Theatre

Theatre Review: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a stunning contemporary retelling of a timeless fairytale

May 28, 2022

Experience the timeless Cinderella story you know and love, now with a contemporary spin in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, a Tony Award winning Broadway musical from the minds behind The Sound of Music. After captivating audiences across the US, this spellbinding production has floated into Melbourne, lighting up the famous Regent Theatre with dazzling costumes […]

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Queensland Theatre announces Bernhardt/Hamlet, starring Angie Milliken

May 18, 2022

Queensland Theatre‘s second production of 2022 sees Australian screen and stage legend Angie Milliken return to her Brisbane roots. And she won’t be the only theatrical icon in the building when Theresa Rebeck‘s Bernhardt/Hamlet opens later this month. Set at the turn of the 20th century, when famed French actress Sarah Bernhardt staged a performance […]

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Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus

Theatre Review: Family-friendly Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus delivers a joyful burst of energy

April 21, 2022

Presented by Circa, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus has a short stint at the Theatre Royal, adding a cheeky element of fun to the school holidays. The show is a more ‘child-friendly’ version of its adult counterpart, Circa’s Peepshow, which runs parallel in the evenings. The classical composer’s music comes to life on stage as the […]

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Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical brings the retro party to Melbourne this May

March 31, 2022

Prepare to be sent on a nostalgia-fuelled ride back to the good old ’90s as Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical premieres down-under in May. Presented by David Venn Enterprises (The Wedding Singer, Bring It On: The Musical), this beloved production will be shuffling its way onto Australian shores in 2022, premiering at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre […]

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Hamilton Review: The untold story of America’s founding father finds a new home in Melbourne

March 27, 2022

Hamilton has a new home in Australia – officially opening in Melbourne’s theatre district after spending much of 2021 and the early months of 2022 based in Sydney. The Tony Award-winning blockbuster, at the centre of a premiere bragging rights battle between the two capital cities, was eventually won by the New South Wales Government. […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Sky Song is an inspirational way of telling First Nation Stories

March 22, 2022

Song Lines are the way of sharing knowledge along generations of Indigenous people. In this multimedia performance, the relationship to the land is explored, not just in song, but in visual poetry. Drone art specialists, Celestial and First Nations Artists have collaborated to tell these stories from First Nations peoples. Renowned singer, songwriter, Archie Roach […]

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Theatre Review: An American in Paris is a magical fusion of ballet and musical theatre

March 22, 2022

The worlds of ballet and musical theatre collide in An American in Paris, creating an extraordinary blend of timeless music, breathtaking choreography and a captivating love story set against the romantic backdrop of Paris. Inspired by the 1951 Oscar-winning film of the same name, and incorporating music from George and Ira Gershwin, An American in […]

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Broadway Babe

Adelaide Fringe Review: Bethany Eloise dreams of becoming a Broadway Baby

March 21, 2022

The opening song in Bethany Louise’s Broadway Baby cabaret show is both a tribute and lament that she is singing at Arthur’s Bar for the Adelaide Fringe. Not that Arthur’s Bar is a bad place, it’s more because her dreams of starring on Broadway were dashed by the dreaded COVID virus. In an autobiographic style, […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: The Cocoon is an intimate look at love and relationships

March 21, 2022

The Cocoon is four vignettes of love, with two monologues and two duologues. Written by New York’s Kotryna Gesait & directed by Brisbane-based Timothy Wynn, The Cocoon has previously been performed at the Adelaide Fringe in 2018 and again in 2019. For 2022, the performance takes place in Peter Rabbit in the West End of […]

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Photo Galley: North By Northwest Opening Night at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre

March 18, 2022

Local celebrities and guests walk the red carpet at the opening night of the stage adaptation of Alfred Hitcock‘s North By Northwest.  David Campbell stars as Roger O. Thornhill who’s uneventfull life is turned upside down when he is thrust into a world of espionage, romance and murder. From the skyscraper canyons of New York […]

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North by Northwest

Theatre Review: David Campbell beams in sensational production of iconic Hitchcock film, North by Northwest

