Music Theatre

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY @ THEATRE ROYAL

Girl From The North Country Pic Daniel Boud
Girl From The North Country. Pic Daniel Boud
Girl From The North Country. Pic Daniel Boud

This is the second production to take place since the reopening of the Theatre Royal Sydney. The show which has had successful productions on Broadway and the West End was written and directed by Conor McPherson

The story is set in a boarding house in Duluth, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior. It’s the winter of 1934 and America is in the grip of the Great Depression. Duluth is the town where Bob Dylan grew up in.

The play features an on stage narrator , the family’s Doctor, Doctor Walker (Terrence Crawford).

The owner of the boarding house is Nick Laine (Peter Kowitz), whose life is slowly unravelling.  He is stressed out trying to meet the mortgage payments on the boarding house. 

His wife Elizabeth (Lisa McCune) has  dementia, his son Gene (James Smith) is an alcoholic and without a job. Continue reading GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY @ THEATRE ROYAL

THE CLASSIC MUSICAL ‘A CHORUS LINE’ IS COMING TO THE HOUSE

Director Amy Campbell

Darlinghurst Theatre Company has announced that its long-awaited new production of A CHORUS LINE will open at the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House on 11 February 2022.

Featuring brand new choreography by Helpmann Award-nominated director and choreographer Amy Campbell, this legendary musical stars some of the country’s most talented triple threats, including Adam Jon Fiorentino as Zach, the director loosely based on the show’s creator Michael Bennett. Fiorentino has performed in Mary Poppins on Broadway; Follies and Saturday Night Fever in London’s West End; the Australian tour of Aladdin, and Kiss of the Spider Woman for Melbourne Theatre Company.

Angelique Cassimatis, (American Psycho, Pippin, Hair, Saturday Night Fever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) returns as Cassie, a former star desperate to be part of the chorus in Zach’s new show. Artistic Director Amylia Harris is thrilled to welcome Cassimatis back and recalls the incredible audience reaction to her performance during the final preview in 2020. “After Angelique’s solo number halfway through the second act, the audience rose to its feet to give her a standing ovation. It was literally show stopping!”

Following two postponements due to the pandemic, this brand-new production will finally lay bare the struggles performers face to be seen, heard, recognised and respected. The 20 roles are based on the real-life anecdotes of Broadway dancers interviewed by Michael Bennett in his East Side studio one weekend in January 1974. Rivalry and wine paved the way to a weekend of divulged secrets about their upbringing, coming-of-age, sexuality and careers.  Continue reading THE CLASSIC MUSICAL ‘A CHORUS LINE’ IS COMING TO THE HOUSE

JAGGED LITTLE PILL : A GREAT NIGHT OUT

JAGGED LITTLE PILL comes to Australia with stellar credentials having garnered fifteen Tony nominations and winning two awards for Best Book of a Musical for Diablo Cody and Best featured Actress in a Musical for Lauren Pattenand a Grammy for best Musical Theatre album. 

The production is a coup for Trafalgar Theatre Productions as this opening production for the Theatre royal is the first production of the show outside of Broadway.

Its creation is based on the angst ridden, psychologically insightful and semi autobiographical album of the same name by Alanis Morisette. Morisette recorded this album with her musical collaborator Glen Ballard when she was just nineteen years old.

The musical features music and lyrics by Morisette and the Book by Diablo Cody deals with issues such as alienation, rape, substance abuse, work/life balance, moral cowardice, marriage pressures, the earnestness and narcissism of youth, all leavened with a good deal of humour. Continue reading JAGGED LITTLE PILL : A GREAT NIGHT OUT

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL COMING TO DARLING QUARTER THEATRE

The Mitchell Old Company presents, HEATHERS The Musical, a high-energy immersive theatre  experience based on the cult classic film of the same name that will have a limited season at ARA  Darling Quarter Theatre from 8 February to 5 March 2022.  

This heartfelt, hilarious and provocatively dark comedy features NEW SONGS and comes to Sydney  direct from the West End production.  

Set in Westerberg High School in 1989, Heathers is brought to you by the award-winning writing  team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat  Boy, Legally Blonde) and Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man).  

