Musical Theatre

MAMMA MIA! THE MUSICAL @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

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

BOOK OF MORMON $20 : PRAYERS ANSWERED

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

SHREK THE MUSICAL: FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

SHREK THE MUSICAL
Photos: Grant Leslie (Perfect Images Photography)

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

NT LIVE: FOLLIES

This image: Janie Dee as Phyllis Rogers Stone in FOLLIES at the National Theatre (c) Johan Persson

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

PRINCESS FIONA’S OTHER OTHER SELF: MIKAYLA WILLIAMS

Mikayla Williams as Princess Fiona in production and in rehearsal.

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

HOLT- THE MUSICAL: TIDALLY THE TRUTH

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

TURNER’S TURN : GERALDINE TURNER CELEBRATES A GREAT LIFE IN SHOW BUSINESS

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

GREASE: THE WORD YOU’RE FEELIN’

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’

WHOA DONKEY!: SHREK’S COMING TO RIVERSIDE

Jay Laga’aia is SHREK in Packemin’s show coming to Riverside

Packemin Productions and Riverside Theatres are presenting SHREK THE MUSICAL ( based on the beloved DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig)

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

THREE IN THE BED: OR FOUR OR FIVE

Production images: Douglas Frost Photography

As we dip our toes into theatregoing waters for 2018, New Theatre has a sexy show full of double entendre, partial nudity and risqué jokes lapping over the footlights.  There is a moist joke to be made here… not that I have the fortitude for it. Luckily, we have Jonathon Holmes to bring the blue. THREE IN THE BED is a frothy, fun romp about the pleasures and perils of diving head first into hedonism.  Coupling is risky! Continue reading THREE IN THE BED: OR FOUR OR FIVE

THE WIZARD OF OZ @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s London Palladium Production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is a breathtaking musical revelation, that significantly improves upon the screenplay of the 1939 the all-time classic technicolor MGM musical movie. Keeping to the original storyline by cleverly adding three new enchanting and unforgettable songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and also contains the well-beloved songs of the Oscar®-winning movie score by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg.                       Continue reading THE WIZARD OF OZ @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

DARLINGHURST NIGHTS NOW ON AT THE HAYES

From the rehearsal room of DARLINGHURST NIGHTS.
Photo: Brett Boardman

DARLINGHURST NIGHTS   is a classic Australian musical which takes place on the streets around the Hayes Theatre itself, and the Hayes celebrates the show’s 30th anniversary with a new production from Helpmann Award-winning director Lee Lewis (The Bleeding Tree). Continue reading DARLINGHURST NIGHTS NOW ON AT THE HAYES

FOUND! A MUSICAL PARODY OF LOST

FOUND! Photographs by: Hugo Photography

Whimsical Productions is  presenting the premiere of FOUND! A Musical Parody of “Lost”, an hilarious twist on the famous “stranded island trope” stories with an original script and music written by Madeleine Halls. FOUND! will premiere at the Hellenic Art Theatre in Marrickville, Sydney between 22-24 February 2018. Continue reading FOUND! A MUSICAL PARODY OF LOST

WICKED presented by MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY @ GLEN STREET THEATRE

 

WICKED is a kid friendly musical that takes place in the Land of Oz, but this untold “true” story of The Witches Of Oz and The Wizard Of Oz, is set during the years before Dorothy brings the house down with her arrival in Oz. The citizens of The Land Of Oz are celebrating the death of The Wicked Witch, when Glinda appears. The musical then continues as an extended flashback of the early lives of these two young women, from their first meeting as sorcery students at the Shiz University.                                  Continue reading WICKED presented by MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY @ GLEN STREET THEATRE

BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS:SUPERLATIVES FAIL

 

Elaine Crombie and Ursula Yovich           Production Images: Brett Boardman

So … I went a few years ago to visit my friend who lives alternatively  in the bush.  Her life is subsistent but she makes a bit of cash as a feral pig hunter.  She is surrounded by dogs of all kinds.  Many of them scarred and scary.  Her advice to me, should I ever need it.  If there is a pack of dogs causing trouble, in the middle there will be a little one who is meanest, fiercest and smartest.  That one started the fight. This brings me to Barbara of BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS.

