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Review: Dogfight — Hayes Theatre Co

Hilary Cole and Luigi Lucente in Dogfight. Image by Noni Carroll.

Dogfight, with a book by Peter Duchan and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, premiered off-Broadway in 2012. Now having its Australian premiere at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney, it’s a perfect example of a contemporary musical adopting strong classical structure and ideas to tell a new, moving story.…

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Dogfight opens this week at Hayes Theatre Co

Luigi Lucente, Hilary Cole, and Toby Francis in rehearsal for Dogfight.

It’s all happening on Friday 1st May: performances of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Dogfight makes its Australian premiere at the Hayes Theatre, an increasingly important intimate space for musical theatre. The story takes place in 1963, where, on the night before their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines set out…

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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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