The Lion King, Melbourne

The Lion King, Melbourne

In 1996, Disney Theatrical announced it was making a musical of their popular animated hit The Lion King (1994). Eyes rolled with memories of Disney on Ice productions and the fear of anthropomorphised skating lions, but the show that opened in 1997 challenged how movies are adapted for stage. And 18 years…

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StageArt: In The Heights

StageArt: In The Heights

In The Heights won the Best Musical Tony in 2008. Melbourne independent company StageArt presents the Australian premiere and it’s an absolute winner. It nails the tone of a show that’s rooted in New York, shows how to cast place-specific pieces, and explodes with amazing talent. With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel…

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Where Did This Bruise Come From?

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Queer essayist Tim Driver returns to the stage this year with the follow up to his hysterical, genre-defying debut and four-star-reviewed show (Herald Sun) “Apparently, I’m an Adult Now?” with “Where Did This Bruise Come From?”. Originally trained as an actor in Brisbane, Tim began pursuing writing shortly before graduating.…

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La Mama: Psychopomp & Seething

Kate Brennan. Seething. Photo by Sarah Walker

Psychopomp & Seething begins by taking the audience on a ride in the La Mama Courthouse. It’s not a hold on and scream ride, but you do move and it ends in pure darkness. And it gets darker. Seething, the first piece, opens with an older woman (Vanessa O’Neil) with long blond-grey hair…

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