Musicals

DREAMGIRLS : A FUN AND GLITTERING RIDE @ ROCKDALE TOWN HALL

Rockdale Musical Society’s DREAMGIRLS is a vibrant, highly entertaining production of this Tony Award and Olivier Award-winning musical.

With music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen the musical is based on the show business aspirations and successes of rhythm and blues acts such as The Supremes.

DREAMGIRLS  tells the story of a young female singing trio called “The Dreams” that crosses over to the pop charts in the 1960s to become music superstars, but at a price.

Dreamgirls is not just about exciting singing and dancing as it reveals the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry, the rivalries, the heartbreak and the tough business side of success.

The original trio, Deena Jones played by Sasha-Lee Saunders, Lorrell Robinson played by Jade Montalvo and Effie White played by Kaleigh Wilkie-Smith all have true, strong voices which harmonise beautifully together. My pick of the performances was by Claudio Acosta who plays Jimmy Early, a popular rhythm and blues star, with whom the Dreamettes, as the trio are originally known, are backup singers for. Continue reading DREAMGIRLS : A FUN AND GLITTERING RIDE @ ROCKDALE TOWN HALL

LITTLE TRIANGLE PRESENTS A SONDHEIM CLASSIC @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

“The art of making art is putting it together”

Inspired by George Seurat’s magnificent painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s soaring musical is itself an artistic masterpiece.

The piece is one of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, and earned the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for its deeply insightful and highly personal examination of life through art and the artist.

This musical is an experiment in form and aesthetic, dictated by questions concerning art, children, and one’s legacy.

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DETAILS 

Little Triangle will present SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE @ the Depot Theatre, Marrickville between September 6th and 16th. Performance times – Wed – Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm

For more about Sunday in the Park with George, visit https://www.littletriangle.com.au/
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DREAMGIRLS : ROCKDALE MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS THE SYDNEY PREMIERE PRODUCTION

The internationally acclaimed hit musical DREAMGIRLS is about to make it’s NSW premiere this September at the Rockdale Town Hall.

DREAMGIRLS is the story of three black singers, Deena Jones played by Sasha Saunders, Lorrell Robinson played by Jade Montalvo and Effie White played by Kaleigh Wilkie-Smith, who take their group the “Dreamettes” on a journey from rags to riches, with their song writer and brother C.C. played by Stefan Jamal, in the competitive world of show business to become “The Dreams”.

The show is loosely based around the success of 60’s superstars The Supremes and The Shirelles and takes place in a time when racial acceptance was still in its early stages both socially and professionally.

Under the guidance of Curtis Taylor Jr. played by Quinton Rich, the girls learn fast that to become music superstars they need to cross over into the main stream music charts.

Life at the top is rocky, Effie leaves after she is dumped by husband Curtis as lead singer for Deena. Michelle Morris played by Liv Wassef joins the group and Lorrell takes up with the R&B mega star James “Thunder” Early played by Claudio Acosta, who is married and refuses to break from his wife.

With each of the girl’s lives taking different paths and their star fading fast the girls need to make some very life changing decisions.

“DREAMGIRLS is a roller coaster of emotions for each character as they grow and change throughout the 20 year span of the show” says the shows director Rod Herbert. “I believe our audiences will fall in love with each of these characters for their own individual story that is playing out within one larger chapter of their combined journey.”

The musical which is still playing professionally on London’s West End and was the inspiration for the Academy Award winning film starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy has some of musical theatres biggest and best Rock and Roll, R&B and big ballads including Cadillac Car, Stepping To The Bad Side and I’m Telling You.

Directed by Rod Herbert, with musical direction from Anthony Cutrupi and choreography by Joseph Nalty, DREAMGIRLS has an all-singing, all-dancing cast of more than thirty of some of Sydney’s best young musical theatre talent.

