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MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY presents BRAND NEW PRODUCTION of LES MISÉRABLES

Australian Musical theatre royalty, our Geraldine Turner OAM, has applied her unique vision to expertly and deliciously direct this brand new production of LES MISÉRABLES. Huge cast of seventy, includes the best of the best lead voices, and always magnificent voices from the entire ensemble cast, visual storytelling enhanced via wonderful colourful costumes, together with effective multi-purpose sets and very very fast set changes for each new scene, excellent atmospheric lighting always matches the scene, so yes a just perfect production of this huge musical.                                                             Continue reading MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY presents BRAND NEW PRODUCTION of LES MISÉRABLES

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

TURNER’S TURN : GERALDINE TURNER CELEBRATES A GREAT LIFE IN SHOW BUSINESS

Wollongong theatre lovers are in for a great treat in early February when Australian music theatre icon Geraldine Turner comes to town to present her one woman show TURNER’S TURN at the intimate Music Lounge venue, tucked inside Wollongong Town Hall.

Turner’s show will feature an intimate evening of songs from her celebrated, four decades long career, together with show business anecdotes and stories.

The Music Lounge features cabaret-style/table seating and its own private bar. The bar will be open one hour previous to the performance and a special themed cocktail will be on offer. Continue reading TURNER’S TURN : GERALDINE TURNER CELEBRATES A GREAT LIFE IN SHOW BUSINESS

OPERA AUSTRALIA : TWO WEDDINGS ONE BRIDE @ THE PLAYHOUSE

This joyous, frothy operetta is a sheer delight. Robert Andrew Greene’s TWO WEDDINGS ONE BRIDE is adapted from Charles Lecocq’s 1874 classic operetta Girofle-Girofla. Musically it blends some of the most famous and beautiful songs of the operetta repertoire (Strauss, Offenbach, Lehar, Kalman, Lecocq, Stolz ) yet at times it sounds like Mozart, Verdi or even Gilbert and Sullivan.

There is a lush Oriental minimal set design by Owen Phillips – looking as if it could be for The Abduction From The Seraglio or some such – and stunning costumes by Tim Chappel. Andrew Hallsworth’s choreography is inventive and the small cast of five perform with great comic timing.

Polished musical accompaniment was provided by pianist Robert Andrew Green and violinist Yuhki Mayne. Continue reading OPERA AUSTRALIA : TWO WEDDINGS ONE BRIDE @ THE PLAYHOUSE

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