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The Hayes Theatre Company is set to reopen next month with a performance of Young Frankenstein. Their Sydney Festival romp, Rewired : Musicals Reimagined was a  showcase for the regular creatives and versatile vocal and acting talent connected with the Hayes. 

Its fresh take on established musical  theatre favourites sets our regular theatre-going sensibilities on fire. The amazing moments of musical transformation via huge makeovers are stunning new strains for us to cherish. 

This slick super medley of an event  features six voices, four band members and three musical directors who are frequently featured at the Hayes Theatre.  Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL : REWIRED : MUSICALS REIMAGINED @ THE HAYES


Production images: John McRae

There’s been a lot of reviewer words about the production of CALAMITY JANE which has had several seasons around the city and now finds itself at Belvoir. It won 2 Sydney Theatre Awards including the Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Virginia Gay and has devotees galore. Ahha. Determined to see for myself I took a said determined follower with me. She’s seen it all over and has been raving about it for some time.

Now, I’m joining the kickline to chorus my enthusiasm for the show.  It’s exhilarating and exultant and energetic beyond expectations and I could just ‘shoot myself for happiness’.

As fresh as a misty morning over the Dakota Black Hills,  this secretly slickly polished show feels as new as a greenhorn straight off the stagecoach.  Considering how long the company has been together, the vitality and vivacity of the cast is so astonishing, so engaging, so attractive that you get pulled into the world of the Golden Garter Saloon from before the show when the characters are wandering the auditorium.    Continue reading CALAMITY JANE: BELIEVE THE REVIEWS -UNMISSABLE


High Society-featured

Product placement is elevated to lyric replacement in a case of not who pays the piper but the Piper pays the production in Helen Dallimore’s elegant, swellegant staging of HIGH SOCIETY at the Hayes Theatre.

Piper Heidsieck champagne is the choice of the Lord household and the bottles are not only wrung out but sung about in a show that’s as bubbly as the beverage.

The play, of course, is based on the 1956 movie, HIGH SOCIETY, itself based on a play called The Philadelphia Story, which was a starring vehicle for Katherine Hepburn. Continue reading HIGH SOCIETY @ THE HAYES THEATRE