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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...)


BWW Reviews: Idina Menzel - Barefoot and Firmly Centre Stage in Melbourne Review BWW Reviews: Idina Menzel - Barefoot and Firmly Centre Stage in Melbourne
by Jacqueline Bublitz - July 02, 2013

From the WIZARD OF OZ/WICKED opening number right through the encores, the gorgeously refurbished Hamer Hall resounded with appreciation for Idina Menzel in this, her first Melbourne show, and the last concert of her first ever Australian tour. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Visually Unforgettable, If Flawed KING KONG Opens in Melbourne Review BWW Reviews: Visually Unforgettable, If Flawed KING KONG Opens in Melbourne
by Tim Carney - June 16, 2013

The songs aren't memorable, the story is flawed, and yet King Kong the musical is one show that will stay with you long after the final curtain. (more...)


BWW Reviews: GENESIS TO BROADWAY Has A Lofty And Admirable Goal Review BWW Reviews: GENESIS TO BROADWAY Has A Lofty And Admirable Goal
by Jacqueline Bublitz - June 15, 2013

The problem with GENESIS TO BROADWAY is how interesting its proposition is. You find yourself leaning forward, wanting to know more when a particular anecdote is shared, only for it to be replaced by another brief story - like a medley where your favourite song is cut off that moment too soon. (more...)


BWW Reviews: 2 SHORT RUSSIANS - A Russian Celebration Review BWW Reviews: 2 SHORT RUSSIANS - A Russian Celebration
by Tim Carney - June 02, 2013

5 Pound Theatre's production, 2 short Russians, opened this week at the Owl and The Pussycat. Act 1 opens with Maksym Kurochkin's Vodka Fucking and Television. In this play Hero, played effectively by young up and coming actor Jack Beeby has to decide whether vodka (Susannah Frith) fucking (Clare Callow) or television (Dmitri Pronin) is ruining his life. All three state their case trying to persuade Hero to eliminate one of them from his life. Jason Cavanagh's direction of this piece is stunning. He incorporates technology throughout this script in a way that highlights its contemporary nature, while still managing to keep the play's intimacy and core value. You are left wondering whether Kurochkin's play is a personal confession or a snapshot of a generation at the turn of the 21st century. (more...)


VIDEO: Behind-the-Scenes of KING KONG; Previews Begin Tonight at Melbourne's Regent Theatre Review VIDEO: Behind-the-Scenes of KING KONG; Previews Begin Tonight at Melbourne's Regent Theatre
by Stage Tube - May 26, 2013

The new stage musical KING KONG begins previews tonight for an exclusive season at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, with an official opening night of June 13. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the show is already casting its eye towards Broadway, with a hopeful launch as early as 2014. Below, check out a report from Australia's news program SUNDAY NIGHT, which features a behind-the-scenes look at the show's rehearsals! (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - A Riotous Night Out Review BWW Reviews: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - A Riotous Night Out
by Tim Carney - May 22, 2013

Richard Bean's One Man Two Guvnors has to be one of the funniest plays written to date. It is nonstop hilarity from beginning to end. The show opened in 2011 on the West end, transferred to Broadway and has been on an International tour in 2013. With a multitude of musicals opening in Melbourne over the next 4 weeks, it feels like the National Theatre of London's production in conjunction with MTC could slip in and out of Melbourne without much mention, especially with King Kong dominating every available publicity space in the city. If every performance of this show is not sold out it will be a travesty. It deserves it ten fold along with an extended season. (more...)


BWW Reviews: LEGALLY BLONDE Review BWW Reviews: LEGALLY BLONDE
by Tim Carney - May 13, 2013

Legally Blonde opened in Melbourne to a standing ovation that was well deserved for a particularly talented cast . This production is slick. From beginning to end it has everything a musical comedy needs. It's light, camp and fun with a clever score from Laurence O'keefe and Nell Benjamin that combines humorous lyric with catchy vibrant melodies. (more...)


BWW Reviews: BLAK Review BWW Reviews: BLAK
by Tim Carney - May 06, 2013

From the opening moments of Bangarra dance theatre's Blak it was obvious there was something magical occurring before us. (more...)


BWW Reviews: AND ALL THING RETURN TO NATURE TOMORROW - But Some are Left Behind Review BWW Reviews: AND ALL THING RETURN TO NATURE TOMORROW - But Some are Left Behind
by Jacqueline Bublitz - March 27, 2013

Can a production where the performers spend half of their time naked on stage have no climax, no peak? The answer, it turns out is a definitive yes. (more...)


BWW Reviews: FLESH AND BONE – An Unexpected, Delicious Exploration of Love, Gender and Connection Review BWW Reviews: FLESH AND BONE – An Unexpected, Delicious Exploration of Love, Gender and Connection
by Jacqueline Bublitz - March 11, 2013

On this unseasonably warm night, in this intimate cave of a performance space, the air will soon be ripe with the pungent smell of tomatoes and longing. It turns out the two go well together, unexpectedly, deliciously, when served up in FLESH AND BONE, the latest piece from KAGE Creative Directors and performers Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyck. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Garages in MELBOURNE Review BWW Reviews: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Garages in MELBOURNE
by Henry Sachwald - February 05, 2013

The best way to enjoy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is take someone under 10 with you to see it. (more...)


 
🔀AUSTRALIA - MELBOURNE SHOWS
Wicked in Australia - MelbourneWicked
(Runs 5/6 - 5/11)
David Williamson’s MANAGING CARMEN in Australia - MelbourneDavid Williamson’s MANAGING CARMEN
(Runs 5/28 - 5/31)
Celtic Thunder in Australia - MelbourneCeltic Thunder
(Runs 6/7 - 6/7)
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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