MUSE, the musical society of Sydney University always puts on a terrific show and PARADE, their current production is no exception. Spare and stark, the production delights on many levels but there is one deliciously thrilling aspect that really takes you by surprize … the birth of some future stars. With work as good as this, uniform excellence across the leads and some truly enjoyable performances, it’s a big call but I’m making it anyway. Continue reading ‘Parade’ : MUSE Puts Injustice on Trial
Miranda Musical Society presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”, the smash hit Broadway musical. Superb production of the Disney musical intended for the entire family, based on the 1991 Academy Award winning Disney animated feature film, as adapted from the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont. Continue reading Disney Beauty and the Beast – The Musical @ Sutherland Entertainment Centre
IN THE HEIGHTS playing at the Hayes Theatre is a stunning success. There’s brio is the barrio and blood on the keyboard in this driving, pulsing, fast-paced offering from Blue Saint Productions. It’s a skyrocket of a show as it speeds through with firecracker dancing, singing and musicianship. Continue reading Hitting the Heights at the Hayes
An eclectic group of sixth-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. Continue reading The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Birdie productions is in rehearsal for THE LITTLE MERMAID to play 13th-22nd April 2018 at the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown.
Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Continue reading An Invitation Under the Sea: Little Mermaid In April
Featured image – Rose Fenny as Tanya Boyle in Bankstown Theatre Company’s production of ‘Dogfight’.
Written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, the same writers of the Broadway-hit Dear Evan Hansen, DOGFIGHT is set in 1963, beginning on the eve of three young recruits’ deployment to a growing conflict in Vietnam.
On their final night of debauchery, partying and trouble-making, Corporal Eddie Birdlace (Stefan Jamal), angry and inexperienced, meets unsuspecting, trusting, and idealistic waitress Rose Fenny (Tanya Boyle) and enlists her to win an unkind bet with his fellow recruits.
Rose turns out to be far more than Eddie bargained for. What will Eddie do when Rose rewrites the rules, opens Eddie’s eyes to what really matters in life, and turns his last night before heading to war into a lesson on the power of kindness?! Continue reading DOGFIGHT @ BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE
Australian premiere of the musical “BE MORE CHILL” and is based on the bestselling novel, and was first performed at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, USA on 30th May 2015. Composer/lyricist Joe Iconis, and book by Joe Trancz. All of the student characters are Juniors at Middle Borough High school, setting their age around 16 years old. Continue reading BE MORE CHILL @ MANLY BLACK BOX THEATRE
Little Triangle’s production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, this expertly directed musical, this exquisite musical gem has a just superb ensemble voice cast, all un-miked. Huge full scale sensational production, with young emerging Australian performers. Every performance is top-notch, in this detailed and atmospheric revival. Little Triangle have created a just pitch-perfect, impeccably acted musical production, in an intimate performance space. Continue reading Little Triangle’s production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
The Mormons have arrived! It is rare for a musical to open with such high expectations and it lives up to the hype . Created and directed by the team behind South Park – Trey Parker and Matt Stone – there are many layers of meaning . There is lots of strong language , some of it is rude, lewd and could offend but it is a darkly humorous and satirical examination and critique of our contemporary world brilliantly staged with a tremendous cast.
THE BOOK OF MORMON lambastes our society and beliefs, insisting we can do better, and raises issues such as religion’s inescapably oppressive and at times inflexible structure, and the severe problem of poverty in developing countries. Continue reading THE BOOK OF MORMON
A most impressive version of this much loved musical now regarded as a classic.
While FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is now over 50 years old and its story set in a Jewish community in pre-revolutionary Russia, the issues it raises of racism, displacement and refugees are still more than relevant today. Continue reading ROCKDALE MUSICAL SOCIETY’S FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War classic novel comes to life as a colourful and vivacious musical LITTLE WOMEN from 20 to 28 April at The Independent Theatre, North Sydney.
All eyes are on Little Women and its internationally renowned love story about family and following dreams as it will be the first musical for Chatswood Musical Society since the company changed its name to North Shore Theatre Company.
Continue reading ARE YOU A BETH OR A JO? LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL IS BACK
Under the direction of Hayden Tonazzi, Sydney University’s musical society MUSE is taking on the two-time Tony Award-winning musical, PARADE. Written by the acclaimed pairing of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry, PARADE is based on true events that inspired the formation of the Anti-Defamation League and deals with social themes that are extremely relevant to today’s political climate – racism, injustice, and the dangers of a community that gives in to xenophobia. Continue reading MUSE Presents: PARADE
Louis Ellis Productions’ CARRIE: The Musical will star Sydney Conservatorium student Kirralee Elliott in the titular role of Carrie, alongside Sydney theatre veteran Michele Lansdown, bringing the classic Stephen King novel to musical life at the Depot Theatre this July. Michele Lansdown plays the overbearing and misunderstood mother, Margaret White, set on protecting Carrie from the evils that exist in our world. Continue reading AUDITION NOTICE: CARRIE THE MUSICAL
Following a sold-out season at Roslyn Packer Theatre, tickets to Muriel’s Wedding The Musical will have a return season at the Sydney Lyric from June 29th, 2019. Continue reading MURIEL IS BACK IN 2019
The Sydney season of MAMMA MIA! THE MUSICAL opened in great style last night at the Capitol theatre with an all Australian cast and featured 22 of Abba’s best hits.
