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HERRINGBONE. SHIFTS AND SPLITS OF SELF FOR SQUABBALOGIC’S RETURN.

Production Photography: David Hooley

From the unmistakeable swampy bayou on the preshow track to the electric crackle that ends it, HERRINGBONE is a show which offers a rare opportunity for a close-up, intense enjoyment of the art of performance.  There are several laugh out loud moments but much of the show is spent with a silly grin and a leaning forward concentration of amusement.  If the later part of the show has some songs which slow the piece down, and there is little to whistle as one wanders out, the evening spent in George Herringbone’s company is superbly delivered and entirely spirited.

George is eight.  He is taken over by the ghost of a diminutive, dancing daemon who was cut off in his prime and holds a serious grudge about the manner of his early departure.  George’s family are down home folk in the depression era south who have been thwarted in greed. George’s dad will happen upon the idea of getting his shy and under-confident son acting lessons with a local ex-celebrity who was once the  ‘chicken’ section of a vaudeville duo called ‘Chicken and Frog’.  Guess who was ‘frog’? Continue reading HERRINGBONE. SHIFTS AND SPLITS OF SELF FOR SQUABBALOGIC’S RETURN.

SQUABBALOGIC IS BACK. AN INTERVIEW ABOUT ‘HERRINGBONE’ – KXT IN JAN.

HERRINGBONE marks the welcome return of Squabbalogic to Sydney stages.  Award-winning director, performer and Artistic Director of Squabbalogic, Jay James-Moody,  will be assuming the title role of Herringbone and the ten characters that live inside him at Kings Cross Theatre in January.  The Guide had great fun chatting with Jay about this unique and odd show.

SAG:                Well … no Christmas for you if you are getting all these characters together ?
JAY:                  Absolutely!

SAG:                So they range from an 8 year old ?
JAY:                  The youngest character is an 8 year old and the oldest … who is probably an octogenarian… is his grandmother. A range of ages and genders.

They all look like me though.                   Continue reading SQUABBALOGIC IS BACK. AN INTERVIEW ABOUT ‘HERRINGBONE’ – KXT IN JAN.

Triassic Parq @ The Reginald Theatre Seymour Centre

Triassic Parq-inset
Production photos by Michael Francis’Every Picture Tells A Story’, and this shot of the cast of TRIASSIC PARK vamping it up and gyrating around in outrageous costumes pretty much tells the story of this latest Squabbalogic production.

As Rod Stewart used to sing in his classic early days, ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ and this photo of the cast of TRIASSIC PARQ vamping it up, gyrating everywhere, and outrageously made up and dressed up pretty much tells the story of this latest Squabbalogic production.

TRIASSIC PARQ – lyrics and book by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo with music by Marshall Pailet – is a rarely performed piece that premiered at the 2010 New York Independent Fringe Festival.     Continue reading Triassic Parq @ The Reginald Theatre Seymour Centre

Man Of La Mancha @ The Reginald

Stephen Anderson, Glenn Hill and Courtney Glass in MAN OF LA MANCHA
Inset Pic- Stephen Anderson, Glenn Hill and Courtney Glass. Featured Pic- Marika Aubrey, Ross Chisari and Tony Sheldon in MAN OF LA MANCHA

When MAN OF LA MANCHA opened on Broadway 50 years ago, it was in an era where Martin Luther King was espousing I Had A Dream and the Kennedy’s were quoting George Bernard Shaw You see things and you say “Why?” I dream things that never were, and I say “Why not.”

No wonder then the linchpin lyric of this endearing and enduring show is The Impossible Dream, the musical mantra of Don Quixote, the knight errant tiller of windmills, who sees life as it should be, noble and elevated, not as it is, vulgar and base.

Independent music theatre company, Squabbalogic’s fiftieth anniversary staging of MAN OF LA MANCHA has an impossible dream realised – the securing of Tony Sheldon, lauded local Broadway star now domiciled in the United States, to play the poet paladin. Continue reading Man Of La Mancha @ The Reginald

Broadway Unplugged @ The Vanguard

Ross Chisari, one of the featured performers in BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at The Vanguard, Newtown
Ross Chisari, one of the featured performers in BROADWAY UNPLUGGED at The Vanguard, Newtown

Want to hear a secret? BROADWAY UNPLUGGED. Pass it on. No wait. On second thoughts, I might want to keep it to myself. Let me think about this.

BROADWAY UNPLUGGED was launched mid-year in 2012 and has had successful events in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Last night it was at The Vanguard in Newtown. Created by George Youakim who was the MC for the night, the idea is to support the musical theatre industry by doing unplugged sessions. The monthly event provides a platform for performers to do what they do best in a supportive environment.

Since everyone knows that Monday is a day of rest for we theatre workers, why shouldn’t the stars of Squabbalogic’s MAN OF LA MANCHA wander in and do a set? Case in point, Musical Theatre royalty, Tony Sheldon, complete with Don Quixote scraggy chin. This is an artist who can fill a huge auditorium night after night in New York but we got to experience that wonderful dynamic range almost at a whisper as he joined with Ross Chisari for a taste of Cervantes and Sancho Panza. He backed this up with a number cut from HELLO DOLLY … the missing solo for Horace Vandergelder. Who knew? Continue reading Broadway Unplugged @ The Vanguard

Bye Bye Birdie @ The Reginald

Nancye Hayes and Jay James Moody in BYE BYE BIRDIE @ the Hayes
Nancye Hayes and Jay James Moody in BYE BYE BIRDIE @ the Hayes. Pics by Amelia Burns.

Squabbalogic’s inaugural presentation of  MYSTERY .MUSICAL – a one-of-a-kind venture within Sydney’s music theatre scene,  where audiences are treated to a staged reading and singing of a top secret musical theatre classic, played for just two sold out performances on Saturday 25th January 2015 at Squabbalogic’s home, the Reginald Theatre at the Seymour Centre.

A very talented cast of the inaugural Mystery Musical, all jumped on board, without knowing the show or the role that they would be offered. Squabbalogic’s MYSTERY MUSICAL starred JOHANNA ALLEN (Wicked), BLAKE ERICKSON (Forbidden Broadway), JESSICA JAMES-MOODY (Reefer Madness!), JOSIE LANE (Miracle City), MICHELE LANSDOWN (Drowsy Chaperone), GARRY SCALE (Carrie), ROWAN WITT (South Pacific), and the one and only NANCYE HAYES.

Continue reading Bye Bye Birdie @ The Reginald

Sondheim on Sondheim

SOS_Dean Vince, Debora Krizak, Blake Erickson, Rob Johnson, Phillip Lowe (pic Michael Francis)
Dean Vince, Debora Krizak, Blake Erickson, Rob Johnson and Phillip Lowe. Pic Michael Francis

One of the best shows on in town at the moment is wonderful Squabbalogic’s SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM currently running at the Reginald at the Seymour Centre. A dazzling celebration of some of Sondheim’s work. If you are a Sondheim or musical theatre fan this is for you. The cast has scintillating talent.

Theatre legend Stephen Sondheim is now 84 and this is the Australian premiere of this show which was originally devised by James Lapine in 2010.

Segments of Sondheim talking about his life are interspersed with songs from some of his shows.

Continue reading Sondheim on Sondheim