Author: Kat Czornij

Soprano Hyeseoung Kwon on giving wings to the final season of Moffatt Oxenbould’s Madama Butterfly

October 24, 2017

In a final two-week season at the Capitol Theatre, Opera Australia is farewelling one of the most beloved productions in its history – Moffatt Oxenbould’s Madama Butterfly. Someone who is very well acquainted with Butterfly is Opera Australia soprano Hyeseoung Kwon! This will be the fourth year you take to the stage as Cio-Cio-San with […]

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Review: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Together is a truly unmissable concert experience

October 12, 2017

Michael Ball. Alfie Boe. Together live in concert. Review done. For what more really needs to be said? This is an incredible concert with two incredible theatre superstars, and it is truly an unmissable experience. The evening opens with the “Somewhere” overture from West Side Story before Ball and Boe take to the stage. The […]

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Theatre Review: Sondheim’s Assassins is locked and loaded in good hands (Hayes Theatre, Sydney until 22nd October)

September 23, 2017

Sondheim, as always, has to make things difficult. If it’s not in his chords then it’s the subject matter of his musicals. However Assassins, one of the more rarely performed of the Sondheim repertoire, finds itself locked and loaded in good hands with Dean Bryant at this latest production at the Hayes. Superb casting all […]

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Interview: Milijana Nikolic on the acoustics of sand for Griffith Opera on the Beach – Aida

September 3, 2017

The sands of Coolangatta Beach will transform into the Egyptian shoreline when Opera Australia presents Griffith Opera on the Beach – Aida this month. We caught up with mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolic , who will be sharing the role of Amneris, to discuss this unique opera setting! So, Opera on a Beach! How will you have to adjust your voice […]

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Theatre Review: STC’s The Father could not be in better hands than those of John Bell (Performances to 21st August)

August 26, 2017

Dementia is a truly terrifying condition, one that attacks the very sense of self. It affects not only the sufferer but also those closest to them in the most distressing of ways. In Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Father this distress is both portrayed and felt keenly, even when the play itself deliberately makes […]

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Interview: Andrew Hearle and Luke McMahon on taking StageMilk’s online drama school global

August 20, 2017

Originally an Australian theatre review site, StageMilk has now become one of the world’s largest acting websites. Its founders, WAAPA graduates Andrew Hearle and Luke McMahon have now added an online drama school to the site’s offering- one that is now attracting the attention of actors from all over the world. We caught up with […]

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Sport for Jove’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has just the right amount of Jack Nicholson

August 10, 2017

I speak from personal learnings when I say that most people are probably unaware that One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a play on Broadway before it was that classic film starring Jack Nicholson. That the play has even starred the likes of Danny DeVito (who went on to reprise his role in the […]

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Musical theatre legends Michael Ball and Alfie Boe to bring their Together tour to Australia this October

July 30, 2017

What happens when one of the biggest names in musical theatre and Britain’s most popular tenor come together? They create an album together of course! Quite literally for Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, whose album “Together” quickly became the best-selling album in the UK in 2016. The album features some of the greatest hits of […]

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Stephen Madsen on the intricacies of Sport for Jove’s upcoming production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

July 23, 2017

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and its boisterous, ribald and ultimately devastating story of a psychiatric clinic and its inhabitants has long been considered amongst the great pieces of literature, theatre and film. This August Sport for Jove are bringing Cuckoo’s to the stage once more. We caught up with Stephen Madsen (who will play Ruckly, […]

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Interview: Matthew Backer talks being on Cloud Nine with this most complex play (now playing in Sydney!)

