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After successful seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne AN AMERICAN IN PARIS has finally arrived ion Sydsney.

The Media Call was unusual in a number of aspects.

Firstly, the venue was kept a secret until the night before the media call.

Secondly, it was not held at the Theatre Royal Sydney where the musical is currently playing.

In fact, the media cals location was revealed as the United Cinemas foyer in Circular Quay. It was chosen because of its Art Deco style which complemented the dancers costumes which also matched the black and white colours of the foyer.

Also on hand to watch,  the alternate principals Cameron Holmes and Dimity Azouri PLUS the lead principals Robbie Fairchild and Leanne Cope.


All pics by Ben Apfelbaum



Girl From The North Country. Pic Daniel Boud
Girl From The North Country. Pic Daniel Boud

This is the second production to take place since the reopening of the Theatre Royal Sydney. The show which has had successful productions on Broadway and the West End was written and directed by Conor McPherson

The story is set in a boarding house in Duluth, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior. It’s the winter of 1934 and America is in the grip of the Great Depression. Duluth is the town where Bob Dylan grew up in.

The play features an on stage narrator, the family’s Doctor, Doctor Walker (Terrence Crawford).

The owner of the boarding house is Nick Laine (Peter Kowitz), whose life is slowly unravelling.  He is stressed out trying to meet the mortgage payments on the boarding house. 

His wife Elizabeth (Lisa McCune) has  dementia, his son Gene (James Smith) is an alcoholic and without a job. Continue reading GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY : TWENTY DOUBLES


Producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, Eva Price, Howard Panter for Trafalgar Entertainment and Torben Brookman for GWB Entertainment are thrilled to announce that the Australian tour of JAGGED LITTLE PILL, the 15-time Tony Award nominated Broadway musical, inspired by the ground-breaking album of the same name by Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette, will now premiere in Sydney, opening Theatre Royal Sydney on December 2nd for an exclusive limited season.

“We are thrilled to be reopening the magnificent newly refurbished Theatre Royal Sydney with Jagged Little Pill.  An exceptional new musical for an exceptional reborn world class theatre.” said Sir Howard Panter, Joint CEO Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Tickets for the exclusive limited season on sale now at jaggedmusical.com

As previously announced the original Sydney season was postponed due to COVID 19 restrictions and original ticket holders will be notified directly regarding the new rescheduled performance dates in December. Continue reading JAGGED LITTLE PILL TO RELAUNCH THEATRE ROYAL

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Swan Lake 3D©Chris Lobina for Sky Arts
Swan Lake 3D©Chris Lobina for Sky Arts

The swans have triumphantly returned to Sydney in this touring revival of MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE which has just opened for a short season at the Theatre Royal.

Readers might already be familiar with this ground breaking version now regarded as a modern iconic classic. This is the production with the deeply troubled Prince , the ditzy unsuitable girlfriend, the corgis and the ‘Moth ‘ ballet. It is also now famous for its male swans and the role of the Swan/Stranger, as first created and performed by Adam Cooper. Continue reading Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake


Amy Lehpamer, Matt Hethrington, Katrina Retallick, and Anne Wood. Pic Matt Watson
Amy Lehpamer, Matt Hethrington, Katrina Retallick, and Anne Wood. Pic Matt Watson

On Thursday last I had the great pleasure of watching a rehearsal for the upcoming season of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – and, if I can take the popular modern liberty of inventing a new word, it promises to be ‘scoundralously‘ good!

We only got to see an early couple of scenes, it’s only the eighth rehearsal, but already one can see the wicked main characters and the sense of humour to match blossoming under the genius of such luminaries as Tony Sheldon, John Wood, Matt Hetherington and Amy Lehpamer, deftly directed by Roger Hodgman.

I interviewed Katrina Retallick and Matt Hethrington who both asserted that the rehearsals were such fun that it had to translate to an uproarious, laugh a minute experience for the audiences. Katrina said, “The more outrageous I can be- the better. When asked what they thought the audience would remember most from the show they both agreed, “That they had had a fun night.”

Matt said that, being a fan of the two movie versions, (Marlon Brando and David Niven preceded the eighties flick in 1964 under the name “Bedtime Story”!), he was pleased to see more than the occasional nod to those scripts, which he thought that audiences would appreciate. He was also pleased to be able to introduce younger people to the older style of comedy created by comedians like Jerry Lewis.

The songs sound great, augmented by a talented ensemble. I can’t wait to see the finished show.

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS opens at the Theatre Royal on 24 October.