Boasting an enviable list of credits both as an actor and a composer/lyricist, WAAPA graduate Matthew Lee Robinson has been working on a new project, to follow his five-time Helpmann Award nominated musical Metro Street, which not only launched his writing career as the youngest creative to win the Pratt Prize for musical theatre writing, but was also the inaugral Power Arts project back in 2007. After moving from his humble home in Melbourne to the bright lights of New York City, Robinson has been mentored by Stephen Schwartz (composer/lyricist of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell) in the development of his latest musical Atlantis. And Power Arts’ support has been unwavering.

From the incredibly creative mind of of one of Australia’s finest up and coming composer-lyricists, and set to a story co-created by Disney Theatrical’s Dramaturg and Literary Manager Ken Cerniglia, as well as up and coming Australian performer and writer Scott Anderson Morris, Atlantis is a full scale musical that charts the days leading to the destruction of the ancient mythological kingdom of Atlantis. This musical of epic proportions, has been described (by Robinson) as falling musically somewhere between Les Miserables and Disney, and has received much interest from Broadway producers and investors.

After a number of impressive workshops and presentations in Australia, Canada and the U.S, the first official production of ATLANTIS hit the U.S. in April 2019, presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre in collaboration with Greg Schaffert Productions, Power Arts and Glass Half Full Productions.

Directed by Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages), with scenic design by Jason Sherwood (FOX’s live television adaptation of Rent) and costumes by Amy Clark (Heathers: The Musical), this production received rave reviews and critical acclaim.

Matthew, Ken, Scott and the entire creative team are continually working together on the growth of Atlantis, and the future is looking both promising and exciting.