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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

Joe Kalou as Jesus

Neil Gooding and Packemin Productions have brought a sensational version of this ‘rock opera’ to Parramatta Riverside Theatres. The strong, powerful production is fresh and vibrant and simultaneously full of great attention to detail and yes respectful too even though perhaps a touch controversial in a couple of aspects.          Continue reading JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. REHEARSAL VISIT AND INTERVIEW WITH MARY

This image: Joe Kalou as Jesus and Toby Francis as Judas
Featured image: Brittanie Shipway as Mary

In a rare treat for our readers, Sydney Arts Guide was invited into the rehearsal room for the first full run-through of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, produced by Packemin and directed by Neil Gooding.  Escorted by the disarmingly chatty and vibrant Brittanie Shipway, who plays Mary Magdalene, assisted by the completely charming Toby Francis, taking on the role of Judas, I had a production desk seat for a thrilling evening of unburnished performance excellence from the full cast of nearly 70.

Flouro lights above, only a piano, bass and drums, no mics, a no-set flat floor and a Green Room in the carpark, not to mention a Quidditch T Shirt in the crowd, the noise and pre-rehearsal hubbub hit a peak with a whole cast warm up to Calvin Harris’ ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’.  Then that mysterious thing happened with one bar … just one bar … of an electric guitar wail as an ensemble of superior focus transmogrified the place and time. Continue reading JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. REHEARSAL VISIT AND INTERVIEW WITH MARY

FUNNY GIRL THE MUSICAL: PLAYING IN THE GEOGRAPHIC CENTRE OF SYDNEY

It’s the wrong name. Funny Girl is a good title for sure.  But … this production, this production, is really A Star is Born.  Producers Theatre & Company and Director Adam Haynes are star makers in the little show that could and Brittanie Shipway, who already has a stellar resume, is the real deal in a role that that she has gracefully eased from celluloid to make her own.  There are just some roles where the years of hard graft, the exhaustion of dance classes, the rigour of detailed text study, the sacrifices which preserve the instrument, simply pay off.  FUNNY GIRL THE MUSICAL is a show which is built for a star turn and damn does this production deliver!

It is the 1968 movie that most audience members will think of when they hear Funny Girl, though there has been a prestigious and well acclaimed Australian stage show in the last few years.   It was a stage musical before it was filmed and it was Streisand who originated the theatre role which is loosely based on the career and marriage of Ziegfeld headliner, Fanny Brice.  The songs are famous, People was a radio hit well before the opening night and the soaring soprano, comic timing and grand persona of Barbra Streisand are inevitably stamped upon it. Continue reading FUNNY GIRL THE MUSICAL: PLAYING IN THE GEOGRAPHIC CENTRE OF SYDNEY

BIG FISH : A MUST SEE @ THE HAYES

 

Once upon a time there was a small intimate theatre that decided to put on a musical called BIG FISH and the show became a smash hit and just grew and grew…This captivating musical has a heart bigger than the Nullarbor Plains.

The show is presented as a ‘chamber opera’ in what the producers have called the ‘twelve chairs’ version. Under Tyran Parke’s refined, accomplished direction, and thrillingly staged, the brilliant cast bring this story to magnificent life.

The small orchestra as led by Luke Byrne are invisible behind the scenery – we never see them but they are terrific. The set – young Will’s bedroom with seashell ruffles at the back for the mermaid – allows for fluid scene and locale changes including the moving  in and out of beds and tables etc. Continue reading BIG FISH : A MUST SEE @ THE HAYES