Musical Theatre

OUR HOUSE. STRONG FAMILY VALUES FROM BANKSTOWN THEATRE CO

Bankstown Theatre Company’s production of the musical OUR HOUSE is an entertaining, fun night at the theatre that has strong family values at its core. OUR HOUSE. features songs from British band Madness, who were prominent in the late 1970s and 80s, and through this the writer, Tim Firth explores love, family, growing up, responsibility and loss.

The musical follows the story of Camden lad Joe Casey who on his sixteenth birthday takes his dream girl Sarah on a date. Not all goes well and Joe faces a decision that will change his life. At this stage the story diverges into two parallel stories as we follow the fortunes of “good Joe” and “bad Joe” over the following seven years. Louis Vinciguerra is strong in this double role with subtle personality changes to portray the different characters and quick changes ensure the story flows freely from one side to the other. Tamana Rita with her sure, clear voice is delightful in the role of Sarah who skilfully reacts to the different versions of Joe. Continue reading OUR HOUSE. STRONG FAMILY VALUES FROM BANKSTOWN THEATRE CO

INTERVIEW WITH THE WILD PARTY CHOREOGRAPHER, MADISON LEE

THE WILD PARTY choreographer Madison Lee

THE WILD PARTY is the next venture for up and coming theatre company Little Triangle.  We had the chance to speak with choreographer Madison Lee about the show.

SAG:                      Little Triangle is going from strength to strength but this is the first time that they’ve had an official choreographer. What drew you to the project?

MADISON:          Well as a choreographer I work all over Australia, I’m actually in Melbourne girl, coming up to Sydney for rehearsals.  This year I’ve worked in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and I had heard of Little Triangle and I was really impressed with the shows that they were putting on and the name and the reputation they were getting.

Also because THE WILD PARTY is one of my dream shows to do I guess and so when I heard they were doing it I had the opportunity to try to make this happen. And I was really stoked to be invited into the project, it’s such a great group of people, performers and creatives, working on the show. Continue reading INTERVIEW WITH THE WILD PARTY CHOREOGRAPHER, MADISON LEE

HEATHERS: MACQUARIE MUSICAL SOCIETY LETS CRAZY LOOSE AT THE LIGHTHOUSE

Might feel a tiny bit bad, just a titch.  But Damn! I’m going to do it anyway.  Despite the slaughter, mental illness, sexual assault etc  Macquarie Musical Society’s HEATHERS is deliciously good theatre-going.  Slightly depraved, but delectable. There, I said it! Created with the excellence we have come to expect from this student company, HEATHERS crackles with energy, even the dead people, and fills the Lighthouse stage with a wonderful joy of living and performing and loving and killing. Ooops.

With music, lyrics and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, HEATHERS was created from the late 1980s film of the same name and it played off Broadway in 2014.  The musical remains set in 1989 and we first meet Veronica making notes in her diary.  It’s high school and the jocks rule.  They bully Veronica and her bestie, Martha and anyone else they can find.  But these jocks itch for a crack at the only good reason not to jig: the Heathers.  3 of them.

The Heathers hold the power over the boys with flirt and distain and they also thoroughly enjoy a good old fashioned oppression of other women because … like … who could ever be cool enough, rich enough or just plain, enough.  Veronica will fall in with these terrors at the same time as she falls hard for a new boy to the school.  The gloomy volatility of JD is Veronica-nip and she just can’t resist a nibble. Continue reading HEATHERS: MACQUARIE MUSICAL SOCIETY LETS CRAZY LOOSE AT THE LIGHTHOUSE

THERE’S A WILD PARTY COMING: BE ONE OF THE FIRST ON THE GUEST LIST. GIVEAWAY

Unsnap those garters and those starched lapels. It’s time to get wicked and wild!

After presenting critically acclaimed sell-out productions of ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ (SAG review)  & ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ (SAG Review), Little Triangle will present THE WILD PARTY.

Based on the explosive 1928 poem by Joseph Moncure March, THE WILD PARTY tells the story of the scintillating Queenie and her hot-tempered lover, Burrs. In a heated moment of violence and vulnerability, Burrs suggests the two throw a party to end all parties.

With a guest list worthy of Sodom and Gomorrah, the party brims with vaudeville’s bawdiest.  From a brassy stripper to a devilish playboy, a sinful brother act to a fading Broadway diva, an ex-boxing champ to an ex-chorus girl, a hopeful ingénue to a pair of hopeless producers, and a flock of vivacious chorines to a morphine addict, the line-up of characters are as wicked as they come.

