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DREAM LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL @ THE LYRIC

David Campbell with the talented young actors who will play the young Bobby Darin during the show's premiere Sydney season.
David Campbell with the talented young actors who will alternate playing the young Bobby Darin during the show’s premiere Sydney season. Photo by Brian Geach.

One of Sydney’s most anticipated musicals, DREAM  LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL, directed by one of Australia’s leading music theatre director Simon  Phillips and starring David Campbell as the late, great Bobby Darin, will start previews at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre next Thursday. Continue reading DREAM LOVER : THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL @ THE LYRIC

THE FANTASTICKS @ HAYES THEATRE

Jonathan Hickey and Martin Crewes in The Fantasticks. Production photos by (c) Marnya Rothe
Jonathan Hickey and Martin Crewes in The Fantasticks. Production photos by (c) Marnya Rothe

The original off-Broadway production of THE FANTASTICKS premiered in 1960, and ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world’s longest-running musical theatre production, and has music by Harvey Schmidt with book and lyrics by Tom Jones.

Wooden Horse Productions Theatre  Company has brought this mercurial musical to the Hayes Theatre in a production directed by Helen Dallimore, with co-musical direction by Hayden Barltrop and Glenn Moorhouse.

This production features a compact live orchestra- just two musicians- guitar and electronic keyboard. Continue reading THE FANTASTICKS @ HAYES THEATRE

THE FANTASTICKS COMING TO THE HAYES

Bobbie-Jean Henning in THE FANTASTICKS. Pic by Marnya Rothe.
Bobbie-Jean Henning in THE FANTASTICKS. Pic by Marnya Rothe.

What is the world’s longest-running musical theatre production? Cats? The Phantom of the Opera? Chicago? The Lion King? No, it’s a boutique musical with a poetic book and a breezy, inventive score which has been performed all around the globe – THE FANTASTICKS. The show’s original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world’s longest-running musical.

Whimsical, poignant and romantic, THE FANTASTICKS focuses on two young lovers, their meddling fathers, and the journey we all must take through adolescent thrills, the growing pains of hurt and betrayal, the highs of passion, the challenges of distance and the agonies of heartbreak to discover how to truly love. Continue reading THE FANTASTICKS COMING TO THE HAYES

Sweet Charity @ The Playhouse

Verity Hunt-Ballard brilliant as Sweet Charity
Verity Hunt-Ballard brilliant as Sweet Charity

Ask me about live theatre and I will happily talk your ear off. However, after seeing SWEET CHARITY tonight, Mr Dictionary seems to have deserted me. There are no useful words to describe how much I enjoyed this show. I think I will stick to the clichés and say … This show is smashing! With smashing performances that are smashing records and smashing expectations.

SWEET CHARITY began life in the mid-sixties when Bob Fosse conceived of resetting Frederico Fellini’s film, Night of Cabiria, in a Times Square Dance Hall. The original 1966 production took Broadway by storm garnering 9 Tony nominations. The film with Shirley MacLaine , also directed by Fosse, brought the show to a wider audience. Seemingly always in revival somewhere, SWEET CHARITY has an international life and is a favourite for small companies despite the setting and some of the subject matter. Continue reading Sweet Charity @ The Playhouse