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.
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’sWest 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 comes to Australia with stellar credentials having garnered fifteen Tony nominations and winning two awards for Best Bookof a Musical for Diablo Cody and Best featured Actress in a Musical for Lauren Patten, and 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→
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→
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.
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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
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 (DTC) is thrilled to announce the cast of the Tony Award®– winning musical ONCE, which makes its long-awaited return to Sydney’s Eternity Playhousein 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.
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→
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.
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 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.
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→
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.