Catherine Johnson’s 1999 jukebox musical, extrapolated from an original idea by Judy Cramer, has gone on to become one of the most successful musicals ever produced.
The show’s irresistible premise allows for plenty of different comic and dramatic possibilities to be explored. On the Greek island of Kalokairi, 20-year-old Sophie is preparing to marry her fiancé, Sky. She wants her father to walk her down the aisle (‘Prologue’) but doesn’t know who he is. Sophie discovers her mother’s old diary and finds entries which describe intimate dates with three men (Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin [Anderson in the film version], and Harry Bright) (‘Honey, Honey’) some twenty years previously. Sophie believes one of these men is her father and, three months before her nuptials, sends each an invitation to her wedding, writing in her mother’s name, Donna, without letting her unsuspecting mother know. The action begins in the days coming up to her wedding.
Johnson’s quirky storyline plays out and her colourful characters come to life supported by a great soundtrack of Abba songs. Continue reading MAMMA MIA! THE MUSICAL @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE
An additional preview was announced today for the upcoming Sydney production of The Book of Mormon, on Tuesday 27 February at 7pm at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. This will be the first chance for fans to see the much-anticipated Broadway smash hit in Sydney. All tickets for this special preview will cost only $20.00 and go on sale at 9am on Monday 19 February. Continue reading BOOK OF MORMON $20 : PRAYERS ANSWERED
The world’s most loved, all-time record-breaking Broadway show returns to Sydney’s south in March when Rockdale Musical Society presents FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, starring award-winning Adam Scicluna as Tevye. Continue reading NEXT LIFE! : FIDDLER ON THE ROOF FOR ROCKDALE MUSICAL SOCIETY
The Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film SHREK was brought to life on the stage of Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre as SHREK THE MUSICAL . Presented by Packemin Productions [Facebook] , the dynamic and diverse cast starred Play School’s loveable Jay Laga’aia as lead Ogre Shrek and acclaimed comedy and musical theatre performer Luke Joslin as the vain and bragging Lord Farquaad. Continue reading SHREK THE MUSICAL: FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Sondheim fans rejoice! This is a dazzling , very moving absolutely HUGE production with a cast of 37 and incredible costumes.
The original Broadway production of FOLLIES was in 1971. This is the first time FOLLIES has been staged by the National in the UK . Here in Australia , there have been a couple of concert versions – 1998 and 2016 but so far as I am aware no fully staged version .
Directed by Dominic Cooke FOLLIES has an absolutely stellar cast led by among others Imelda Staunton and Philip Quast. Maestro Nigel Lilley conducts a fabulous orchestra of 21 that is hidden from view but plays superbly. Continue reading NT LIVE: FOLLIES
Mikayla Williams is just slightly busy in the leadup to Opening Night for SHREK THE MUSICAL. After we have a bit of chat about her role as Princess Fiona in the show about to open at Riverside Theatres, she’s flying off. Literally. The rigging is set and the harness in place so this better be quick … no pressure really as Mikayla is warm and friendly and loves sharing her joy in the character. Continue reading PRINCESS FIONA’S OTHER OTHER SELF: MIKAYLA WILLIAMS
Do it. Just do it. Make sure you do it. Just don’t do what I did afterwards.
Go see HOLT, THE MUSICAL because it’s a rippingly good time. Great songs, not too many, well penned music that gets along swimmingly with the dialogue. Shark sharp performances, not one of the principal cast is treading water, and an ensemble, crew and musicians who create that warm bubble around them. And no water joke unfloated. Continue reading HOLT- THE MUSICAL: TIDALLY THE TRUTH
Hornsby Musical Society’s next show is WE WILL ROCK YOU by Queen and Ben Elton. Continue reading WE WILL ROCK YOU: COMING FROM HORNSBY MUSICAL SOCIETY
Wollongong theatre lovers are in for a great treat in early February when Australian music theatre icon Geraldine Turner comes to town to present her one woman show TURNER’S TURN at the intimate Music Lounge venue, tucked inside Wollongong Town Hall.
Turner’s show will feature an intimate evening of songs from her celebrated, four decades long career, together with show business anecdotes and stories.
The Music Lounge features cabaret-style/table seating and its own private bar. The bar will be open one hour previous to the performance and a special themed cocktail will be on offer. Continue reading TURNER’S TURN : GERALDINE TURNER CELEBRATES A GREAT LIFE IN SHOW BUSINESS
As you tumble out of Qudos Arena after GREASE-THE ARENA EXPERIENCE you might hear an odd sound, just in range of your hearing. It takes a while to work out that it is thousands of people humming or singing along to themselves. And it’s pretty much all ‘Born to Hand Jive’. That, after all, is the spectacular finale song of a night of thoroughly entertaining music and staging. Continue reading GREASE: THE WORD YOU’RE FEELIN’
Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Continue reading WHOA DONKEY!: SHREK’S COMING TO RIVERSIDE