WICKED presented by MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY @ SUTHERLAND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
WICKED is a musical prequel to The Wizard Of Oz. The clever storyline covers the years before Dorothy’s arrival in the wonderful Land Of Oz. We experience the unlikely but profound friendship, and the extraordinary adventures of a quite misunderstood green girl named Elphaba (Emma Taviani), and the blonde and very popular Galinda/Glinda (Misha Williamson).
We follow their fateful journey, that leads them to both fulfill their destinies, one to become the “Wicked Witch of the West” and the other will become “Glinda The Good Witch”.
The citizens of The Land Of Oz are celebrating the death of the Wicked Witch, when Glinda appears. The musical continues as an extended flashback of the lives of these two women, from the moment they first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University.
WICKED – music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman, tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The Miranda Musical Society’s (MMS) revival of WICKED will play the Sutherland Entertainment Centre on Wednesday March 22 at 8 pm, Thursday March 23 at 11 am and 8 pm, Friday March 25 at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday March 26 at 11 am and 5 pm.
Miranda Musical Society’s production captures the audience with a very moving musical revue of the work of the late Belgian songwriter and performer.
Jacques Brel was a major influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers such as David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, and English translations of his songs have been recorded by many top performers including Ray Charles and John Denver.
Miranda Musical Society’s new production is a very good revival of the show ALTAR BOYZ helmed by Osman Kabbara. ALTAR BOYZ premiered at the 47th Street Theatre in New York City in September 2004 and then went Off Broadway in March the following year. It has since become one of the longest running off-Broadway musicals of all time.
CAROUSEL is based on the venerable Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play LILIOM, which has a tragic plot narrative, together with the sometimes unsympathetic and downbeat protagonist. The original stage production of CAROUSEL opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York on 19th April 1945, and ran for 890 performances.
The music and lyrics of CAROUSEL are undoubtedly the ultimate Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II score, and this production of CAROUSEL is a joy both to watch and to listen to. Set in the years 1873 to 1888, this timeless story is both dark and introspective, and tells of the ever trusting and faithful Julie, from her first meeting at night with Billy, who becomes her brutish husband. Location is a New England fishing village, and the multitude of period perfect costumes, and elegant and thoughtful staging eliminated the need for a full sized working carousel. Continue reading Miranda Musical Society’s CAROUSEL @ Sutherland Entertainment Centre→
Do you need a glass-half-full approach to cope with the modern world? Musical theatre can assist, especially Miranda Musical Society’s production of ANNIE. This current version showcases genuine, likeable optimism in a slick package.
The joyous individuals in the cast of orphans are a credit to their birth parents and the local musical group which is fostering their talent. Two casts of orphans alternate across the show’s run. I saw the so-called ‘Warbucks’ cast, which were pure energy from start to finish.
Amidst detailed period sets, props and stunning outfits, the children and adults on stage present their predicaments clearly. The New York accents, pre-war social and political climates and contrasts between the rich and poor are accurately portrayed. Continue reading Annie→
Held up at glorious gunpoint between Miranda Musical Society’s previous show OKLAHOMA and the upcoming ANNIE comes a successful revival of Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS. This show is a cavalcade of would-be killers and successful assassins from several eras of history. They taunt and help each other from an impossibly simultaneous present when the opening number sends them off in a carnival game to kill with guns of various descriptions.
As the eight assassins interact and react to their failed American Dreams they reveal a myriad of personal sensitivities, disorders, obsessions and excuses. All believe their only solution is to kill a president. This production’s faithful depiction of the show contains much humour as well as accuracy of accent and cultural predicament.
This production of OKLAHOMA is as up to date as Kansas City! Amidst acres of well-costumed colour, huge hoedown numbers and dream sequences, clever direction from James Worner also emphasizes the serious and sombre contrasts within this work.
On top of much comedy, lyricism and ambition relating to romance and gender roles, OKLAHOMA also covers the concept of the isolation of an outcast turned desperado. This extra layer fringing the top of all else is clearly presented by Miranda Musical Society.
Dark smokehouse scenes with a broodingly expressive Jud Fry are achieved in the using the reverse side of the Act One farmhouse set. This farm hand, often openly labelled as rough and different, has an out of control yearning for a wife and a place in the environment. The complex role is played with exquisite intensity by James Jonathon.
Proudly announcing the Sydney amateur premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA the Miranda Musical Society take up the challenge of this lavish musical. Can they pull it off? You bet your sweet opera glasses, which is what I needed up in the ‘Gods’ (dress circle, five rows from the back) at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre last night. My old acting teacher once said that amateur theatre companies were sometimes brilliant but professional companies had to sustain at least “very good” over a season. The challenge now for this talented group will be to live up to the high standard of opening night!
The singing was good and occasionally great from our leads, Tamasin Howard as Christine, Gavin Leahy as the Phantom, Jack Dawson as Vicomte Raoul, April Neho as Carlotta Guidicelli, Chiz Watson as Madame Giry, and Sarah Furnari as Meg Giry, and a host of enthusiastic supporting cast too numerous to list.
The thing with Lloyd Weber’s music is he loves to challenge his singers with a wide ranging score and unfortunately the lowest notes are often the hardest to produce. The ensemble were good, the corps de ballet also. The orchestra, strangely sequestered in the dress circle foyer were nevertheless excellent under the deft direction of Andy Peterson. The rest of the technical team from the two spotlight operators perched on platforms in the last row of the dress circle to the sizable backstage crew also deserve mention for keeping things running smoothly, apart from a brief pause before one of the scenes.
Of course, Col Peet’s masterful direction, reflecting more than 45 years of experience, and Andy Peterson’s musical direction, along with Jo Ansell’s choreography should not be underestimated.
Wonderful show. Worth a trip to Sutherland, especially if you’re a Phantom fan!
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by the Miranda Musical Society opened at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre on Friday September 20 and runs until Sunday September 29, 2013.
This show, based on a great book by Richard Harris, takes us to the world of adult education classes, in all its diversity. This production’s practical and convincing set enrols us immediately in the right atmosphere.
Class members bring much more than a need to learn for their ‘one night a week’ oasis from various routines of family, grief, abuse, and hunger for expression.
The ten characters contrast well and are consistent throughout. They have been well directed to enhance the tapestry of ensemble rehearsal moments and other comic or poignant scenes.
There are some great times to be had watching this talented group bringing STEPPING OUT to life. Dialect work is extremely effective.
Clever choreography works well with the cast dancing idiosyncratically as both learners and breakthrough stars.
Standout vocal moments are delivered often by this cast. Vocal balance with the supportive band mostly gives narrative clarity.
Margaret Short’s Rose delights in Don’t Ask Me. Penny Stewart’s version of Too Much showsthe heartbreaking side to Mavis the dance instructor. The fruits of the class’ hilarious labours in the fiinale are well worth the wait and journey.
Turn up for this class. It educates all ages.
The Miranda Musical Society’s production of STEPPING OUT- THE MUSICAL, directed by Brett Russell with musical direction by Dean Turner and choreography by Natalie Leather , opened at the Sutherland Memorial School of the Arts, East Parade, Sutherland on Friday 14 June and runs until Sunday 23 June, 2013.