Take a scene-heavy musical with lots of pinpoint changes. Now throw in a daunting amount of props to evoke the period and costume changes of rapidity and complexity to awe an audience. Add into the mix a band which can play badly with such skill as to be hilarious. Finally, people the stage with a cast of power and depth who can do wrong.
Luckiest and One Eyed Man Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co presents GYPSY.
GYPSY is an award-winning musical, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by ArthurLaurents. The work is drawn very loosely from the memoirs of Burlesque super-star, Gypsy Rose Lee who, as Louise, for most of her young life and dressed mostly as a boy, played second fiddle to her sister June. June and Louise are paraded around the dying Vaudeville circuit by Rose, the archetypal monstrous stage parent of ‘Baby June’, a kiddie act which lost its cute factor a long time ago. Continue reading GYPSY- THIS PRODUCTION DON’T GOTTA HAVE A GIMMICK→
On Friday, 30th January 2015, Steve Rodgers was awarded the inaugural Lysicrates Prize, receiving a full $12,500 Griffin Theatre Company commission, as voted by audience at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Lysicrates Prize was founded by Patricia and John Azarias, in conjunction with Griffin Theatre Company and the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Mike Baird – Premier NSW, Luke Foley – NSW Opposition Leader, and Industry Leaders were amongst the audience.
Steve Rodgers was amongst three finalists who were shortlisted to submit the first act of a new play. The two runners-up Justin Fleming and Lally Katz each received a $1,000 cash prize. This innovative new Australian playwriting competition was inspired by the imminent restoration of an historic monument in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden: The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates.
Near the finale of NEXT TO NORMAL playing the Hayes Theatre, Diana says “It’s hard to tell the dancer from the dance.” Which is exactly how I feel about this production. It’s a Pulitzer Prize winning show with a wonderful performance at the centre and I was so emotional: angry, and sad and disturbed by the important issues that this play raises. I reflected, how were those emotions triggered? By the show or the production? Does it matter?
A normal suburban family is presented to us in the first few minutes of the opening. Diana (Natalie O’Donnell) is protecting her curfew breaking son, Gabe (Brent Trotter) from the attention of his father Dan (Anthony Harkin). Their teenage daughter, overachiever Natalie (Kiane O’Farrell) feels pretty irrelevant to this happy family. And we soon see why. The act of making sandwiches becomes a bread slice pathway into a disordered mind. Continue reading Next To Normal @ The Hayes→
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