Exciting New Ventures

Ensemble cast of Harvest Rain's Oklahoma! Image by Trent Rouillon

Les Solomon finds a new theatre and a new theatre company worth exploring This last week with the cancellation of The Addams Family without a tour and an early closure of the Sydney season could easily make both agents and performers throw their hands up in horror and wonder why we work so hard in Australia… Read more.

Waiting Waiting Waiting

Some twenty five years ago I wrote for a number of theatre publications in those glory days before the internet. For a good two years I complained in many articles and columns about how slow it took for new  hit shows to come to Australia. Now in 2013 I sit down to write about the… Read more.

A musical theatre January

So Christmas is over, you have a bit of free time before the world amps up again, time to look at some music theatre entertainments on film, DVD and CD that you might get a chance to enjoy during the annual silly season… Film Les Miserables First and  foremost, the eagerly anticipated film of Les… Read more.

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

The Australian Cabaret Showcase is celebrating its 10th year in 2012, and Les Solomon discusses why this competition is the most exciting of its kind. Ten years ago the Sydney Cabaret Convention had fallen over in a spectacularly unimpressive way. After only a few years of very high profile activity, the convention had over extended… Read more.

Many are called but few are chosen

The anxious interest and enthusiasm I am feeling from just about every person I know about the forthcoming film version of Les Miserables the musical, (turned into a movie 27 years after it opened) is very exciting. Like everyone I am very impressed by the short trailer (made while the film was still in production) and also… Read more.

Once you have seen it, never let it go…

The following column is a reworking of a piece Les Solomon wrote for AussieTheatre when South Pacific was first announced for the Sydney Winter season last October.  South Pacific has arrived back in Sydney at last. A glorious remounting by an all Australian cast of the remarkable version that enjoyed a three year run at… Read more.

A Musical Theatre History Lost

Recently I bought quite a remarkable little piece of equipment. For under two hundred dollars I found a record player that records vinyl LPs to CD and also records audio tapes to CD. I haven’t tried transferring audio tapes to the digital age as yet, but have had a great and exploratory time making CDs… Read more.