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Musical theatre by Australian writers

A place to experience the best and newest material written by the Australian industry's own music theatre writers.

David Russell, Alex Giles & Andy Peterson


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Although he wears many different hats within his creative works, Alex’s true focus is bringing to life the stories that celebrate and nurture the imagination. Eager to engage with the growth of the Australian Musical Theatre, Alex’s recent original works have included the original folktale musical: The Tale of Ichabod Scrubb (Writer/Producer/Performer along with partner Kaleigh Wilkie-Smith) presented at Blood Moon Theatre 2017, the dark comedy Stalker The Musical (Writer/Producer along with David Russell and composer Andy Peterson) at Chicago Musical Theatre Festival 2016, New York International Fringe Festival 2015, and most recently the puppet filled In Stitches (With collaborator Steven Kreamer) which will feature in New Musicals Australia’s Snapshot Presentations for 2017, and was workshopped in August. His short theatrical works have featured in Sydney’s Short and Sweet, Newcastle’s Microfest and Hissyfest, featured as part of the 10080 Project in September 2017, and occasionally diving onto stage, Alex has performed with Stagetek’s Spring Awakening, Manly Musical Society’s Company, Hills Musical Theatre Company’s Rent & The Wedding Singer, and Willoughby Theatre Company’s Catch Me If You Can, and Dr. Dillamond in Wicked.


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David Russell is a writer, producer and musician based out of Sydney. He is the author of Stalker: The Musical, which is having it's Australian premiere season at Sydney's Depot Theatre in September and October. His production company, RPG Productions, produced Big Fish at the Hayes Theatre Co. in 2017 as well as the New York Fringe and Chicago seasons of Stalker in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Dave is an active musician around Sydney, working as a guitarist in theatre pits, corporate entertainment and session work.


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Andy is a New York based composer, musical director, arranger and orchestrator originally hailing from the Land Down Under. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Composer credits: Razorhurst (Luna Stage), Stalker: The Musical (New York, Chicago, [upcoming] Sydney), Outlaw (in workshops). Selected Musical Director/Arranger/Orchestrator credits: OFF-BROADWAY: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theatre), Atomic (Theatre Row). NEW YORK/REGIONAL: More Than All The World (Theatre for the New City), Night Tide (NYMF), Shaken, Not Stirred (The Django), Thrill Me (Luna Stage), Grindr: The Opera (CMTF), Baby Fat (La Mama). INTERNATIONAL: Sinbad: The Musical (arranger/orchestrator for the Malaysian Tour), Kiss Me, Kate (conductor for the Chinese Tour), Bare (Sydney), Pippin (Sydney). FILM: Happy Yummy Chicken [starring Taryn Manning from Orange Is The New Black] http://andypetersonmusic.com.au