Rockdale Musical Society presents DREAMGIRLS
Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyer, Music by Henry Krieger
Rockdale Town Hall cnr Princes Highway & Bryant Street, Rockdale

Friday 8 Sept 8pm | Saturday 9 Sept 2pm | Saturday 9 Sept 8pm | Sunday 10 Sept 2pm
Friday 15 Sept 8pm | Saturday 16 Sept 2pm | Saturday 16 Sept 8pm | Sunday 17 Sept 2pm

Tickets $31.50 to $41.50 (incl booking fee)
For more information about DREAMGIRLS and bookings- Sydney premier presented by Rockdale Musical Society, visit http://www.rockdalemusicalsociety.com/
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REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR ‘BEAUTIFUL : THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL’

Featured photo- Esther Hannaford who will play Carole King. Photography by Ben Apfelbaum.

Rehearsals have begun for the Australian premiere production of BEAUTIFUL : THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, starring multi-award winning leading lady, Esther Hannaford as Carole King.

BEAUTIFUL is a celebration of Carole King’s rise to stardom including her relationship with husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin and their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Written by Douglas McGrath, directed by Broadway Director Mark Bruni and choreographed by John Prince it features a song list jam-packed with hits including ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ and many more of classics. Continue reading REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR ‘BEAUTIFUL : THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL’

MOSMAN MUSICAL SOCIETY TO PRESENT ‘URINETOWN THE MUSICAL’ @ THE ZENITH

This is an amazing musical with a TERRIBLE title. It’s about:-

A world wracked by ecological disaster.
A city caught in the throes of corporate greed.
A hero rising, leading us to freedom.
An untempered satire where no musical is safe from scrutiny.

It’s a musical with singing and dancing and faxing (and copying). In the glorious dystopian future where people pay to pee, one malevolent company is making flushing mean ‘flush at the bank’. When the poor denizens of Public Amenity #9 run out of money, patience and hope they get behind one man with no political experience and elect him, above all others to make their town… great again.

Mosman Musical Society proudly presents
URINETOWN THE MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics MARK HOLLMANN
Book and Lyrics GREG KOTIS

DIRECTOR Kenney Ogilvie
MUSICAL DIRECTOR David Lang
CHOREOGRAPHER Lisa Suleiman

SEPTEMBER 15-23
Zenith Theatre
Mcintosh St & Railway Street, Chatswood

ONLY SIX PERFORMANCES!
Friday SEPT 15 @ 8pm
Saturday SEPT 16 @ 8pm
Sunday SEPT 17 @ 3pm
Thursday SEPT 21 @ 8pm
Friday SEPT 22 @ 8pm
Saturday SEPT 23 @ 8pm

TICKETS
Adults $39.50 (18 and over)
Children $27.00 (17 and under)
Pensioner $35.50
Does not include an additional service & handling fee of $5.05

STARRING Peter Adam, Pontus Aleryd, Julian Badman, Hannah Barn, Nib Brattoni, Emma Caldwell, Rebecca Carter, Julia Dance, Melody Duan, Emily Haldane, Mica Hartley, Michelle Lorenz, Kyle Masson, Duncan McDonald, Michael McNab-Kwiatek, Daniel O’Connell, Hayley Sherwood and Yasemin Tounjel

Aprox. Running Time: 2 hours & 20 minutes

For more about Urinetown, The Musical, visit http://www.mosmanmusicalsociety.com.au/
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“It Shoulda Been You” Australian Premiere returns to The Riverside Theatre

The Australian Premiere of “It Shoulda Been You” is returning by popular demand to The Riverside Theatre Parramatta for 4 shows only!

2-4 November 2017

Broadway’s hilarious wild musical farce with blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing mums, unexpected guests and plenty of crazy twists and turns that will make you laugh until you cry.

A brand new show, fresh from Broadway nominated for six Outer Critics Circle Awards, 3 Drama League Awards and 3 Drama Desk Awards. The original production was directed by David Hyde Pearce and starred Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris and Chip Zien.

DATES
Thursday 2 November, & Friday 3 November at 7.30pm and Saturday 4 November at 2pm & 7.30pm at the Riverside Parramatta.

For more about “It Shoulda Been You” Australian Premiere returns to The Riverside Theatre, visit https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/it-shoulda-been-you/
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MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘SWEENEY TODD’ @ THE STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

This was a hugely entertaining musical that enthrals the audience with its depravity, its fabulous lyrics together and the brilliant performances by all the leads and the large ensemble.

