“Home Grown celebrates its 5th anniversary on Sunday with a concert celebration at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel. We asked founders of Home Grown, Nick Hedger and Ben Nicholson, to compile their Top 10 Home Grown Highlights from the past five years and here they are … all ELEVEN of them!”
“Before Evita opens in Melbourne next month, audiences will have the opportunity to hear Kurt Kansley perform one of his original songs tonight at the final Home Grown event for 2018. Hopefully it will be just the start of many more performances of his original works back home.”
"This collaboration between Trevor Jones, AussieTheatre.com and Home Grown is designed to promote some of the amazing work by Australian composers and lyricists and help it to become more accessible for performers all over the world."
"An absolutely stellar night of performances, of too many songs and stars to name, but a wonderful tribute to one of Australia’s greatest theatrical names. Home Grown, under the direction of Jason Langley and the fabulous accompaniment of Michael Tyack on piano and with the help of Chapel Off Chapel, City of Stonnington, MTI Australiasia and Hedger and Nicholson, put on a delightful show that would be delightful to see tour or make a comeback in the future."
"Home Grown have assembled an impressive line up for the Songs of Nick Enright. It’s all happening tomorrow night at Chapel Off Chapel! This star-studded cast will all come together for one night only in Home Grown’s latest Songbook Series: The Songs of Nick Enright."
"With special permission from the Enright estate, the Home Grown Songbook Series proudly presents 'The Songs of Nick Enright.' Dedicated to the songs and theatrical works of the late Nick Enright and his collaborations with Terrence Clarke, David King, Max Lambert,, Alan John and Glenn Henrich..."
"Nick Hedger and Ben Nicholson, young entrepreneurs and composers, launch a new initiative, Grassroots, and Coral Drouin is excited. When talented young composers Nick Hedger and Ben Nicholson started the Home Grown Series two years ago, they had no idea where it would lead. Young and super talented, they were looking for a way..."
"It’s Home Grown’s 2nd birthday, so to celebrate we have the Top 10 Home Grown Highlights from the last two years."
‘I’m really proud to see that this young writing team, Hedger and Nicholson, graduates from WAAPA, have set up a site called HomeGrownAus. Basically it’s like the new musical theatre website they have in the States; really young emerging writers who have published their works for the first time and people get to purchase them and sing them. They’ve set up an Australian equivalent and that’s really as a result of the need out there to have this music accessible to every teacher everywhere,’ said Torbay.
When talented young Australian writing pair Nick Hedger and Ben Nicholson noticed a lack of ability within the Australian theatre industry to showcase new music theatre, they devised a way to fix this problem almost immediately. Because of their hard work and obvious dedication to their craft, Home Grown was born...
Home Grown has successfully provided an audience not only for them, but also for other writers, performers, friends and industry supporters that want to make sure that Australia has a legacy of strong original content in the future of the musical theatre world.
If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in a musical theatre YouTube vortex, chance are that you’ve stumbled across clips of some of your favourite Broadway stars performing some pretty awesome, yet relatively unknown pieces at New York hotspots ‘Joe’s Pub’ or ’54 Below’...
Enter the amazing Nick Hedger and his partner Ben Nicholson. Still barely in his twenties, Nick is already the composer of SIX musicals (yes, you did read that correctly), his showcase Playground was one of the highlights at Chapel off Chapel earlier this year, and his cabaret performances are rapidly becoming legendary...
With Nicholson and Hedger’s admirable goal of seeing more Australian stories on the stage, more than anything Home Grown left me buzzing with excitement for the future of Australian musical theatre. I can’t wait to see what projects these talented songwriters unleash next.
So we're often told in this industry that making our own work is crucial to the longevity of our success, and so often few of us have the courage to take this advice. Just under two years ago, Ben Nicholson and Nick Hedger took the initiative to actually create their own work, and thus Home Grown was born.