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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...)


BWW Reviews: GUYS AND DOLLS Opens to Much Applause in Melbourne Review BWW Reviews: GUYS AND DOLLS Opens to Much Applause in Melbourne
by Brett Considine - July 21, 2014

The Production Company aims to showcase great shows performed by exceptional Australian talent. Their current offering of Guys and Dolls - the musical fable of Broadway - fulfils this aim. (more...)


BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2014 NOMINATIONS  Announced Across Australia Review BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2014 NOMINATIONS Announced Across Australia
by Jade Kops - July 14, 2014

The Helpmann Awards are Australia's version of Broadway's Tony Awards and London's Olivier Awards. The annual awards recognise achievement in live performance including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. (more...)


BWW Exclusive: STATUS in Melbourne Review BWW Exclusive: STATUS in Melbourne
by Brett Considine - July 10, 2014

Status - The Play is about to commence a short run at the Fairfax Studio in Melbourne. It promises a confronting and challenging experience for all who attend, with its ultimate aim to enrich community awareness of HIV/AIDS and raise the status of those who it impacts. (more...)


BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES at Her Majesty's Theatre Review BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES at Her Majesty's Theatre
by Tim Carney - July 05, 2014

Last nights opening of the reimagined Les Miserables was a defining moment in Australian music theatre. While maintaining its history and staying true to its origins, Cameron Mackintosh's new production is the dawning of a new era. Its metamorphoses from its original production to this new adaption is subtle, yet every change advances the show into the realm of the contemporary theatre. While the grandeur of the original masterpiece is at times missed, the simplicity and sharpness of the design enhances the story and brings Victor Hugo's original text to life. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Contortion, Cavorting and Conscience at Circus Oz's BUT WAIT … THERE'S MORE Review BWW Reviews: Contortion, Cavorting and Conscience at Circus Oz's BUT WAIT … THERE'S MORE
by Jacqueline Bublitz - June 21, 2014

With design by Filipe Reynolds, the Circus Oz big top sets a scene that is equal parts boardwalk vaudeville, smoke-tinged jazz club, and old-school, sawdust in the ring traveling tent. Costumes and lighting enhance these elements, and the performers themselves bring it all to life with exuberance, humour - and boundary-defying talent. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE KING AND I - A Visual Masterpiece Review BWW Reviews: THE KING AND I - A Visual Masterpiece
by Tim Carney - June 16, 2014

From the opening moments of this latest revival of Rogers and Hammerstein's iconic musical The King And I, we are transported to the heart of Asia, its intricacies, its nuances, its customs. Pre curtain, four male Buddhist monks adorned the stage with incense, creating a reverent, calming and authentic moment, the prelude to a plethora of stunning moments littered throughout this magical piece. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Little Slice Of New York - And A Whole Lot Of Heart: David Campbell Sings John Bucchino Review BWW Reviews: A Little Slice Of New York - And A Whole Lot Of Heart: David Campbell Sings John Bucchino
by Jacqueline Bublitz - May 27, 2014

The best cabaret hurts your heart a little, it tells you something about life, and love. This, then, is cabaret at its finest. Bucchino's songs are beautifully detailed accounts of his life - of love affairs, and mistakes, and risks taken - essentially, all the things worth singing about. (more...)


MTC's GHOSTS Is A Production Of Restrained Theatricality Review MTC's GHOSTS Is A Production Of Restrained Theatricality
by Jacqueline Bublitz - May 24, 2014

For a modern audience, the strength of a classic work can also be its Achilles' heel. So it is with Ibsen's GHOSTS - the 19th Century writer's words are so on point as to feel contemporary, yet this realism also exaggerates any hint of melodrama present on stage. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WICKED - Back To Its Very Best Review BWW Reviews: WICKED - Back To Its Very Best
by Tim Carney - May 12, 2014

A show that can continue to run for over 10 years worldwide despite wars, financial crises, and political unrest can be nothing other than a smash hit. There are few shows that can sustain such longevity and remain as remarkably fresh and true to its original product. The return Australian season of Stephen Schwartz's defining musical Wicked proves that this show will remain one of the greatest musicals of our lifetime. For while last night's opening in Melbourne felt very long there was always a single moment to remind us that we were watching a truly spectacular show, performed by an even more spectacular cast. It dragged in parts and flew in others. It was a rollercoaster of extreme highs and periods of flatness. Wicked's biggest strength, it's score, is also its greatest weakness in that dialogue seems so slow seemingly trudging to the next musical highlight. The magic of the score outweighs these mundane moments so overwhelmingly though that it is easily forgiven. It's hard to think of a greater end to Act I in any other musical than Defying Gravity, a more narratively driving opening than No One Mourns The Wicked or a more powerful dramatic moment in No Good Deed. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Review BWW Reviews: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
by Tim Carney - April 28, 2014

