CMU School of Drama

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Why International Bias Has Caused Few Opportunities For Australian Musical Theatre Creators And Performers Last week’s nominations for the Helpmann Awards, which recognize the performing arts in Australia, have caused a storm of discussion, particularly about the state of Australian musical theatre. The winners will be announced on July 26.

There are exciting new Australian works nominated in dance, theatre, and cabaret. But it is undeniable that the musical theatre nominations reflect a strong bias towards international content and artists. Although it may be thrilling for audiences to see shows direct from Broadway, they provide few opportunities for Australian performers and creative teams at the highest level.

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