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Musical Theatre 2016 – A Year in Review

Amidst the suckiness that was 2016, Australian theatre offered a plethora of options to escape the world for a few hours. I didn’t even get to see everything I wanted and I am still yet to see Kinky Boots (although I have my tickets). I’d expected Matilda to be the clear standout of the year but it was not the case. Read on for some brief thoughts (as there are a lot to get through) on musical theatre in 2016. Continue reading Musical Theatre 2016 – A Year in Review

MUSICAL REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors (Melbourne, 2016)

Almost every time The Hayes Theatre in Sydney announces their latest show I hope and pray that it will soon be on its way to Melbourne (I’m still waiting for the RENT announcement, k thx bai). I didn’t have to get my knickers in a knot this time around, however, when a full national tour was announced for Little Shop of Horrors from the get go. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors

MUSICAL REVIEW: Matilda the Musical

Matilda (Melbourne, 2016)

It’s possible I’ve never been as obsessed with a movie as I was at age ten with Matilda. Released in 1996, it Americanised Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name, which may have been blasphemous to some, however it was met with critical acclaim and more importantly, my love. Fourteen years later my two loves collided and the musical came out, with music and lyrics by the unconquerable Tim Minchin. Another six long years later, and Melbourne finally gets to see it. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Matilda the Musical

MUSICAL REVIEW: Ghost

Ghost (Melbourne, 2016)

Three years after it was first scheduled to arrive, Ghost the musical comes to Australia. To many its initial cancellation wasn’t a shock – out of all the shows we could get, Ghost?! The show that lasted only four months on Broadway? When we still hadn’t had Matilda, The Book of Mormon, or about twenty other superior musicals? Problems with transporting the intricate set were the official reason the show was cancelled back in 2013, and many probably thought it would never turn up. It did, and was it worth it? Maybe. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Ghost

CONCERT REVIEW: Twisted Broadway (2015)

Twisted Broadway (2015)

Hold onto your hats, chaps. The best show in town has returned. And this time it’s bigger and better than ever. Starting off at Red Bennies in 2010, moving onto Fed Square, and then the Playhouse Theatre, this year Twisted Broadway raised the roof at The Arts Centre’s State Theatre. For the uninitiated, Twisted Broadway brings together performers from the musical theatre industry in a one night only concert event to raise money for Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The guys sing the female numbers, the girls the male. And it’s pretty damn amazing. Continue reading CONCERT REVIEW: Twisted Broadway (2015)

MUSICAL REVIEW: Anything Goes

Anything Goes (Opera Australia & John Frost, 2015)

Opera Australia and John Frost team up yet again, and praise be to god it isn’t for another Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical. Though they stay in safe, old-fashioned territory once more, there is no denying that Anything Goes is one of the great classics, and this is coming from someone who will choose contemporary musical theatre over the classics almost every time. When I saw this on Broadway back in 2011 I was blown away by the sheer pizzazz of the extravagant production, and I was intrigued to see whether the Australian effort would match it. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Anything Goes

MUSICAL REVIEW: Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing (Melbourne, 2015)

If you’re looking for a solid dance musical (with more dance, less singing), then look no further. Baz Luhrmann, eat your heart out, because Dirty Dancing outclasses your Strictly Ballroom on every level. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Dirty Dancing

MUSICAL REVIEW: Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity (Melbourne, 2015)

Starting off as a small production at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney last year, this revival of Sweet Charity (first premiering on Broadway in 1966) scored eight Helpmann nominations and three awards, a transfer to the Sydney Opera House, and now a trip to THE theatre capital of the country at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. But only for 2 weeks so for the love of God GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! This independent production is right up there with the best of them, even surpassing most of the current offerings. It’s not on the same grand spectacular scale of The Lion King or Strictly Ballroom, but it’s oh-so-much better. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Sweet Charity

MUSICAL REVIEW: The Lion King

The Lion King (2015)

It’s been ten years since I first saw The Lion King, and the second time around was always going to be an improvement because there was no toddler behind me to ruin it. In 2005 some ignoramus had the brilliant idea to spend $100+ on a ticket for their three year old who persisted to ask questions throughout the entire show. This mainly consisted of “Mummy, when is the lion coming?” and “Why is the sky blue?” (I’m not even kidding). The Lion King is great for families, but for the love of Simba WHY WOULD YOU SPEND $100+ FOR YOUR TODDLER TO SEE A SHOW AND RUIN IT FOR EVERYONE ELSE? The lack of consideration for others is astounding. You’d be better off burning your money. But times have changed, and that kid will have grown up into a shitty teenager by now. Then again some things never change – like a Disney stage show. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: The Lion King

THEATRE REVIEW: Jumpy

Jumpy (Melbourne Theatre Company, 2015)

The combination of Kath & Kim’s Jane Turner, Puberty Blues’ Brenna Harding, and Australian musical theatre darling Marina Prior in MTC’s Jumpy seemingly promised a wonderful concoction of Aussie comic delight. But then it turned out to be British. Bollocks. I understand that it’s by a British playwright, with references to the tube and beach holidays in Norfolk peppered throughout, and that Australian audiences are no strangers to productions relying on American or British accents. But when your stars are known primarily for their quintessentially Aussie performances, it’s almost disconcerting to hear them straining to sound British. All it would have taken was a few minor changes to the script and Jumpy would have transferred seamlessly to an Australian setting. If the Americans can make an – albeit crap – local adaptation of OUR Kath & Kim, then I don’t think I’m asking too much. Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: Jumpy