Whether you've seen Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show on multiple occasions from its incarnation 40 years ago or last night's Melbourne opening was your first experience with the cult classic, one ensuing thought rings true; what was that all about, followed by wow...I think I actually enjoyed that. No doubt the more you see the Rocky Horror Show the more it gives you and the more meaning you create for yourself from the piece of science fiction theatre. Its cult status proves that more than just the audience at the Comedy Theatre last night enjoy this show. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SEUSSICAL - Dr Seuss Prescribes the Perfect School Holiday Medicine Review BWW Reviews: SEUSSICAL - Dr Seuss Prescribes the Perfect School Holiday Medicine
by Brett Considine - April 10, 2014

Timing is everything in theatre and the Old Carey Performing Arts Club seems to have got it right yet again. With school holidays having arrived Seussical could not have come at a better time, providing a wonderfully entertaining experience for kids and those who are kids at heart. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Bernadette Peters In Concert - A Legend Interpreting a Genius Review BWW Reviews: Bernadette Peters In Concert - A Legend Interpreting a Genius
by Tim Carney - April 09, 2014

Bernadette Peters is a music theatre icon unsurpassed by many, if any. Even if you've haven't seen her craft on display, she is bound to be on an original cast recording that you have tucked away amongst your collection. Peters graced the stage of Her Majesty's theatre in Melbourne last night on the final leg of her Australian tour with an orchestra of local artists under the guidance of her legendary musical director Marvin Laird. Her familiar tone and vibrato was on display and even if her voice happened to waiver in certain moments the connection she had with her lyric far surpassed any technical hic up. As composer Stephen Sondheim's muse, Peter's has had to clearly develop her interpretation of some of the more complex melodies and lyrics in the music theatre repertoire. It is in this pocket that she sits superior to any of her peers. Her delivery of Send In The Clowns from A Little Night Music and Losing My Mind from her most recent Broadway show Follies prove to be Peter's stand out performances on this evening. The combination of piano, clarinet and voice in Send In The Clowns is as close to perfection as you could get. (more...)


BWW Reviews: HOMOS IN KIMONOS Review BWW Reviews: HOMOS IN KIMONOS
by Brett Considine - April 06, 2014

Homos in Kimonos offers an alternative night of entertainment. It is highlighted by two promising young performers who boast an impressive vocal presence that is seemingly magnified by the unique and appealing venue. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ROCK GOD Worthy of Solid Praise Review BWW Reviews: ROCK GOD Worthy of Solid Praise
by Brett Considine - April 03, 2014

Joel Creasey's polished performance belies his young age. Rock God is proof that Joel Creasey is a comedian who has taken off and is heading for a high cruising altitude. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Blood Brothers Review BWW Reviews: Blood Brothers
by Brett Considine - April 02, 2014

Ensure that you book as soon as possible to see Manilla Street Productions offering of Blood Brothers at the Chapel Off Chapel. Produced by Karen Jemison and directed by Chris Parker, this portrayal of the tragic story of the Johnstone twins leaves you in little doubt that the price you had to pay to see the show was well and truly warranted. You do not want to be left lamenting, crying out 'tell me it's not so' as the sold out sign is posted and you have not got your ticket. (more...)


BWW REVIEWS: EMPIRE: Welcome To A Different World Review BWW REVIEWS: EMPIRE: Welcome To A Different World
by Tim Carney - March 14, 2014

The cabaret and circus worlds infused last night as incredibly talented performers welcomed their audience into the wonderful world of Empire at the return season of this ridiculously thrilling show. The intimate nature of the show captures your attention and imagination from the moment you step into the tent and that imagination is taken on a whirlwind ride through the vaudevillian world captured so aptly by its creative team led by director Terence O'Connell and choreographer John 'Cha Cha O'Connell. (more...)