This dark story of hatred, is a unique musical and a revenge thriller, with multiple murders delivering so much blood and gore from each throat slitting.  The musicals’ dark themes include a young woman being raped, and a mother and daughter being wrongfully committed to an institution. Just what you expect from the City Of London in that era?!

Benjamin Barker was a barber in 19th-century London, an expert with the cut-throat razor, and was transported to an Australian penal colony by Judge Turpin.  Fifteen years later, and now named Sweeney Todd (Paul Nicholson), Barker moves into his old shop above the pie shop owned by Mrs. Lovett  (Miriam Rihani).

Continue reading MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘SWEENEY TODD’ @ THE STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

STUDENT TROUPE IN GOOD COMPANY WITH SONDHEIM

Timeless and evocative, Stephen Sondheim’s 7 time Tony Award Winner COMPANY is regarded as one of the great modern musicals.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends force the habitually single Robert to question his rigid bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

COMPANY features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Sondheim’s best known songs including the renowned finale Being Alive. With discussions about marriage, divorce, homosexuality and commitment, COMPANY is a sophisticated and honest look at modern adult relationships.

COMPANY will be playing between Tuesday 4th April and Saturday 8 April at STUDIO ONE, UNSW : Tuesday to Friday at 7.30 pm and a Saturday matinee at 2 pm.

Book tickets at http://bit.ly/MTSCompany

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MACK AND MABEL @ THE HAYES THEATRE

It was lights, cameras, action at the Hayes theatre for this very slick production of MACK AND MABEL, book by Michael Stewart and catchy music by Jerry Herman, directed by Trevor Ashley.

This musical, set in  Brooklyn in 1911, centres on the turbulent relationship between the two main characters  – Mack Sennet, a controlling, director of silent films with tyrannical tendencies and his  aspiring screen star, Mabel Normand.  

The production features an effective set design by Lauren Peters, featuring moving mirrors and projections on screens, and  wonderful lighting design by Gavin Swift and sound design by Neil Mclean.

We see that Mack’s memories shape the narrative and that they are very subjective.

An assured and appealing Scott Irwin plays Mack ‘I just wants  to make the world laugh’ who meets Mabel, a deli shop worker, played with verve and vivaciousness by Angelique Cassimatis.

Mack sees acting potential in Mabel and casts her in one of his comedy movies which he churns out prolifically. Mabel soon has the ‘acting bug’ which the lyrics to the song Look What’s Happened To Mabel describes well, ‘she is ambitious and has to say goodbye to bagels and knishes”.

The  acting troupe leave Brooklyn for studios in California and Lottie  Ames, played by the charismatic Deonne Zanott,  sings Big Time with the lyrics, “the cherry on top of the sundae… the shiny star on top of the tree.”

In the the song  I Won’t Send Roses Mack warns Mabel about his nature, ‘I’m preoccupied with me…Forgetting birthdays is guaranteed.” Later Mabel sings, “Who wants chocolates, they’d make me fat. I can get by without a gushing valentine. I know I will be left out on a limb.”

Scriptwriter Frank, played by Adam Di Martino, warns Mabel that, “Mack is a despot who doesn’t respect her as an artist”. Alas, Mabel loves Mack and ignores his advice.

For Mabel her meteoric rise to stardom isn’t enough and she meets the charming, suave yet phony director – William Desmond Taylor, played by Shaun Rennie, who has  a part for her in one of his upcoming serious films.

At one point Mabel, resplendent in fur coat and hat with silver handbag and shoes, (lovely costume design by Angela White who shows great attention to detail), sings Wherever He Ain’t.

Mack’s films are getting more involved and now feature bathing beauties – a scene of which is played out with stunning choreography by Cameron Mitchell.

Act Two reveals the five piece band under the musical direction of Bev Kennedy.

All of the actors wish for Mabel to return. Comedian Fattie Arbuckle, played by Stephen Valeri, sings when  When Mabel Comes In the Room ‘artificial flowers might even bloom’.  

The bumbling slapstick of the Keystone Cops, one of Mack’s creations, adds to his popularity and  success. 

Other song highlights include Mabel singing the heartfelt Time Heals Everything, ‘One fine morning the hurt will end’, and a tour de force rendition by Lottie of Tap Your Troubles Away, a treat for dance aficionados.  