March 17, 2022

Before walking into the theatre, the quality of the storyline has already been confirmed as this play is based on the 1959 film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock who brought audiences iconic classics such as Vertigo (1958), Strangers on a Train (1951) and Psycho (1960). Considered the first ‘James Bond’ before there was any, […]

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Adelaide Festival Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray paints a convincing picture of a timeless message

March 16, 2022

The recent renovations to Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide have been in keeping with the charm of the old building, while modernising it to a current standard. More room in comfortable seats, an additional dress circle, better bar facilities; these all add up to a sympathetic improvement of a classic theatre. What better place to […]

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Theatre Review: Opening Night at Belvoir is surprisingly relatable and empowering

March 6, 2022

Opening Night at Belvoir in Sydney is the story of an actor, Myrtle (Leeanna Walsman), who finds herself at a point in her life where her age begins to make her feel invisible. She starts to question her relevance and her ability as a performer as she undergoes rehearsals for a new play. Everyone around […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Kira Yang is Not Your Average Asian Girl

March 2, 2022

It’s not a particularly good start when the venue doors open late, and the show starts before everyone enters. Then again, it’s probably a reflection of the popularity of Kira Yang filling the Nexus Cabaret room. Kira, front and centre, is the subject of Not Your Average Asian Girl, following her transformation from being quiet […]

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Theatre Review: Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Mary Stuart is a refreshing, deeply affecting perspective on an iconic rivalry

February 18, 2022

WA playwright Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of the classic Friedrich Schiller play Mary Stuart has come to Perth Festival and it’s ready to live up to the reputation of its predecessor. The two hour production focuses on the last days of Mary, Queen of Scots and explores her complex relationship with cousin Queen Elizabeth I of […]

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A taste of Adelaide Fringe’s 20th Garden of Unearthly Delights

February 17, 2022

We were invited to a special media preview in The Garden of Unearthly Delights, celebrating 20 years as being part of the Adelaide Fringe. Director Scott Maidment introduced a few selected acts in the gorgeous Spiegeltent. First up was Mirko, direct from Berlin and part of the Blanc de Blanc Encore, with his newly developed […]

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Theatre Review: The Wedding Singer keeps the party going with a dazzling encore season

February 7, 2022

An 80s-lover’s neon-filled fantasy, come to life! After selling out performances across Broadway and the UK, and lighting up the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne in 2021, The Wedding Singer brings its neon lights, flashy perms and dazzling choreography to The Arts Centre’s State Theatre – updating the already brilliant performance with spectacular new sets and […]

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Theatre Review: Green Park is a deep exploration of place and meaning through Sydney’s queer history.

January 24, 2022

Two men meet in a park; a seemingly innocuous Grindr hookup. Except, there’s a wide age gap, and an immediate tension between the two men. The younger Edden (Joseph Althouse) finds the original suggestion to meet pre-hookup amusing and wants to head to a nearby sauna, while Warren (Steve LeMarquand) awkwardly attempts to discreetly take […]

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Wudjang

Theatre Review: Bangarra’s Wudjang: Not the Past will leave you shaken

January 20, 2022

Described by Bangarra Director Stephen Page as “narrative dance theatre and contemporary ceremony”, Wudjang: Not the Past follows the journey of a young woman Nananhg (Jess Hitchcock) as she struggles to understand her cultural heritage while existing in a white system. When ancestral bones are discovered during excavation for a dam, one of the men, […]

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Booze & The Bard

Theatre Review: Fringe World’s Booze & the Bard delivers a hilarious and suitably whisky-soaked retelling of Macbeth

January 19, 2022

For Perth’s annual Fringe World festival, the delightfully ridiculous Shakespearean drinking game Booze & the Bard has returned for 2022 with two shows: their tried and true Macbeth, the Scotch Play and the brand new Twelfth Pint (or What You Spill). We caught the Saturday night showing of Macbeth on the 15th of January and happily […]

