2008 Magnormos provided development assistance to three new Australian
musicals; Life's A Circus by Anthony Costanzo, Pink by Joanna
White, and Better Than Broadway by David Mitchell, Melvyn Morrow and
Ray Cook. This assistance culminated in the presentation of a fifteen
minute vignette of each of the works at Magnormos’ OzMade Musicals,
held at Melbourne’s iconic Athenaeum Theatre on Monday 17 November 2008.
The all-star line-up of talent included Anne Wood, Shaun Murphy, Annie
Phelan, Jane Badler, Laura Fitzpatrick, Chris Parker, and Don Bridges.
Musicals 2008 also celebrated four previously successful Australian
musicals as OzMade Flashbacks. These ‘flashbacks’ included a segment from
Lola Montez to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this landmark musical
performed by students from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, the 2008 AWGIE Award
winning Everything's F***ed performed by Chelsea Plumley, The
Sentimental Bloke performed by Michael Cormick, and a superlative
performance from Better Known As Bee by Toni Lamond, which served to
remind everyone why she is one of the great stars of musical theatre.
OzMade Musicals 2008 was a
landmark night for Australian musical theatre writing, and the Australian
musical theatre industry. With as many recognisable faces in the audience as
there were on stage, the foyer was abuzz with responses to the strength of
the new writing presented in OzMade Musicals, and optimism about the future
of Australian musical theatre.