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The Boy Friend

Apart from knowing this was the show that launched the career of the legendary Julie Andrews, that’s about all I knew of the 1920s-inspired musical, The Boy Friend – an embarrassing admission, perhaps. But unlike other successful and much-revived musicals of the 1950s, I think it’s fair to say the individual songs from The Boy… Read more.

Young Aussie cleans up at major awards

Young Aussie cleans up at major awards

Damien Noyce has set the world alight with sensational success at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. The baby-faced 25-year-old Darlinghurst actor returns home this week from the 13th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) with five gold medals and one bronze medal as well as being named overall champion in… Read more.


Ninety minutes is a short time, especially when it’s all you have to try and rekindle the romantic flame with your estranged partner. Isabel and William’s past is a turbulent one and during the one and a half rotations of the round stage, they re-live the happiness and hardships of their relationship. The hitch is,… Read more.

Witches jump on brooms for Sydney

Amanda Harrison and Lucy Durack in Wicked

Wicked has played its last performance at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, with the mammoth task of moving the show to Sydney now underway.   The musical, which stars Amanda Harrison as Elphaba and Lucy Durack as Glinda, has proved a mammoth success in Melbourne, where it opened in spectacular fashion last July. Producers are hoping Sydney… Read more.


Dusting off a dubious, rather maligned play like Pericles is a bold choice for any company. But rather than pretend this is the bard at his best, Bell Shakespeare has chosen to embrace the play, warts and all – almost deliberately and affectionately exposing its flaws. In the program notes, director John Bell tells us… Read more.

Bugger The Polar Bears, This Is Serious Is

New Ballroom, Trades Hall Wednesday, August 5 Rod Quantock is a stalwart of Australian comedy, an immovable object in a world of unstoppable forces. Over the years he’s done everything from the telly show Australia, You’re Standing In It to ads for Cap’n Snooze, and his live performances have involved everything from bus tours to… Read more.

At The Centre Of Light

The story of Mary MacKillop, an Australian woman who dedicated her life to God and the underprivileged in the 1800s is, indeed, an inspiring one. At the Centre Of Lightretells Mary’s story highlighting her struggle with, and triumph over, the many faces of authority. At the Centre Of Light is a first-rate production, from the simple yet… Read more.

Life’s A Circus

Magnormos are a massively talented Melbourne company, and this latest production of Anthony Costanzo’s Life’s A Circus is an example of just how far they are moving along. Local lyricist/composer Costanzo certainly has talent. The script’s plot is somewhat predictable, but then again, maybe I’ve just seen too many musicals. When musicals are written by a performer… Read more.

Sweeney Todd

The demon barber of Fleet Street joins forces with a pie-baker to seek revenge and boost business in London of 1765 as Sweeny Todd slices and sings his way onto the stage in Brisbane. This quality amateur production smacks of professionalism. While shocking and gruesome, the show was tastefully put together and was all class. Sweeny Todd goes… Read more.

A Quick Chat With Trevor Ashley

We catch up with Trevor Ashley, a mainstay Sydney performer and the producer of the hit cabaret night Showqueen Sundays.