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*Saturday, May 9th (8:00pm): Stonewall’s Musical Theatre Spectacular

*Sunday, May 10th (time to be advised on Todd McKenney’s Facebook page): Mother’s Day Live with Todd McKenney!

*Sunday, May 10th (7:30pm): Here’s To The Ladies!

*Monday, May 11th (7:00pm): Lights Up On The Arts

*Monday, May 11th (7:00pm): Story Chunder

*Tuesday, May 12th (7:00pm) Heart Sounds (see below)


Heart Sounds

Join the theatre community for Heart Sounds, an online concert streaming on International Nurses Day, Tuesday, May 12th 2020.

International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. In 2020, not only are we celebrating this special day, the World Health Organisation has officially declared 2020 ‘The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife’.  The Covid-19 crisis has drawn into sharp focus the importance and extraordinary contribution that the entire healthcare workforce provides our community, locally and globally, giving further cause to recognise workers across all areas of healthcare.

Heart Sounds brings together a collection of Australia’s most luminous artists of stage, screen and music, with insights from front line healthcare workers. Hosted by the sensational Virginia Gay, Heart Sounds features performances direct from the homes of David CampbellGorgi CoghlanLucy DurackRebecca GibneyGeraldine HakewillJoel JacksonBert LaBonteMaggie McKennaZahra NewmanOkenyoEddie PerfectJemma RixHayden Tee and more.

Heart Sounds is proudly presented by Oriel Entertainment and Alex Rathgeber.

The event will be live streamed for free starting at 7:00pm at


Sydney’s Theatre Royal to reopen in 2021

Leading global live entertainment company Trafalgar Entertainment (TE) has announced its agreement with the New South Wales (NSW) Government to become the new operator of Sydney’s Theatre Royal, in a 55-year sublease.

Today’s announcement signals the beginning of a new era for TE in Australia and points a confident way forward for the Theatre Royal, which is planned to reopen in August 2021 as the cornerstone of TE’s Asia-Pacific operation.

Future audiences at the Theatre Royal will enjoy a venue that is a great size for audiences, performers and producers, beautifully refurbished to international standards and with a diverse programme of first-class productions. ‘Sydney Gets it First’ will be the company’s byline.  TE has a strong track record of working in collaboration with the best Australian and international theatre via its unparalleled industry networks.  The Theatre Royal will also act as a hub for live-streaming of theatre content and extensive community and educational engagement via TE’s subsidiaries; market-leading event cinema distributor Trafalgar Releasing and Stagecoach, the leading international provider of extra-curricular creative arts education for young people.

The full media release can be read at

An artist’s impression of the Theatre Royal, MLC Centre (view from King Street).



National Assistance Program for the Arts

A group of arts and culture philanthropists have come together to provide a $1.5 million support program for the COVID-19 affected arts sector.

Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders Network is coordinating the distribution of philanthropic funds into the Australian arts sector, in partnership with Creative Partnerships Australia and the Australian Cultural Fund, in the form of a National Assistance Program for the Arts.

The program will distribute one-off grants of $1,000 each on the basis of need, experience, and talent. The alumni of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship program will assess applications to the program.

In coordinating our efforts, we hope to provide immediate relief for some artists and arts workers experiencing hardship. We recognise that our recovery from this emergency will be long and we will be there, with our community, for the duration of that journey. We know the need in the community exceeds our capacity, but we will do what we can to help those who need it most.

Application to the program will open at 9.00am AEST on Thursday 7 May 2020 and close at midnight AEST on Sunday 10 May 2020. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in the week beginning 11 May 2020.

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the program can be found at

Applications can be made via this link:


Drama League Awards

First awarded in 1922 and formalised in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honours in America. They are the only major theatre awards chosen by a cross-section of the theatre community, specifically, by the industry professionals, producers, artists, audiences, and critics who are Drama League members nationwide.

The nominations were announced during The Gratitude Awards by Beetlejuice’s Alex Brightman and Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer  with Moulin Rouge picking up 3 nominations including Outstanding Production of a Musical.

Award winners will be announced by via live-stream in June. Congratulations to everyone involved!



Hope Initiative: The Sooterkin

Featuring the talents of Julia Davis, Joshua Gardiner, Penny Larkins, James Millar, Tom Milton, Meredith O’Reilly and Paris Naumovski, The Sooterkin (Written by Diana Simmonds) is an adaptation from the novel by Tom Gilling.

The Sooterkin, revolves around the bizarre birth of a child who appears to be more seal than human. As the extraordinary news spreads through the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land (present-day Tasmania) during the winter of 1821, mystified residents flock to investigate. The local reverend hypothesises a virgin birth, but the town’s resident science “expert” suspects that the pup may be akin to the mysterious sooterkin-a monstrous, mythical creature born to women in Holland. In spite of its unusual physiology, the child’s mother and brother accept the family’s newest member and protect it from the clutches of outsiders, who want to exploit the sooterkin baby for profit.

Highlights and a Q & A with Diana Simmonds can be viewed at



Get excited as Choreographer Michael Ralph’s production SELF comes to our computer screens in a special encore broadcast.  SELF is described as a dance-theatre piece. It is promoted as “a thought-provoking journey into the psyche of an Artist and the human condition. As artists in this fast-paced and modern world, we lose ourselves in our work and life and can often struggle to cope with the pressures and expectations involved. SELF explores this through one man’s journey to find his true self.”

Having enjoyed a 2017 at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel, this is one show you don’t want to miss!

Further information can be found at

Michael Ralph in SELF.


Next to Normal

The 2017 TheatreWorks production of Next to Normal starring Australian David Harris as Dan will be live-streamed from Saturday, May 9th at 10:00am to Monday, May 11th at 10:00am on the TheatreWorks website at

Next To Normal follows the story of Diana Goodman, a suburban mum, as she comes to terms with her bipolar disorder and the effect her struggle has on her family. It is a gripping and honest portrayal of how one suburban family grapples with mental illness touching on issues such as grieving, suicide, drug abuse and ethics in modern psychiatry. This contemporary musical deals tenderly with how far two parents will go to keep their family’s world intact.

Christiane Noll and David Harris in TheatreWorks musical, “Next to Normal”. (photo from TheatreWorks)



Arts Centre Melbourne’s Big Night In – You Raise Me Up

Featuring John Foreman’s Aussie Pop Orchestra, Marina Prior, Josh Piterman, Meghan Picerno, Mirusia, Aled Jones and Mark Vincent, this week’s performance was dedicated to front-line workers across the world. Listen to their beautiful rendition of You Raise Me Up at


‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ – Daniele Buatti and Kala Gare

Listen to the beautiful performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water by Kala Gare (SIX) and Home Grown’s Daniele Buatti at


‘I Will Survive’ – Amy Lehpamer

Leading lady of Australian theatre, Amy Lehpamer (Beautiful, School of Rock) was given the task of picking  a song from a Michael Cassel Group produced show (that I haven’t performed in) and re-imagine it. Here is her rendition of I Will Survive. You can watch it at .