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Theatre Review: A Chorus Line is a glimpse into the world of dance like you’ve never seen

January 16, 2022

Forming part of the 2022 Sydney Festival, A Chorus Line at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta delivers a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a dancer trying to forge a career on Broadway. Set on the stage of a theatre during auditions for a chorus line, the musical centres on the lives of seventeen hopefuls and […]

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Theatre Review: Jagged Little Pill is a strange nostalgia trip through our times

December 11, 2021

Released in 1995, Jagged Little Pill was a cultural moment, packaging themes of angst, sexism, loneliness and self-discovery from the perspective of a young woman to over 30 million albums sold. 25 years later, the Broadway production takes us back to the anguish of the original text, albeit with an updated rap sheet. Designed as […]

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Jagged Little Pill

Photo Gallery: Opening Night of Jagged Little Pill: The Musical at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Sydney

December 11, 2021

Celebrities and VIPs walked the black carpet for the opening night of Jagged Little Pill, the Grammy and Tony award winning Broadway musical, inspired by Alanis Morissette‘s ground-breaking album of the same name. Jagged Little Pill is playing at the Theatre Royal from December 2nd to 19th. Grab your tickets HERE

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Theatre Review: Moulin Rouge! is a wonderfully lavish musical experience like no other

November 29, 2021

Put on your finest dress, button up your best tux and step into an extravagant world of glitz, glamour and romance at the Moulin Rouge! Based on Baz Luhrmann’s iconic 2001 film, it tells the story of an aspiring composer, Christian (Des Flanagan), who falls in love with Satine (Alinta Chidzey), a prominent cabaret actress and […]

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Theatre Review: Come From Away is a heart-warming run through humanity in crisis

June 15, 2021

A musical about 9/11 might feel a bit risky, so it’s fortunate that Come From Away has a particularly refreshing angle on the subject. With airspaces locked immediately after the tragedy, 38 planes were forced to land on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. Over 7,000 stranded passengers were sent to nearby towns including Gander, where […]

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Photo Gallery: Celebrities and VIPs walk the red carpet at opening night of Come from Away

June 15, 2021

Check out our gallery from opening night of Come from Away at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. The hit musical is based on real life events, when 38 planes carrying nearly 7,000 people from over 100 countries were redirected to Newfoundland, in the wake of 9/11. Set in Gander, a remote Canadian town that saw it’s population […]

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Fringe HQ Newtown’s Spike Heels is about male entitlement, not female empowerment

May 21, 2021

Trigger warning: this review contains discussions of sexual assault. Spoiler alert: this review also discusses how the play ends. Set in 1990s Boston, Spike Heels focuses on the intertwined lives of four individuals and one woman’s journey to self-actualisation. Written in 1992 by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Serhat Caradee, Spike Heels is based on […]

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Interview: The Local Lesbians talk us through upcoming MELT Festival cabaret Lesbian Love Stories

May 17, 2021

MELT Festival is returning to Brisbane later this month, bringing with it all the queer arts and culture we could possibly want – and then even more besides! Gearing up for a huge night at Brisbane Powerhouse are Ruby Clarke, Chloe-Rose Taylor, and Natasha Veselinovic – otherwise known as The Local Lesbians. Teaming up with […]

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Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill musical to re-open the Theatre Royal Sydney in September

May 5, 2021

The Theatre Royal in Sydney is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar refurbishment and to mark its reopening in September, will premiere Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill stage musical. This is the first time it has been staged outside of Broadway. Jagged Little Pill debuted in December 2019 at the American Repertory Theater, however, was closed abruptly […]

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The Wedding Singer

Theatre Review: The Wedding Singer lights up Melbourne with a burst of energetic 80s nostalgia

May 3, 2021

An 80s-lover’s neon-filled fantasy, come to life! After selling out performances across Broadway and the UK, The Wedding Singer brings its neon lights, flashy perms and dazzling choreography to Melbourne – filling the Athenaeum Theatre with a sense of resounding joy and classic 80s nostalgia. Based on the beloved Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy, The […]

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