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A RAVE REVIEW FOR ‘REEFER MADNESS’ @ THE FACTORY THEATRE Marrickville

This was an astonishing juggernaut of great musical entertainment. It was full of catchy tunes with a young cast of pretty girls and handsome boys, always expounding the addictive dangers of the banned narcotic drug, known as the evil weed called Marijuana.

This was a delightful musical parody of the 1936 cult fake-news movie documentary. Concerned parents are lectured on the dangers of the new evil drug, Marijuana, that will turn all their virtuous teenagers into drug-addicted, sex-crazed, jazz music lovers, suffering from the munchies. Today on the cusp of global marijuana legalization and medical marijuana breakthroughs, and with the benefit of hindsight, this satirical musical provides hilarious hazy insights into our current political climate of  conservatism combined with bigotry. Continue reading A RAVE REVIEW FOR ‘REEFER MADNESS’ @ THE FACTORY THEATRE Marrickville

JUNGLE BOOK, THE MUSICAL RETURNS TO KING STREET THEATRE

“Markus Weber and Michael Summ’s version of The Jungle Book is a beautifully-written musical derived from Rudyard Kipling’s famed writings.” Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See, April 2014

“With great songs and a meaningful story, excellent production, acting, lighting and sound – the Jungle Book can appeal to both children and adults.” Linda Moon, Weekend Notes, January 2016

JUNGLE BOOK – THE MUSICAL is back at King Street Theatre for the school holidays.

Based on the beloved stories by Rudyard Kipling, Artistic Director/Intendant of KING STREET THEATRE, Markus Weber and Michael Summ’s production of Jungle Book – The Musical will delight audiences once again during the Easter School holidays.           Continue reading JUNGLE BOOK, THE MUSICAL RETURNS TO KING STREET THEATRE

FACES THE MUSICAL @ THE FUSE BOX, FACTORY THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

 

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FACES THE MUSICAL tells the story of five young people, searching for ways to improve their world, interlinked with a second storyline related to the history of one of their grandfathers.

Four friends, Mia (Bethany Taylor), Yin (Soohan Jennifer Yoo), Farid (Eamon Moses), and Rya (Ethan Taylor) come to help their friend Ethan (Adam Bowes) sort through Ethan’s dead grandfather’s things in the attic of the family home. Ethan is searching in particular for his grandfather Arthur’s (Nicholas Gledhill) penny whistle, which he remembers from his childhood, but in the search the friends find far much more than just the penny whistle.

Their lives will change forever because on this stormy Saturday night they will all  be embarking on journeys of self-discovery, aided and abetted by the ghostly spirit of Arthur.

As they search for the penny whistle scenes from different times and places allow the characters to explore their beliefs and desires for a better world. In the end a secret which has been kept for forty years is revealed, and melds the themes of injustice in the grandfather’s past with the injustices faced in the present day by the group.

FACES is part mystery, part comedy and part exploration of themes of justice and hope. The tunes are bright, the lyrics of the songs inspired. The play’s world is brought to life by a talented cast, well supported by a strong ensemble. Perhaps there was a little too much of the “soap box” in a couple of scenes, but this new and youthful Australian musical, delivered an upbeat entertaining experience.

FACES THE MUSICAL has clever choreography that rises above, to become more than just the music, and often caused laughter with uncontrollable goosebumps, making for a genuinely fun theatrical experience.

FACES is a new and youthful Australian musical, and delivered an upbeat entertaining experience, with a cast of fresh voices many with an impressive voice range and excellent  voice control.

Duration 120 minutes, including one interval.

Directed by Kyle Stephens
Music Directed by Kailesh Reitmans
Choreographed by Natasha Window
Set Design Riley Cope
Fill in Musical Director Andrew Freeborn

Book by Carmelita Lees
Songs by: Carmelita Lees, Jim Shipstone, John Roy & Stewart Peters
Script Consultant: Isaac Owen

Cast:-
Nicholas Gledhill ………….Arther Fielding
Adam Bowes ………………..Ethan Fielding
Bethany Taylor …………….Mia
Soohan Jennifer Yoo ………..Yin
Eamon Moses ……………….Farid
Ethan Taylor ………………Ryan
Sammy Jayne ……………….Leah Feilding
Jessie Baker ………………Miriam/ Ensemble
Sasha Cole ………………..Refugee boy/Ensemble
Bea Low …………………..PA/Ensemble
Kyle Stephens ……………..Toms Boss/Ensemble
Mitch Thornton …………….Ensemble
Maselina Metcalf …………..Lilly

Band
Kailesh Reitmans ……………..Keys/Musical Director
Noa Kidd …………………….Guitar
Edward Hampton ……………….Bass
Amy Graham …………………..Flute/Sax/Tin whistle
Trish Daviszz ………………..Reed
Jason Murray …………………Drums

FACES THE  MUSICAL played the Fuse Box at the Factory Theatre between the 11th and the 23rd October 2016.

 

 

FREDDIE HILL’S NEW OPERA ‘THE WATER BABIES’ @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

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This was presented in a very impressive semi staged ‘’ workshop “ version of the amazing new opera composed by Freddie Hill based on the classic children’s book by Charles Kingsley.  The cast sat in rows of chairs onstage when not performing.

THE WATER BABIES tells the story of Tom, a persecuted chimney sweep who slips under the water.  The story comments on the harshness of Victorian society, child labour and the ethics of the time.

Musically it is contemporary is style and multifaceted. It includes elements of jazz, Victorian music hall, Sondheim, perhaps Sullivan and the atonality of Schoenberg. Some of it ripples and bubbles, other parts include lyrical ballads and exciting ensemble work. Hill’s wonderful score was energetically conducted by Rowen Fox, who also also had a minor acting role as Ellie’s tutor, and finely played by an excellent small orchestra gathered on the stage. Continue reading FREDDIE HILL’S NEW OPERA ‘THE WATER BABIES’ @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

JUNGLE BOOK – THE MUSICAL @ KING STREET THEATRE in NEWTOWN

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Markus Weber and Michael Summ’s musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s JUNGLE BOOK, had a very successful season back in April 2014, is a child friendly musical full of catchy lyrics. This is a fast-paced and very entertaining show for young and old alike, with plenty of dancing and songs and humour, and with enough context to keep the adults thoroughly entertained.

JUNGLE BOOK – THE MUSICAL easily delivers the eternally important message of being vigilant about ecological awareness and the need for constant conservation of the world’s wildlife.

This classic jungle tale features Mowgli (the man cub), Baloo (the bear), Bagheera (the panther), Kaa (the python), King Louie (king of the monkeys) and their arch nemesis Shere Khan (the tiger).       Continue reading JUNGLE BOOK – THE MUSICAL @ KING STREET THEATRE in NEWTOWN

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR @ Anita’s Theatre THIRROUL

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A short one hour journey by train/road from Sydney to experience in a huge 850 seat venue, a magnificent “hipster version” of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR with an impressive cast of leads and an effective well-choreographed large ensemble cast of young, passionate performers.

This sung-through musical is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Originally a rock opera concept album, before its first staging on Broadway in 1971.  This musical is a vivid depiction of the political events in the life of Jesus Christ, whilst passionately telling the story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, in under 120 minutes with one interval. Continue reading JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR @ Anita’s Theatre THIRROUL