HEATHERS The Musical, is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful  teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at  Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school  food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather  Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and  kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.  Continue reading HEATHERS THE MUSICAL COMING TO DARLING QUARTER THEATRE

TODD MCKENNEY JOINS CAST OF LYIN QUEEN

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Multi-award winning star of stage and screen TODD MCKENNEY will join TREVOR ASHLEY in The Lyin’ Queen at the Sydney Opera House from 30 November. Todd will play philanthropic scientist Dr. Richard Rabbitborough, who has created a new theme park near Maroochydore filled with exotic creatures.

When making this momentous announcement Trevor said “I couldn’t be more thrilled that Todd has joined the cast of the show. He’s an Aussie legend and has the best sense of humour, so can’t wait to be on stage with him in this outrageously hilarious comedy.” 

Joining Trevor and Todd is American Psycho stand out Shannon Dooley, Shauntelle Benjamin (Book of Mormon) and Brendan Irving (Rocky Horror Show). The extraordinary costumes are by Angie White(Heathers, Mack & Mabel) and choreography by Cameron Mitchell (Catch Me If You Can, Calamity Jane) with lighting design by Gavan Swift (Harry Potter, Heathers).

THE LYIN’ QUEEN brings you dinosaurs, politics, parodies and inflatable gorilla anatomy in this updated and revised adults-only comic extravaganza. Hilarious, hysterical and totes inappropes, there won’t be a dry seat in the house.

 

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Starring                       Trevor Ashley, Shauntelle Benjamin, Shannon Dooley, Brendan Irving and Todd McKenney

Written by                  Trevor Ashley and Phil Scott

Choreography Cameron Mitchell

Costumes                    Angie White

Lighting Design           Gavan Swift

 

COVID SAFE: Audience members must be vaccinated as per government directive

 

Venue:                          Sydney Opera House, Studio

Dates                            30 November to 12 December

Times                            Tuesday to Friday 8.00pm

Saturdays 5pm & 8.30pm

Sundays 5pm

Tickets:                         from $79.  Transaction fees may apply

Bookings:                      www.sydneyoperahouse.com or (02) 9250 0077

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COME FROM AWAY RETURNS TO THE CAPITOL THEATRE

It’s back! COME FROM AWAY came to Sydney, closed due to lockdown and has reopened to enthusiastic audiences, keen for an uplifting story. The award-winning musical is now playing at the Capitol Theatre until January 9, 2022.

These are just a few of the reviews from around the world: “a hit … a masterpiece … inspiring … who knew kindness and generosity could be so thrilling.”

In the 1930s the largest airfield in North America was in Newfoundland, a refuelling station in the pre-jet age. By the 1960s, the airfield was rarely used. Then in 2001, 7000 stranded passengers from 36 planes landed, redirected from their destinations when the US closed its airspace due to 9/11. The town of a few thousand residents sprang into action providing shelter, food, comfort and phones. The 7000 remained in the town for six days, until the US airspace reopened. Nerves ran high, uneasiness turned into trust and enduring friendships were formed. 

Canadian writing partners and married couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein wrote the book and then the score for the musical about the events of those six days. New York’s Junkyard Productions’ Sydney show includes performers from around the globe, including six from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. The seven musicians play a mix of Celtic and modern instruments, providing a rapid-fire pace to the show … Celtic, because being separated from the mainland, Newfoundland retained many of its early settlers’ traditions. Their folklore is unique, the people superbly hardy and their English accent very different. The term  ‘come from aways’is Newfoundland lingo for people from elsewhere. Continue reading COME FROM AWAY RETURNS TO THE CAPITOL THEATRE

THE LYIN’ QUEEN TO RETURN TO THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

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It’s time to laugh, Sydney!  No more thinking. No more worrying. We all need to escape.  But where to? Somewhere off the coast of Australia, lies an island… a mysterious place where wild beasts roam, parodies run wild, and appropriateness is thrown out the window!

Trevor Ashley’s adults-only Jurassic musical comedy returns to Sydney Opera House for 12 shows only from 30 November to 12 December.

