Reviews

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

With a Tony and an Olivier Award in the cabinet, Alan Cumming has scaled the heights of musical and theatrical achievement, but there is so much more to him than his stage and screen credits. Alan Cumming is a master storyteller, with a fascinating story to tell. The Scottish-American balances vulnerability with vulgarity; audiences should… Read more.


HeartBeast’s Antigone goes underground.

Paddy Farrelly as Creon and Bek Schmidt as Antigone. HeartBeast Theatre. Image supplied.

HeartBeast Theatre have stepped outside of familiar territory with the staging of Antigone, not by choice of production (which is always reliably edgy) but rather by taking things into the underground. Their latest offering of Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of Sophocles great tragedy is showing in the wonderful, historic venue of the Spring Hill Reservoir (2-17… Read more.


Lady Beatle is Spot On  

Naomi Price in Lady Beatle. Image by Dylan Evans.

It’s fifty years to the day the Beatles released their eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band– a very fitting time for the opening of The Little Red Company’s Beatles tribute cabaret Lady Beatle. Like all good cabaret, Lady Beatle intertwines music with an underlying simple but effective narrative story with really interesting… Read more.


Only Heaven Knows – Hayes Theatre Co

Photo credit: Robert Catto.

Musicals about queer people that aren’t afraid to embrace their queerness – or in the words of Lily Tomlin, aren’t trying to imitate heterosexuality – are few and far between. It’s not something you’d expect to find in musical theatre history pre-Rent or Fun Home, and it’s probably not something you’d expect to find in… Read more.


Hello, Dolly! The Production Company

Hello, Dolly! The Production Company

Look at the old girl now, fellas. Mrs Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, is back on the Melbourne stage in a glossy, if somewhat scaled down, production of Golden Age classic Hello, Dolly!. Back in 2002, Hello, Dolly! was an unfortunate low point in The Production Company’s short history. Dim lighting, uninspired choreography and a leading… Read more.



Aladdin, Melbourne

Aladdin, Toronto 2013

Shining, shimmering, splendid, Aladdin transports audiences on a magic carpet ride to a whole new world of kaleidoscopic intensity. Looking pleasingly pristine and perfectly polished in Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne, Aladdin offers plenty of bang for your theatregoing buck. The result of the handiwork of some of Broadway’s most talented practitioners, the stage musical takes… Read more.


The Witches

Christian Charisiou in The Witches - SunPAC. Image supplied.

The Roald Dahl classic, The Witches, is brought to life in a lively one-man 45-minute show at SunPAC. It’s the story of a heroic little boy’s fight against evil witches who are planning to squelch out all the children in the world. Actor Christian Charisiou does a wonderful job of delivering a highly physical performance…. Read more.


A Layperson’s Night at the Orchestra – QSO Haydn and Sibelius.

QSO Haydn and Sibelius. Image supplied.

As part of their Maestro series, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents Haydn and Sibelius. Robert Trevino is a rapidly emerging American conductor and is making his Australian debut as guest conductor for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and many… Read more.


StageArt: Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening. Photo by Belinda Strodder

Melbourne’s had the opportunity to see two adaptions of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play Spring Awakening this month. StageArt’s production of the 2006 musical – which won eight Tonys, including Best Musical – is the better known and opened at Chapel off Chapel on the weekend that Daniel Lammin’s powerful Awakening closed its second season to… Read more.


My Fair Lady, Melbourne

Image by Belinda Strodder

“Words, words, words! I’m so sick of words I get words all day through.” This was always my favourite song from Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady. Even with misguided-teen romance-goggles, I appreciated Eliza’s frustration with being told what to do, think and say. Show her! Show me! Show us! Which is hard to do… Read more.


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