Kiven makes her mark in New York 
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by Jessica Poulter
2w ago
Australian triple threat performer Ashleigh Kiven is one to watch after she completed her musical theatre training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City and later gaining professional credits including Disney’s ‘Newsies, the Musical’ .  A New York City dream Venturing to the ‘big apple’ was always on Kiven’s bucket list. When she was awarded a scholarship to train at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, one of the most established arts institutions globally, the dream of becoming a professional performer felt within arm’s reach ..read more
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2023 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominees announced
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by Jessica Poulter
11M ago
Telstra and The Australian Ballet have revealed the five talented dancers selected as nominees for the 2023 Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards. The announcement comes as the partners celebrate the 20th anniversary of these prestigious awards, and toast to one of the longest running arts partnerships in Australia of 39 years. The five dancers nominated for the 2023 Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards include: Adam Elmes Corps de Ballet Dancer, Isobelle Dashwood Soloist, Lilla Harvey Corps de Ballet Dancer, Riley Lapham Coryphée and Katherine Sonnekus&nb ..read more
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Mystical and magical: The Phantom of the Opera arrives in Melbourne
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by Brittany Fry
1y ago
In a modern take on the classic musical, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera arrives at the Arts Centre State Theatre in Melbourne. Opening night was a spectacle with the attendance of many notable members from the entertainment and performing arts industry across Australia. Prior to Melbourne, the new production of the hit musical finished its Australian debut at the Sydney Opera House with rave reviews. The Phantom of the Opera musical is based on the 1910 French novel of the same name written by Gaston Leroux and tells the story of the myste ..read more
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Phantom of the Opera’s Jayde Westaby and Mietta White
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by Jessica Poulter
1y ago
Experience the phenomenon of one of the most successful musicals of all time, when Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary show comes to Melbourne. Dance Writer exclusively speaks with Jayde Westaby (Madame Giry) and Mietta White (Meg Giry) in the Australian production of Phantom of the Opera, opening at Melbourne’s Art Centre from November 2022. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ JAYDE WESTABY (MADAME GIRY) Jayde Westaby (far left) as Madame Giry. Picture by DANIEL BOUD. As a UK born perfor ..read more
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Sydney Dance Company’s Impermanence
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by Olivia Withington
1y ago
A visceral and thrilling exploration of the juxtaposition of beauty and devastation, Rafael Bonachela‘s Impermanence features a commissioned score full of emotional power from Grammy Award-winning composer Bryce Dessner, performed live on stage by the Australian String Quartet. Presenting a reflective approach as to how easily structures and lives can fall apart, the dancers and creatives minds alike come together to pave the audience a pathway to peace and radiance in the midst of shattering change. The Australian String Quartet accompanies the dancers on stage and it is clear ..read more
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Hairspray’s joyous opening performance brings Melbourne to its feet
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by Ruth Fae
1y ago
‘They can keep us from kissing, but they can’t keep us from singing’  Much loved by many, the whimsical joy of Hairspray The Musical sets Melbourne’s Regent Theatre alight. Light and bubbly energy fills the air as the curtain rises to show the engaging Carmel Rodrigues (Tracy Turnblad) ready to welcome the new day with her powerful version of the iconic Good Morning Baltimore.  Tracy is tucked up in bed… but also not. With the bed and floor tilted 90 degrees, this opening scene provides the perfect overview of the character’s passion. Red carpet strewn with LP’s and 45-inch records ..read more
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Hairspray the Musical’s choreographer Dominic Shaw
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by Jessica Poulter
1y ago
Dance Writer had an exclusive chat with the choreographer of the Australian tour of Hairspray the Musical, Dominic Shaw. How has the overall experience been re-choreographing Hairspray The Musical with a stellar Australian cast?  It’s been a joy. It’s always such a privilege to get to re-create Jerry Mitchell’s iconic choreography. This wonderful cast have really embraced and risen to the challenge. Hairspray The Musical. Image supplied. Describe your choreographic process with Hairspray. How do you bring your creative vision to life on the stage?  I start by teaching and defining th ..read more
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The birth of ‘Eireborne’ with Peta Anderson
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by Jessica Poulter
1y ago
Peta Anderson, a revered Irish-tap dancer and choreographer (and also a new mum), is set to launch the Australian tour of the world-class Irish production, Eireborne, as choreographer, co-producer and performer.  A celebration of all things Irish, Eireborne is a riveting rock production, showcasing an astonishing ensemble cast of Irish dancers rockin’ out to a soundtrack of the biggest hits from Irish sensations including U2, Snow Patrol, Van Morrison, Hozier, The Script, The Cranberries, and more. The amazing cast features former Riverdance lead, Luke Chaumont and eight-time Victorian Ir ..read more
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REVIEW: Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical
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by Brett Weldon
1y ago
The opulent and gorgeous State Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne was abuzz with anticipation and excitement for the opening of 9 to 5 The Musical. Notable members of the entertainment and performing arts industry held themselves with quiet poise and grace as those of us who are not so, snuck sideways glances and muttered to our friends about who we spotted in the crowd.  Such is the joy of live theatre. Every experience is different, from each performance to who one may brush against getting to one’s seat.  A large golden and sparkling ‘9 to 5’ adorned the stage as the orchestra warme ..read more
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SIX the Musical: explosively changing history to HERstory
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by Ruth Fae
1y ago
Electric, vibrant, and beautifully challenging, SIX The Musical was met with a well-deserved standing ovation on opening night at the perfectly intimate setting of Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. An energetic buzz filled the air as the audience, wearing typical Melbourne Winter black interspersed with a thorough dose of theatrical sparkle, eagerly awaited the performance of this renowned, award-winning musical hit. SIX The Musical is simply brilliant. Through incredibly well-written and performed music and song, its luminous and reflective core speaks to every member of the entranced audience. Eve ..read more
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