Musicals Statement of Purpose
- To celebrate and support Australian music theatre.
- To provide a developmental channel for
new work, and promote existing work through performance.
- To host an annual event fostering awareness for Australian music theatre as a cultural asset.
About OzMade Musicals
OzMade Musicals is
the premiere national celebration of Australian-written musical theatre.
annually since 2003, OzMade Musicals shines a spotlight on Australian
musical theatre writing and gives encouragement and exposure to new
OzMade Musicals consists of two phases: a work-shopping / development opportunity for selected new Australian musicals (including for each to rehearse and create a performance vignette of scene and song), and a staged public concert before a live audience.
Following its Statement of Purpose, OzMade Musicals:
and supports Australian musical theatre,
- provides a developmental channel for new work, while promoting existing work through performance
- hosts an annual event fostering awareness for Australian musical theatre as a cultural asset.
The concert debuts the developed vignettes of new work (known as 'On The Drawing Board'), which are supported by highlight performances from existing Australian musicals (known as 'OzMade Flashbacks').
Why OzMade Musicals is important
Because musical theatre is important, and so are the Australians that are writing it.
In Australia, musical theatre is largely dominated by the import of international work, and Australian audiences are often denied hearing their local voice. Through OzMade Musicals, the Australian voice, and the work of Australian theatre makers, has been celebrated and uniquely promoted since 2003.
As one of the most complex genres of the performing arts, musical theatre fuses the languages of music, drama, dance and design into a popular and accessible art form. The careful balance of these different mediums takes time to perfect, and in places where local musical theatre is successful (the US and the UK), many development opportunities exist for writers with new work. OzMade Musicals is the premier annual development platform for Australian-written musical theatre, and has invested a major focus on providing work-shopping support to new material.
The musical, as an art form, inevitably intersects with the world of commercial theatre. Musicals are dependent on the willingness of commercial producers and investors to take a risk on new, developing work. A key purpose of OzMade Musicals is to enable new work, or important work from the past, to be seen and heard, to be developed, and to invite the interest of those who may wish to support it. OzMade Musicals is performed to an audience which comprises of commercial producers, critics, theatre makers and investors.
OzMade Musicals is the leading advocate for Australian musical theatre. It has been since the first showcase in 2003, and is gaining momentum every year.
"As an Australian working in New York, you can sense that there is a real changing of the guard here, that the musical theatre industry is looking elsewhere for innovators and new talent.
Currently, no-one is doing this better than Magnormos, and their efforts are vital, innovative and necessary."
OzMade Musicals was inaugurated on Australia Day, January 26th 2003, as part of the official Australia Day celebrations at Federation Square. The gala showcase was presented later in the day at Theatreworks, St. Kilda.
Programmed via submissions to Australian Musicals.com, OzMade Musicals 2003 featured selections from 17 Australian-written musicals from writers nationwide. More >
"an eye-opening look at what Australian writers are concerned with ... exemplary ... If Australian musical theatre doesn't have a resurgence, it won't be through lack of trying by [Magnormos]"
- Fiona Scott Norman (The Age)
"After OzMade Musicals, I'm well on the way to becoming one of
Magnormos' most devoted fans. I'm looking forward to making this
my Australia Day tradition!"
-Kim Edwards (Vibewire)
"a landmark production"
-Frank Van Straten (ABC)
2004, OzMade Musicals was again held on Australia Day (January 26th) and
this time presented in the BMW Edge, Federation Square - hosted by Eddie
Perfect. With a concentrated focus on individual musicals and/or
writer(s), 10 Australian-written musicals were presented, including all
three 2003 Green Room Award nominees for Best Original Book and/or Music
and Lyrics (All Het Up, After the Beep
and Joe Starts Again) as well as Metro Street, which went on
to win the 2004 Pratt Prize for Music Theatre More >
OzMade Musicals is not just an idea, it is the backbone
for the future development of the Australian musical.
Purcell, Musical Director (West End/Broadway) Composer (Rebecca, Atlantis)
2005, OzMade Musicals went through a structural development, allowing it to
fully realise the mission of supporting both new and existing
works. Held on Friday October 21st and hosted by Queenie van de Zandt
(as Jan van de Stool), OzMade Musicals 2005 incorporated both On The
segments and OzMade Flashbacks to achieve this.
The Drawing Board, a concept Magnormos initiated in its successful 'Out
of the Blue' festival, is for
un-performed works of Australian Music Theatre and available to writers
across Australia. The opportunity includes a week-long workshopping
process, and a 15 minute summarised presentation at the OzMade Musicals gala
showcase. The work is directly connected to an audience of industry
peers and general public, who are given the opportunity to provide written
and verbal feedback. The presentation is filmed and offered back to
the writers as a DVD product.
