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.

Knives In Hens

Anyone who knows David Harrower’s remarkable Blackbird, will be eager to see his Olivier Award winning Knives in Hens, written in 1995. This co-production by Malthouse Theatre and the State Theatre of South Australia is almost mesmerising, but gets lost in its interpretation. Anna Cordingley’s design strikes before a word is spoken, as she continues… Read more.

Crazy For You

It’s hard enough to resist humming a single Gershwin tune let alone a whole musical full of them. But Crazy For You, created in 1991 by mining the remarkable song-list of brothers George and Ira Gershwin, is the kind of heavenly overload akin to eating a whole packet of chocolate biscuits on your own. One… Read more.