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    July 12, 2024
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Is Australian Theatre Back to Business As Usual? And What Exactly Is That? 
Friday 7/12/24, at 5:00pm ET

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In the room: Australian producer Neil Gooding (Back to the Future in London and New York, Holding The Man in London, UK productions of What's New Pussycat and Little Voice; Australian premieres of Gutenberg! The Musical!, Dogfight and 33 Variations and New York productions of Harmony, Islander, Church and State, Handle with Care, The 39 Steps); Nancye Hayes, member of the Order of Australia for services to the entertainment industry, legendary Australian actress, dancer, singer and choreographer/director and narrator, a leading figure in Australian musical theatre (starred in Sweet Charity, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street, Annie, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park, Follies and Australian productions of new work) as well as plays (Born Yesterday, Same Time Next Year, Stepping Out, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and new work); Paul J. Hodge, an award-winning writer-composer from Brisbane (Clinton the Musical Off-Broadway, London, Edinburgh, Western Australia, JOH for P.M.; upcoming Martin Guerre); Michael Tyack, one of Australia’s top musical directors  (most recently Come from Away; plus Side by Side by Sondheim, Chess, The Wizard of Oz, Jerry’s Girls, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, High School Musical, Dusty, Brigadoon, Blood Brothers, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Green Room Award for The Witches of Eastwick, plus a Green Room Award for the original and Hugh Jackman tours of Boy From Oz).  A 14 hour time difference is the easy part. Australia and the US are worlds apart in terms of a career path in theater, the development of new works and the very business itself.  What can we learn from each other?

    As a director, Neil was nominated for a 2009 Helpmann Award and a 2009 Green Room Award for the Australian premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical!. He has also been nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics Award for his direction of the Australian premiere of Dogfight. Directing highlights include the Australian premieres of Stalking The Bogeyman and The Bridges Of Madison County and the World Premiere of Paris (in concert), The Red Tree and Becoming Bill. Other highlights include the New York Production of Church And State (Asst. Director), Passion, The Hatpin (Asst. Director). Neil was also assistant director to Gale Edwards for the launch concert of Kookaburra Music Theatre Company. As Producer / Director Neil has created many productions including Sing on Through Tomorrow (a song revue of the music of Matthew Robinson); LOVEBiTES by Peter Rutherford and James Millar; Love Letters (starring Ian Stenlake and Rachael Beck), Truth Beauty And A Picture Of You and High Fidelity (Hayes Theatre Co); the national tour of Thank You for Being A Friend; as well as Side by Side by Sondheim and Diciasette (starring Mark Vincent). His producing work internationally includes the New York productions of Church and State, Handle with Care; The 39 Steps; Alan Cumming’s one-man version of Macbeth on Broadway; as well as being a financial investor in It’s Only A Play and The Ferryman. In London’s West End, NGP has produced the hit Australian play, Holding the Man, Cyrano and the upcoming Back to the Future. 



    is one of Australia’s favourite theatrical actresses. She is an accomplished actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director. She began her career with J.C. Williamson Theatres Ltd as a chorus member in My Fair Lady. She went on to star in many major musical productions including Sweet Charity, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Guys & Dolls and 42nd Street. Most recently Nancye performed in the musical Half Time (Nineteen 98 Productions) at The Hayes, Ripcord for State Theatre of South Australia and her one woman show Hayes at The Hayes for which she received best cabaret performance by The Sydney Theatre Awards. Other credits etc. Other credits include Minnie and Laraz (Melbourne Theatre Co), Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with Todd McKenney for the Ensemble Theatre, Follies in Concert (Story Board Entertainment) , Sondheim on Sondheim (Manilla Street Productions), as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Harvest Rain), as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (State Theatre Company SA), in Beyond Desire (Neil Rutherford Productions/Hayes Theatre Co), as Miss Hannigan in the Australian Tour of Annie (The Gordon Frost Organisation), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Jerry’s Girls (The Production Company), Grey Gardens, Follies, Oklahoma, Music Man, Funny Girl, Brigadoon (The Production Co.), Murderers (Ensemble), A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), and Sunday in the Park with George (Victorian Opera). Nancye Hayes has made a significant contribution as a theatre director. Her credits include The Boy from Oz, Sweet Charity, Gypsy (The Production Co.), Crazy for You and The World Goes Round (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), Australia’s Leading Ladies Concert (Brisbane Festival), The Wizard of Oz (GFO/SEL/Macks Entertainment) and Noel & Gertie (Christine Dunstan Productions). Nancye has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Green Room Awards, The Sydney Theatre Awards and The Helpmann Awards. Nancye was honoured with The Order of Australia Award with an OAM in 1981 and an AM in 2014.


    is an award-winning writer-composer from Brisbane, Australia. Paul’s work has been produced Off-Broadway, in London, Edinburgh and Australia. With Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the Academy Award-nominated and Tony Award-winning writers of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, Paul is co-lyricist of Martin Guerre, which will premiere in London. Paul is currently developing the musical adaptation of the iconic children’s TV show Round The Twist.  Round The Twist was produced by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, premiered on the BBC and has aired in over 70 countries over 30 years, including on the Disney Channel in Europe and Fox Kids in the US.  The musical adaptation is directed by Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies).


    began working as a professional musician for J.C. Williamsons in Melbourne, cutting his teeth on musicals such as A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Irene, Man of La Mancha and The Wiz. Michael moved to Sydney to conduct the STC’s Chicago then was MD for their productions of The Stripper, Four Lady Bowlers, Jonah, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Falsettos, Miracle City and Summer Rain as well as providing music for several of their plays. He has been involved with most major musicals including Cats, Phantom Of the Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Crazy for You, Spamalot, Singing in the Rain, The King and I, South Pacific, Anything Goes, The Lion King, Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Addams Family, A Chorus Line and others. He has been Musical Director of many shows including, Side by Side by Sondheim, Chess, The Wizard of Oz, Jerry’s Girls, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, High School Musical, Dusty, Brigadoon, Blood Brothers, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Witches of Eastwick (receiving a Green Room Award), plus the original and Hugh Jackman tours of Boy From Oz, (receiving a Green Room Award). He was also awarded a Green Room Award and a Helpmann Award for the musical direction of the Disney/Cameron Macintosh production of Mary Poppins. Recently Michael was Musical Director for the Australian production of Come From Away. Michael’s cabaret and concert credits are extensive, having worked with Australian and overseas artists including Megan Hilty, Sutton Foster, Betty Buckley, Aaron Tveit, Jennifer Holliday, Michael Ball, Conchita Wurst, David Campbell, Caroline O’Connor, Nancye Hayes, Phillip Quast, Eddie Perfect, Trevor Ashley, Toni Lamond, Philip Quast, Tim Draxl, and Judi Connelli both here and abroad.