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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

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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

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: Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, 2014)

I really wanted to like this. Baz Luhrmann is one of my favourite film directors, with Moulin Rouge my absolute favourite movie of all time. Baz usually has such extraordinary vision and from memory (it’s been a while since I watched it) the film version of Strictly Ballroom was pretty delightful. It seemed likely that the stage musical would rival the brilliantly showy and hilarious Priscilla Queen of the Desert, but alas, it just lacked that WOW factor. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Strictly Ballroom