November, 2013

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REVIEW: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | Theatre Royal, Sydney

, Nov 07, 2013

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

, Oct 30, 2013

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.

REVIEW: The Crowd | Concert Hall, Sydney

, Oct 30, 2013

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

, Oct 15, 2013

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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

, Sep 13, 2013

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

, Jul 11, 2013

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

, Jul 04, 2013

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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

, Jun 17, 2013

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

, Apr 12, 2013

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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

, Apr 02, 2013

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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REVIEW: Bombshells | Ensemble Theatre, Sydney

, Mar 27, 2013

Joanna Murray-Smith's one-woman tour de force -- originally written for Caroline O'Connor -- is in safe hands with Sharon Millerchip at Ensemble Theatre. It's an extraordinary performance.
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REVIEW: Orpheus In The Underworld | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney

, Mar 14, 2013

What's Todd McKenny doing on the opera stage? It's all the fault of Jonathan Biggins and Phil Scott, who got up to no good in the Opera Australia workshop. Luckily there's plenty of laughs.
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Musical theatre is dead. Long live musical theatre.

, Feb 14, 2013

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Has there been a good musical theatre score written in the last five years? Or even 10? Here's the list -- as a solid case for why music theatre isn't dead. Long live music theatre.
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REVIEW: The Pirates Of Penzance | Sydney Theatre

, Nov 13, 2012

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An all-male The Pirates Of Penzance experience comes to Sydney via London. It's the very model of a modern presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan revue.
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REVIEW: More Sex Please … We’re Seniors | Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

, Nov 01, 2012

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Across the road from Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing in Melbourne, a new all-Australian musical from John-Michael Howson. To be on the same block is an insult.
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REVIEW: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum | Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne

, Oct 31, 2012

There's no reason why Stephen Sondheim's first Broadway hit should work 50 years after it premiered. And yet -- with Simon Phillips and Geoffrey Rush at the helm -- it does.
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REVIEW: Potted Potter | Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

, Oct 18, 2012

If you're going to parody a much-loved cultural icon you should at least get your facts straight. Potted Potter pleases some kids but proves something less than magic.
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REVIEW: Promises, Promises | State Theatre, Melbourne

, Oct 07, 2012

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This is one big broken promise. Melbourne's Production Company vows to do more with less in musical theatre, but its adaptation of the Burt Bacharach tuner falls flat.
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REVIEW: Legally Blonde | Lyric Theatre, Sydney

, Oct 05, 2012

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It's as vapid as the film and its main character. But somewhere in the musical adaptation of Legally Blonde is some heart -- and a decent tune or two.
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REVIEW: Chess | State Theatre, Melbourne

, Aug 23, 2012

Board games are big business. Or so Hollywood would like you to think. Despite the big-screen adaption of Battleship sinking dramatically on its opening weekend earlier this year, we’ve still got Candyland (starring Adam Sandler), Risk and Monopoly (helmed by Ridley Scott) on the horizon for 2013. But long before Tinseltown’s top brass turned their eyes to the dusty recesses […]