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BWW Reviews: HANDING DOWN THE TUNES Documents A Continuing Family Tradition Review BWW Reviews: HANDING DOWN THE TUNES Documents A Continuing Family Tradition
by Barry Lenny - April 07, 2015

The documentary, Handing Down the Tunes, made by Ken Lynam, details the life, times and music of the great Irish musician, Tommy McCarthy (more...)


BWW Reviews: LE NOIR – THE DARK SIDE OF CIRQUE Is A Thrilling Blend Of Old World Circus And Burlesque For The 21st Century. Review BWW Reviews: LE NOIR – THE DARK SIDE OF CIRQUE Is A Thrilling Blend Of Old World Circus And Burlesque For The 21st Century.
by Jade Kops - March 21, 2015

LE NOIR – THE DARK SIDE OF CIRQUE showcases the skills and technique of the circus from the grace of the Lira Aerial Hoop to the heart stopping Wheel of Death in the unusual space of a traditional theatre auditorium. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING - A Fun Night Out! Review BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING - A Fun Night Out!
by Tim Carney - March 07, 2015

In what has become one of the most popular shows around the world, Dirty Dancing the musical opened in Melbourne this week. Where Dirty Dancing fails as a show it picks up in fun and froth, perhaps the key to its success. The part musical, part dance show is a perfect representation of the film, with every moment true to its iconic 1987 source. This updated version of the original employs projections that make up the majority of the set, often times comically presenting moments from the film, in what becomes the mantra of the show. It has a laugh at itself, doesn't take itself seriously at all and if you can accept that notion then you will be entertained, If by nothing else, then by the dancing itself, which, in this production is quite simply stunning. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Poignant Story Of Devotion And The Desire For THE RED DRESS Is Told Beautifully Through Dance Review BWW Reviews: A Poignant Story Of Devotion And The Desire For THE RED DRESS Is Told Beautifully Through Dance
by Jade Kops - March 06, 2015

China Ningbo Performance & Arts Group's THE RED DRESS is a graceful expression of a love story through dance, drawing on the traditions of Southern Chinese culture. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SEXERCISE THE MUSICAL Review BWW Reviews: SEXERCISE THE MUSICAL
by Tim Carney - February 25, 2015

A brand new Melbourne Theatre was christened last night with a brand new Australian musical. Sexercise The Musical centres around 6 real life people and their struggles with the routine and the monotony of life (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE LION KING - An Amazing Show that Falls Flat in Melbourne Review BWW Reviews: THE LION KING - An Amazing Show that Falls Flat in Melbourne
by Tim Carney - February 23, 2015

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BWW Reviews: Dean Bryant's SWEET CHARITY Is A Beautifully Crafted Retelling Of The Bitter Sweet Tale Of The Eternally Hopeful Taxi Dancer. Review BWW Reviews: Dean Bryant's SWEET CHARITY Is A Beautifully Crafted Retelling Of The Bitter Sweet Tale Of The Eternally Hopeful Taxi Dancer.
by Jade Kops - January 30, 2015

Following a triumphant season at Hayes Theatre in Potts Point, the multi award winning SWEET CHARITY has transferred to the larger Playhouse stage at the Sydney Opera House as the first step on their four city tour without losing the of the intimacy of the original. The moving story of Charity Hope Valentine is bought to life with vibrancy; honesty and simplicity which makes it clear why the original Hayes Theatre performance received 8 Helpmann Award Nominations, winning 3 Awards, and 9 Sydney Theatre Award Nominations, winning 3 Awards. (more...)


BWW Reviews: STRICTLY BALLROOM The Musical Review BWW Reviews: STRICTLY BALLROOM The Musical
by Tim Carney - January 19, 2015

Baz Luhrman's Strictly Ballroom 'The Musical' opened in Melbourne last night to great fanfare. Based on Luhrman's 1992 iconic Australian film, and Presented by Global Creatures, the team behind the musical King Kong, there is only one word that can describe this show...boring. It's long, drawn out and uneventful sequences result in an underwhelming piece of theatre. It is a stretch to call this show a musical, in fact you can't. Though originally written as a play by Luhrman this production is a re-working of a film for the stage. The show pastiches cliched classics from varied eras and combines them with a smattering of original songs resulting in a score that is flavorless and unmemorable. The action never reaches the heightened state it needs to in order to warrant a song, leaving the show brimming full of unfulfilled moments that cheat the public out of anything that could be deemed a real or satisfying moment. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Visually and Aurally Impressive Movie Adaptation of Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS Review BWW Reviews: The Visually and Aurally Impressive Movie Adaptation of Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS
by Jade Kops - December 30, 2014

The much anticipated Disney adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS stays relatively true to the original musical but does omit some songs and modifies some of the plotlines. (more...)


