Melbourne Lyric Opera: Werther

Photo by Jodie Hutchinson

I’m comparing Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s new production of Werther as a little tugboat compares to a cruise ship. That’s because the last time I saw Werther was earlier this year at New York’s gigantic Metropolitan Opera starring Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch. Before that, in Paris, the same pairing…

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Helpmann Award winning Sweet Charity to tour in 2015

The female ensemble of Sweet Charity at Hayes Theatre Co. Image by Kurt Sneddon

If her friends could see her now! The smash debut production at Sydney’s new Hayes Theatre Co rocked the musical theatre world with its raw, stripped-back take on the Neil Simon/Cy Coleman classic, and now it’s hitting the road! Sweet Charity will tour in 2015. Produced by Luckiest Productions, Neil Gooding…

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Happy People in concert

Photo by James Terry

Melbourne had the first look at Matthew Lee Robinson’s musical Happy People on the weekend. Its first workshop performance was in Melbourne in 2010 and since then Robinson, a WAPPA graduate, received  a Churchill Fellowship to go to the USA to study composition, lyric and book writing under the mentorship of Stephen…

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Melbourne Festival: The Trouble with Harry

Maude Davey. Photo by Sarah Walker

Written by Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott, The Trouble with Harry is a story about Harry Crawford, who was made famous after it was discovered that he was born female. It’s set within Crawford’s historical milieu, the suburbs of Sydney during the First World War, as he and his wife Anne…

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Melbourne Festival Chat: Kate Fryer

Melbourne Festival Chat: Kate Fryer

Kate Fryer is a co-founder of independent acrobatic aerial theatre company Dislocate. Their Melbourne Festival show, If These Walls Could Talk, is another world premiere for the festival. Fusing theatre and circus, it’s a story about life, death and everything in between in an apartment overs five generations of tenants. What do you love most…

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Bonnie Lythgoe productions announce Aladdin panto for 2015

Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp.

Following the successful 2014 production of Snow White – Winter Family Musical in Sydney, Bonnie Lythgoe and Bonnie Lythgoe Productions have announced their next panto: Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp. An updated version of the classic fairytale, Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp will be re-tailored and re-told for Australian audiences. Billed as a “singing,…

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The Metropolitan Theatre Company of SA’s My Fair Lady

The Metropolitan Theatre Company of SA’s My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady is not only the best Musical that came out of the fifties, but is justifiably promoted as “The Musical of Musicals”. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, it has beautifully constructed dialogue, manners, wit, humour, and turn of the century social comment, all woven through the story…

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Between Two Waves at The Bakehouse Theatre

Ellen Steele. Photo by Olivia Zanchetta

It is heartening to see South Australia’s flagship theatre company getting behind some of Adelaide’s most prolific and promising independent artists. The core of this production is distinctly independent, with many emerging and/or freelance artists at the helm, but the solidarity of STCSA is markedly present and hopefully a means…

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Melbourne Festival: Opus

Opus

The experience of watching Circa continues to leave me a babbling mess of words that don’t come near to describing how they make me feel. Opus, which was co-comissioned by the Melbourne Festival and premiered in France in 2013, was developed by Circa’s choreographer and director Yaron Lifschitz, the Circa ensemble…

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Sweeney Todd coming to Sydney’s New Theatre

Sweeney Todd comes to Sydney's New Theatre.

2014 has been  a great year for musicals in Sydney, especially on an independent scale. And we’re not just talking about the incredible success of the Hayes Theatre – the Theatre Division premiered with Ruthless, Darlinghurst Theatre Co took on the beautiful Falsettos, and Squabbalogic, who led the charge into this great…

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