Mabel’s life hits a downward trajectory. What’s to become of her? It is as if Mack has written the script to his own life and is unable to alter the ending. In retrospect, he is trapped by his own torturous demeanour and having regrets.

The more than marvellous MACK AND MABEL, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point,  is playing the Hayes Theatre until December 18. 

http://www.hayestheatre.com.au/

 

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘GREASE’ @ STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

grease-at-manly-45John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John lit up the cinema screen in GREASE, the unforgettable movie cult classic, released in 1978.

The Manly Musical Society is currently presenting the original musical which originally premiered in Chicago in 1971. The Society fills the stage with an energetic ensemble cast showcasing magnificent voices, each with unbounded energy, which bring back the rock ‘n’ roll 1950s in true greased-lightning style.

For those few who don’t know how the story goes…Danny and Sandy during their summer holiday vacation enjoy a whirlwind passionate love affair. They expected to never to see each other again, and unexpectedly start their final school year in the same high school, at Rydell High. Continue reading MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘GREASE’ @ STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

WILLOUGHBY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS MARY POPPINS @ THE CONCOURSE CHATSWOOD

Matt Hourigan as Bert

 

Michaela Leisk as Mary
Michaela Leisk as Mary

Willoughy Theatre presented the now-standard much loved Disney/Cameron Macintosh version, with small adjustments from the London version which was seen here at the Capitol several years ago.Matthew Bourne’s choreography is not retained but rather altered and adapted by Declan Moore and Janina Hamerlok .

Set in Edwardian times, the ever popular MARY POPPINS is based on the books by Australian author P.L.Travers, and narrates the tale of the rather dysfunctional Banks family, whose lives are changed completely and unexpectedly with the arrival of a new nanny, Mary Poppins. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS MARY POPPINS @ THE CONCOURSE CHATSWOOD

DREAM LOVER THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL @ SYDNEY LYRIC THEATRE

 

The harbour city’s elegant Sydney Lyric theatre is currently home to DREAM LOVER THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL, a very impressive, brand new Australian musical. The journey of the legendary American entertainer proves to be different and strong enough to hold a full length show, and the song book is more than catchy.

These were ‘my favourite things’ from an uplifting night of musical theatre.

First, this show has some great numbers which an excellent  cast perform with verve and panache.

Mac The Knife, what a great number to start a show with. David Campbell as Darin goes to town with it, and he is supported by some great young dancers dressed in cool black who do the whole soul/ razzamataz thing with plenty of hands and black hats flapping (choreographer Ellen Simpson).

Splish Splash gets a great treatment. Campbell comes out with a bevy of sexy ladies garbed in just a bath towel. Half way through the rocking number the towels come off and glittering costumes are revealed – a great coup-de-theatre.

The show features a few great rock and roll medleys/sets. Songs such Peggy Sue and The Wanderer were performed by Darin along with Frankie Avalon (Joshua Robson), Dion (Xander Ellis) and Buddy Holly (Tim Maddren).

Many might not know that  Dream Lover strikes a very personal note for Campbell. In the show’s most powerful scene Darin is thunderstruck to find out that who he had understood to be his mother is actually his grandmother, and who he understood to be his sister was actually his mother. One hell of a shock. It is no wonder that Campbell plays the scene in a very sensitive manner.

There is good reason. Campbell himself experienced the same disturbing situation growing up and only found out the truth in young adulthood. As an aside, for followers of celebrities, Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson also experienced the same family deception.

David Campbell and  Hannah Fredericksen as Sandra Dee – a lovely performance – sang a very tender version of the title song which beautifully took the show  to interval.

Martin Crewes was a highlight playing Steve Blauner, Darin’s agent who goes so far above the call of duty  and doesn’t always get the respect that he deserves, as was the always wonderful Caroline O’Connor playing both Bobby’s mum and Sandra Dee’s mum.

This was a show which put the Ensemble cast in the spotlight for a lot of the time. The talented young performers were outstanding.

A great 18 piece band – musical director Daniel Edmonds with assistant  director Jack  Earler ‘conducting’ from the keys- was in great form for the whole show.

Tim Chappel’s costumes contributed to depicting character, and the changing social mores that took place over the four decades which the show spans.