BWW Reviews: GREASE - Cheese is the Word Review BWW Reviews: GREASE - Cheese is the Word
by Tim Carney - January 07, 2014

It's hard to know where to start with this production of Grease. So much is right, even more is wrong. It is a combination of product and treatment of the product that impacts on the overall aesthetic of this show. The audience participation section at the beginning of the show is particularly laboured and drawn out and it takes an almighty burst of energy from the ensemble in Grease is the Word to recapture our waning attention. This energy level is never matched through the rest of the show leaving it feeling slow, clunky and particularly cheesy. Grease is an almighty movie, a classic that spans generations and has some of the more iconic characters of our time. While independently Rob Mills as Danny and Gretel Scarlett as Sandy do admirable jobs, collectively there in an apathetic connection between them. Their relationship, like a lot of the show, is underwhelming. (more...)


BWW Reviews: All the Tears! All the Stars! A Moving DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? in Shanghai Review BWW Reviews: All the Tears! All the Stars! A Moving DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? in Shanghai
by Jacqueline Bublitz - December 06, 2013

All the tears! All the stars! as Lea Salonga and Michael Ball headline a moving Do You Hear The People Sing? in Shanghai. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - A Fun Frolic on the Seas Review BWW Reviews: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - A Fun Frolic on the Seas
by Tim Carney - October 31, 2013

The Production Company rounded off its 2013 season last night with Gilbert and Sullivan's classic operetta The Pirates of Penzance. There was, however, little reference to the classic that was first performed in 1879. There have been many adaptations of the original, with this production centering on the 1981 Broadway production. This show is undoubtedly fun. In fact, that is the most apt word to describe this production. It's light and fluffy in all the right places, however, its biggest strength is also its ultimate undoing. For while director Dean Bryant has tapped into the light pantomime frolics that make Pirates so enjoyable, there is little variation to the over flamboyance presented on opening night. This show fails to find the truth in moments that call for it. Any honest point is made light of or brushed over with seemingly little regard. The show fights against itself, leaving us partially satisfied but never fully satisfied. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Underwhelming Adaptation of Classic Movie Musical Review BWW Reviews: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Underwhelming Adaptation of Classic Movie Musical
by Tim Carney - August 21, 2013

Orchestra Victoria, under the direction of maestro John Foreman sweep into the overture of the production company's production of Singin' In The Rain with such flamboyance and precision that anything that follows seems mundane and a little underwhelming. This is a combination of the show, the cast and the limited set, constricting the cast's ability to maximise their skill and talent. (more...)


BWW Reviews: HOT SHOE SHUFFLE Review BWW Reviews: HOT SHOE SHUFFLE
by Tim Carney - August 12, 2013

Hot Shoe Shuffle is a fascinating show. Its part story, part revue, part tap through line give it somewhat of an incomplete, dysfunctional feel. However, the part tap is enough to lead this show to one conclusion...all entertainment. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CAVALIA - Spectacular Show Needs a Little More Heart Review BWW Reviews: CAVALIA - Spectacular Show Needs a Little More Heart
by Tim Carney - July 25, 2013

The relationship between man and horse has been an area of interest for playwrights and authors alike for centuries. The companionship of the creature for man during battle, along with its capacity for the extraordinary, give (more...)


BWW Reviews: Naked Truths at Finucane & Smith's GLORY BOX: PARADISE Review BWW Reviews: Naked Truths at Finucane & Smith's GLORY BOX: PARADISE
by Jacqueline Bublitz - July 15, 2013

At the beginning of this performance, Finucane, the sinewy master of these ceremonies, quips that three elements are required for art and its audience - passion, liquor and unrealistic expectation. There is no doubt my expectations are high after the revelation that was their 2012 Melbourne show. But it is dry(ish) July for this reviewer, so I'm approaching this new show with said expectation and passion, only. (more...)


BWW Reviews: GYPSY - Curtain Up On A Once In A Lifetime Theatre Experience Review BWW Reviews: GYPSY - Curtain Up On A Once In A Lifetime Theatre Experience
by Jacqueline Bublitz - July 10, 2013

Get yourself a ticket to GYPSY, and get it right now. Because if you have an interest in musical theatre, or any theatre at all, you owe it to yourself to experience Caroline O'Connor as Mama Rose. (more...)


 
🔀AUSTRALIA - MELBOURNE SHOWS
Into the Woods in Australia - MelbourneInto the Woods
(Runs 7/19 - 7/26)
The King and I in Australia - MelbourneThe King and I
(Runs 6/13 - 8/17)
The Play of Herod in Australia - MelbourneThe Play of Herod
(Runs 10/2 - 10/5)

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