ATOMIC Detonates at the AWGIE Awards

By: Sep. 04, 2017

Atomic the Musical recently won in the category of Music Theatre at the 2017 Australian Writers Guild AWGIE awards.

Telling the true but largely unknown story of Leo Szilard, the scientist who first conceived, helped build, and then tried to stop the first atomic bombs, Atomic was developed in Australia by writer Danny Ginges and composer Philip Foxman under the guidance of NY-based director Damien Gray.

Atomic showcased in Sydney at the NIDA Playhouse Theatre late 2013 before its Off-Broadway premiere at the Acorn Theatre New York mid-2014. It has since been licensed to two theatres in the US: The Meadow Brook Theatre in Michigan, and New Line Theatre in St Louis.

On accepting the award, Ginges pointed out there are good reasons few musicals are written in Australia. 'We weren't aware of those reasons when we started. We are very aware of them now. It's been a hard road, but it has had some wonderful moments. Having full standing ovations in three American cities is hard to beat. And after so many years of seeing American musicals playing in Australia, it's nice to be able to return the favour'.

For more information about the show, as well as links to the album, visit