The Production Company

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The Production Company
Formation 1999
Type Theatre group
Purpose Musical Theatre
Location
Artistic director(s)
Ken Mackenzie-Forbes AM
Website www.theproductioncompany.com.au

The Production Company is an Australian not-for-profit theatre company that stages a series of usually three musicals at the Arts Centre Melbourne each year.

It was launched in 1999 by Jeanne Pratt AC[1] with the goal of providing "professional opportunities for local artists and to entertain Melbourne audiences with the best shows from Broadway and beyond".[2]

The Production Company specialises in revivals of popular and lesser known musicals with short (two week) rehearsal periods and short runs.[3] It has also produced the Australian professional premieres of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Grey Gardens, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Curtains.

Its productions typically feature well-known Australian musical theatre performers such as Caroline O'Connor (Gypsy, Funny Girl), Michael Falzon (Chess), Marina Prior (Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me, Kate), Todd McKenney (The Boy from Oz, La Cage aux Folles) and Amanda Harrison (Anything Goes, Oklahoma!).

Seasons[edit]

The list of early productions can be found on the AusStage[4] database

Awards[edit]

Helpmann Awards[edit]

The Production Company's production of Grey Gardens was nominated for the 2012 Helpmann Award for Best Musical.[22] Performers and creatives who have won Helpmann Awards for their work with The Production Company include Pamela Rabe and Nancye Hayes for Grey Gardens (for Best Female Actor in a Musical and Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, respectively), and David Campbell for Sunset Boulevard (for Best Male Actor in a Musical).

Green Room Awards[edit]

The Production Company's production of Chess received the 2012 Melbourne Green Room Award for Outstanding Musical Production (as well as seven other awards).[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Production Company Celebrates 10th Anniversary". Australian Stage. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Welcome". The Production Company. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Graham Ford. "Crazy For you". Stage Whisper. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Production Company". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Production Company Announces 2007 Season". 16 April 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Michael Finn (18 July 2008). "Follies The Production Company". Australian Stage. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Vito Mattarelli (21 August 2008). "Damn Yankees The Production Company". Australian Stage. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Melita Pereira (3 October 2008). "Mame The Production Company". Australian Stage. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". Stage Whispers. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Darryl Emmerson (13 August 2009). "The Boyfriend The Production Company". Australian Stage. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Simon Parris (18 May 2010). "TPC Expands King & I to Two Week Season". Theatre People. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Simon Parris (8 August 2010). "Boy From Oz". Theatre People. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Simon Parris (30 September 2010). "Sugar". Theatre People. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Simon Parris (9 December 2010). "Boy Bonanza". Theatre People. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Simon Parris (21 July 2011). "Anything Goes". Theatre People. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Simon Parris (18 August 2011). "Kismet". Theatre People. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Simon Parris (24 November 2011). "Grey Gardens". Theatre People. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  18. ^ K.E. Weber (5 July 2012). "Brent Hill - The Producers - Its Good To be The King". Theatre People. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  19. ^ Michelle Pountney (13 August 2012). "Players back in the game". Herald Sun. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  20. ^ Simon Parris (4 October 2012). "Promises Promises". Theatre People. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "The Production Company Announces Season 2013". Stage Whispers. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "2012 Helpmann Award Winners Announced". Stage Whispers. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "2012 Green Room Awards Recipients". Australian Stage Online. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

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