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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...)


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...)


 
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