July 12, 2017

Scandalously funny, thought-provoking and heartbreaking, Cloud Nine is an enduring theatrical masterpiece. However, after seeing it last week we had some questions… and who better to answer them then someone close to the heart of it all? Cue Matthew Backer, who takes on the dual roles of Joshua and Gerry in the production, and who has managed to dish […]

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Theatre Review: STC’s Cloud Nine does much to draw you in to this most powerful play (Performances to August 12th)

July 9, 2017

In a bleak midwinter comes forth STC’s Cloud Nine– surprising, hilarious, shocking and magnificent. The staging bespokes a Kip Williams production in its minimal design, allowing focus to solely rest upon its carefully selected cast. A layer of dirt covers the ground, upon it a glass box to which the actors retire occasionally to be […]

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Matilda’s Elise McCann on her new Roald Dahl inspired album Dahlesque

July 2, 2017

Known for her award-winning role as Miss Honey in the recent Australian tour of smash-hit musical Matilda, Elise McCann has now taken her love and knowledge of Dahl’s work one step further- creating an album that draws upon and inspired by the magical works of one of the world’s most beloved authors. We caught up […]

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Only Heaven Knows at the Hayes is quite simply a real beaut of a musical

June 12, 2017

I was a week late to the game on seeing this one, as I was overseas during opening week, and try as I might I couldn’t help watching as the glowing reviews went up one by one. I mean really, with the likes of Hayden Tee and Matthew Backer I knew Hayes was on another winner, […]

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Oscar®, Grammy® & Tony Award®-winning composer Stephen Schwartz chats to us about his new show for Princess Cruises Born To Dance

May 20, 2017

Australian cruisers will be amongst the first to see the newest show by Oscar®, Grammy® & Tony Award®-winning composer Stephen Schwartz. His first musical production (which showed on Emerald Princess during its six month season cruising out of Sydney last summer) Magic to Do– combined his lifelong fascination with magic with some of his most famous […]

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Talking things Only Heaven Knows with Hayden Tee

May 17, 2017

Only Heaven Knows is a beloved musical set in the 1940s and 1950s, telling the story of one young man’s discovery of love and life in Sydney. Playing the dual role of Lea/Lana is Hayden Tee. This will mark Hayden’s return to Australia after his multi award-winning performance of Javert in Les Misérables, which he reprised on Broadway and will soon be […]

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Talking things Only Heaven Knows with Matt Backer

May 17, 2017

Only Heaven Knows is a beloved musical set in the 1940s and 1950s, telling the story of one young man’s discovery of love and life in Sydney.  Having just finished his critically acclaimed Puck in STC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Sydney Opera House, Matthew Backer will now make his Hayes Theatre Co. debut as Alan in Only Heaven Knows. […]

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Aled Jones sings us some surprising “duets” with Ed Sheeran, BTS’ Jungkook and Kylie Minogue

May 10, 2017

While Aled Jones was recently in Sydney we decided that, in the theme of his new album One Voice, we would ask him to do a couple of surprising duets. Of course, nothing could be as surprising as singing with your 15 year old self… but we think we found him some good ones! So, may we […]

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Opera Australia’s Operetta Two Weddings, One Bride is light-hearted and full of charm

May 7, 2017

If you’ve never seen an opera before and if you’re unsure you want to dedicate a few hours out of your night to what could potentially be something not for you, then an operetta may be the perfect choice! An “Opera Starter Pack” as it were. Opera Australia’s latest production of Two Weddings, One Bride […]

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Theatre Review: Big Fish at the Hayes Theatre is whimsical delight, all kinds of magic, and an absolute must-see

April 23, 2017

Not too often can you honestly say that a smaller independent production of a musical is undeniably better than a full-scale Broadway production, but Big Fish at the Hayes Theatre has surely got to be one of those times. The signature intimate theatre and the sincerity of the performances gives this musical the biggest of […]

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Garlands of flowers adorn the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House for the Academy of St Martin in the Fields led by Joshua Bell

April 23, 2017

The Concert Hall was adorned with garlands of flowers last night as the Sydney Opera House presented the Academy of St Martin in the Fields led by Joshua Bell. A picturesque premise to an evening of truly beautiful music. This is the renowned orchestra’s first tour to Australia, and there’s definitely something special about listening to them live. One […]

