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THE WHARF REVIEW – CAN OF WORMS @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

For the last twenty-one years, with over 1700 performances including regional touring around Australia, every year THE WHARF REVIEW provides incredible sketch comedy and witty sketch musical theatre. This year the show is called “THE WHARF REVIEW – CAN OF WORMS” always satirical, always merriment galore, and with very political parodies, meet your favourite politicians as they are often seen to be.

 

Including USA PRESIDENT Donald John Trump, Gladys Berejiklian, Dominic Perrottet, Kevin Rudd, Barnaby Joyce, Pauline Hanson, Jacqui Lambie, Jacinda Ardern and many many more. Always fresh and topical, the current show now includes a timely reference to LISMORE.     Continue reading THE WHARF REVIEW – CAN OF WORMS @ RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA

FREUD’S LAST SESSION @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA

On 20th August 2013 went to the Opening Night of FREUD’S LAST SESSION at The Theatre Royal, Sydney.

Yes very clever play, and is well remembered, plus in March 2022 you now have an unique opportunity to experience a very very entertaining fiction, and this superb new version of the play, is a must see. Highly Recommended.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION is set on Sunday 3rd of September 1939, the day that the United Kingdom enters what will become known as The Second World War. Two days earlier, at dawn on Friday 1st of September 1939, Germany had invaded Poland. Legendary psychoanalyst – Dr. Sigmund Freud – has invited – C.S. Lewis – to his home in London. Freud and Lewis clash intensely and passionately, about a whole world of ideas that includes love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, etc etc etc. Continue reading FREUD’S LAST SESSION @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA

A CHORUS LINE @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA

A CHORUS LINE opened on Broadway in 1975. This classic Broadway musical has a unique storyline, and is one of the greatest musicals of all time according to critics and audiences, winning 9 TONY Awards, the Pulitzer Prize and 9 Drama Desk Awards. Played a record-breaking 6,137 Broadway performances over 15 years. Helpmann Award-nominated director and choreographer Amy Campbell, has added brand new choreography.

Production photography by Robert Catto

Huge fan of all the Broadway stories told during A CHORUS LINE, and this Sydney production is quite the best of the best, and even better than when A CHORUS LINE was at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. This cast is perfect, each singing voice is perfect, each dancer is perfection, the entire cast are triple-threats. Yes I am biased, the casting, the direction, the costumes, the lighting and the set-design, are the best I have ever seen for A CHORUS LINE, and I will be seeing this production multiple times during the run.

Following two postponements due to the pandemic, this brand-new Sydney production will finally lay bare the struggles that performers face to be seen, heard, recognised and respected. “The back stories behind these twenty amazing roles, are based on the real-life anecdotes of Broadway dancers interviewed by Michael Bennett in his East Side studio, during one weekend in January 1974. Rivalry and wine paved the way to a weekend of divulged secrets about their upbringing, coming-of-age, sexuality and careers.” Conceived and originally directed on Broadway by Michael Bennett, and features music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.

Quite unexpectedly, this production of A CHORUS LINE has an interval.

NOTHING is last song before the interval.
DANCE TEN, LOOKS THREE is the first song after the interval.

Just loved the choreography and the  clever use of the extra mirrors, in the ex-girlfriend Cassie  (Angelique Cassimatis)  sequence, with the song “The Music and the Mirror”.

“What I Did For Love” is superbly presented, and an absolute delight.

The finale show-stopper is “One”, and the costumes for “One” looked beautiful in silver, that perfectly matched the silver back drops. Highly recommended.

DURATION of approx. 140 minutes including the 20 minute interval.

Extra special thanks go to their Voice and Dialect Coach – LINDA NICOLLS-GIDLEY as the words “21 years old, I was born on a full moon in Herculaneum, Missouri . . . I’m from St. Louis, Missouri” were all correctly pronounced for a native speaker born in Missouri USA.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES – The performance on Friday Night had two Auslan interpreters, bringing this musical to a brand new audience.

Sydney Festival presents the Darlinghurst Theatre Company production of A CHORUS LINE in association with Riverside Theatres.

A CHORUS LINE at RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA.
13th January until 22nd January 2022.

https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/a-chorus-line/

Production photography by Robert Catto
Production photography by Robert Catto

Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Co-Choreographed by Bob Avian

Original Broadway production produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer, in association with Plum Productions, Inc.
A CHORUS LINE is presented by permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC, A Concord Theatricals Company.

