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Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney. She studied communication and media at the University of Newcastle, where she began honing her professional writing and critical analysis skills, as well as publishing creative works in several journals and magazines. She has previously reviewed music and theatre for numerous online hubs including LiveGuide, BroadwayWorld Australia, and Time Out Sydney. Cassie can usually be found in a theatre foyer somewhere soaking up the atmosphere.

Cassie has written 693 articles on AussieTheatre

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Review: A Steady Rain – Old Fitz Theatre

Justin Stewart Cotta in A Steady Rain. Photo by Tim Levy.

A Steady Rain is a gritty show in that you feel the dirt caught in your teeth as you watch it unfold; it’s not exactly a pleasant experience, but it grabs, and holds, your attention. Keith Huff’s play, about dirty cops who are inevitably barrelling towards their own destruction (and the destruction of so many… Read more.


Star-studded guest artist lineup for 2015 Rob Guest Endowment Concert

Rob Mills is one of the guest artists appearing at the Rob Guest Endowment Concert.

The 2015 Rob Guest Endowment Grand Final Concert is a celebration of the best of the talents on our musical theatre stages. From our emerging stars, the finalists who sing for the grand prize on the night, to the hosts (this year, Lucy Durack and Campbell), to the bona fide stars who perform as guests… Read more.


The Sound of Music will sing once more in Adelaide

The Sound of Music will sing once more in Adelaide

Adelaide readers, if one of your favourite things is musical theatre, you’re in luck. Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian, John Frost and the Really Useful Group announced yesterday that The Sound of Music will travel to Adelaide in August 2016, following seasons in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.    Tickets for the Adelaide season, at the Festival… Read more.


Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: Buyi Zama and “The Circle of Life”

Buyi Zama as Rafiki in The Lion King - Sydney 2013 [Image by Deen van Meer]

The Lion King has been a smash hit production with Australian audiences. It did extremely well in its first run, and now it’s in its second, comfortably touring around Australia and settling into its cities. In a few weeks, the production will wrap up in Melbourne and pack up before heading over to Perth for its… Read more.



Matilda the Musical will open in Melbourne March 2016

Eleanor Worthington Cox as Matilda and Melanie La Barrie as Mrs Phelps in Matilda The Musical. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

It’s a miracle! Today the Royal Shakespeare Company, Louise Withers, Michel Coppel and Michael Watt announced that Matilda the Musical will move down to Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from 13 March 2016.    The show is currently running in Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, where it opened to instant and affectionate audience acclaim. Our Sydney review calls the show… Read more.


Ashleigh Rubenach: Rob Guest Endowment Finalist 2015

Ashleigh Rubenach

The Rob Guest Endowment annual gala concert will take place on Monday November 9, where six finalists — emerging stars of Australian musical theatre — will take the stage at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre to compete for a a prize package of $20,000 and a headshot package from Blueprint Studios. AussieTheatre’s Cassie Tongue asked ten questions… Read more.


Daniel Assetta: Rob Guest Endowment Finalist 2015

Daniel Assetta: Rob Guest Endowment Finalist 2015

The Rob Guest Endowment annual gala concert will take place on Monday November 9, where six finalists — emerging stars of Australian musical theatre — will take the stage at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre to compete for a a prize package of $20,000 and a headshot package from Blueprint Studios. AussieTheatre’s Cassie Tongue asked ten questions of… Read more.


Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: Elisa Colla sings “Meadowlark”

Elisa Colla

It’s one of those enduring standards, the kind of song an artist can build a complex narrative from just with their phrasing. It’s “Meadowlark,” and this afternoon is a warm, gorgeous rendition by Elisa Colla. Colla is perhaps best known for playing Nessarose in Wicked, and can currently be seen in the acclaimed Australian production of Les… Read more.


Review: High Society, Hayes Theatre Co

High Society at Hayes Theatre Co. Image by Kurt Sneddon

High Society is not a high point in programming at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre. Cole Porter is a witty, lively, sensitive and influential writer, and his songs are highly universal but not, in this instance, highly adaptable:  the show, and this production at the Hayes, is discordant to the point that it feels trapped in the… Read more.


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