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Five Reasons To See Kinky Boots in Sydney (Now Playing at the Capitol Theatre)

April 20, 2017

Kinky Boots stalked onto the stage last night for its Sydney Opening Night and we loved every sparkling moment! If you’re not quite convinced you need to see this dazzling musical yet, here are our five reasons why you really ought to strap on your heels and get to it- The absolute party that Kinky […]

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Aled Jones chats about his latest album One Voice and his upcoming Australian tour

April 15, 2017

Aled Jones was recently in Australia promoting his brand new duet album One Voice- a unique concept, as the album is a collection of songs with Aled dueting with his none other than his younger self! We caught up with Aled in Sydney to talk about the album, the chance discovery of these youthful recordings […]

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Secretive global sensation White Rabbit Red Rabbit hops into Sydney’s King Cross Theatre (only until 15th April)

April 7, 2017

White Rabbit Red Rabbit describes itself as “a lively, global sensation that no-one is allowed to talk about”. There are no rehearsals, no director, a different actor each night, and a script that waits in a sealed envelope on the stage. Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour has created a most intriguing theatrical experience, and it’s currently […]

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José Carbó on his dual roles in Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci and favourite spot in Melbourne for post-show celebrations

March 30, 2017

After another successful season in Sydney, the Melbourne Opera Australia  season will be kicking off from the 4th May at the Art Centre Melbourne. One of the productions on offer is Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, a double opera of interweaving tragedy and drama. We caught up with José Carbó ahead of the new season to discuss his dual […]

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Handa Opera’s CARMEN spells out the opera in fierce red against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour (Performances until April 23rd)

March 26, 2017

CARMEN. Big block letters spell out the opera in fierce red against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, an outline of a bull back to back with the lettering. Nothing takes away from the thrill of gazing upon the stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour each year and seeing the cityscape stretch behind, but this […]

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Theatre Review: Diary of a Wombat at Monkey Baa Theatre brings the Australian classic to wonderful puppet life

March 19, 2017

Diary of a Wombat is an Australian classic. I doubt there’s an Aussie kid born after 2002 who hasn’t read the charming picture book, or had it read to them! The story follows a rather rotund and determined wombat called Mothball who causes all sorts of trouble for a couple of humans after she discovers that […]

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STC’s Chimerica is an extraordinary piece of storytelling (Now playing at Roslyn Packer Theatre until 1st April)

March 7, 2017

In its opening moments Chimerica greets us with the back of its full cast, each in the vise of the iconic image “Tank Man”. Together they move, whipping their shopping bags in defiance. It is the precursor to the essence of this play: the enigma that is the Tank Man and his shopping bags. It is […]

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Kate Mulvany proves a most compelling villain in Bell Shakespeare’s Richard 3

March 4, 2017

When I heard Kate Mulvany’s casting in the lead of Bell Shakespeare’s latest adaption of Richard 3 my first thought was “cool- genderbend Shakespeare!”. But as it turns out that’s not really what the casting was about at all. This casting was about the right person to play the twisted villainous role, and Mulvany was absolutely the […]

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Opera Review: Tosca is a powerful opera, placed in a powerful setting (performances until March 31st)

February 21, 2017

In John Bell’s latest production of Tosca for Opera Australia we are transported into a troubling Nazi-occupied Rome, combining all the elements of this most tragic opera into a frighteningly real presentation. And above it all soars Puccini’s magnificent music- nothing compares to the works of this master of the operatic art. Scrawled across the […]

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Lucio Gallo on his role as Scarpia in Tosca and singing with Luciano Pavarotti

February 21, 2017

In Opera Australia’s latest production of Tosca the period is transformed into Nazi-occupied Rome. A decision director John Bell explains “A tyrannical regime, resistance fighters hunted down, women forced to give sexual favours in order to protect a loved one — these things are still happening, and always have been, during war.” At the head of […]

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