The Hayes Theatre Company is set to reopen next month with a performance of Young Frankenstein. Their Sydney Festival romp, Rewired : Musicals Reimagined was a showcase for the regular creatives and versatile vocal and acting talent connected with the Hayes.
Its fresh take on established musical theatre favourites sets our regular theatre-going sensibilities on fire. The amazing moments of musical transformation via huge makeovers are stunning new strains for us to cherish.
This is regarded as one of the major events of the 2021 Sydney Festival and stars multi-award-winning vocalists and performers Paul Capsis (Threepenny Opera, Angela’s Kitchen, Cabaret) and iOTA (Smoke and Mirrors, Graeme Murphy’s Berlin, Hedwig ) in this concert version of a planned upcoming musical. RAPTURE: a song cycle of Desire and Ecstasy,
Murder and Mayhem, where new songs are featured blended with reimagined classics by Megan Washington, Deb Conway and Willy Zygier, Blondie and The Kinks. The work was introduced by host Yumi Stynes.
It is a strange, plotless , somewhat disturbing contemporary allegorical song cycle for what could possibly be the end of the world as we know it , involving themes of ecstasy and desire, exorcism and repression, life and loss, greed, sin and morals, murder and love. Some of the songs have strong language – the work blends borderline blasphemous to love ballads, reflection and analysis almost tearing the soul apart and string quartets. Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL : RAPTURE @ THE HEADLAND BARANGAROO→
It is getting wintry in Sydney. On a Sunday afternoon in the ‘long, dark teatime of the soul’, the autumn leaves are floating down from a grey threatening sky. A perfect time to curl up with a familiar DVD or a well-thumbed novel. Or…..
Settle in with a hundred other music lovers to be transported to a Prohibition honky- tonk in the infamous Bowery section of early 1900s New York. There to raise a teacup of gin to the loved songs of Irving Berlin interpreted by the elusive Lucy Maunder. LUCY MAUNDER IN IRVING BERLIN: SONGS IN THE KEY OF BLACK was a delicious and warm afternoon’s entertainment.
Irving Berlin was a self-taught pianist who remained unable to read music despite rising from the Jewish ghetto of the New York’s Lower East side to be one of the great American songwriters. Responsible for so many well-known tunes, often written for the black keys because of his poor musicianship, his “God Bless America” is an unofficial national anthem. Continue reading Lucy Maunder in Irving Berlin: Songs in the Key of Black @ The Hayes→
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