Musical Theatre

STALKER THE MUSICAL – Australian Premiere @ THE DEPOT THEATRE, MARRICKVILLE

 

This scintillating musical delivers an inspiring story of human survival and of finding true love in a dystopian world, is set in an alternative dark universe where everyone must always wear their gloves because physical contact, including touching is illegal. Stalking all your neighbours using high-powered binoculars is compulsory, and is the one and only entertainment outlet provided to the populace.       Continue reading STALKER THE MUSICAL – Australian Premiere @ THE DEPOT THEATRE, MARRICKVILLE

EVITA: BIGGEST OF BIG, YET STRONGEST WHEN INTIMATE

Tina Arena, Kurt Kansley in EVITA Sydney 2018.
Production photos: Jeff Busby

Unusually, it is the second act of the current production of EVITA which sold this show to me.  The history of musical theatre is littered with the corpses of second act fails, but here, a combination of superb acting and a directorial instinct for the achievement of intimacy brings down the final curtain with pathos and that inescapable excitement of having been thoroughly entertained.

This production is a big event as only a grand musical can be.  Banners throughout the city and a front page introduction from the Minister for Tourism and Events in the program and, realistically, if you are reading this you will go and see this production. In the lead up I asked a range of people why and the answers were, unsurprisingly, related to age.  Younger people going because of the star, mid-range to see what the Madonna film is like live and elder citizens because we can sing along with every word: having worn out the Julie Covington record before the invention of a repeat button.  A manifold and challenging set of expectations for a 2 hour and 20 minute revival of a 1978 West End production. Continue reading EVITA: BIGGEST OF BIG, YET STRONGEST WHEN INTIMATE

LEGALLY BLOND JR: THE MUSICAL – A LAKE MACQUARIE GIVEAWAY

Omg you guys, Bling Productions Presents…LEGALLY BLONDE JR THE MUSICAL!

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde: The Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show's instantly recognizable songs are filled with humour, wit and sass – leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!

LEGALLY BLONDE JR: THE MUSICAL [Facebook Event] from Bling Productions [Facebook] will play  7th and 8th of November 2018 at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre.

With thanks to Bling Productions, Sydney Arts Guide has two double pass giveaways to LEGALLY BLONDE JR.  These are for the 7 November show and the 8 November show at the Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with LEGALLY BLONDE JR as the subject, along with your full name AND the evening you would like to attend.

Competition closes Midnight Sunday 7th October, 2018 when the winner will be drawn. Only winners will be notified and the tickets will be emailed by the promoter.

PRADA’S PRISCILLAS: AN ALL-MALE REVUE – GIVEAWAY

Australia’s most sought after drag queens will take to the stage in the glittering drag spectacular, PRADA’S PRISCILLAS: AN ALL-MALE REVUE, touring across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland from September through November.

A 90-minute drag extravaganza, PRADA'S PRISCILLAS takes audiences on a musical journey from where it all began with the famous Les Girls of Kings Cross in the 60s, across the Australian desert with Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the 90s, and into 2018 with a celebration of modern music icons. 

Prada and her stunning ‘girls’ will pay tribute to Les Girls with a fabulous Vegas-style feathered showgirl number, perform an array of songs from Priscilla Queen of the Desert including crowd favourites I Love the Nightlife, Shake Your Groove Thing and I Will Survive, and delight with hits from music icons including ABBA, Cher and Lady Gaga. 

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LEAP OF FAITH – GIVEAWAY FROM NSTC

LEAP OF FAITH is a stage musical based on the 1992 American movie of the same name, which starred Steve Martin and it is the latest show from North Shore Theatre Company.

The musical tells the story of ‘Reverend’ Jonas Nightingale, a part-time reverend and a full time con artist, who is travelling with his ministry.  When his bus breaks down in the middle of small drought-ridden Sweetwater, a Kansas town, Jonas plans an impromptu revival to take the entire town for a ride within 3 days.  The some-time reverend pitches a tent and invites the townspeople to his revival; however, a woman named Marla McGowan, is determined to stop Jonas from taking the people’s money. 

A story that looks honestly at the fragility of our knowledge about life’s big questions, and yet emphasizes how the miraculous can make the doubter doubt his doubts - a fine topic for a musical!

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JERSEY BOYS @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

When JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, hit the Theatre Royal stage in Sydney (2010), and the rest of the world for that matter, it had a huge impact with capacity crowds appreciating its originality.

At that time the famous quartet was led by Bobby Fox. He and the rest of the cast were excellent forefathers. However that production was somewhat hobbled by the poor sightlines of the Theatre Royal. However this production with four new Jersey Boys was allowed to breathe in the superb expanse of the Capitol Theatre.

