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Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia.

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STC’s The Present is heading to Broadway

Richard Roxburgh, Cate Blanchett and Jacqueline McKenzie with other cast members in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Present. By Lisa Tomasetti

Last year Sydney Theatre Company staged The Present, a new adapatation by Andrew Upton of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov. The production was incredibly popular and the run sold out. Now, the show is heading to Broadway for a limited engagement in 2016. With the Sydney Theatre Company all-Australian cast including Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, The Present will… Read more.


Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: The Sound of Music cast take on Nick Enright

Amy Lehpamer as Maria in The Sound of Music. Photo by James Morgan.

In Sydney, the week kicked off with the Sydney Theatre Awards – awards given by a panel of professional theatre critics (disclaimer: I’m one of them) – held, as always, in Paddington, in an auditorium packed with theatre makers, actors, techies, publicists, and more. People were standing, the tables were crowded, and the vibe was so positive,… Read more.


Cast Announced for Xanadu the Musical at Hayes Theatre

Jaime Hadwen and Ashley Melham will star in XANADU. Photo by Frank Farrugia.

Today, Matthew Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co announced the the cast of XANADU, the musical based on the beloved cult movie from the 1980s, which will play in Sydney from Thursday 12 May. Jaime Hadwen (Bring it On) stars as Kira, and Ainsley Melham (Hi-5) will play Sonny. The supporting cast includes Dion Bilios (Wicked),… Read more.


Winners of the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards: the full list!

Winners of the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards: the full list!

Tonight the winners of the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced. A record 36 Awards were presented, shared between 19 productions which played in Sydney during the calendar year of 2015. In the Musical area, more categories were awarded this year, reflecting the growth in independent musical productions.  The Sydney Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to one… Read more.


The Rabbits – Sydney Festival season

The Rabbits at Sydney Festival.

The Rabbits, a new operatic adaptation of Shaun Tan and John Marsden’s picture book composed by Kate Miller-Heidke and libretto by Lally Katz, is a beautiful-looking piece of art. In the Roslyn Packer theatre, Gabriela Tylesova’s set evokes an elegant outback, and her costumes create striking marsupials with vulnerable curves, and steampunk-inspired invading Rabbits. In this… Read more.



Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: Jacqui Dark sings her ‘IVF Song’

Jacqueline Dark

Jacqueline Dark, who has taken a break from the opera world to play Mother Abbess in the current Australian production of The Sound of Music, has many layers. Would one think an opera star turned musical theatre’s favourite nun would moonlight in a messy-dirty cabaret with partner in crime Kanen Breen? It doesn’t seem likely –… Read more.


The Fantasticks, Hayes Theatre Co

Laurence Coy, Jonathan Hickey, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Garry Scale The Fantasticks. Photo by Marnya Rothe

Note: this review frequently references sexual assault. Please be safe.  The Fantasticks, the world’s longest-running musical, inspires a certain fervour in its audiences. Due to close in 2015 after 42 years – and then another 7 – in New York, two anonymous fans donated funds to keep the show running indefinitely. It asks people, somehow,… Read more.


Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, Sydney Festival season

Alan Cumming at Sydney Festival 2016. Photo by Prudence Upton.

Alan Cumming has the ineffable quality of a star. There’s that flashing smile, sliding from cheeky to rueful within seconds. There’s the twinkled eyes, the hair, the pixie-ish demeanour. He’s magnetic and it burns somewhere from the inside; somewhere one can’t quite place but will readily believe in. At 11:45pm on a Friday night in… Read more.


Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: David Campbell sings “Grateful”

Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: David Campbell sings “Grateful”

Welcome to the first weekend of 2016! What we need now, as we slip back into some semblance of routine, is a little bit of beauty. A little bit of magic. A little bit of music. So we’re back, celebrating videos of Australian performers that really grab us, in one way or another. And what… Read more.


Squabbalogic’s original Grease cast announced

The original Grease is coming to Squabbalogic. Photo by Michael Francis.

Lo-fi indie company Squabbalogic are kicking off their 2016 season by digging beneath the shiny exterior of a musical theatre classic to find the grit that use to lie at its heart. The Original Grease, including songs and scenes cut well before the beloved show ever made its way to Broadway, is much more rebellious and… Read more.


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