Veteran stage designer Brian Thomsen’s exciting design was a major part of the experience –  a cyclorama enclosed in a series of arches which arc and centre around the characters in a lightbulb outlined cocoon. Thomson’s idea was that the world he created was very similar in appearance to the glitzy venues such as the Copacabana which Darin would have played in his prime.

These were some of my favourite things about this exciting new Australian musical. I had a great night.  Now over to you! DREAM LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL, directed by Simon Phillips, based on an original concept by and stage play by Frank and John Michael Howson and then adapted for the stage by Frank Howson with Simon Phillips and Carolyn Burns, is playing at Sydney Lyric Theatre, the Star until Sunday November 27.

All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c)

DREAM LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL @ THE LYRIC

David Campbell with the talented young actors who will play the young Bobby Darin during the show's premiere Sydney season.
David Campbell with the talented young actors who will alternate playing the young Bobby Darin during the show’s premiere Sydney season. Photo by Brian Geach.

One of Sydney’s most anticipated musicals, DREAM  LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL, directed by one of Australia’s leading music theatre director Simon  Phillips and starring David Campbell as the late, great Bobby Darin, will start previews at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre next Thursday.

The show will present many of the great hits from the 1950s and 1960s including  Mac The Knife, Beyond The Sea and the title song. The stage will be filled by a cast of over 40  performers including an 18 piece big band. As well as David Campbell, the principal cast will also include Caroline O’Connor, Hannah Fredericksen, Bert LaBonte, Martin Crewes and Marney McQueen.

Sydney Arts Guide is delighted to announce that it has two double A Reserve passes to give away to the evening performance – 8 pm -performance on Saturday September 24. Be one of the first to email the Editor on editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com. with Dream Lover : The Bobby Darin Musical competition in the subject heading. The two winners will be advised by return email. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.

http://dreamlover.com.au/

 

 

FIRST LOOK AT DREAM LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL COMING SOON TO THE LYRIC

All images copyright Ben Apfelbaum.

Yesterday, in the middle of the day, invited media attended the ABC rehearsal studio in Ultimo to take a first look at DREAM LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL which is currently in the early stages of rehearsal.

The media call began with introductions by  producer John Frost and director Simon Phillips. John Frost said that he is every excited to be presenting what he expects to be another great Australian musical, written by Australian brothers Frank Howsen and John-Michael Howsen.

Simon Phillips, who appears to be the busiest director around Sydney this year, is looking forward to presenting Sydney music theatre lovers  with a real treat with this show’s ‘God given soundtrack’ and the retelling of Bobby Darin’s  ‘stranger than fiction’ life story. Continue reading FIRST LOOK AT DREAM LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL COMING SOON TO THE LYRIC

LADIES IN BLACK COMING TO THE SYDNEY LYRIC IN JANUARY

Queensland Theatre Company has announced that the critically acclaimed, smash hit and Helpmann Award winning musical LADIES IN BLACK will tour nationally in early 2017, opening  at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on January 3 for its premiere season, in the city in which the story is based.

From the adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women In Black, this acclaimed production has been brought to life by Australian screenwriter Carolyn Burns and internationally renowned director Simon Phillips. The show features over 20 original songs written by Tim Finn and a stunning range of some 30 custom – designed and created dresses and suits to reflect the 1950’s in which the musical takes place.

With a dash of delicate comedy, LADIES IN BLACK is a modern day fairy tale set in a stylish department store – F. G. Goode – in a Sydney on the cusp of becoming cosmopolitan, crossing the threshold between the stuffy repression of the 1950’s and the glorious liberation of the 1960’s. From the Christmas rush to the chaos of the sales, these women stand shoulder to padded shoulder and together learn lessons in life, love and longing – and at the end, it’s not just the fancy frocks that are forever altered.

The cast includes Sarah Morrison in the lead as Lisa, Bobby Fox, Natalie Gamsu, Kathryn McIntyre, Carrita Farrer Spencer, Greg Stone, Kate Cole, Madeleine Jones and Ellen Simpson.

