National Library of Australia

You must be logged in to Tag Records
John Frost interviewed by Bill Stephens [sound recording]
Bib ID 3546407
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Frost, John, 1952-
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, written permission is required for personal copies and public use for 10 years from the date of the interview. 
Description 2005 
7 sound files (ca. 422 min.) 
Summary

John Frost, born 1952 in Adelaide, talks about his family background and education; deciding at age 9, to make a career in the performing arts; his first job after leaving school, as a stage hand for Tibor Rudas on "Snow White"; his role as a dresser on "Mame" and travelling Australia with this production; living in Adelaide with his mother and brother prior to his return to Sydney to work as a dresser on "Canterbury Tales"; Johnny Lockwood; his position of Wardrobe Master for the tour of "Canterbury Tales"; working as a dresser on "Fiddler on The Roof"; working as an Assistant Stage Manager on "Wise Child"; working for Ken Brodziak and Harry M. Miller; Melbourne production of "Hair"; working as Stage Manager on "Sleuth"; Barry Humphries; his work as Trainee Theatre Manager at the Metro Theatre and then Assistant Theatre Manager for Hoyts at the Century Theatre; working for Channel Nine Television; working as an assistant stage manager with the Old Tote Theatre Company; subsidised theatre and the feasibility of using lottery money to fund the arts.

Frost talks about the Adelaide Festival Centre; working as Assistant Stage Manager on "The Kingfisher"; the responsibility of the producers and the media to build "stars" in the theatre; his position as Activities Co-ordinator with the Elizabethan Theatre Trust; working in a theatrical management agency; managing the Marian Street Theatre in Killara, N.S.W. and brief period as Artistic Director for the Theatre; running the theatre in the Sydney Kinsellas complex; partnership with Ashley Gordon to lease and run The Footbridge Theatre; Bridget Aschenberg in New York; various productions; Ashley Gordon's illness and death; the effects of the AIDS epidemic on the Australian theatre community; the reorganisation of the Gordon Frost Organisation; the production of "The King and I"; Hayley Mills; visits to Australia by the Trustees of the Rogers and Hammerstein Organisation; the American production of "The King and I"; his first Tony Award for this production; his other productions; his second Tony Award for for "Hairspray"; being involved in "The Producers".

Biography/History

John Frost, born 1952 in Adelaide, is an Australian theatre producer and managing director of the Gordon/Front Organisation. He has produced over 60 stage productions in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, the UK and the US. He has received numerous awards, including two Tony Awards, for his work.

Notes

Recorded on August 23, 2005 and August 24, 2005 at Canberra, A.C.T

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (23 p.) 
Subjects Frost, John, 1952- -- Interviews.  |  Theatrical producers and directors -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Theater -- Australia.
Occupation Theatre producers and directors.
Other authors/contributors Stephens, Bill, 1936-, Interviewer

Online

    In the Library

    Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

    Details Collect From
    ORAL TRC 5493
    Copy: Recording
    Special Collections Reading Room
    ORAL TRC 5493 (summary)
    Copy: Summary
    Special Collections Reading Room

    Order a copy

    - Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

    Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
    close Can I borrow items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close What can I get online?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.