From The Lion King to Love Island, no one is safe! This critically acclaimed riotous musical comedy takes no prisoners. Expect ridiculous puppets, song parodies and a send-up of every movie ever made on or near an island – all brought together by the multi-award (losing) team behind Fat Swan, Little Orphan TrAshley and the smash hit The Bodybag. Continue reading THE LYIN’ QUEEN TO RETURN TO THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

CAROLINE O’CONNOR AND EDDIE PERFECT TO APPEAR IN 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL

Dolly Parton and Producers John Frost for Crossroads Live, Suzanne Jones and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions today announced two of the stars of the Australian premiere of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, Dolly Parton’s smash-hit West End musical, which will open in February at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

Caroline O’Connor will play busy-body Roz Keith, the administration assistant who is fiercely – and unrequitedly – in love with her boss Franklin Hart Jnr. Most recently seen in Melbourne Theatre Company’s Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Caroline has played lead roles on Broadway, in the West End, France and across Australia, including Chicago, Anything Goes, West Side Story, On The Town, Man of La Mancha, Bombshells, A Christmas Story and Anastasia to name just a few. Caroline also created the role of tango dancing Nini Legs in the Air in Baz Luhrmann’s Academy Award winning film Moulin Rouge.

Eddie Perfect will play the controlling boss Franklin Hart Jnr. One of Australia’s most respected and prolific writers and performers, Eddie is perhaps best known as all-round nice guy Mick Holland on Channel 10’s hit series Offspring, and has been seen in Kath and Kim, Spicks And Specks and numerous comedy shows including ABC TV’s Stand Up, The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala and Good News Week. On stage Eddie performed in Keating! The Musical, Misanthropology, The Threepenny Opera and Shane Warne The Musical, which he wrote himself. In 2019, Eddie wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway premiere of Beetlejuice, for which he was nominated for Best Original Score at the 2019 Tony Awards. Continue reading CAROLINE O’CONNOR AND EDDIE PERFECT TO APPEAR IN 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL

JAGGED LITTLE PILL FULL AUSTRALIAN CAST ANNOUNCED

Theatre Royal Sydney – Pic David Boon

Producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, Eva Price, Howard Panter for Trafalgar Entertainment and Torben  Brookman for GWB Entertainment have confirmed that the Australian tour of JAGGED LITTLE PILL, the Grammy and Tony Award winning Broadway musical, inspired Alanis Morissette’s, ground-breaking album of the same name will  open in Melbourne at the Comedy Theatre from January 2nd, after its exclusive limited season at Theatre Royal Sydney December 2nd– 19th

 Multi award winner Natalie Bassingthwaighte (she/her) stars in the electrifying and inspiring Australian production of  JAGGED LITTLE PILL in the lead role of Mary Jane Healy, alongside critically acclaimed film, TV and stage actor and  recording artist, Tim Draxl (he/him) as Steve Healy. Making her musical theatre debut, Emily Nkomo (she/her) stars as Frankie Healy, and Queensland Conservatorium of Music graduate Liam Head (he/him) will play Nick Healy

After originating the lead role of Muriel in Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, and recently performing in the US tour of  Dear Evan Hansen Maggie McKenna (they/them) stars as Jo, with emerging stage and theatre performer Grace Miell (she/they) playing Bella and Phoenix is played by AYDAN (he/him) who has maintained a strong following after his  appearance on The Voice and featured role as Harry in Fangirls Continue reading JAGGED LITTLE PILL FULL AUSTRALIAN CAST ANNOUNCED

COME FROM AWAY @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE : 2 DOUBLE PASSES

Original Australian cast in COME FROM AWAY
Original Australian cast in COME FROM AWAY

This Tony and Olivier award winning COME FROM AWAY follows the incredible real-life journey of 7,000 air passengers who became grounded in Gander, Newfoundland in Canada in the wake of the September 11 tragedy. The small local community there immediately welcomed the ‘come from aways’ into their lives, providing hope and compassion to those in need.

Now, more than ever, COME FROM AWAY is the perfect show for our time; an opportunity to come together and celebrate an inspirational tale of hope and humanity.

