Musical Theatre

‘BRING IT ON’ AND ‘LEAP OF FAITH’ PLUS A CABARET NIGHT – BUSY BUSY AT NSTC

Not content with the Opening Night of BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL happening on Friday, North Shore Theatre Company have 2 other shows in rehearsal.

Sprinkled with sass and inspired by the hit film, BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL will take you on a high-flying journey that is filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness.

With a colourful assortment of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive choreography, this hilarious universal story is sure to be everything that you hoped for and nothing like you expected.

BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL [Facebook Event] information and bookings can be found here. 

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TYRANNO: LATEST SHOW FROM DISTORTION FOREVER

 

Following on from their previous successes Distortion Fever is back with a new dark, topical, Wagnerian, humorous and brutal musical offering, TYRANNO.

Has art been politicised? Is the Western Canon still valid? Do ideologies make people vile? Tyranno explores these questions and the clashing perspectives of modern society.

Controversial internet personality Tyranno Frei has been invited to talk at a university. As the commencement of his lecture looms, crowds of students begin protesting outside the auditorium. One of his old professors, Professor Dio, is worried that the crowd may start a riot. Will the mob be satisfied if Gratia, the students' fiery representative, is allowed to debate Tyranno? Tyranno is a music-drama about Western Art, Free Speech, offensive language and power.

TYRANNO is  written, produced and directed by Ludwig van Distortion and Coco Grainger (Distortion Forever) [Facebook] .  It will play at Erskineville Town Hall from August 3rd to18th.  Tickets at Ticketebo. The Guide also has reviews of their previous shows, SMASH HITS AND STEREOTYPES  and SOMEWHERE ELSE TODAY.

BEYOND THE BARRICADE: IN SYDNEY AS PART OF A NATIONAL TOUR

After 19 years of touring UK and Europe, BEYOND THE BARRICADE got a standing ovation from some audience members at their State Theatre concert in Sydney as part of their current six weeks Australian tour.

The audience knew it was not going to be as spectacular as seeing the actual shows as the four singers (including a singer on keyboard) and three other musicians brought familiar tunes in concert mode. As Andy Reiss has explained “We don’t use backing tracks, so every musical note is played and sung live, giving a dynamic feel to the show.” There were times when the singers’ ‘performances’ could have been a bit more ‘dynamic’ too, particularly in the first half. Continue reading BEYOND THE BARRICADE: IN SYDNEY AS PART OF A NATIONAL TOUR

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD – SOON FROM CANTERBURY THEATRE GUILD

It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD from Canterbury Theatre Guild explores the vibrant journeys through the life-changing moments that define us all, weaving characters, time periods and locations together into one extraordinary show.

The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

Meg Day directs a talented and close-knit cast of community theatre veterans in just 6 shows, to be performed at Bankstown Arts Centre. The show is, says Meg, one that everyone can relate to. Continue reading SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD – SOON FROM CANTERBURY THEATRE GUILD

BRING IT ON – NEXT FROM NORTH SHORE THEATRE COMPANY

Sprinkled with sass and inspired by the hit film, BRING IT ON – THE MUSICAL from North Shore Theatre Company will take audiences on a high-flying journey that is filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness.

BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL features an original story by Tony Award winner, Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton), music by Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning composer, Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), lyrics by Broadway lyricist, Amanda Green (High Fidelity), and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical.

With a colourful assortment of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive choreography, this hilarious universal story is sure to be everything that audiences hoped for and nothing like they expected.

North Shore Theatre Company [Facebook] will present BRING IT ON at the  The Independent Theatre, [Facebook] Friday 20 July  to Sunday 22.

DOWNTOWN THE MOD MUSICAL : A CELEBRATION OF THE SIXTIES

This show, also known as ‘Shout!The Mod Musical’, was plenty of fun as it celebrated all things sixties, especally the music.

DOWNTOWN is  set in London in the swinging sixties and follows the lives of five women varying in ages from their twenties to their forties through to the early seventies. They each face tricky situations in their personal lives and each during the course of the play consult  an advice columnist who works for Shout! Magazine, their social bible.

The Wollongong based Arcadians Theatre Group have astutely chosen this show as  good winter fare keeping our spirits warm as we thrill to the music of that legendary decade.

The show has been smartly directed by Kerrie Martin with musical direction by Valerie Hull and choreography by Pauline Young. Continue reading DOWNTOWN THE MOD MUSICAL : A CELEBRATION OF THE SIXTIES

CARRIE THE MUSICAL FOR DEPOT THEATRE

Louis Ellis Productions in conjunction with The Depot Theatre have announced their production of CARRIE: THE MUSICAL. Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, CARRIE: THE MUSICAL explores the trials and tribulations of high school, however with a unique Stephen King twist to rival any previously seen on the stages of Broadway. The show will have a limited run at The Depot Theatre in Marrickville from July 25th to August 4th.

