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BWW REVIEW: Questions Abound As To The Validity Of Australia's HELPMANN AWARDS As the Nominations for 2017 Are Announced BWW REVIEW: Questions Abound As To The Validity Of Australia's HELPMANN AWARDS As the Nominations for 2017 Are Announced
by Jade Kops - June 20, 2017

The nominations for Australia's Live Performance industry awards, the HELPMANN AWARDS were announced last night at simultaneous events across the country (2017 Nominations List). Named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann's long and diverse career, the awards principle objective, according to Live Perfo... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HAUNTING at Athenaeum Theatre BWW Review: THE HAUNTING at Athenaeum Theatre
by Victoria Beal - June 19, 2017

Inspired by the ghost stories of Charles Dickens', The Haunting follows a young book dealer from London who journeys to the moors to visit a client.... (more...)
BWW Review: Pursued by Bear's ORDINARY DAYS BWW Review: Pursued by Bear's ORDINARY DAYS
by Victoria Beal - June 14, 2017

As a work of contemporary musical theatre, Ordinary Days never garnered the same acclaim as comparable works created around the time. At first glance it seems obvious why - it is short, unorchestrated, Adam Gwon's score sounds like a collection of rejected numbers from Jason Robert Brown's Songs for... (more...)
BWW Review: Pursued by Bear's 21 CHUMP STREET BWW Review: Pursued by Bear's 21 CHUMP STREET
by Victoria Beal - June 12, 2017

Touted as the 'shortest musical ever' 21 Chump Street is a superbly crafted 15-minute piece written by the immensely popular Lin-Manuel Miranda for a live show of acclaimed radio/television program This American Life. Based on actual events described in the television series and with 80 percent of t... (more...)
BWW Review: VELVET at The Palms At Crown BWW Review: VELVET at The Palms At Crown
by Victoria Beal - June 12, 2017

Born from a enthusiasm for disco and an appreciation for the returning popularity of the variety show, VELVET is a night of sheer entertainment. An amalgam of circus, burlesque, variety, and concert forms, the audience is taken on a disco journey that ends in a room full of dancing and unbridled joy... (more...)
BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Chapel Off Chapel BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Chapel Off Chapel
by Victoria Beal - June 08, 2017

Based on the 1891 German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind and winning 8 Tony Awards in 2007, Spring Awakening is one of those rare musicals to have attained something of a cult status - the kind of show that people will claim changed their lives forever.... (more...)
BWW Review: This 1984 is Not by the Numbers at Comedy Theatre BWW Review: This 1984 is Not by the Numbers at Comedy Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - June 08, 2017

There is nothing much unfamiliar about the very real invasions of privacy, hyper-surveillance, augmentation of technology, flaws in cybersecurity, and moderate resurgence of feudal attitudes we experience in life that art often imitates. For all its relevance, not to mention its prevalence in second... (more...)
BWW Review: Kin Collective's SHRINE at 45 Downstairs BWW Review: Kin Collective's SHRINE at 45 Downstairs
by Victoria Beal - June 07, 2017

Kin Collective's beautifully-realised production of Tim Winton's Shrine is a haunting and ethereal exploration of loss, grief and the interwoven lives of those fallen beneath the 'long shadow' of a life cut short. Director Marcel Dorny has assembled a strong cast and creative team to breathe life in... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Supporting The Creation And Development Of Australian Plays The 2017 Annual GRIFFIN AWARD Was Awarded To David Finnigan for KILL CLIMATE DENIERS. BWW REVIEW: Supporting The Creation And Development Of Australian Plays The 2017 Annual GRIFFIN AWARD Was Awarded To David Finnigan for KILL CLIMATE DENIERS.
by Jade Kops - June 05, 2017

In it's 20th year, the GRIFFIN AWARD continues Griffin Theatre Company's commitment to producing Australian plays and supporting the creation of new Australian work as it seeks to recognise "an outstanding play or performance text that displays an authentic, inventive and contemporary Australian voi... (more...)
BWW Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Lawler Theatre BWW Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Lawler Theatre
by Victoria Beal - June 01, 2017

Monster Media's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest directed by Carl J. Sorheim at The Lawler at Southbank Theatre has created a chilling insight of a mental health ward in Oregon, USA during the 1960's.... (more...)
BWW Review: CLOC presents LES MISERABLES at The National Theatre, St Kilda BWW Review: CLOC presents LES MISERABLES at The National Theatre, St Kilda
by Victoria Beal - May 23, 2017

Filling the National Theatre to its very brim, both on and off the stage, CLOC's production of Les Miserables is remarkable.... (more...)
BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at the Regent Theatre BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at the Regent Theatre
by Victoria Beal - May 17, 2017

Fans of the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison will not be disappointed with the recreation of the 1956 stage production of My Fair Lady currently playing Melbourne at the Regent Theatre.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Graeme Murphy's NUTCRACKER – THE STORY OF CLARA Is Poignant And Beautiful Contemporary Tale For All Ages BWW REVIEW: Graeme Murphy's NUTCRACKER – THE STORY OF CLARA Is Poignant And Beautiful Contemporary Tale For All Ages
by Jade Kops - May 03, 2017

Graeme Murphy's NUTCRACKER - THE STORY OF CLARA is a beautiful expression of love, growth, and friendship.... (more...)
BWW Review: THIS IS EDEN is a Must-See, No Exceptions at fortyfive downstairs BWW Review: THIS IS EDEN is a Must-See, No Exceptions at fortyfive downstairs
by Brodie Paparella - April 30, 2017

BWW Review: THIS IS EDEN is a Must-See, No Exceptions at fortyfive downstairs... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Appealing to Whitney Houston Fans, THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL Brings Another Movie To Stage BWW REVIEW: Appealing to Whitney Houston Fans, THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL Brings Another Movie To Stage
by Jade Kops - April 29, 2017

.@TheBodyguardAU is the latest movie to stage adaptation to reach Australian shores, showcasing Australia's Paulini Curuenavuli in the role made famous by Whitney Houston.... (more...)
BWW Review: Shanghai Ballet Brings SWAN LAKE Back to Melbourne at Regent Theatre BWW Review: Shanghai Ballet Brings SWAN LAKE Back to Melbourne at Regent Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - April 24, 2017

BWW Review: Shanghai Ballet Bings SWAN LAKE Back to Melbourne at Regent Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: DISNEY'S ALADDIN Shines and Shimmers at Her Majesty's Theatre BWW Review: DISNEY'S ALADDIN Shines and Shimmers at Her Majesty's Theatre
by Victoria Beal - April 21, 2017

On opening night of Disney's Aladdin in Melbourne, the audience were standing more than they were sitting! The multi award nominated stage musical by Alan Menken (Music), Howard Ashman (co-lyricist), Tim Rice (co-lyricist), and Chad Beguelin (Book and co-lyricist); based on the Award Winning Disney ... (more...)
BWW Review: CULL is Hysterical Millenial Madness #FTW at Malthouse Theatre BWW Review: CULL is Hysterical Millenial Madness #FTW at Malthouse Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - April 13, 2017

BWW Review: CULL is Hysterical Millenial Madness #FTW at Malthouse Theatre... (more...)
BWW Review: GHOST JAM a Spooky Sure-Fire Outing for the Kids at Melbourne Town Hall BWW Review: GHOST JAM a Spooky Sure-Fire Outing for the Kids at Melbourne Town Hall
by Brodie Paparella - April 13, 2017

BWW Review: GHOST JAM a Spooky Sure-Fire Outing for the Kids at Melbourne Town Hall... (more...)
BWW REVIEW:  Bloody And Brilliant, Shake & Stir Theatre Co Deliver A Thrillingly Dark And Mysterious DRACULA BWW REVIEW: Bloody And Brilliant, Shake & Stir Theatre Co Deliver A Thrillingly Dark And Mysterious DRACULA
by Jade Kops - April 02, 2017

Bram Stoker's Late Victorian Gothic Horror novel comes to life in Shake and Stir's terrifyingly wonderful adaptation of DRACULA.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Opera Australia's Revival Of Handa On Sydney Harbour's CARMEN Is Entertaining But Not True To The Creators Vision BWW REVIEW: Opera Australia's Revival Of Handa On Sydney Harbour's CARMEN Is Entertaining But Not True To The Creators Vision
by Jade Kops - March 26, 2017

Bizet's CARMEN's big dramatic imagery, colourful crowd scenes and bold iconic music lends itself to a major spectacle like HANDA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR (HOSH), the jewel in Opera Australia's annual programme so it is understandable that they have opted to 'revive' the 2013 production.... (more...)
BWW Review: TRAINSPOTTING LIVE a Razor-Sharp, Cold Sweat Sensation at fortyfive downstairs BWW Review: TRAINSPOTTING LIVE a Razor-Sharp, Cold Sweat Sensation at fortyfive downstairs
by Brodie Paparella - March 24, 2017

BWW Review: TRAINSPOTTING LIVE a RAazor-Sharp Cold Sweat Sensation at fortyfive downstairs... (more...)
BWW Review: DIVA MOMENTS at The Alex Theatre BWW Review: DIVA MOMENTS at The Alex Theatre
by Victoria Beal - March 09, 2017

With simply a grand piano and a pair of killer stilettos, 4'11' performer Christina Bianco from New York is a total diva...in the best way! With a voice to die for and masterful impressions that brought audiences to their feet (twice), Bianco's show is an ode to our favourite pop, jazz, and broadway... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Kate Mulvany Delivers Shakespeare's Sinister King RICHARD 3 With Delicious Depth BWW REVIEW: Kate Mulvany Delivers Shakespeare's Sinister King RICHARD 3 With Delicious Depth
by Jade Kops - March 02, 2017

eter Evans (Director) re-imagines Shakespeare's RICHARD 3 with Kate Mulvany presenting a deliciously evil expression of the vile, murderous, manipulative King.... (more...)
BWW Review: LADIES IN BLACK is a New Australian Triumph at the Regent Theatre BWW Review: LADIES IN BLACK is a New Australian Triumph at the Regent Theatre
by Victoria Beal - March 01, 2017

Tim Finn's new musical Ladies in Black is critically acclaimed and award-winning…and it deserves it all and more. Returning to Melbourne for an encore season, this wonderful musical is based on Madeleine St John's 1993 novel, The Women in Black, and has been excellently brought to the stage by Austr... (more...)