LADIES IN BLACK will play the Sydney Lyric Theatre between 3 and 22 January 2017.

http://www.ladiesinblack.com.au

 

PACKEMIN PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS WICKED @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

 

Packemin - Wicked - Grant Leslie Photography
Packemin – Wicked – Grant Leslie Photography

Fellow Ozians! Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Riverside Parramatta , stampede the box office and book now if you haven’t already for this wonderful production by Packemin of WICKED. Lovingly , lavishly directed with a sure touch by Neil Gooding , Packemin have outdone themselves in this splendid version . ( Packemin have also previously performed a terrific version of the original The Wizard of OZ ).

Now regarded as a modern classic WICKED by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holman, based on the book by Gregory Maguire , tells the story behind the scenes of The Wizard of Oz and what really happened. Who is Elphaba , the ‘Wicked Witch of the West ‘ ? What is Glinda’s real name ? Who were the Tin Man , Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion? Continue reading PACKEMIN PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS WICKED @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS @ ROS PACKER THEATRE

Audrey-II-Esther-Hannaford and Brent-Hill. Production photography by Jeff Busby.
Audrey-II-Esther-Hannaford and Brent-Hill. Production photography by Jeff Busby.

Seymour Krelborn (Brent Hill) has come from bleak beginnings. He is often reminded of this by Mr. Mushnik (Tyler Coppin), who rescued Seymour from an orphanage to work at his run down florist on skid row. Seymour holds a flame for Mushnik’s quirky and warm hearted employee, Audrey (Esther Hannaford), but, she has resigned herself to sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello, DDS, (Scott Johnson).

The shop is in disarray. Drenched in monochrome, it is decorated with garbage bins, a bum and three feisty chorus girls (Josie Lane, Chloe Zuel, Angelique Cassimatis). The girls open the show and proceed to break into a few numbers stylishly achieved by choreographer Andrew Hallsworth and musical director Andrew Worboys.

Seymour attempts to increase clientele by showing off a quirky plant he discovered, nicknamed Audrey II. After weeks of failed attempts to grow the plant, Seymour stumbles across the key as he pricks his finger and realises his plant has a fresh appetite for human blood. Continue reading LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS @ ROS PACKER THEATRE

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN @ SYDNEY LYRIC THEATRE

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Joyful and exuberant this superb, slick, sleek production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN has splashed its way to Sydney’s Lyric Theatre. This is a revival of British director Jonathon Church’s very successful 2011 production for the Chichester Theatre.

Set in 1927 the classic musical tells the story of Kathy Seldon’s rise to stardom during the transition from silent movies to talkies. What we see is pretty much a stage version of film, slickly superbly staged in an incredibly energetic performance . It is a reverent yet exuberantly inventive recreation of the film.

As designed by Simon Higlett and lit by Tim Mitchell, the sophisticated, elegant yet simple set transforms the performing space into a sound stage at a movie studio. This  design allows for plenty of fluid, flexible scene changes. Continue reading SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN @ SYDNEY LYRIC THEATRE

MOSMAN MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A MEMORABLE ANNIE @ ZENITH THEATRE CHATSWOOD

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Above: Annie (Caitlin Frazer) and Daddy Warbucks (Simon Militano) with ensemble. Featured image: Miss Hannigan (Susie Blackwell) and orphans.

At the centre of ANNIE the musical is a great big heart, a fully dressed smile and bucketloads of energetic optimism. Mosman Musical Society’s recent production, as directed by Jody Rose, stays true to these required features.

Principal cast members and the versatile ensemble preserve the traditional caricatures within this tale. The reactions of individuals and the group in this production clearly outline the tone of 1930’s New York in need of a ‘New Deal’ and a better life.

Also pivotal to the success of this performance is the role of Annie as securely played by Caitlin Frazer. Her performance is full of optimism and uses an appropriate and consistent accent in spoken and sung moments. Frazer interacts well with the young and adult cast. Continue reading MOSMAN MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A MEMORABLE ANNIE @ ZENITH THEATRE CHATSWOOD

HILLS MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT

Joseph and Technicolour DreamAfter seeing JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT last night, I have a dream that I won’t need Joseph to interpret.  My dream is that every table in the auditorium is filled for the next outing of this Hills Musical Theatre Company show.  As a believer in the theological concept of free will, I’m going to follow Joseph in making my dream come true by giving you a bread-basket load of reasons why you and your family should attend this wonderful night out.

