An Australian first: The Nick Enright Songbook

The Nick Enright Songbook is now available.

On Sunday night, Sydney’s Eternity Playhouse was full to bursting for the launch of The Nick Enright Songbook, a record of one of Australia’s best lyricists, a tangible, teachable reminder of Enright’s impact on the Australian musical theatre canon. The Songbook, which features 50 of the 250-odd songs Enright composed in…

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Review: Aida, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Aida on Sydney Harbour. Image by Prudence Upton.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is now in its fourth year. An exaggerated, exuberant opera staging on an outdoor stage overlooking Sydney’s genuinely beautiful harbour. After La Traviata, Carmen, and Madama Butterfly, this year it’s Aida’s turn to have the spectacle treatment on the Fleet Steps. And make no mistake…

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The Importance of Being Miriam

Miriam Margolyes. Photo by Gavin D Andrew

Imagine having a fabulous great-aunt who has led a fascinating, slightly wicked life, is a brilliant storyteller and happens to have a wonderful collection of books at her house. This is what The Importance of Being Miriam put me in mind of. During the two-hour-long show, Miriam Margolyes performs various…

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The Pirates are Back!

Pirates of Penzance - Harvest Rain. Image Supplied.

In 1985, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre opened with a blockbuster production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, which starred Jon English, Marina Prior and Simon Gallaher. It returned to QPAC in 1994 (with Helen Donaldson replacing Marina Prior), with video and audio recordings ensuring its iconic status in…

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MTC: Endgame

Julie Forsyth & Rhys McConnochie. Photo by Jeff Busby

There’s a double page in the program for the MTC’s Endgame titled “explantion”. It’s about modernism, Absurdism and finding meaning in Samuel Beckett’s writing. It’s great for post-show conversations but it doesn’t talk about the possibility of losing yourself in Beckett’s world and not giving a toss about meaning. For me, the…

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Les Miserables opening night snaps

Viva La France! Les Mis opening night, Sydney

Les Miserables opened at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre last night with a gala after party at the Town Hall. Check out some of the images from the event below! #LesMisOz #TheQuicheWasFreakingAmazing Principal Les Mis girls @PatriceTipoki @LaraMulcahy @KA_Greenland @elangridge89 amazing premier in Sydney last night pic.twitter.com/rkbhS6JBb9 — Neil Bennett (@BennoTweets) March…

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Review: Les Misérables, Sydney season

Les Miserables Australia. Image by Matt Murphy.

It’s an epic musical, a towering behemoth from the 1980s – an era that spawned plenty of them, like Cats and Phantom of the Opera – but Les Misérables , a sung-through, all-feeling story of love, injustice, and striving for liberation and redemption in dark times, feels like the biggest…

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