During the wild night of a gin, skin and fun, the guests find themselves caught in a tangle of lust, limbs, and secrets. After midnight dies, however, they are left with feelings of hopelessness and regret that linger in the sobering morning light.

Little Triangle‘s [Facebook]  THE WILD PARTY will play at the Seymour Centre,  November 15- 24 in a strictly limited season.

With thanks to Little Triangle, Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass giveaway to the Preview performance on Thursday Nov 15. 

To be in the running to win a double pass for November 15, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) with WILD PARTY  as the subject, along with your full name.

Competition closes Midnight Sunday October 28, 2018 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available at the Box Office on the night.

ROCK OF AGES NOW PLAYING FROM THE REGALS

Regals Musical Society had some rockin’ audiences to their opening weekend!

ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others !

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net hairspray, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip’s last legendary venues, "The Bourbon Room", a place where rock god Stacee Jaxx takes the stage, and groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Featuring over 25 iconic rock anthems including:
Nothin’ But A Good Time • We Built This City • I Wanna Rock • We’re Not Gonna Take It • More Than Words • To Be With You • Waiting For A Girl Like You • I Want To Know What Love Is • Here I Go Again • The Final Countdown • Heat Of The Moment • Hit Me With Your Best Shot • Can’t Fight This Feeling • Oh Sherrie • Don’t Stop Believin’

You can join in the fun  of ROCK OF AGES: The Musical from The Regals Musical Society [Facebook] [YouTube] as their season continues until October 20.  Rockdale Town Hall. (cnr 448 Princes Hwy & Bryant St, Rockdale, Sydney NSW)

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL: 9 OR 90 THIS SHOW IS A PURE DELIGHT

Production images: Grant Leslie Photography

Kafkaesque?  Did I hear “Kafkaesque”?  I did, I did hear it … Daddy Ogre said it!  SHREK: THE MUSICAL opens with a charming vignette about throwing a seven year old ogre out of the family home to make his own swampy way.

Couple of things going on here.  Unrestrained enthusiasm from the younger audience for the characters they know and love and hilarious asides and jokes for the grown-ups.  No wonder this audience, old and young, is so fired up.  There is nothing better than live!  It’s such a pleasure to plonk down in a nice seat at the Concourse surrounded by an excited audience and have the detail and performance excellence of Willoughby Theatre Company’s production squeeze all the love in the room.  “Cue the happy people.”

As Fiona and Shrek, Nikole Music and Jeremy Curtin grab the audience’s attention immediately.  It’s a very clever script in that way, no false mystery or waiting around for the main event.  Music is commanding and feisty from the beginning and Curtin’s grumphs and humphs are precisely what we need to see. Continue reading SHREK THE MUSICAL: 9 OR 90 THIS SHOW IS A PURE DELIGHT

MARGARET FULTON : QUEEN OF THE DESSERT

Margaret Fulton “livened up the nation and taught them how to cook with a little inspiration and the Margaret Fulton book”. Words of the enjoyable lively musical, Margaret Fulton Queen of the Dessert, ring true to generations of Australian and English housewives. Her story portrayed by a cast of six and a keyboard player is a tale of fame and social struggle as a successful female in a conservative Australian society in the mid to late 20th century. It is not just a fun show, but a sociological reflection of gender issues and roles in Australia.

From the opening set and musical numbers we are led through the pre-Margaret Fulton traditional Anglo-Australian households’ weekly menu. We reflect on the jingoistic times of the America’s Cup win and the 1988 Bicentennial celebrations. Whilst it appears that Australia is celebrating, Manon Gunderson-Briggs as Margaret Fulton is not in a good mood as she faces losing her home and sings about the “living icon blues’. Fortunately for the musical, this mood doesn’t last too long. We are introduced to her bohemian days in Sydney after escaping from Glen Innes. She marries her boyfriend after he returns from the war, has a daughter, escapes from factory work, moves away from Sydney, and returns to the Rocks in Sydney. In the second half of the show we see her through a few more romantic attachments and her ascendency through television and publishing land using her canny Scottish background and top sales work approach. Continue reading MARGARET FULTON : QUEEN OF THE DESSERT

ANYTHING GOES: SHARING THE FUN WITH HORNSBY MUSICAL SOCIETY

Production images: Grant Leslie of Perfect Images Photography

One can feel it coming and you hope it’s good.  As interval approaches at ANYTHING GOES from Hornsby Musical Society, you know that the title song, the show stopper, is up next.  Everything you have seen so far has been really entertaining but this will be the clincher! And, of course, it’s brilliant. Fast and vibrant and highly skilled but there’s something else … something heartstopping. It catches the breath and releases as hands come together in applause.  This is why we do it … this why people make theatre and why audiences attend.  There is such a joy in shared happiness and this is one such moment in a show crafted with care and the love of creation.

