Reviews

WAAPA’s 42nd Street – Toe Tapping Extravaganza

WAAPA's 42nd Street | Photo by Jon Green

42nd Street is a toe tapping extravaganza presented by a proficient and polished cast of second and third year musical theatre WAPPA (Western Australian Academy of Perfroming Arts) students. The production will have you dancing out of the theatre humming the tunes in your head. It has been a while since I have seen 42nd… Read more.


Lior: Love, Loss and Compassion at Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Lior

Adelaide Cabaret Festival artistic directors, Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect, have put together an exceptional program this year. Thankfully, they have extended the traditional definition of ‘Cabaret’ to accommodate Lior’s concert-style collaboration with the Australian String Quartet in the show Love, Loss and Compassion. Excellent decision Ali and Eddie! Having first encountered Lior more than… Read more.


Dahlesque, Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Dahlesque, Adelaide Cabaret Festival

With South Australian audiences already enthralled by the magical storytelling of the great Roald Dahl (thanks to Matilda the Musical playing at the Festival Theatre), Elise McCann has brought the perfect adjunct production to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dahlesque is a celebration of all things Roald Dahl. It masterfully melds the story of Dahl’s life… Read more.


Noises Off

Noises Off. Photography David Kelly.

QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) may need to consider installing oxygen masks in the Playhouse to see Brisbane audiences through the June season of Noises Off by Sam Strong (Director) and Queensland Theatre. The classic comedy by Michael Frayn (Writer) opened last week leaving audiences gasping and groping for air like stranded carp on a… Read more.


Michael Griffiths – Lucky: Songs by Kylie

Michael Griffiths — Lucky: Songs by Kylie

World premiers are great: the excitement and anticipation is palpable, the nervous energy heightens the performance and, when the subject matter is Kylie, you know you’re in for a treat! Michael Griffiths’ Lucky: Songs by Kylie celebrates everything about our Australian pop princess. The Space Theatre, brimming with Minogue fans, was clearly primed and ready… Read more.



Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

With a Tony and an Olivier Award in the cabinet, Alan Cumming has scaled the heights of musical and theatrical achievement, but there is so much more to him than his stage and screen credits. Alan Cumming is a master storyteller, with a fascinating story to tell. The Scottish-American balances vulnerability with vulgarity; audiences should… Read more.


HeartBeast’s Antigone goes underground.

Paddy Farrelly as Creon and Bek Schmidt as Antigone. HeartBeast Theatre. Image supplied.

HeartBeast Theatre have stepped outside of familiar territory with the staging of Antigone, not by choice of production (which is always reliably edgy) but rather by taking things into the underground. Their latest offering of Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of Sophocles great tragedy is showing in the wonderful, historic venue of the Spring Hill Reservoir (2-17… Read more.


Lady Beatle is Spot On  

Naomi Price in Lady Beatle. Image by Dylan Evans.

It’s fifty years to the day the Beatles released their eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band– a very fitting time for the opening of The Little Red Company’s Beatles tribute cabaret Lady Beatle. Like all good cabaret, Lady Beatle intertwines music with an underlying simple but effective narrative story with really interesting… Read more.


Only Heaven Knows – Hayes Theatre Co

Photo credit: Robert Catto.

Musicals about queer people that aren’t afraid to embrace their queerness – or in the words of Lily Tomlin, aren’t trying to imitate heterosexuality – are few and far between. It’s not something you’d expect to find in musical theatre history pre-Rent or Fun Home, and it’s probably not something you’d expect to find in… Read more.


Hello, Dolly! The Production Company

Hello, Dolly! The Production Company

Look at the old girl now, fellas. Mrs Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, is back on the Melbourne stage in a glossy, if somewhat scaled down, production of Golden Age classic Hello, Dolly!. Back in 2002, Hello, Dolly! was an unfortunate low point in The Production Company’s short history. Dim lighting, uninspired choreography and a leading… Read more.


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