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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 673 articles on AussieTheatre

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Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: Nathan Pinnell leads “Forget About the Boy”

Nathan Pinnell

Sunday afternoon: where the most serious thing you should have to deal with is probably something like some great musical theatre song-and-dance. We’ve got you covered. Here’s Nathan Pinnell, who, if you’re in Melbourne or Brisbane (or in Sydney, as of this weekend), you might have seen recently in the ensemble of Anything Goes. He’s also their… Read more.

Finalists chosen for IFAC Australian Opera Singing Competition

The finalists have been chosen!

At a showcase on Sunday 30 August in North Sydney, ten opera and classical singers performed with great passion in hopes of being one of the five finalists selected to compete in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition. Nearly 100 singers from Australia and New Zealand auditioned for the competition The five finalists who will compete… Read more.

Together Apart is your new Australian jam

Nick & Lincoln

A new Australian song cycle is always good news. Getting to hear it on an album might be even better news, so everyone across the country can access it. And now one has been released! Together Apart, the song cycle by Nick & Lincoln we’ve been telling you about, is now available on iTunes! It’s made up… Read more.

Review: Death and the Maiden – Sydney Season (STC/MTC)

Susie Porter in Death and the Maiden. Photo by Jeff Busby.

Leticia Cáceres has a chillingly cerebral directorial vision for Death and the Maiden, Ariel Dorfman’s 1990 play written from and premiering within the still profusely bleeding wound of Chile’s devastating Pinochet regime. Gerardo (Steve Mouzakis), recently appointed to a human rights commission investigating a previous (unnamed) regime’s horrors, gets a flat tyre on his way… Read more.

Review: La Traviata – Belvoir Downstairs

Emma Maye Gibson in La Traviata. Photo by Patrick Boland.

In the 2013/14 season, La Traviata was the most performed opera in the world, and it consistently ranks in the top ten of similar lists. Verdi’s enduring masterwork is never too far away from Sydney audiences; it launched the now- iconic Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour event, and it played in the Sydney Opera House… Read more.

Your Sunday afternoon zen: Zindzi Okenyo and “Just a Story”

Zindzi Okenyo and Nathan O'Keefe in Masquerade. Photo by Brett Boardman.

Zindzi Okenyo is an explosion of creativity. Just this year, you might have seen her (among other things!) on stage in Griffin Theatre’s Masquerade, Darlinghurst Theatre Co’s Gaybies, or Sydney Theatre Company’s Boys Will be Boys. You might have caught her on TV, on Play School. Or you might have heard the mystic neo-soul music she produces and performs as Okenyo…. Read more.

Hugh Jackman brings “Broadway to Oz” arena tour this November and December

Hugh Jackman: Broadway to Oz is coming!

He is one of the biggest stars in the world — just an “O” short of an EGOT — and he’s bringing a five-city arena concert tour, Broadway to Oz, to Australia. It’s Hugh Jackman! Surely the man needs no further introduction. Jean Valjean in the Les Mis movie, the Boy From Oz himself, Wolverine… that Hugh Jackman! Based on… Read more.

Cast announced for world premiere of Georgy Girl — The Seekers Musical

Pippa Grandison

The Australian cast of the brand new production, Georgy Girl – the Seekers Musical, was announced today with members of The Seekers in attendance. The cast announcement was made at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the scene of The Seekers’ record-breaking concert in 1967 that drew a crowd of more than 200,000 people. The musical will have… Read more.

Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: Casey Donovan sings “Say Something”

Casey Donovan.

It’s Sunday, so why not wander over to one of Australia’s biggest, most sensitive voices and have a listen? Casey Donovan might be best known for winning the second season of Australian Idol, but chances are you’ve seen this singer on a musical theatre stage of late. She’s been on stage in The Sapphires, and Flowerchildren – The Mamas… Read more.

Review: Matilda the Musical – Lyric Theatre, Sydney

Review: Matilda the Musical – Lyric Theatre, Sydney

From a raft of drab, superficial, vaguely entertaining major commercial musicals emerges a sharp, intelligent winner. Matilda the Musical has opened in Sydney, and the Greases and Rocky Horrors of the Sydney circuit should be on alert: audiences have a taste for cerebral wit and generous heart on the big stages now, and they’re going… Read more.