In 2005, four works were selected for the On The Drawing Board
THE BEAUTY SPOT
by David W. Young (VIC)
Frank Christie, Frank Clarke by Peter Flemming and Allan McFadden
Marlow/Shakespeare - Love and Other Afflictions by Stephen Hyde (TAS)
Premature Ejaculation - the musical by Robert Dalle Molle (VIC)
Supporting these works, five Australian musicals were presented as OzMade
Flashbacks, reminding us of some of the great shows that have been
included in previous OzMade Musicals
These included All Het Up,
Water Into Wine, Paris, Rebecca-the Musical and Metro
OzMade Musicals 2005 was also proud to launch of the Premiere Cast Recording
of 'A Bunch of Ratbags', featuring the cast from the Magnormos Music
Theatre Readings Program presentation. More >
2006, OzMade Musicals was presented on Sunday November 19th at Theatreworks
and hosted by Julia Zemiro. Three works were selected for the On
The Drawing Board component - including the first work from the Northern
Territory ever presented at OzMade Musicals:
Mr. Takahashi and Other Falling Secrets
by Sandra Thibodeaux and Shellie Morris (NT)
James and Maggie by Peter Yeldham
and David Reeves (NSW)
Love Equals by Craig Christie and Kristin Keam (VIC)
The OzMade Flashbacks focused on the
terrific activity of 2006, and featured highlights from Silly Season,
After The Beep, The White Rose, Nostradamus, Eurobeat, Virgins and
Up!. OzMade Musicals 2006 also proudly united the three music
theatre training institutions in Victoria, with items contributed from
Monash University, the Victorian College of the Arts, and the University of
Ballarat Arts Academy - who all presented Australian musicals in 2006. More >
five successful years in 2007, OzMade Musicals was presented on Monday
December 10th at the Athenaeum Theatre Melbourne, hosted by Tony Sheldon.
Two works were selected for the On The Drawing Board component:
by Peter Pinne and Paul Dellit (QLD)
Happy Medium by Peter J Casey (ACT)
The OzMade Flashbacks followed the
2007 Prompt Musicals program theme of 'Strong Women in Song', and included a
line-up of special guest 'leading ladies'. Musicals presented included
highlights from Love Equals, Careful He Might Hear You, Mary Bryant,
Summer Rain, Ned Kelly, and
Sideshow Alley. More >
sixth OzMade Musicals was presented on Monday November 17th at the Athenaeum
Theatre, hosted by Tony Sheldon. Three new works were debuted On
The Drawing Board:
Life's A Circus
by Anthony Costanzo (VIC)
Pink by Joanna White (VIC)
Better Than Broadway by David Mitchell, Melvyn Morrow
and Ray Cook (NSW)
The OzMade Flashbacks
included Better Known as Bea performed by Toni Lamond,The Sentimental Bloke performed by Michael Cormick and Brett Wood, Everything's F***ed performed by Chelsea Plumley, and Lola Montez performed by students from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy.
After a break in 2009, OzMade Musicals returned on Monday November 15th for the first time at Melbourne's Comedy Theatre, hosted by Rhonda Burchmore. Four new works were debuted On
The Drawing Board:
The Effect of Alchemy by Anthony Costanzo (VIC) and James Millar (NSW)
La Creole by Julia Plummer, Nicholas Gentile and Cheryl Sawyer (NSW)
Lottie - the Musical by Katy Forde and Aleathea Monsour (QLD)
Flinders St - A Swing Dance Musical by Brian Fitzgerald (VIC)
The OzMade Flashbacks included Grand Central performed by Christie Whelan and James Bryers, Hey Florence! performed by Frankie Arena, Once We Lived Here performed by Esther Hannaford and Sally Bourne, Moses the Spirit of Freedom performed by Rose Sejean, and The Hatpin performed by Sophie Thomas.
In the tenth anniversary year of Magnormos OzMade Musicals made a glittering return to the Comedy Theatre on Monday August 27th, hosted by Aaron Joyner. Two new works were debuted On
The Drawing Board:
Partners by Anthony Costanzo (VIC) and Peter Fitzpatrick (VIC)
HAPPY PEOPLE by Matthew Robinson (VIC)
The OzMade Flashbacks included Gobsmacked! performed by Nikki Aitken and DreamSong performed by Sam Ludeman and students from VCA Music Theatre More >
(Top Right) Abelard and Heloise from OzMade Musicals 2003 at Federation
Square featuring Lisa Crosato
Suddenly Single from OzMade Musicals 2007 featuring Paul
Watson, Chris Buchanan and Nicholas Kong
Summer Rain from OzMade Musicals 2007 featuring Nancye
(Why OzMade is Important)
OzMade Musicals 2004 featuring Rosemarie Harris
from OzMade Musicals 2003 at Federation Square featuring (from left to
right) Scott Mackenzie, Bryce Baumgarten, Robert Harsley and Dan
Metro Street from OzMade Musicals 2004 featuring (from left to right)
Katrina Wellins, Matthew Heyward, Robyn Arthur, Rosemarie Harris and Matthew Robinson
THE BEAUTY SPOT from OzMade Musicals 2005 featuring Kellie Rode.
Eurobeat from OzMade Musicals 2006 featuring Helen Yotis
James and Maggie from OzMade Musicals 2006 faturing Meg Hoult and Jeremiah Tickell
The Happy Medium from OzMade Musicals 2007 featuring Matt Hetherington (foreground), Sam Ludeman, Jensen Overend and Reece Budin (background)Metro Street from OzMade Musicals 2004 featuring (from left to right)
ABunch of Ratbags image taken from the official artwork of the premiere Cast Recording, logo created by Lauren Elise
Better Than Broadway from OzMade Musicals 2008 featuring Erin Cornell
Better Known as Bea from OzMade Musicals 2008 featuring Toni Lamond
Lottie - the musical from OzMade Musicals 2010 featuring Glen Hogstrom
Grand Central from OzMade Musicals 2010 featuring Christie Whelan and James Bryers
DreamSong from OzMade Musicals 2012 featuring Sam Ludeman
Happy People from OzMade Musicals 2012 featuring Matt Heyward and Alex Rathgeber