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REVIEW: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | Theatre Royal, Sydney

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is, above all, a Good Night Out. The Sydney production of the Broadway hit features a winning cast and sounds much better than it looks.

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REVIEW: Grease | Lyric Theatre, Sydney

It’s systematic. It’s certainly hackneyed. Why, it’s Greased Lightning. Again. And with a cast that, frankly, doesn’t do much to revive the ’70s stage favourite.

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REVIEW: The Crowd | Concert Hall, Sydney

The Australian Chamber Orchestra tackles a big theme in a big way in an audio-visual spectacular at the Sydney Opera House.

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Should this man play a Thai king? The (colour-blind) King and I

He’s played a French planter in the South Pacific and now he’ll play the King of Siam in another Rodgers and Hammerstein hit. But is the “colour-blind casting” of Kiwi baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes OK?

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Interview: Bartlett Sher on South Pacific in the South Pacific

Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher talks to Curtain Call about his life, Rodgers and Hammerstein and bringing his Broadway version of South Pacific to Australia.

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REVIEW: Gypsy | State Theatre, Melbourne

Caroline O’Connor, perhaps the rightful holder of the First Lady of Musical Theatre mantle, stars in Gypsy, the great American musical. The Production Company breaks its usual mould with a solid mounting.

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REVIEW: The Dragon | Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

A rumbling critique of a corrupt and corrupting political culture: how timely. But Toby Schmitz’s adaptation of The Dragon doesn’t exactly breathe fire, either.

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REVIEW: King Kong | Regent Theatre, Melbourne

An all-out spectacle, with fantastic lighting, sound, stagecraft, singing, costumes and dancing. Oh, and a six-metre gorilla that’s probably the coolest thing you will ever see on stage.

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REVIEW: Assassins | fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

The new Melbourne production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins has its problems, but with a stellar cast and faultless material it’s still worth a look.

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REVIEW: The Addams Family | Capitol Theatre, Sydney

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, and the Australian players really dazzle. The Addams Family, a moderate hit on Broadway, arrives in Sydney in perfect working order.

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