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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

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)


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


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

CONCERT REVIEW: Twisted Broadway

Twisted Broadway (2014)

I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is that Twisted Broadway is absolutely, positively, a brilliant night out, for only about half the cost of a regular musical, and with all proceeds going to charity. The bad news is, you’re going to have to wait another year to see the next one. Started up by producers Daniel Benge and Kate McDonald in 2010, Twisted Broadway sees the cream of the crop of musical theatre perform numbers originally intended for the opposite sex, to raise money for Oz Showbiz Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. I was blown away by the talent when I first saw it last year and perhaps even more so this time around.
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MUSICAL REVIEW: Les Misérables

Les Misérables (2014)
clairestbearestreviews_lesmiserables_theatrereview_lesmiscastIn my 28th year of life, I finally saw Les Mis live on stage. It may come as a surprise to some that I’d never previously had the chance (I’d only seen the filmed anniversary concerts and the 2012 film). Suffice to say, I was pretty excited. That is probably why, when Simon Gleeson as Jean Valjean belted out that “the story must BEGIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!” and the Les Misérables logo was projected onto the stage, I may have become a bit emotional. For my real Les Mis experience must BEGIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN! Cue tears. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Les Misérables