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A new Australian musical for Hayes Theatre Co

Truth Beauty and a Picture of You. Image by Kurt Sneddon

Neil Gooding directs and produces a brand new Australian musical for Hayes Theatre Co, featuring music and lyrics by Tim Freedman (The Whitlams) and a book by Freedman and Alex Broun. The Hayes Theatre Comany has shaken up the Australian musical theatre scene. On its intimate stage it has dazzled…

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Hayes Theatre: Cabaret Season 2014

Rhonda Burchmore's Vinyl Viagra.

While it may indeed be a long way to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the distance between Sydney audiences and the best in Aussie cabaret just got a whole lot smaller. The Hayes Theatre Company this week have announced their 2014 Cabaret season and Aussie Theatre’s David Allen is on hand…

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Carrie – Squabbalogic review

Hilary Cole. Photo by Michael Francis, Francis Photography.

Carrie’s life as a musical is notorious, legendary, intriguing. A resounding flop when it originally hit Broadway in 1988, it closed after only 16 previews and five performances. For the past several years, the creative team have been working on rehabilitating the classic Stephen King story, presenting a reworked and…

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson – Squabbalogic

The Cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Photo by Michael Francis.

The counterpoint to slick, big-budget musicals, like the recent imports Addams Family and Legally Blonde, are smaller, scrappier musicals that are subversive, funny, and innovative. Squabbalogic is devoted to giving that other kind of musical a showing in Sydney, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a welcome departure from slickness and…

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