THE Australian production of Love Never Dies, the sequel to Broadway’s longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, moves from Melbourne to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on January 12, 2012. After debuting on London’s West End, Love Never Dies underwent a rewrite before opening at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on May 21 starring Ben Lewis as the Phantom and Anna Byrne as Christine. The musical will play Sydney until April 1. Dressing Roomers hears the production will likely head to New York next for a season on Broadway.
GOLD Coast Little Theatre will hold auditions for its staging of the controversial play Daughters of Heaven at its Southport Theatre on January 15 from 10am. The show’s season will run from April 14 to May 5, with matinees on April 22 and 29. Based on a real-life 1954 murder in Christchurch, Daughters of Heaven tells the story of teen girls Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, who bludgeoned Pauline’s mother, Victoria Park, to death with a brick in a stocking. Call director Pam Sexton on 0414 186 226.
BRISBANE short play production company It Plays To Move has extended an invitation to theatre lovers to attend its weekly short plays, performed as Moved Readings, in the hope companies may be inspired to incorporate the works as curtain raisers to major productions in 2012. The company produces and presents Australian short plays, influenced by the acting philosophies of Jerzy Grotowski and written by Australian contemporary playwrights. Some of the works have won awards at events including Short + Sweet – the world’s largest short play festival. The company workshops in Auchenflower, Brisbane, on Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm and 7pm to 10pm. Call Mark Theodosiou on 0412 786 549.
MICHAEL Lill knew he wanted to direct a production of Doubt, by John Patrick Shanley, from the moment he read the script. And he did. Now, he’s thrilled to be given the
ACTOR Danny Devito is set to make his West End debut in 2012 after landing a new theatre role. Producer Sonia Friedman tells Britain’s Daily Mail the Twins star will appear alongside Richard Griffiths in Neil Simon’s comedy The Sunshine Boys, about a retired vaudeville double act. ‘‘I think these two – Richard and Danny – and the play will be just what we need to give us all a lift,’’ she says. The production will debut at an as-yet-undisclosed London theatre in April.
Love Never Dies chance to reprise the play in January as a co-production with Javeenbah Theatre Company. A superb drama that explores moral uncertainty, Doubt is set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, where a strong-minded nun wrestles with conscience and indecision as she is faced with concerns about one of her male colleagues. The play was turned into a feature film starring Meryl Streep – need we say more! Lill first staged the show in Murwillumbah in May but, due to popular demand, chose to reprise it. In 2005, Doubt won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, a Tony Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. Javeenbah’s season runs from January 20 to February 4 at its Nerang playhouse. Call 5596 0300 to book.
The Australian production of moves from Melbourne to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on January 12