BWW Competition: INTO THE WOODS Movie Gift Bags and Double Passes Review BWW Competition: INTO THE WOODS Movie Gift Bags and Double Passes
by Jade Kops - December 11, 2014

As the eagerly awaited release date of INTO THE WOODS on 8 January 2015 is drawing near the generous people at Walt Disney Studios and bridgesPR are offering Australian BroadwayWorld.com readers the opportunity to win one of 10 double passes or 5 Gift Bags (containing 1 x Into The Woods Memo Pad set, 1 x Into the Woods Musical Notebook, 1 x Into the Woods Canvas Bag, 1 x Into the Woods CD Soundtrack) (more...)


BWW Interview: A chat with DIRTY DANCING'S Kurt Phelan, Kirby Burgess and Nadia Coote Review BWW Interview: A chat with DIRTY DANCING'S Kurt Phelan, Kirby Burgess and Nadia Coote
by Jade Kops - November 28, 2014

In the lead up to the international hit musical DIRTY DANCING returning to Sydney, 10 years after the world premiere in Sydney, I had the opportunity to chat to the lead performers Kurt Phelan (Johnny Castle), Kirby Burgess (Frances "Baby" Houseman) and Nadia Coote (Penny Johnson) along with getting a preview of the new, reworked show from producer John Frost. (more...)


BWW Reviews: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES - A Disappointing End to 2014 for The Production Company Review BWW Reviews: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES - A Disappointing End to 2014 for The Production Company
by Tim Carney - November 24, 2014

The Production Company's final installment for 2014 La Cage Au Folles opened last night at the Arts Centre. Based on the play by Jean Poiret, opening in 1983 and winning 6 Tony Awards on Broadway, La Cage tells the story of Georges (Simon Burke), owner of the famous La Cage Au Folles club in St.Tropez where his partner Albin (Todd Mckenney) is the star drag act. Georges son Jean-Michel (Robert Tripolino) returns to the club to announce that he is engaged to Anne (Emily Milledge), daughter of the Edouard Dindon (Gary Sweet) leader of the Tradition Family and Morality Party. What ensues is a riotous fusion of two different worlds coupled with a touching story of love and the bond of family set against Jerry Herman's fun, poignant score. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE PAVILION Review BWW Reviews: THE PAVILION
by Tim Carney - November 04, 2014

Craig Wright's The Pavilion is a wonderfully thought provoking piece of theatre. Boutique Theatre's presentation of the Australian Premiere of this piece captures the essence of the writing and presents it simplistically and elegantly. At the heart of the story are Pater (Tim Constantine) and Kari (Katharine Innes), high school sweet hearts, who split when Peter left Kari after she fell pregnant with his child. The Pavilion is set 20 years on from this moment at the reunion of the class of 1995 where Peter ultimately comes to try and rekindle the love he had for the now married Kari. On the periphery of this is the Narrator (Claire Pearson) who opens and closes the show with some lengthy philosophizing and then acts as the multiple supporting characters that intertwine throughout the reunion and ultimately the moments shared by Peter and Kari. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE - The Best Australia Has Seen Review BWW Reviews: ONCE - The Best Australia Has Seen
by Tim Carney - October 08, 2014

Once, the musical adaptation of the film by the same name is quite possibly the most complete display of craftsmanship and creativity in modern theatre. This coupled with its stunning book by Edna Walsh and equally exquisite score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova provide for an evening at the theatre unlike any other. (more...)


Reflections: POTTED POTTER, Twice The Fun Review Reflections: POTTED POTTER, Twice The Fun
by Oliver Oliveros - October 04, 2014

I was able to watch the unstoppable, nearly nine-year-old touring production of two-time Olivier Award nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner's parody POTTED POTTER: The Unauthorized Harry Experience twice: the first time was at Little Shubert Theatre Off-Broadway, which starred Clarkson and Turner, in 2012; the second time was at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in Manila, which now stars British actors Benjamin Stratton and James Percy, last Tuesday. (more...)


