Reviews

Mamma Mia: Canberra Audience Takes It All

MAMMA MIA! - Alicia Gardiner, Natalie O'Donnell, Jayde Westaby. Image by James Morgan.

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.


Wizard of Oz follows the yellow brick road to Brisbane

Wizard of Oz - QPAC. Photography by Jeff Busby.

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.


The Last Five Years in one night

The Last Five Years. Image supplied.

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.


Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Together in Brisbane

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball. Photo by Christie Goodwin.

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.


Assassins at The Hayes

Assassins at The Hayes

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.



WAAPA’s Chicago heads back to vaudeville roots

'CHICAGO' 3rd Year Music Theatre Production - WAAPA Production 2017 / Photography © Jon Green 2017 - All Rights Reserved

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.


Kinky Boots is six inches of sassiness!

Toby Francis and Callum Francis in Kinky Boots. Image by Matthew Murphy.

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.


[title of show] dreams big at Hayward Studios

Title of Show. Image supplied.

[title of show] is a musical about two men, two nobodies, in New York who dream of achieving Broadway fame with their very own original musical. During its original run the writers of the show played themselves- Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, with Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell. They start by roping in two of… Read more.


The Bodyguard

Paulini Curuenavuli and Kip Gamblin in The Bodyguard. Image supplied.

A glitzy, kitschy musical version of the 1992 box-office smash hit The Bodyguard opened to high-spirited Brisbane theatre goers over the weekend and proved, much to the surprise of some punters, to be a thoroughly entertaining evening. Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the mark, this is a shallow puddle of… Read more.


Matt-aphorically Speaking – A Dyslexic Guide to Dating, Love and Everything In Twebeen

Matt-aphorically Speaking- A Dyslexic Guide to Dating, Love and Everything In Twebeen. Image supplied.

Written and performed by Matthew Dear (graduate from the 2016 Griffith Conservatorium of Music’s Musical Theatre programme), Matt-aphorically Speaking is part-cabaret, part-lecture, about the important things in relationships- commitment, honesty, passion, connection and hugs. The favourite aspect of the show are the anecdotes from Dear’s past- from school to awkward first dates. They are funny,… Read more.


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