A stellar ensemble cast brings this incredible story to life including Zoe Gertz, Sharriese Hamilton, Douglas  Hansell, Kolby Kindle, Phillip Lowe, Simon Maiden, Sarah Morrison, Joseph Naim, Emma Powell, Katrina  Retallick, Kellie Rode and Gene Weygandt, together with Angela Kennedy, Josh Marin, Kathleen Moore,  Jensen Overend, Kilty Reidy, Ash Roussety, Alana Tranter and Jasmine Vaughns.  Continue reading COME FROM AWAY @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE : 2 DOUBLE PASSES

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL : A RETRO ROMP PAR EXCELLENCE

 

This is the first community theatre production of PRISCILLA to make it to the stage in New South Wales. It has been brought to the stage by the Willoughby Theatre Company, one of the state’s finest theatre companies. The Company has been around since 1957 and has built up a reputation for putting on great music theatre. The Company can now count PRISCILLA as being one of its finest.

The main character in PRISCILLA is Tick, a Sydney based drag queen. Earlier in his life he was a straight man married to a wife called Marion.

One day, out of the blue, he receives a call from his ex, Marion. Marion invites him to come up north to a town called Alice to perform his drag act at Lasseters Hotel Casino Resort where she is the Entertainment Manager. Marion has seen his drag act and loves it. Her main motivation, however, is for Anthony to spend time with his eight year old son Benjamin. Continue reading PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL : A RETRO ROMP PAR EXCELLENCE

DARLINGHURST THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE CAST FOR UPCOMING SEASON OF ‘ONCE’

Darlinghurst Theatre Company (DTC) is thrilled to announce the cast of the Tony Award®– winning musical ONCE, which makes its long-awaited return to Sydney’s Eternity Playhouse in June before touring around the State.

This critically acclaimed production is directed by Richard Carroll with musical direction by Victoria Falconer. It features stunning movement sequences created by Hamilton’s resident director Amy Campbell

Opening in Sydney in 2019, it broke box-office records and played to nightly standing ovations and packed houses.The sell-out season had to be extended due to popular demand.

Jay Laga’aia joins Australian musical theatre stars, Toby Francis and Stefanie Caccamo, who are returning to the roles inspired by the love story of ONCE’s songwriters – the Grammy Award®-winning folk duo of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Continue reading DARLINGHURST THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE CAST FOR UPCOMING SEASON OF ‘ONCE’

HALF TIME : STAYING FOREVER YOUNG @ THE HAYES

Deni Gordon, Coby Njoroge and Chaska Halliday in ‘Half Time’ at the Hayes Theatre Photographer David Hooley
Nancye Hayes and the cast of ‘Half Time’. Pic David Hooley

It is always exciting to see an Australian premiere of a musical, especially in the intimate chamber space that is Potts Point’s Hayes Theatre.

This is the case with the American work HALF TIME, book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar with additional music by Marvin Hamlisc, and lyrics by Neil Benjamin. The show was based on the motion picture documentary ‘Gotta Dance’, directed by, written by and produced by Dori Bernstein.

HALF TIME  tells the true story of ten ordinary seniors who audition to dance at half time for a major basketball team. Only after making the cut  do they learn that they won’t be dancing tap, salsa, or swing – instead they have to learn a dance style that is entirely foreign to them, hip-hop. Their head coach is Tara, played by Stefanie Jones, who in her late twenties is deemed too old to be part of the main dance team. Continue reading HALF TIME : STAYING FOREVER YOUNG @ THE HAYES

THE MEL BROOKS MUSICAL : YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN @ THE HAYES

Matthew Becker and Lucie Mastrantone in ‘Young Frankenstein’. Photo Daniel Bou

It’s great to see the Hayes Theatre open again after the long Covid shutdown.

What a great way to start up again with the complete silliness, zaniness, of Mel Brooks.

Not content with making the hit comedy movie ‘Frankenstein’  in 1974 which was listed as the 13th  funniest film ever made by  the American Film Institute,  in 2007 he transformed the movie into a stage musical  which became a Broadway hit.

In YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN  scientist Frederick Frankenstein (it’s pronounced Fronk-en-steen) – grandson of the infamous scientist – travels reluctantly to Transylvania where he has inherited his family estate. Before long, he finds himself back in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestor, and with the help of hunchbacked sidekick Igor and yodelling lab assistant Inga, he brings to life a new creature to rival his grandfather’s. But this time, when the monster escapes – great hilarity ensues.