It goes to show that the depth of musical talent that exists in this country that the new members of the Jersey Boys have been cast without any discernable loss of quality compared to the original production. What is different is that the pivotal role of Frankie Valli will be shared by Bernard Angel and Ryan Gonzalez. For the media previews and opening night, Ryan Gonzalez, the dance captain of the ensemble, was given the responsibility of spearheading this new production. Let me say straight away that he was superb in the titular role projecting Valli’s tingling falsetto with ease together with bringing the dramatic intensity required of the narrative.

Let me also say that as a teenager Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were still going strong and I loved them as they were literally part of the soundtrack of my youth. To demonstrate the timelessness of this music, I have seen the younger generation respond to it enthusiastically albeit from a different perspective. Continue reading JERSEY BOYS @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

SHE LOVES ME: TAKE AN OMNIBUS IMMEDIATELY TO THE BOX OFFICE

This image: Zoe Gertz, Jay James Moody
Featured image: Rowan Witt, Caitlin Berry Production                                                                                          Photos: Noni Carroll Photography

Late to the party.  I was late to the swell party that is SHE LOVES ME at Hayes Theatre. Don’t make my mistake because this is a show for which reviewer words like elegant and accomplished were invented. Flag down a taxi carriage in the thoroughfare and whisk yourself off to the local pantages immediately.  Without a hair out of place or any discreet top lip perspiration, this production exemplifies class and style in the performances, the music, the choreography and the design and tech.  It barrels along with some stunning tour-de- theatre sequences, warm and engaging characters, and songs to soothe and envelop. Continue reading SHE LOVES ME: TAKE AN OMNIBUS IMMEDIATELY TO THE BOX OFFICE

THE SECRET SINGER. FEMALE VOICES RAISED IN LOVE.

Production Photos: Stephen Reinhardt

I cried.  That’s it really.   Except perhaps to add that the younger woman sitting in front of me did too, and the elder lady beside me was quietly mopping herself off as the house lights came up.  THE SECRET SINGER is a story of women.  It has a huge heart and it has secrets of the heart to share.  It’s a new work and might undergo changes after this first outing but what we see playing at the Eternity Theatre now is sweet, moving and empowering.

We meet Emjay.  Teaching singing in a church hall with a cheap, beaten up, tinny, electric keyboard is not what gets her out of bed each day.  Making a living, getting paid for this half-life of no engagement, that’s why she’s there.  Rent looming and cancellations escalating, she needs to get her tish together in a myriad of ways.  On the other hand Jenny is a woman on a mission.  Cat obsessed and timid despite her colourful exterior display, she wants to sing in seven choirs on seven days a week and she has a night predator’s focus on Emjay as the person who can release her secret voice.   Continue reading THE SECRET SINGER. FEMALE VOICES RAISED IN LOVE.

ANYTHING GOES WITH HORNSBY MUSICAL SOCIETY’S GIVEAWAY

Hornsby Musical Society is proud to present ANYTHING GOES.

Aboard the ocean liner S.S. American, nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. 

Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma, as well as Billy's boss Elisha Whitney and Hope's mother Evangeline Harcourt. 

With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope's heart in this classic musical comedy!

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CALAMITY JANE: BELIEVE THE REVIEWS -UNMISSABLE

Production images: John McRae

There’s been a lot of reviewer words about the production of CALAMITY JANE which has had several seasons around the city and now finds itself at Belvoir. It won 2 Sydney Theatre Awards including the Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Virginia Gay and has devotees galore. Ahha. Determined to see for myself I took a said determined follower with me. She’s seen it all over and has been raving about it for some time.

Now, I’m joining the kickline to chorus my enthusiasm for the show.  It’s exhilarating and exultant and energetic beyond expectations and I could just ‘shoot myself for happiness’.

As fresh as a misty morning over the Dakota Black Hills,  this secretly slickly polished show feels as new as a greenhorn straight off the stagecoach.  Considering how long the company has been together, the vitality and vivacity of the cast is so astonishing, so engaging, so attractive that you get pulled into the world of the Golden Garter Saloon from before the show when the characters are wandering the auditorium.    Continue reading CALAMITY JANE: BELIEVE THE REVIEWS -UNMISSABLE

SHREK PULLED OUT OF THE SWAMP BY CAMPBELLTOWN THEATRE GROUP

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Campbelltown in September.

SHREK THE MUSICAL, presented by Campbelltown Theatre Group Inc. hits the Campbelltown Town Hall Theatre stage in September.

This beast of a show will transform the Town Hall Theatre like you’ve never seen it before. The outstanding contributions and efforts of volunteers, designers, creatives, actors and crew is a stellar reminder of how wonderful and important community theatre is. Continue reading SHREK PULLED OUT OF THE SWAMP BY CAMPBELLTOWN THEATRE GROUP