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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

Bert: A great Showman

Two legends playing for the camera
Two legends playing for the camera

It was inevitable that Graeme Blundell would follow up his biography of Graham Kennedy with a companion piece on Bert Newton.

Simply called BERT, it’s a bright and breezy biography that’s a celebration of a survivor.

From the age of fifteen, in 1954, Newton was the youngest announcer in the history of Melbourne radio when he joined 3XY.

In August 1957, he was signed by Channel 7 as a booth announcer. Later that month, Noel Ferrier, the host of Seven’s the late show, left the program, to be replaced by the 19 year old 3XY disc jockey, Bert Newton, and a television career that was to survive decades was born. Continue reading Bert: A great Showman

Joshua Robson wins Rob Guest Endowment Award

Joshua Robson
Joshua Robson takes out the major award at the 6th annual Gala Concert

The winner of the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award was announced tonight at a glamourous Gala Concert at the  Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

Competing against five other outstanding Semi-Finalists with his performance of Soliloquy  from Carousel and Let Me Dream, Joshua Robson took out the prestigious award after being chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Nancye Hayes, Todd McKenney and Guy Simpson.

Presented by ANZ and hosted by Bert Newton with Lucy Durack, the glamourous event, which is now is its 6th year, featured performances by 2013 winner Samantha Leigh Dodemaide, Kirby Burgess, Bobby Fox, The Tap Pack, Swing On This, Eddie Muliaumaseali’l, Oscar and Joshua Han, and cast members from Wicked and Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Continue reading Joshua Robson wins Rob Guest Endowment Award


Antony Callea as Johnny Casino shows off his moves
Antony Callea as Johnny Casino shows off his moves

Get ready to dust off your leather jackets, comb and oil up the hair and start dancing as everyone’s favourite jukebox musical is back, GREASE

This nostalgic play created by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey that made its Broadway debut in 1971 and the 1978 movie that made John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John household names is now playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne.

With a star studded cast that includes Bert Newton (Vince Fontaine), Todd McKenney (Teen Angel) Australian Idol alumni Rob Mills (Danny), and Anthony Callea (Johnny Casino), and upcoming talent Gretel Scarlett (Sandy), this high energy production will have audiences of all ages bopping along with all the old favourites such as You’re The One That I Want and Grease Is The Word.