Firstly, it’s a classic.  As I was waiting in the bitter cold for my friend to arrive I heard a patron add to his Box Office greetings, “You never get sick of Joseph!”  This is so true.  The show, Andrew Lloyd Webber music and Tim Rice lyrics, did have a troubled start though.  Beginning life as a 15 minute ‘pop cantata’ school performance in 1968, it had many incarnations, rewrites and false starts. Continue reading HILLS MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT

WE WILL ROCK YOU @ LYRIC THEATRE, THE STAR

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During early acting classes we were taught to critique performances objectively. Sure they won us but how/ what are the elements, the ingredients that made such a treat? Not easy when you’re talking about the music of Queen and an excitement quotient offs the scale!

My introduction to Queen was their third album Sheer Heart Attack in 1974. And I was lucky enough to see the London production of WE WILL ROCK YOU and the bar was set pretty high. Until last Wednesday night it was one of my very favourite performances! Continue reading WE WILL ROCK YOU @ LYRIC THEATRE, THE STAR

AUSTRALIAN THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE PRESENTS SPRING AWAKENING @ ATYP STUDIO 1

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Above- Girls ensemble . Featured- Jessica Rookeward and James Raggatt. Production photography by Tracey Schramm.

Franz Wedekind’s SPRING AWAKENING plunges us  into  the hormonally and adrenalin charged, highly fraught and tumultuous world of adolescence and makes us wonder how the hell we ever survived it!

Yes it really is all in this play. It’s as if Wedekind wrote the book on it!  Teens experimenting with their sexuality….rebelling against straightlaced teachers and parents and the conventional value system.. Wanting everything, all at once…first love…the pressure to succeed academically….peer pressure…suicide…abortion…the whole angst…agony…ecstasy of it all. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE PRESENTS SPRING AWAKENING @ ATYP STUDIO 1

jOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT @ MODEL FARMS HIGH SCHOOL

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Tickets are now on sale for the Hills Musical Theatre Company’s production of ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’ This production has a fantastic cast of up and coming young people and up and coming young at heart people who are looking forward to bringing you this uplifting show.

Book tickets now for best seats.

DATES
Fri 27th May 8pm, Sat 28th May 2pm & 8pm, Fri 3rd June 8pm, Sat 4th June 2pm & 8pm.

VENUE- Model Farms High School Auditorium Gooden Drive Baulkham Hills.

For more about Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, visit http://www.hillsmtc.com
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MOSMAN MUSICAL SOCIETY TO PRESENT ANNIE- THE MUSICAL @ THE ZENITH, CHATSWOOD

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In the depths of the 1930’s, Annie is a fiery young girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks.

Quickly, Annie charms the hearts of the household staff, and even the seemingly coldhearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl.

Oliver decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward to any couple who can prove to him they are Annie’s parents. However, Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to claim the reward for themselves, putting Annie in great danger.

Mosman Musical Society (MMS) is working hard to put together a memorable show which will feature a  very talented cast of local girls as the orphans and a wonderful mix of familiar faces from previous MMS shows in addition to some great new talent in some of the leading roles.

The show opens on Friday the 17th June at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood. A total of 8 great shows will entertain lower North Shore audiences with evergreens ballads such as: Tomorrow, NYC, and Hard Knock Life, to name just a few hits from the shows’ wonderful score.

DATES
Friday 17 June 7.30 pm Saturday 18 June 2 pm & 7.30 pm Sunday 19 June 3 pm Thursday 23 June 7.30 pm Friday 24 June 7.30 pm Saturday 25 June 2 pm & 7.30 pm

For more about Annie – The Musical, visit http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ANNIEZEN16&v=ZEN
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GEORGY GIRL @ THE STATE THEATRE

Georgy Girl-mainThe 1960s was a decade that saw many talented Australian artists recognised in the United Kingdom, helping to debunk the somewhat patronising, colonial stereotype that was associated with Australia in those days.

The Seekers’ rise to fame was chronicled by singer Judith’s brother-in-law, Patrick Edgeworth and Graham Simpson, who had written The Judith Durham Story – Colours of my Life.  From this, the musical GEORGY GIRL was born. Continue reading GEORGY GIRL @ THE STATE THEATRE