ANYTHING GOES is from 1934 with Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter.  We meet Billy Crocker a wide eyed lad learning the brokerage ropes from his boss Elisha J. Whitney.  He’s got a few girls vying for his attention but he has fallen in love with a girl he met in a taxi, Hope.  Much to the annoyance of Reno who misunderstood his friendship feelings toward her.  As he goes to say goodbye to his boss and Reno who are leaving on the same liner to England he sees the mystery girl again and decides to stowaway. Add in a minor gangster, Moonface, and his girl Erma, an English Lord, Oakleigh, and a captain obsessed with celebrity guests and a boat load of hi-jinks is inevitable. Continue reading ANYTHING GOES: SHARING THE FUN WITH HORNSBY MUSICAL SOCIETY

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: HUGE PUDDLES OF ENJOYMENT

 

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN from Blackout Theatre Company is such an upbeat show. It’s about romance and nostalgia and sitting back and having it wash over you. It’s about rooting for the lovers and tapping your feet to the surprising number of well-known songs. Directors Cierwen Newell and John Hanna, apart from one spectacular technical intervention, have wisely avoided any attempt to change its innate character or modernise it.  It fits right into its timeline, giving us a wonderful wistfulness and a delectable parade of scrumptious costumes.  Added to which is a joyous cast and the most enjoyable hoofing I seen this year! I just loved the dancing in this show … loved it, loved it, loved it!

The talkies are coming and silent star, Don Lockwood and his onscreen squeeze, Lina Lamont are looking at a different world than the one that has made them the most loved lovers on the silver screen. Transition might be easy for him but, recorded or live, she grates like a can opener. Conspiracy arises as the execs decide to dub her voice and Kathy Selden, Don’s new and real-life love interest, is co-oped into the role.  Don’s best mate, former vaudeville tap partner and now ambient pianist, Cosmo Brown, is on hand to help where he can. Continue reading SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: HUGE PUDDLES OF ENJOYMENT

ASPECTS OF LOVE COMING TO HAYES THEATRE

Photo: Chris Parker

ASPECTS OF LOVE was first seen at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre in 1989, it made a star of Michael Ball and propelled him into the international arena. Coming to the Hayes Theatre, this new, intimately reimagined production of one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest musicals is sure to take you on a thrilling and romantic journey through a tangled web of love and lust.

Alex Dillingham, a young, obsessive student travelling through France, falls in love with the alluring, provincial actress Rose Vibert. As the pair embark on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Alex’s dashing, libertine uncle changes their lives forever.

Based on David Garnett’s novel of the same name, ASPECTS OF LOVE is a story of passion, love and loss set against the backdrop of post-war France and Italy from the 1940’s through to the 1960’s. Passion, desire, family ties and friendship bind five people and three generations together as they come to appreciate how love changes everything… Continue reading ASPECTS OF LOVE COMING TO HAYES THEATRE

BIG FISH. MAGICAL MUSICAL FOR ENGADINE MUSICAL SOCIETY

Photography: Zana Cohen

This October, Engadine Musical Society is bringing the Andrew Lippa and John August musical, BIG FISH to Engadine Community Centre.

Based on Daniel Wallace’s novel, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions and Tim Burton’s film Big Fish, the musical tells the tale of travelling salesman and storyteller, Edward Bloom and his relationship with his adult son, William.

The story is the powerful tale of forgiveness and acceptance, portrayed through the father and son relationship of Edward and William. BIG FISH seamlessly moves from enchanting and impressive show-stopping numbers, to intimate and powerful solos and duets that are layered with unresolved tension, hope, anger and fear.

The show explores two worlds –  the world of Edward’s imaginative stories and his reality. Edward’s tales take audiences to an array of mythical and magical places that promise to captivate children and adults alike. Through Edward’s stories, audiences journey to a fantastical forest, a giant’s cave and a circus owned by a werewolf.

Described by Variety as “meaningful, emotional, tasteful, theatrically imaginative and engaging,” the musical provides something for all ages.

Engadine Musical Society’s [Facebook] production of BIG FISH runs October 19 to October 28 at Engadine Community Centre.