STARRING
Zach – Adam Jon Fiorentino
Greg – Ryan Ophel
Don – Harry Targett
Mark – Maikolo Fetikoa
Mike – Lachlan Dearing
Al – Ross Chisari
Bobby – Max Bimbi
Larry – Brady Kitchingham
Paul – Ethan Ritchie
Ritchie – Tony Oxybel
Cassie – Angelique Cassimatis
Sheila – Nadia Coote
Maggie – Madeline Mackenzie
Judy – Angelina Thomson
Bebe – Natalie Foti
Vicky/Dance Captain – Molly Bugeja
Diana – Mariah Gonzalez
Val – Rechelle Mansour
Kristine – Suzanne Steel
Connie – Ashley Goh

CREATIVES
Director/Choreographer – Amy Campbell
Musical Director – Damon Wade
Music Supervisor – Andrew Worboys
Associate Director/Associate Choreographer – Sally Dashwood
Set Designer – Simon Greer
Lighting Designer – Peter Rubie
Costume Designer – Christine Mutton
Associate Musical Director – Zara Stanton

Company Manager – Jonathan Ware
Production Manager – Amellia Bruderlin
Stage Manager – Maree Delvecchio
Wardrobe Supervisor – Evelyn Everaerts-Donaldson
Head Electrician – Matt Quince
Voice and Dialect Coach – Linda Nicolls-Gidley
Assistant Stage Manager – Lillian Lee
Microphone Technician – Ashleigh King
Production photography by Robert Catto

ELYSHA MANIK
Assistant to the Choreographer/ Sheila cover and Kristine cover

NATASHA MARCONI
Diana cover

TIM DASHWOOD
Zach cover

https://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/achorusline

Production photography by Robert Catto





 

 

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe @ The Riverside

A wonderful cast of ten women vividly bring to life, the tearful stories of four African women refugees and their escape to Australia.

The four harrowing stories as survivors of abuse and violence are sensitively presented with both lightness and humour in an inspiring show that is filled with music, song and dance.

The writer has brought to life in broad strokes, all of the terrors and the impact of Violence Against Women, of becoming sex slaves whilst prisoners of war, rebel kidnapping, stolen childhood and ultimately the failure to obtain justice.

In the context of war or domestically, each has suffered extraordinary human rights abuses, and each has struggled to transcend their particular traumas.

These four inspiring women broke from the tyranny of silence, and gained the necessary confidence and courage to finally tell their extraordinary stories, and the subsequent journey of healing, transformation and acceptance that meant they were finally able to re-build their damaged lives.

At every performance, you will be shocked and deeply moved as these inspirational women have survived their past and now have the freedom to be who they want to be, to say what they want, and to be as amazing as they can be.

Yarrie grew up in a camp in Guinea. She is now doing her HSC.

Aminata is from Sierra Leone. She is now an ambassador for the UNHCR.

Big Mama Rosemary is from Kenya. She is now a community leader.

Yordy was a child soldier. Now she’s the mother of four amazing kids.

This highly recommended show (running 1 hour and 40 minutes without interval), is a ‘celebration of women, human rights, laughter and resilience’.

THE BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE   last played the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta in May 2013.

The show is now having a return season at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta  playing between the 18th and 21st February 2015.

Sydney Festival 2015 preview

January is a lazy languid time in Sydney, so it’s slightly unfair that the art lover’s idylls should be rudely interrupted – but in the best possible way – by the massive feast of cultural events that is the Sydney Festival.

Like a refreshing summer shower, some of the festival’s most appetising events are fleeting, lasting for only one or two nights; others, like a lingering heatwave, bask the greater Sydney region in their glow for weeks.

This year’s 179 events spread from the CBD to the Blue Mountains, 85 of them are free and there are almost 500 performances in total. Eight of them have exclamation marks in their title (one even has two!!) so expect some very exciting shows!

As always with the Sydney Festival, it’s best to get in early: by the time you hear about them they have may have vanished or sold out.

Continue reading Sydney Festival 2015 preview

Emerald City

Ben Winspear and Kelly Paterniti in EMERALD CITY. Pic Brett Boardman
Ben Winspear and Kelly Paterniti in EMERALD CITY. Pic Brett Boardman

Given that the definitive play about Sydney’s shallowness was first performed in 1987, audiences may well question the contemporary relevance of David Williamson’s EMERALD CITY.

And also ask how this intimate Griffin Theatre Company production works on the small screen as it were, seeing as this play is about the lengths to which people will go to bag a harbour view made its sparkling debut oh so appropriately all those years ago at the Sydney Opera House.

EMERALD CITY pits Melbourne against Sydney and values against cash in the shape of fortysomething Colin Rogers (Mitchell Butel) and his publisher wife Kate (Lucy Bell) who make the move from Melbourne to Sydney, the city that gives good hedonism and where vicious cocktail parties are a necessary evil. Continue reading Emerald City