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MEET ME IN ST LOUIS @ THE NEW THEATRE

This was a high spirited  stage adaptation of the famous American film musical. The musical, with songs by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and book by Hugh Wheeler, was first performed on Broadway in 1989. This current production has been directed  and choreographed by Matt Hourigan.

The story is set around the well to do Smith family home in St Louis, Missouri, in 1903 and covers the period leading up to the 1904 World Fair .

Lincoln Elliot plays lawyer and father of the house, Alosno Smith, sometimes a little too forcefully. Katelin Koprevic gives a well measured performance as mother Anna. Continue reading MEET ME IN ST LOUIS @ THE NEW THEATRE

MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY : LES MISERABLES

There’s big news on the community theatre front with Miranda Musical Society soon putting on a production of LES MISERABLES and the production will be directed by Australian music theatre legend Geraldine Turner OAM.

 LES MISÉRABLES is eagerly awaited by fans and new audiences alike. “I think it is so popular because people are very familiar with it, as it has been revived so often. The universal themes in Les Mis of redemption and goodness resound with all audiences. It’s such a powerful story. Its messages of hope, love and the triumph of the human spirit transcend decades with its powerful characters who have left their indelible footprint on the stages of countless theatres over many years”, Geraldine said.

This has been a mammoth project for the creative team. “There are over 70 cast members including our wonderful principals. I have also added some children throughout, as I want to create a world in which these characters reside. I am trying to be faithful to the text, whilst putting my spin on a few aspects of the story”, Geraldine said. Continue reading MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY : LES MISERABLES

THE LITTLE MERMAID: COLOURFUL FISHY FANTASY FOR ALL AGES

Production images: Grant Leslie

Don’t miss the opportunity to join this magical trip under sea with Birdie Productions THE LITTLE MERMAID.  This is a truly delightful and colourful fantasy which all ages will love from the start to its ‘happily ever after’ finish. The musical is based on the animated 1989 Disney film and the classic story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen and is the story of a beautiful mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her most precious gift to find love.

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and book by Doug Wright, this production will enchant all who come with its irresistible songs, exciting, lively choreography and colourful animation. Continue reading THE LITTLE MERMAID: COLOURFUL FISHY FANTASY FOR ALL AGES

MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS

Jennifer Parbery
Jennifer Parbery

Miranda Musical Society’s production captures the audience with a very moving musical revue of the work of the late   Belgian songwriter and performer.

Jacques Brel was a major influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers such as David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, and English translations of his songs have been recorded by many top performers including Ray Charles and John Denver.

Brel died in 1949 but his songs endure, as do the English versions by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman which form the basis of this show which first opened in New York in 1968. Continue reading MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS

Annie

The Warbucks mansion ensemble. Photo by Francis Photography
The Warbucks mansion ensemble. Photo by Francis Photography

Do you need a glass-half-full approach to cope with the modern world? Musical theatre can assist, especially Miranda Musical Society’s production of ANNIE. This current version showcases genuine, likeable optimism in a slick package.

The joyous individuals in the cast of orphans are a credit to their birth parents and the local musical group which is fostering their talent. Two casts of orphans alternate across the show’s run. I saw the so-called ‘Warbucks’ cast, which were pure energy from start to finish.

Amidst detailed period sets, props and stunning outfits, the children and adults on stage present their predicaments clearly. The New York accents, pre-war social and political climates and contrasts between the rich and poor are accurately portrayed. Continue reading Annie