Friday, September 30, 2011

Fringe Festival Special

Melbourne Fringe Festival is in full swing, so we take the opportunity to catch up with fellow JOY host Daniel Kilby (pictured) who is presenting The Things I Learned in High School. We'll also talk to Lolita La Tex who is part of the Anything Goes Cabaret, Jenny Wynter who's performing The Unexpected Variety Show and Tommy Bradson from Pirate Rhapsody, Mermaid Requiem. And we'll play some tracks by Sutton Foster and Caroline O'Connor.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Director Roger Hodgman is our special guest

Roger Hodgman was Artistic Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) for twelve years. He's directed theatre, opera, musical theatre and TV drama in Australia and internationally for over 30 years. He's currently working as director on the new Aussie musical Strange Bedfellows. We'll talk to him about the Stephen Sondheim shows he's directed for the MTC and the Production Company, Sweeney Todd, Assassins, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods and Follies. And we'll also talk to cabaret legend Jon Jackson about his show What the World Needs Now, which is playing at Downstairs at Alma's.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Spring Awakening Special

Spring Awakening is described as "an electrifying fusion of morality, rebellion, sexual awakening and rock & roll that is thrilling audiences across the world like no other musical in years". The premiere production won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score and skyrocketed Glee's Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff to stardom. Monash Uni Student Theatre and Monash University Academy of Performing Arts are presenting Spring Awakening as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and we're joined by two of the performers, Tom Halls and Jacob Thomas, who share their insights into the production. Be warned, this show contains adult themes and occasional coarse language.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

West Side Story and Mercedes Benz... Awkwardly

Tomorrow night we are joined by two of the stars of the VCA's new production of West Side Story, Connor Crawford who plays Riff, and Phoebe Panaretos who is Anita. We'll also speak to Hannah Williams (pictured) who is presenting her show Mercedes Benz... Awkwardly as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. And we'll play tracks by Alfie Boe, Billy Porter and Anthony Warlow.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blake Bowden is our special guest

Blake Bowden has appeared on stage in Dirty Dancing, The Boy from Oz, Jekyll and Hyde, West Side Story and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. He's also a finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment and will perform with the other finalists at Her Majesty's Theatre on Monday 10 October.