The show’s director Alexander Berlage in the last  two active year of the theatre, has directed two  hit productions; ‘American Psycho’ and ‘Cry-Baby’. With YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, the Australian premiere of this Mel Brooks show, it looks like now he was won the trifecta with this show already booking well.

Berlage continues his tradition of reworking classic old (comparatively speaking) shows and getting new things out of them.

Matthew Backer gives  a great performance as Dr Frederick Frankenstein. Becker shines in all areas.

Nick Elyard makes for an alarming monster who does however show a sensitive side.

Other performances to catch the eye  include Lucia Mastrantone as the decidedly odd housekeeper  Frau Blucher and Shannon Dooley is outrageously good as Frederick ‘s wife Elizabeth who pledges her love to her husband yet will not let him touch her.

Isabel Hudson’s clever set alludes to modern art, and  Mason Browne’s costumes are stunning.

The show ends on an appropriately emphatic note with the cast gathered across the front of the stage laughing their heads off as the curtain slowly descends on them even peeking through the curtain as it reaches the bottom.

Running time 2 hours and 30 minutes including one interval.

Recommended, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is playing the Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point until  Saturday 20 March 2021.

Performance times Mondays at 6.30pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Thursdays at 1pm and also matinees on Saturdays at 2pm.

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FANGIRLS : SO YOUNG, SO YOUNG, SO GOD DAMN YOUNG

A co-production with Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival in association with the Australian Theatre For Young People, Australian playwright Yve Blake’s FANGIRLS premiered at the Bille Brown Theatre in Brisbane back in September 2019 and then transferred the following month to our own Belvoir Street Theatre.

The show was a big hit for Belvoir Street and the Company has brought it back for a return season with it this time playing at the Seymour Centre. It is again bringing in good audiences. Continue reading FANGIRLS : SO YOUNG, SO YOUNG, SO GOD DAMN YOUNG

SYDNEY FESTIVAL : REWIRED : MUSICALS REIMAGINED @ THE HAYES

The Hayes Theatre Company is set to reopen next month with a performance of Young Frankenstein. Their Sydney Festival romp, Rewired : Musicals Reimagined was a  showcase for the regular creatives and versatile vocal and acting talent connected with the Hayes. 

Its fresh take on established musical  theatre favourites sets our regular theatre-going sensibilities on fire. The amazing moments of musical transformation via huge makeovers are stunning new strains for us to cherish. 

This slick super medley of an event  features six voices, four band members and three musical directors who are frequently featured at the Hayes Theatre.  Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL : REWIRED : MUSICALS REIMAGINED @ THE HAYES

PIPPIN LIGHTS UP THE STAGE AT THE LYRIC

Gabrielle McClinton and cast PIPPIN (c) David Hooley

A revival of the 1974 Broadway hit musical ‘Pippin’ is the show lighting up the Lyric Theatre at the Star for the first time since the Covid 19 virus hit back in March this year.

In the show we follow the title character’s journey. When we first meet Pippin he is fresh out of university and  is intent on making his way in the world and finding meaning and satisfaction. He tries different things which satisfy him for a little while and then he moves on, ever restless.

Where will he end up?! Who knows? The Leading Player thinks he does. He is the other lead character in the show, and in his head he has Pippin’s life all mapped out. Together with his performance troupe they interact with Pippin and play out scenes from his life. The Leading Player believes he is in control of everything, that is until Katherine comes along… Continue reading PIPPIN LIGHTS UP THE STAGE AT THE LYRIC

PHILIP QUAST : IS THIS ALL THEN? @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

Anne-Maree McDonald and Philip Quast to perform at the Seymour centre

A highlight of Sydney Festival 2021 is sure to Philip Quast’s show ‘Is This All Then?’. One of our finest  ever music theatre performers Quast will take audiences on a captivating journey through the songs and stories of his incredible life. 

From his parents’ dusty turkey farm in Tamworth to the dressing rooms of glittering theatres worldwide, the multi-award-winning star of musicals, plays and film returns to the Seymour Centre where he first trod the boards in his professional Sydney debut Candide.  Continue reading PHILIP QUAST : IS THIS ALL THEN? @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE