Articles on ‘Stuart Maunder’
It’s busy times like these that I actually wish I did drink coffee. Alas, my metaphorical ones continue… I am now into my fifth week in New Zealand (my home country), playing the role of Tobias Ragg in New Zealand Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which opened over the weekend…. Read more.
Sweeney Todd, Sondheim’s infamous musical thriller, is brought to visceral reality at Arts Centre Melbourne, completing a highly successful trilogy of Sondheim productions by Victorian Opera, following Into the Woods (2014) and Sunday in the Park with George (2013). This grizzly revenge tragedy tells the tale of a young barber, Benjamin Barker (Teddy Tahu Rhodes)… Read more.
After the success of their Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine created Into the Woods (1986), which beat Phantom of the Opera at the Tonys and firmly sits on the top of many favourite-musical lists. Following the success of their 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George, Victorian Opera have followed with an Into the Woods that’s… Read more.
On Saturday, Sydney’s beautiful Angel Place recital centre played host to a fantastic, charity event. The Royal Flying Doctors Service in the presence of the Governor of NSW Dr Marie Bashir and special guests presented a new Australian musical. The life story of Australian aviation pioneer Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was given the music theatre… Read more.
Victorian Opera’s Sunday in the Park with George is exquisite, and it’s heartbreaking that it can only run for a week as so many people will miss this emotionally-perfect production of Stephen Sondheim’s most personal work. Sondheim wrote Sunday in the Park with George after his Merrily We Roll Along (1981) was booed by critics and closed after 16 Broadway performances. Urban… Read more.
Bookings are now open for Victorian Opera’s production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapins’s Sunday in the Park with George. First produced in 1984, Sunday in the Park with George is an imagined account of the characters in George Seurat’s famous impressionist painting A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884) and an exploration of… Read more.
Recently Aussie Theatre’s David Allen caught up with producer Michelle Guthrie about her Sydney based company Neglected Musicals. Talking to Michelle Guthrie I know right off the bat I’m conversing with a producer. She’s direct, no-nonsense – knows her industry, the people who populate it and how it all works. This is a rare opportunity… Read more.
Mae West is a lingering icon of a very different time who was well ahead of her time. Remembered for her sex appeal, her early, no-holds-barred feminism, and her bawdy double-entendres, West is a figure that inspires admiring and obsessive fans. Dirty Blonde is about those fans. Two fans, in particular – Jo, the brash… Read more.
Over the long weekend, over 500 Australians were awarded special honours in the Queen’s Birthday Celebrations. Internationally renowned performer Rolf Harris, Opera singer and acclaimed director Stuart Maunder and director/choreographer Graeme Murphy were among the Australians acknowledged for their work in the Arts. The Order of Australia has four levels – the Companion of the… Read more.
It has been officially announced that the new theatre initiative Neglected Musicals will present Comden, Green and Coleman’s On The Twentieth Century in March this year. Starring music theatre veteran John Diedrich as Oscar Jaffee, Rock of Ages and Ordinary Days star Michael Falzon as matinee idol Bruce Granit and music theatre’s darling chanteuse Katrina Retallick as Lily, On The… Read more.