Opera Australia: Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale. Opera Australia. Photo by Jeff Busby

Opera Australia’s Don Pasquale is alive and joyous. Without dismissing a note of Gaetamo Donizetti’s opera, everyone on the stage and in the pit finds that little bit of extra love that lets everyone find the pure fun of being in and going to the opera. Dobizetti’s opera was first performed in 1843 and…

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WICKED the movie in development, but a number of years away - Comingsoon.net

Jemma Rix as Elphaba and Lucy Durack as Glinda in WICKED. Image by Belinda Strodder

While chatting with ComingSoon.net about the upcoming release of the Into the Woods movie, producer Marc Platt moved on to talk about other projects. Including a movie version of WICKED the Musical. “The movie of Wicked is still a number of years down the line…” Platt told ComingSoon.net “We’ve just started its…

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Win a Double Pass to Strictly Ballroom, Melbourne

STRICTLY BALLROOM 1

‘Tis the season for Christmas Giveaways! We are thrilled to be giving away TWO DOUBLE PASSES to see Strictly Ballroom at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in a special Christmas Giveaway! Enter our competition below for the chance to win a tickets to the show on Tuesday 27 January, 2015. A fabulous…

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Blak Electric – ACPA

Blak Electric - ACPA Showcase. Photo Supplied

The future of the world lies in the hope of its young, and hope is something that ACPA’s (Aboriginal Centre for Performance Arts) performers exude. With more than forty artists on stage, ACPA recently showcased its next generation of artists in the massive production of Blak Electric, by Stephen Lloyd…

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MTC: Pennsylvania Avenue

Bernadette Robinson. Pennsyvania Avenue

Last week, Melbourne’s two mainstage companies opened shows by Melbourne writers. Both directed by Melbourne directors and featured Melbourne performers and creators. Both were also set in the USA and based on US culture. But the chasm between Pennsylvania Avenue, at the MTC, and Calpurnia Descending, at Malthouse Theatre, is so wide…

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Malthouse: Calpurnia Descending

Calpurnia Descending, Ash Flanders and Paul Capsis. Photo by Brett Boardman

As Pennsylvania Avenue opened at the MTC, I know I wasn’t alone as I wondered why. But they’ve just announced extra performances, so I think we know the answer. Meanwhile, a couple blocks away at the Malthouse, Calpurnia Descending opened and restored the faith of us who wonder why mainstage shows like to be safe.…

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Broadway sensation Audra McDonald to tour Down Under

Audra McDonald. Image by Autumn de Wilde

Audra McDonald, goddess of the Broadway stage, will be heading to Australia next year for a concert tour in Melbourne and Sydney. An Evening with Audra McDonald, will play in Melbourne for one night only (October 31, 2015) at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall while Audra McDonald Sings Broadway (with the Sydney Symphony)…

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