This play is written with that kind of gritty truthfulness.  Lived experience and unspoken lives collide in an explosive whipcrack over the heads of those who wonder and those who know. Continue reading BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS:SUPERLATIVES FAIL

NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING FAMOUS: THE BODYBAG!

 

Trevor Ashley in  THE BODYBAG: The Panto

“IT’S NOT RIGHT…. BUT IT’S OKAY”

Multi-award winning superstar Rachel Marinade (Trevor Ashley) is one of the most successful entertainers ever to have come runner-up on Australian Idol*.  But after a spate of creepy “fan mail” it’s clear that Rachel needs protection.  Not only that, after being charged in local court for holding a fake driver’s license, she also needs transport. Continue reading NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING FAMOUS: THE BODYBAG!

SOMEWHERE ELSE TODAY: A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL

SOMEWHERE ELSE TODAY  is back for a return season – just like Christmas!

Eli and Darcy do not want to spend another Christmas with Eli’s family, or in the Southern Hemisphere for that matter! George, the adopted son, has woken up with Brandi – last night’s one-night-stand – who just won’t leave. Jan is introducing her new boyfriend, Chuck, to everyone. Phil is sick of Christmas. Dorian is hungover. The Dog struggles for power with the men. And they haven’t even opened presents yet!

With lame gifts, clashing egos, a psychedelic retelling of the history of Christmas, and the fury of a woman scorned, this is just an ordinary Christmas with the Bennett family. Despite the craziness and chaos, the fights and over indulgence, Brenda Bennett, the matriarch, just wants to keep the family together.

Written and produced by Distortion Forever (Coco Grainger and Ludwig van Distortion) writers of Smash Hits And Stereotypes.

Warning: contains drug references, coarse language, and sexual references – it is Christmas after all!

DATES
Dec 18, 19, 21, 23 at 7:30pm and Dec 23 at 5pm

For more about Somewhere Else Today, visit https://newtheatre.org.au/associated-events/somewhere-else-today/
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COURTNEY ACT TALKS GREASE:THE ARENA EXPERIENCE

Courtney Act, Meghan O’Shea and Damon Wade
Photo: Chris Pavlich

I’ve had an Australian strength coffee and I’m good to go.”  Courtney Act is straight off a plane from Hong Kong when we have a chance to chat before the publicity rounds of GREASE THE ARENA EXPERIENCE. Continue reading COURTNEY ACT TALKS GREASE:THE ARENA EXPERIENCE

HIGH FIDELITY SPINS A HIGHLY ENJOYABLE NIGHT OUT

Teagan Wouters and Toby Francis in HIGH FIDELITY
Production Images:  Robert Catto

HIGH FIDELITY is playing the Hayes Theatre and spins the platters to give a very entertaining night out.  Drawn from the movie of the same name from the book of the same name, it has a slightly overachieving pedigree. Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch, About A Boy) wrote the novel.  The book of the musical is by David Lindsay-Abaire (Pultizer for Rabbit Hole), lyrics are by Amanda Green (Bring It On and the Jonathan Larson Award) and music by Tom Kitt (Pultitzer for Next to Normal).  Why then did HIGH FIDELITY fail so spectacularly on The Great White Way? Continue reading HIGH FIDELITY SPINS A HIGHLY ENJOYABLE NIGHT OUT

MURIEL’S WEDDING : THE MUSICAL @ ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE

Years ago, audiences fell in love with Muriel Heslop on the big screen, and now they are falling in love with her all over again, this time at the theatre.

Has there ever been a more likeable dag/outsider?! One just has to admire her daring, her nerve, that she will do anything to achieve her dreams, and damn any-one, or even any notion of her own self pride, that can get in the way.

Maggie McKenna steps very comfortably into the shoes that were filled in the movie by Toni Colette in the movie. She gives a wonderful performance, playing a classic ‘plain Jane’ character who will do anything that she can to break away from her mundane, bland life. Continue reading MURIEL’S WEDDING : THE MUSICAL @ ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE