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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...)
BWW REIVEW: Michael Gow's AWAY Remains Relevant As A Message Of Understanding, Patience, Care And Compassion BWW REIVEW: Michael Gow's AWAY Remains Relevant As A Message Of Understanding, Patience, Care And Compassion
by Jade Kops - March 01, 2017

First performed in 1986, based in 1968, this 2017 interpretation of Michael Gow's snapshot of Australiana, AWAY is kept relevant and fresh under Matthew Lutton's direction for Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: David Walliams' Endearing Tale Of Inclusion, Acceptance and And An Aromatic Vagrant Comes To Life In MR STINK BWW REVIEW: David Walliams' Endearing Tale Of Inclusion, Acceptance and And An Aromatic Vagrant Comes To Life In MR STINK
by Jade Kops - February 27, 2017

Maryam Master's adaptation of David Walliams' popular children's book MR STINK returns to the Sydney stage under Jonathan Biggins' direction.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Comedy Theatre BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Comedy Theatre
by Victoria Beal - February 27, 2017

The Play That Goes Wrong starts subtly with a member of the audience brought up on stage to lend a hand to two hopeless stage technicians, Trevor and Annie. They are setting the stage for a performance of Murder at Haversham Manor by the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society. With fireplace mantles fall... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HOMOSEXUALS OR FAGGOTS Gives No Queer  Quarter at Merlyn Theatre BWW Review: THE HOMOSEXUALS OR FAGGOTS Gives No Queer Quarter at Merlyn Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - February 27, 2017

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BWW REVIEW: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Brandenburg Choir's Staged Concert Of HANDEL'S MESSIAH Is A Feast For The Senses BWW REVIEW: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Brandenburg Choir's Staged Concert Of HANDEL'S MESSIAH Is A Feast For The Senses
by Jade Kops - February 24, 2017

HANDEL'S MESSIAH, one of the most iconic Baroque works is finally given the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's exquisitely emotive and expressive treatment under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Paul Dyer.... (more...)
BWW Review: DELIGHTS AND DEBAUCHERIES ABOUND IN ASIATOPA XO STATE at Arts Centre Melbourne BWW Review: DELIGHTS AND DEBAUCHERIES ABOUND IN ASIATOPA XO STATE at Arts Centre Melbourne
by Brodie Paparella - February 24, 2017

If you've been in the habit of blinking lately, you might have missed the fact that Arts Centre Melbourne has transformed to house the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, so you might want to cut that out and head to a box office hashire hashire! What transpired on my visit was one of the mos... (more...)
BWW Review: STUPID F*CKING BIRD Tackles Modern Milieu in Australian Premiere at Metanoia Theatre BWW Review: STUPID F*CKING BIRD Tackles Modern Milieu in Australian Premiere at Metanoia Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - February 20, 2017

The saying goes that there are no new ideas. Originality in the age of mass-production and population density and exponential destruction of every natural muse known to great artists, has been shot mid-flight. Originality was shot through the heart, plummeted into an oil-drenched ocean, washed upon ... (more...)
BWW Review: L'AMANTE ANGLAISE a Searing Inspection of Murder and Madness at fortyfive downstairs BWW Review: L'AMANTE ANGLAISE a Searing Inspection of Murder and Madness at fortyfive downstairs
by Brodie Paparella - February 12, 2017

Australian poet Nan Witcomb once wrote a remarkable statement which has stuck in my memory from childhood, which I will paraphrase: 'we lock up the crazy to keep them from living the dreams of the sane'.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Princess Theatre BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Princess Theatre
by Victoria Beal - February 06, 2017

What do you get when you put the creators of South Park and Avenue Q in a room together to write a musical? The Book of Mormon. A musical about a pair of young Mormons, off on their 2 year mission to convert the African people.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: CABARET Makes A Timely Return To The Australian Stage As Beneath The Delicious Debauchery Of Weimar Germany It Remains Frightfully Current BWW REVIEW: CABARET Makes A Timely Return To The Australian Stage As Beneath The Delicious Debauchery Of Weimar Germany It Remains Frightfully Current
by Jade Kops - February 05, 2017

Having celebrated 50 years since CABARET debuted in New York on 20th November 1966, the return to the stage of this love story, set against the transition from the Hedonistic days of the Weimar Republic to the early days of the Nazi Germany, is both entertaining and a timely reminder to a world faci... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: The SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Presents A Stunning Night Of Disney, Broadway And Re-Imagined Pop Songs with LEA SALONGA IN CONCERT BWW REVIEW: The SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Presents A Stunning Night Of Disney, Broadway And Re-Imagined Pop Songs with LEA SALONGA IN CONCERT
by Jade Kops - February 03, 2017

Darling of stage and voice of Disney Princesses, Lea Salonga, with the help of the SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, under the baton of Gerard Salonga, brought the Sydney Opera House audience to its feet in a flawless performance.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NURSERY WEB at The Butterfly Club BWW Review: THE NURSERY WEB at The Butterfly Club
by Victoria Beal - February 03, 2017

Written by New-Yorker-turned-Melburnian Kotryna Gesait, The Nursery Web holds a mirror up to the way we behave in love.... (more...)
BWW Review: I AM MY OWN WIFE is a Midsumma Must-See at fortyfive downstairs BWW Review: I AM MY OWN WIFE is a Midsumma Must-See at fortyfive downstairs
by Brodie Paparella - January 25, 2017

World War II has been on our minds a great deal of late, with events preceding the rise of modern history's most reviled dictator being comparable to those elevating the incumbent American President. In East Berlin, the second World War was an intersection of prejudice, fear and violence from which ... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S KOOZA at The Big Top, Flemington Racecourse BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S KOOZA at The Big Top, Flemington Racecourse
by Victoria Beal - January 23, 2017

As the years go by, Cirque du Soleil set the bar higher and higher for circus around the world. Kooza is an interesting glance backwards into a more classic and traditional time of circus.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW:  THE MUSIC OF QUEEN: A ROCK & SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR Blends The Timeless Appeal Of The Famous Band With The Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra BWW REVIEW: THE MUSIC OF QUEEN: A ROCK & SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR Blends The Timeless Appeal Of The Famous Band With The Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra
by Jade Kops - January 20, 2017

Richard Sidwell's (Arranger and Conductor) successful melding of Rock and Orchestral music in THE MUSIC OF QUEEN: A ROCK & SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR returns to Sydney to delight audiences.... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 - Some Magic Moments BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 - Some Magic Moments
by Tim Carney - January 10, 2017

Circus 1903 is circus at its theatrical best...in its opening number... then unfortunately for the show it drops this theatricality and with it its energy and genuine excitement. There are some remarkable artists and beautiful moments, which are particularly captivating. However, there are lengthy p... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Award Winning Australian Musical LADIES IN BLACK Puts 1950's Women and Australian Culture In the Spotlight With Class, Comedy and Captivating Music BWW REVIEW: Award Winning Australian Musical LADIES IN BLACK Puts 1950's Women and Australian Culture In the Spotlight With Class, Comedy and Captivating Music
by Jade Kops - January 08, 2017

Capturing the not too distant past of 1950's Sydney, the heart-warming coming of age story of a young, intelligent woman comes to life with fabulous songs and fantastic fashion in LADIES IN BLACK.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: The Joy And Magic Of The Early Days Of Traveling Entertainment Comes To Sydney With CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS BWW REVIEW: The Joy And Magic Of The Early Days Of Traveling Entertainment Comes To Sydney With CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS
by Jade Kops - December 22, 2016

Revisiting the excitement and wonder that enchanted crowds at the start of the 20th Century, CIRCUS 1903 recreates the magic that inspired many contemporary circuses.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GATHERING - A Brilliant New Australian Work BWW Review: THE GATHERING - A Brilliant New Australian Work
by Tim Carney - December 05, 2016

It's always exciting to see a new Australian musical on display. Often they are in a development phase and rarely do they have a return life. First presented in 2011, Belinda Jenkin and Will Hannagan's musical The Gathering has been re-worked and is now being produced by Vic Theatre Company at 45 ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS - Great Performances, Underwhelming Show BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS - Great Performances, Underwhelming Show
by Tim Carney - November 29, 2016

Vic Theatre Company has had a very auspicious beginning, staging the award winning Loving Repeating, the hilarious 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and now the joint billing of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and Jenkins and Hannagan's Australian musical The Gathering. This week The... (more...)