Whilst many people remember the original story of Carrie as one of gore and horror, Louis Ellis Productions has chosen to take a different route. Utilising the 2012 revival version of the show, Director Hayden Tonazzi has chosen to focus on the humanity of Carrie White with a reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale Carrie White is an outcast. Continue reading CARRIE THE MUSICAL FOR DEPOT THEATRE

ASSASSINS AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: DISTURBINGLY GOOD

David Campbell in ASSASSINS.
Production photos: Prudence Upton

The period characters in ASSASSINS, playing at the Sydney Opera House, are a pretty wild-eyed bunch who make meeting them in an abandoned sideshow late at night pretty unappealing.  Led by John Wilkes Booth, who considers himself forefather of all American President assassination attempts, they are pretty evidently crazy.  But the more modern characters, apart from one, look alarmingly normal and rational.  That is … until a rifle is put in Harvey Lee Oswald’s hands towards the confronting ending of this show.  ASSASSINS is Stephen Sondheim’s 1990 malignantly comic attack on the American dream where normalcy collides with obsession in a dark musical which is thoroughly entertaining yet ominous. (Book by John Weidman) Continue reading ASSASSINS AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: DISTURBINGLY GOOD

THE SECRET SINGER – SAG HAS A SNEAK PEEK AT THE NEW MUSICAL

Kate Mannix and Joanna Weinberg share songs from THE SECRET SINGER. Event images by Hannah-Rayne Creative.

THE SECRET SINGER is in all of us perhaps.  After all, an engineer will tell you that bathrooms really do have better acoustics than the rest of the house.  But only rarely does the secret inside burst into public spaces.  On Sunday I got to meet Jenny.  A woman whose persistence and determination to sing has not just flowered into a choral life but whose story germinated in the fertile mind of her teacher to bud and grow into a new musical for the Australian stage.

Joanna Weinberg has written and will direct THE SECRET SINGER to play at the Eternity Theatre in August and SAG was there to get a sneak peek.  The story begins with a jaded, cynical musician (Not me! insists Weinberg) who is being pestered by a student wanting to learn to sing. Genevieve Lemon and Kate Mannix play teacher and student respectively.  And the work begins with the interior complexity of Emjay who really thought she would be a star by now and to whom teaching holds little appeal. Continue reading THE SECRET SINGER – SAG HAS A SNEAK PEEK AT THE NEW MUSICAL

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: SHOCKINGLY GOOD FUN FROM ROCKDALE MS

Rockdale Musical Society’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a deadly, under-fed, big green plant load of fun.  It’s got some great singing and acting and lots of well-loved songs, great thought and execution in the tech and a really lovely vibe about the audience and foyer.  This is community theatre that shines.

Before the show there are some very naughty skid row residents in the auditorium who, to the delight of the children, are throwing stuff at people and generally being loud and skid row-ish.  There’s lots of community support here as the crowd goes wild when the overture starts, right on time I might say!  The first thing one notices about Rockdale Musical Theatre’s production of LITTLE SHOW OF HORRORS is the quality of the tech.  The Star Wars inspired lyrics scroll up the screen and then we meet our guides to this story. A girl group.  Crystal , Chiffon and Ronette and beginning with their ‘Da-Doo’ they are going to be very important to our enjoyment of the macabre fun of a people-eating plant, innocently raised by Seymour. Continue reading LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: SHOCKINGLY GOOD FUN FROM ROCKDALE MS

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT @ THE CAPITOL

At the start of the show we see Mitzi Mitosis, who goes by the nickname Tick, performing at a club in Sydney when his wife Marion, whom he has been separated from for several years, because of his homosexuality, calls him and asks and asks for a favour.

Marion asks Tick if he will perform his cabaret show at her entertainment venue in Alice Springs for a few weeks. Marion tells him that there is also another reason why she would like hm to come up. Their eight years old son Benji wants to meet him.

Tick puts Marion ‘on hold’, ends up chat things over with fellow drag Farrah, and then gets back  to Marion telling her that he will do it. Tick recruits a few of his best friends to join him on the trip up north- transsexual Bernadette who only recently lost her husband, and drag queen Felicia.

The newly formed trio go on to buy a ‘budget Barbie camper-van’ they nickname ‘Priscilla Queen Of The Desert’ and so starts their journey up to the Alice.

This show, now doing a tenth anniversary tour,  directed by its original director Simon Phillips, is a great musical theatre package with impressive sets and props, great music, lots of dancing, quirky characters and zippy dialogue weaved into a storyline about LGBTQI people being true to themselves and having fun despite having to face disapproval and sometimes aggressive acts against them. Continue reading PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT @ THE CAPITOL