BWW Reviews: APPLESPIEL TAKING ON THE RECORDING INDUSTRY Review BWW Reviews: APPLESPIEL TAKING ON THE RECORDING INDUSTRY
by Brett Considine - September 08, 2014

Applespiel is a most incisive look at the recording industry and the light of the rock band. Slick writing and superbly imagined delivery make this show an intriguing story. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE LAST CONFESSION - An Acting Masterclass Review BWW Reviews: THE LAST CONFESSION - An Acting Masterclass
by Tim Carney - September 04, 2014

Watching distinguished, seasoned veterans onstage in Jonathan Church's play The Last Confession was a privilege. Opening in Melbourne last night, in the final leg of an international tour, The Last Confession centres around the life of Albino Luciani, (played with sincerity and compassion by Richard O'Callaghan), his election as Pope John Paul I and ultimately his death a mere 33 days later. It is an intriguing event not only for the Catholic Church but also in the history of the world with the Church refusing to investigate the potential of foul play from the conservative enclave of the Vatican. (more...)


BWW Reviews: TALES OF A USED CAR SALESMAN Review BWW Reviews: TALES OF A USED CAR SALESMAN
by Brett Considine - August 25, 2014

Drew Collet shatters every used car salesman stereotype and in the process delivers an often hilarious insight into life in the car yard. His show is a mix of anecdote and musical comedy that almost has the feel of a luxury vehicle. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SHOWBOAT - It keeps rollin' along Review BWW Reviews: SHOWBOAT - It keeps rollin' along
by Brett Considine - August 20, 2014

Showboat, Kern and Hammerstein's 1932 classic, provides an enjoyable musical experience. Containing several well known numbers, it affords numerous moments for indulgent musical theatre nostalgia. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ORPHANS - An ethical journey of worth Review BWW Reviews: ORPHANS - An ethical journey of worth
by Brett Considine - August 14, 2014

Orphans is a chilling ethical journey of three family members who ultimately find that they are alone and faced with an unenviable path to repentance. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A SCORE TO SETTLE with Rita Costanzi Review BWW Reviews: A SCORE TO SETTLE with Rita Costanzi
by Brett Considine - August 11, 2014

The harp is a unique musical instrument that can elicit so many emotions. Rita Costanzi's journey as a harpist reflects this array of emotions and shows how she has managed a career that has produced many A Score to Settle. (more...)


BWW Reviews: More Paean Than Parody in BRITNEY SPEARS: THE CABARET in Australia Review BWW Reviews: More Paean Than Parody in BRITNEY SPEARS: THE CABARET in Australia
by Jacqueline Bublitz - July 27, 2014

Under the musical direction of Mathew Frank, Whelan-Browne lets Britney's songs reveal telling stories often lost within their pop/heavily auto-tuned original versions. Familiar songs, from Out from Under, to Toxic to Lucky are suddenly interesting, and often achingly autobiographical in content. (more...)


BWW Reviews: PURGATORIO - A Story of Feeling and Reflection Review BWW Reviews: PURGATORIO - A Story of Feeling and Reflection
by Brett Considine - July 25, 2014

Purgatorio is a dark story depicting some of the contradictions of love. Presented by 5Pound theatre and Attic Erratic, this show will shock and confront and in the process deliver an emotional theatre experience like few others. (more...)


BWW Reviews: STATUS - Real Stories Provoking Real Reflection Review BWW Reviews: STATUS - Real Stories Provoking Real Reflection
by Brett Considine - July 23, 2014

Status addresses the wider impact of HIV and the stigma that it creates. This presentation compels a telling mix of self reflection, compassion and engagement like few others. For this reason alone it should be seen. (more...)


BWW Reviews: IMPOSSIBLE OCCURRENCES - It's Simply Magic Review BWW Reviews: IMPOSSIBLE OCCURRENCES - It's Simply Magic
by Brett Considine - July 21, 2014

Imagine a magic show where there are no magic wands. No top hats. No smoke and mirrors. No rabbits in hats. This is a seemingly Impossible Occurrence for any magic act that your mind may have conjured up. However, as you will discover when you go and see Impossible Occurrences, Luke Hocking is no stereotypical magician. (more...)