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‘Parade’ : MUSE Puts Injustice on Trial

Brendan Paul and Sarah Levins in PARADE.
Production photos: Keshav Unhelkar

MUSE, the musical society of Sydney University always puts on a terrific show and PARADE, their current production is no exception.  Spare and stark, the production delights on many levels but there is one deliciously thrilling aspect that really takes you by surprize … the birth of some future stars.  With work as good as this, uniform excellence across the leads and some truly enjoyable performances, it’s a big call but I’m making it anyway. Continue reading ‘Parade’ : MUSE Puts Injustice on Trial

MUSE Presents: PARADE

Under the direction of Hayden Tonazzi, Sydney University’s musical society MUSE is taking on the two-time Tony Award-winning musical, PARADE. Written by the acclaimed pairing of  Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry, PARADE is based on true events that inspired the formation of the Anti-Defamation League and deals with social themes that are extremely relevant to today’s political climate – racism, injustice, and the dangers of a community that gives in to xenophobia. Continue reading MUSE Presents: PARADE

M.U.S.E PRESENTS THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA @ REGINALD THEATRE SEYMOUR CENTRE

Phoebe Clark and Gavin Brown as lovers Clara and Fabrizio
Phoebe Clark and Gavin Brown as lovers Clara and Fabrizio

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, playing a short season at the Reginald is … well … bellissima! The cast of students from the Sydney Uni Musical Theatre Ensemble (MUSE), a fine Company now in its 13th year of theatre making, have really done their home work to make an entertaining, ultimately satisfying night at the theatre. There are couple of great central performances, some fine ensemble work, an excellent orchestra and an evident depth of enjoyment in presenting this unique and unusual musical.

We meet American Clara Johnson who is a grand tour of Italy with her mother Margaret. In a piazza in Florence in the 1950’s, Clara’s hat is whisked off her head by an errant breeze. It lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli and as he returns it, a silent bond is formed, and from  then on these two Innamorato (Italian for sweethearts) become the focus of the play. Continue reading M.U.S.E PRESENTS THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA @ REGINALD THEATRE SEYMOUR CENTRE

A Little Night Music @ The Seymour Centre

Louise Flynn as Desiree and Stuart Bryan as Fredrik in the Sydney University Music Ensemble's production of Stephen Sondheim's classic, A LITTLE  NIGHT MUSIC
Inset pic- Louise Flynn as Desiree and Stuart Bryan as Fredrik . Featured pic- The cast of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC in the Sydney University Music Ensemble’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

The setting for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Everest Theatre is simple. Black risers upstage on the right. On the left, a large, bare branch artfully suspended parallel to the floor above a grand piano. But this is not indicative of stripped back production. There are rich and detailed aspects to this The University Of Sydney Musical Theatre Ensemble (MUSE) production of the Sondheim classic.

Rather, the branch is just a branch. Recognizable for what it is despite its lack of leaves. What lies under what the world sees, is the metaphor.

Fredrik Egerman, a middle aged lawyer, in Sweden in the early 1900s appears to have exactly what other men desire. But he has a reluctant 18 year old bride on his hands. Anne remains a virgin eleven months after their marriage and Fredrik is drawn back to a former lover, Desiree Armfield, formerly a noted actress who is reduced to playing small towns in rep. Continue reading A Little Night Music @ The Seymour Centre

Anyone Can Whistle

 

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Production photos care of nickandnickphotography

Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble’s (MUSE) production of Stephen Sondheim’s ANYONE CAN WHISTLE is performed by a group of talented and highly energetic and committed performers. The show is, in part, a social satire and a sharp critique of modern society, breaking the fourth wall, acknowledging itself as theatre and sometimes not following a logical, linear structure.

This Sondheim play is also partly a musical romantic comedy, complete with love songs and happily ever after scenarios for the hero, the heroine and even the villains.

The town in ANYONE CAN WHISTLE is in serious financial trouble and needs a miracle. The scheming Comptroller has a solution and supported by Mayoress Cora creates a water spouting rock and calls it a miracle. Yet when Nurse Fay Apple brings her ‘cookies’ from the local mental institution, the Cookie Jar, to cure themselves, chaos ensues as patients and residents become mixed up. From there the plot twists and turns till all is well – well almost – at the end. Continue reading Anyone Can Whistle