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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.

Cassie has written 738 articles on AussieTheatre

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A Quick Chat With Michael Tyack, Musical Director of The Detective’s Handbook

Michael Tyack

The Detective’s Handbook, a new Australian musical about to debut at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre,  is the result of when a former rapper develops an obsession with the golden age of detective novels. Coupled with a bright and lively jazz score, this new  musical is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud as it investigates a crime in… Read more.


A Quick Chat With Bad Jews’ Anna Burgess

Anna Burgess

Bad Jews, Joshua Harmon’s play about family, love, faith, and the fights that bind – a biting comedy with heart – is heading to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. We caught up with Anna Burgess, who recently toured the country in The 39 Steps, about what’s it like to tackle something like Bad Jews, her… Read more.


A Quick Chat with The Detective’s Handbook’s Christopher Horsey

Chris Horsey.

The Detective’s Handbook, a new Australian musical about to debut at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre,  is the result of when a former rapper develops an obsession with the golden age of detective novels. Coupled with a bright and lively jazz score, this new  musical is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud as it investigates a crime in… Read more.


Trailer: Daffodils, a Kiwi Greatest Hits cabaret headed to Parramatta

Trailer: Daffodils, a Kiwi Greatest Hits cabaret headed to Parramatta

Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres is presenting Daffodils, a bittersweet love story direct from New Zealand – featuring the biggest hits from our Kiwi neighbours’ songbook.   Eric (Todd Emerson) and Rose (Colleen Davis), two teenagers met in a field of daffodils. The cabaret follows their first meeting, their marriage and the New Zealand pop-rock soundtrack that shaped… Read more.


Review: The Original Grease – Squabbalogic

Grease Company -- (pic Michael Francis, Francis Fotography)

What happened to Squabbalogic? The staunchly independent boutique musical theatre company used to feel vital, maybe even radical. Led by artistic director Jay James-Moody (very smart, sometimes brilliant), there was a sense of hunger, urgency, and rebellion in their tiny offbeat productions of curious, challenging musicals – [Title of Show], Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Carrie…. Read more.



Replay – Griffin Theatre Company

Replay at Griffin Theatre Co. Photo by Brett Boardman.

Replay, a small and surprisingly ambitious new play by Philip Parsons Playwriting Award winner Phillip Kavanagh, studies the way a single decision can make, or break, a life. Three brothers, Michael (Jack Finsterer), John (Alfie Gledhill), and Peter (Anthony Gooley), experience a significant trauma. Years later, when trying to remember the exact details of this… Read more.


On a budget? Opera Australia releases $45 tickets for Opera on Sydney Harbour

Turandot on the Harbour. Photo by Prudence Upton.

Opera tickets can get very pricey very past, so it’s nice to hear some affordable ticketing news today, and this time it concerns one of the biggest spectacles in the Sydney social calendar: Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. At 4:30pm on the day of each performance, Opera Australia is releasing 45 tickets for $45 each…. Read more.


Squabblogic to team up with Sydney Philharmonic Choir for Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town

After a successful joint venture presenting a semi-staged production of Of Thee I Sing! in 2015, indie musical theatre company Squabbalogic and the Sydney Philharmonic choir are set to join forces again. In May 2016, Jason Langley (Loving Repeating) will direct Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Wonderful Town … Read more.


Review: Fiddler on the Roof – Capitol Theatre, Sydney

Monica Swayne (far right) as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo by Jeff Busby.

Fiddler opened on Broadway in 1964, the same year as Funny Girl, Hello Dolly! and Man of La Mancha. It was an exciting time in musical theatre history, where stories were starting to become more cohesive, with meaningful plots and ambitious storylines. With a swelling, high-stakes and lovely score by Jerry Bock, and deceptively simple lyrics… Read more.


On King Charles III, Hamilton, and Australian audiences cutting down tall poppies

King Charles III. By Richard Hubert-Smith

On the opening night of the UK’s Almeida production of King Charles III in Sydney, a uniquely Australian reaction rippled through the audience. “It’s Will and Kate,” said a character, and laughter erupted from the crowd, the laughter of anticipation.  The very act of introducing the young royals on stage seemed to signal one thing… Read more.


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