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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...)
BWW Review: SEMINAR at The Loft, Chapel Off Chapel BWW Review: SEMINAR at The Loft, Chapel Off Chapel
by Victoria Beal - November 14, 2016

Walking across the stage to get to your seat, you find yourself in an Upper West Side apartment where 4 eager writers have paid $5000 each to learn from eccentric Leonard, a posturing writer with stories the equivalent of a student who just got back from a gap year in Moldova or Rwanda.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Shines in Melbourne BWW Review: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Shines in Melbourne
by Victoria Beal - October 29, 2016

For Melbourne audiences this chilly spring, The Light in the Piazza is the musical we had no idea we would love.... (more...)
BWW Review: Carla Conlin Asks 'Where's My Pony?' in Her Cabaret About Reality and Growing Up BWW Review: Carla Conlin Asks 'Where's My Pony?' in Her Cabaret About Reality and Growing Up
by Victoria Beal - October 29, 2016

Carla Conlin takes to the stage in a red gown that is to die for...but she's a kid? Through pop, jazz, and contemporary musical theatre, Carla Conlin grows up before our very eyes.... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Raises Melbourne to Its Feet! BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Raises Melbourne to Its Feet!
by Victoria Beal - October 24, 2016

Kinky Boots opened its Australian tour in Melbourne on Saturday night and what a kicking success it was! A musical so appropriate for our country to see as conversation about equality and plebiscites continues.... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS - Fun Frivolity and Frisky Freedom BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS - Fun Frivolity and Frisky Freedom
by Tim Carney - October 24, 2016

In June 2013 two musicals went head to head in the best musical category at the Tony Awards. One would win but both would leave their mark in the musical theatre industry as being truly special shows. Kinky Boots and Matilda are currently playing a block away from each other in Melbourne and movin... (more...)
BWW REVIEW:  Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's SATO & THE ROMANTICS Is A Fantastic Night Of Breathtaking Music BWW REVIEW: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's SATO & THE ROMANTICS Is A Fantastic Night Of Breathtaking Music
by Jade Kops - September 11, 2016

Guest violinist Shunske Sato stuns audiences with his expressive and incredible interpretation of three 19th Century works with the support of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in SATO & THE ROMANTICS.... (more...)
BWW Review: MTC's LILITH THE JUNGLE GIRL Goes for the Jugular BWW Review: MTC's LILITH THE JUNGLE GIRL Goes for the Jugular
by Victoria Beal - September 08, 2016

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BWW REVIEW: Opera Australia And John Frost's Latest Musical Partnership Celebrates The 60th Anniversary Of MY FAIR LADY BWW REVIEW: Opera Australia And John Frost's Latest Musical Partnership Celebrates The 60th Anniversary Of MY FAIR LADY
by Jade Kops - September 07, 2016

Under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House, MY FAIR LADY pairs recreations of the original vision with Direction from the original Eliza Doolittle, Dame Julie Andrews, the remaining living link to Moss Hart's (1956 Director) original production.... (more...)
BWW Review: WE WILL ROCK YOU BWW Review: WE WILL ROCK YOU
by Tim Carney - September 06, 2016

13 years after it opened in Melbourne, Queen and Ben Elton's rock theatrical We Will Rock You once again opened in a revival production that still rocked, albeit pretty limply. Let's get something straight, Queen's catalogue rolls out hit after hit throughout the show but it's script and the integ... (more...)