Frogs, books, sailing and brains may seem like a completely random assortment of things. But when tied together in William Finn’s 1998 show A New Brain, it makes sense how the four are closely interwoven. The show is a hidden gem amidst the musical theatre world, often overlooked or forgotten, but The Popular Mechanicals and… Read more.
A cult classic. Unique in the fact that it has endured time and format and has still held its plethora of adoring, nay, obsessive fans, The Rocky Horror Show was never going to be defined by one single actor. In fact, we could muse that recent celebrity developments in a way loosely mimic the story-line… Read more.
It’s only been four years since intergalactic transsexuals last graced the Festival Centre’s stage. Leaving the theatre in March of 2014, surrounded by fishnet-enthused masses, I felt confident I’d witnessed the definitive production of The Rocky Horror Show. And so, in 2018, I found myself wondering ‘why am I doing the time warp again?’ The answer,… Read more.
Mamma Mia! has finally opened with the confidence and assuredness of a company well into their season run. The leading players were especially well placed, playing with their moments and enjoying each other and the audience. A short season at Canberra Theatre Centre is the premiere leg of an Australian tour that runs until October… Read more.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! An excited audience welcomed the Australian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz in Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre. Produced by John Frost and Suzanne Jones, this revamped production, first staged at the London Palladium, features with new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim… Read more.
Meet Jamie and Cathy. Jamie is a budding writer, Cathy is an aspiring actress. In love and in their early 20s, their future together sparkles with potential. Jamie begins telling their story from their first date until they break-up five years later. Cathy, on the other hand, begins the story in the midst of the… Read more.
One of London’s most successful musical directors Callum McLeod orchestrates yet another Michael Ball winner with Together. An aptly titled musical collaboration between Michael Ball and Alfie Boe emulating in true bromance style the camaraderie and unlikely combination of two men whose reputations precede them, whilst their harmonies and humour unite them. There is an… Read more.
Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins stirred up controversy at the time of its inception in 1991. With a book by John Weidman, it centres around the assassins who killed presidents of the United States – no doubt a contentious subject. But through a chorus of voices, it marks a questioning of the disillusionment associated with patriotic idealism;… Read more.
How do you direct one of the most iconic and best know musicals of all time and present it as something completely reinvented? You do as director Crispin Taylor has done with WAAPA’s final third year musical theatre student’s production of Chicago – take it back to its vaudeville roots and turn it on its head…. Read more.
The shoes are glittery red, but we are definitely not in Kansas. Kinky Boots is a fabulous, campy musical with the universal theme of following your heart and being true to yourself. Its timing in Australia couldn’t be more perfect with the upcoming same sex marriage vote, the show is a a great vehicle to… Read more.