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A New Opportunity for Australian Music Theatre Writers

ANMT_LogoToday I am very excited to announce that a new, never previously offered, opportunity for Australian Music Theatre Writers (Music/Lyrics/Book) is now available from the Academy for New Music Theatre based in Los Angeles.

This two-year, online course, is one of the most rigorous and exciting programs available in the USA for aspiring musical theatre writers.  Now for the first time, it is being made available online, outside of the USA, and only to Australian writers!

You can download the brochure here

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Academy of New Musical Theatre Biennial Conference

Gregg_Maday_Warner Bros_Michael_Jung_DisneyThis major LA-based conference dealing specifically with the business of musical theatre business (‘The Biz of the Musical Theatre Biz’) was held over the weekend of July 20-22.  Organised by the Academy of New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles, under the leadership of Executive Director, Scott Guy, the conference attracted over 50 participants from all over the United States.

Two comprehensive articles about the conference have been written by journalist, Ed. Rampell, for the LA Stage Times.  Spread over two articles; the first appearing in the 28 July, 2012 edition (Music To Their Ears: ANMT’s Bi-Annual Musical Theater Writers Conference), the second, (Music to Their Ears — The ANMT Sequel) the day following, provides a comprehensive overview of the conference themes and panels.  It is worth taking the time to read. Continue Reading →

Another Victim in The Demise of Tertiary Music in Australia: Vale ANU School of Music

ANU_School_of_MusicShould we lament the news, as part of the necessary change management process underway at ANU, of the catastrophic consequences for its School of Music?  Quite obviously, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”  The raison d’être for this decision is almost invariably complex and similar to the previous loss of other notable music departments in Australia – not the least being the infamous demise of La Trobe University’s music department; quite possibly the most disgraceful act of academic and political confabulation and shortsighted stupidity by a university Senior Management Team within the last 20 years in Australia. Continue Reading →

In Full Voice: SMH Article on Australian Musical Theatre Development

CATS_ImageThe article about which I am offering an opinion can be read here: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/musicals/in-full-voice-20120428-1xrhl.html

Whereas, it is not factually accurate, as Dean Bryant suggests that ”Musicals in Australia are probably by far the most popular form of live performing arts.” he’s not that far from being right.  Live music performance in the ‘contemporary popular music’ genre is that most popular form of live performing arts in this country.  The apposite point is that the musical theatre genre is a significant contributor to the health of the live performing arts sector in Australia.  Without it, much other theatre would languish in its wake. Continue Reading →

Another Amazing Kinshasa Orchestra Story

60_Minutes_Logo_Joy_In_Congo_StoryAkin to my post on the Kinshasa Symphony from a few weeks back; having learned of the documentary that was made by two German filmmakers, here is a follow-up story on this remarkable ensemble in the Congo – beautifully constructed and edited by the American, 60 Minutes Team – that just continues to inspire.  There is something about this story that just touches the hearts and minds of many of my friends and colleagues.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7404678n

Listen for the voice-over line:  “They’re faces change when they do their music” and watch the vision.  It says everything!

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