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PIPPIN COMING TO THE LYRIC THEATRE THIS MONTH

The high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical PIPPIN is coming to Australia, opening at the Sydney Lyric Theatre at The Star for an exclusive season from 24 November 2020. 

The role of the young and confused protagonist Pippin will be played by Ainsley Melham,  who performed the title role in Aladdin on Broadway and across Australia. The charming and manipulative Leading Player, the ultimate ringmaster of the show, will be Gabrielle McClinton, who played the role on Broadway and beyond. Returning to the stage after an extraordinary award-winning career on television is Kerri-Anne Kennerley who will play Berthe, Pippin’s saucy grandmother. 

Simon Burke (Les Misérables, La Cage Aux Folles in London’s West End) will play Charles,  Pippin’s demanding father, while Lucy Maunder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,  Beautiful) will be playing Catherine, a widow and mother who falls in love with Pippin. In the  role of Pippin’s conniving stepmother Fastrada will be Leslie Bell (Broadway’s Chicago and  Ragtime), with Euan Doidge (Les Misérables, Kinky Boots) playing the role of her son Lewis,  Pippin’s half-brother.   Continue reading PIPPIN COMING TO THE LYRIC THEATRE THIS MONTH

GREAT CAST ANNOUNCED FOR ‘PIPPIN’ : ONE DOUBLE PASS

Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones today announced their stellar cast for the high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical PIPPIN which opens at the Sydney Lyric Theatre at The Star for an exclusive season from 24 November 2020.

The role of the young and confused protagonist Pippin will be played by Ainsley Melham, who performed the title role in Aladdin on Broadway and across Australia. The charming and manipulative Leading Player, the ultimate ring master of the show, will be Gabrielle McClinton, who played the role on Broadway and beyond. Returning to the stage after an extraordinary award-winning career on television is Kerri-Anne Kennerley who will play Berthe, Pippin’s saucy grandmother.

Simon Burke (Les Misérables, La Cage Aux Folles in London’s West End) will play Charles, Pippin’s demanding father, while Lucy Maunder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beautiful) will be playing Catherine, a widow and mother who falls in love with Pippin. In the role of Pippin’s conniving stepmother Fastrada will be Leslie Bell (Broadway’s Chicago and Ragtime), with Euan Doidge (Les Misérables, Kinky Boots) playing the role of her son Lewis, Pippin’s half-brother. Continue reading GREAT CAST ANNOUNCED FOR ‘PIPPIN’ : ONE DOUBLE PASS

REHEARSALS UNDERWAY FOR SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

1977  was a huge break-out year for John Travolta with the monster hits Grease and Saturday Night Fever  bringing enormous financial success both at the box office and from the purchases s of the soundtracks.

I confess that I saw both these films whilst sojourning in exotic locations.  This caused me to suspend all critical faculties such that I adored both films.

If I had to pick a favourite it would have to be Saturday Night Fever and in particular its gritty back story.   I was also partial to its disco beat and dancing.

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MACK AND MABEL @ THE HAYES THEATRE

It was lights, cameras, action at the Hayes theatre for this very slick production of MACK AND MABEL, book by Michael Stewart and catchy music by Jerry Herman, directed by Trevor Ashley. Continue reading MACK AND MABEL @ THE HAYES THEATRE

Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show @ The Lyric

Photo: Brian Geach
Featured pic- Craig McLachlan as Frank N Furter with Amy Lehpamer and Stephen Mahy as Brad and Janet. Production pics by Brian Geach

My favourite saying to calm things down at work is ‘It will be OK. It’s an Art not a Science’. But deep down I don’t really believe that. As theatre makers we might not be ‘makin a man with blonde hair and a tan’ but we do scientifically research, develop, test, monitor, feedback then hypothesise. And what grander scale could you have than the 40 year social experiment of the ROCKY HORROR SHOW?

So to further the experiment, I took a much younger friend with me to see the show. She had heard of it, knew The Time Warp of course, knew it was a phenomenon and knew that I was really excited to see it again. Anyone who has completed science class past primary school knows that experiments seldom completely succeed or fail, that there is a spectrum of achievement and this ROCKY HORROR SHOW tilts the balance almost completely towards success. The beast is loose in the grounds of the Lyric Theatre. Continue reading Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show @ The Lyric

Guilty Pleasures @ The Hayes

Photo: Mike 'Smo' Snow

GUILTY PLEASURES indeed. A show about women who murder might be expected to have the feel of those lurid Lady Killer magazines for bored 1950s housewives. Instead, what we get from Angelique Cassimatis in her one-woman show is five case studies in the why. Admittedly it is a bit lurid as she doesn’t shy away from the stabbing, axe work, poison, shooting and clobbering with a champagne bottle of the how.

In episodic scenes we meet the women and they speak for themselves. Taken from the book by Josh Robson, the show is about five women who feel abused, cheated on or taken for granted enough to do away with one of the men in their life.

When we meet them, none of them seem capable of murder because they don’t see themselves that way. With killer smiles they cheerfully walk us through the events and emotions leading up to the deed. And then they stop … they cease to be. A new incarnation arises and we move to the next story. The audience walks blinking in the foyer not knowing where these creatures came from and where they are now. Curiosity is driver of this show and perhaps of society’s interest in female killers in general. Continue reading Guilty Pleasures @ The Hayes