Articles on ‘Stuart Maunder’

NZ Opera opens ‘Sweeney Todd’

NZ Opera opens ‘Sweeney Todd’

It’s busy times like these that I actually wish I did drink coffee. Alas, my metaphorical ones continue… I am now into my fifth week in New Zealand (my home country), playing the role of Tobias Ragg in New Zealand Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which opened over the weekend…. Read more.

Victorian Opera: Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd. Teddy Tahu Rhodes & Antoinette Halloran

Sweeney Todd, Sondheim’s infamous musical thriller, is brought to visceral reality at Arts Centre Melbourne, completing a highly successful trilogy of Sondheim productions by Victorian Opera, following Into the Woods (2014) and Sunday in the Park with George (2013). This grizzly revenge tragedy tells the tale of a young barber, Benjamin Barker (Teddy Tahu Rhodes)… Read more.

Victorian Opera: Into the Woods

Into the Woods. Photo by Jeff Busby

After the success of their Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine created Into the Woods (1986), which beat Phantom of the Opera at the Tonys and firmly sits on the top of many favourite-musical lists. Following the success of their 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George, Victorian Opera have followed with an Into the Woods that’s… Read more.

King of the Air the musical debuts in Sydney

King of the Air

On Saturday, Sydney’s beautiful Angel Place recital centre played host to a fantastic, charity event. The Royal Flying Doctors Service in the presence of the Governor of NSW Dr Marie Bashir and special guests presented a new Australian musical. The life story of Australian aviation pioneer Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was given the music theatre… Read more.

Sunday in the Park with George

Victorian Opera’s Sunday in the Park with George is exquisite, and it’s heartbreaking that it can only run for a week as so many people will miss this emotionally-perfect production of Stephen Sondheim’s most personal work. Sondheim wrote Sunday in the Park with George after his Merrily We Roll Along (1981) was booed by critics and closed after 16 Broadway performances. Urban… Read more.

Sunday in the Park with Victorian Opera

Bookings are now open for Victorian Opera’s production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapins’s Sunday in the Park with George. First produced in 1984, Sunday in the Park with George is an imagined account of the characters in George Seurat’s famous impressionist painting A Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884) and an exploration of… Read more.

What Makes a Neglected Musical?

Recently Aussie Theatre’s David Allen caught up with producer Michelle Guthrie about her Sydney based company Neglected Musicals. Talking to Michelle Guthrie I know right off the bat I’m conversing with a producer. She’s direct, no-nonsense – knows her industry, the people who populate it and how it all works. This is a rare opportunity… Read more.

Dirty Blonde – Darlinghurst Theatre

Mae West is a lingering icon of a very different time who was well ahead of her time. Remembered for her sex appeal, her early, no-holds-barred feminism, and her bawdy double-entendres, West is a figure that inspires admiring and obsessive fans. Dirty Blonde is about those fans. Two fans, in particular – Jo, the brash… Read more.

Murphy, Maunder and Harris given Queen’s Birthday honours

Over the long weekend, over 500 Australians were awarded special honours in the Queen’s Birthday Celebrations. Internationally renowned performer Rolf Harris, Opera singer and acclaimed director Stuart Maunder and director/choreographer Graeme Murphy were among the Australians acknowledged for their work in the Arts. The Order of Australia has four levels –  the Companion of the… Read more.

Falzon, Retallick and Diedrich set to bring another Neglected Musical to life: On The Twentieth Century

It has been officially announced that the new theatre initiative Neglected Musicals will present Comden, Green and Coleman’s On The Twentieth Century in March this year. Starring music theatre veteran John Diedrich as Oscar Jaffee, Rock of Ages and Ordinary Days star Michael Falzon as matinee idol Bruce Granit and music theatre’s darling chanteuse Katrina Retallick as Lily, On The… Read more.