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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...)


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...)


 
🔀AUSTRALIA - MELBOURNE SHOWS
Orphans by Dennis Kelly in Australia - MelbourneOrphans by Dennis Kelly
(Runs 8/6 - 8/23)
Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind in Australia - MelbourneSam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind
(Runs 8/14 - 9/13)
The Play of Herod in Australia - MelbourneThe Play of Herod
(Runs 10/2 - 10/5)

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