Students, television, theatre – what does the Australian Federal Budget mean for the entertainment industry as a whole? If you’re an arts student, you woke up this morning in a whole new world. Your fees are about to virtually double. The interest on your HELP debt will rise. If you can’t find a job after… Read more.
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.
Les Solomon continues his report from a recent trip to NYC. Over the years in New York I have seen my fair share of bad shows. I sadly rememberSweet Smell of Success, Steel Pier, Sideshow (which seems fondly remembered because of the score but was a terrible show) to name a few. So, I am very… Read more.
After two weeks in New York, I sit in a friend’s home in Vancouver for four days recovering from what I now call the New York Flu. Last time it hit me mid way through my stay in the Big Apple and took out a lot of my time in the city. But this time… Read more.
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.
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 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.
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.
This is a particularly difficult column for me to write. I have wanted to write it for a good while and have postponed it many times but today I feel its time to let it loose into the theatrical community. (I would love some people’s opinions after reading.) The reason I find it difficult to… Read more.
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.