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BWW REVIEW: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Delivers Another Beautiful Escape From The Stress Of The Season With Their Annual NOEL! NOEL! BWW REVIEW: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Delivers Another Beautiful Escape From The Stress Of The Season With Their Annual NOEL! NOEL!
by Jade Kops - December 15, 2017

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's (ABO) Artistic Director and Conductor Paul Dyer has outdone himself with his 2017 program for the annual NOEL!NOEL! Concert.... (more...)
BWW Review: KEVIN RUDD & KERRY O'BRIEN presented by The Wheeler Centre BWW Review: KEVIN RUDD & KERRY O'BRIEN presented by The Wheeler Centre
by Victoria Beal - October 26, 2017

In the trail of the release of the first volume of his story, 'Not For the Faint Hearted', Melbourne audiences witnessed Kevin Rudd in conversation with Kerry O'Brien at the Athenaeum Theatre on October 26th. Presented by The Wheeler Centre, Kerry O'Brien brought his famously biting style of journal... (more...)
BWW Review: WHAT THE HELL? THE HANDMAID'S TALE IN 2017 (PRESENTED BY MELBOURNE FESTIVAL AS PART OF THE WHEELER CENTRE'S FESTIVAL OF QUESTIONS) at Melbourne Town Hall BWW Review: WHAT THE HELL? THE HANDMAID'S TALE IN 2017 (PRESENTED BY MELBOURNE FESTIVAL AS PART OF THE WHEELER CENTRE'S FESTIVAL OF QUESTIONS) at Melbourne Town Hall
by Victoria Beal - October 24, 2017

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BWW Review: ALL THE SEX I'VE EVER HAD is as Grand as it Gets at Arts Centre Melbourne BWW Review: ALL THE SEX I'VE EVER HAD is as Grand as it Gets at Arts Centre Melbourne
by Brodie Paparella - October 15, 2017

The saying goes there's nothing more like fantasy than reality, and the Melbourne premiere of All the Sex I Ever Had serves that idiom with gusto and sincerity.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: West End's Best, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Capture Hearts With The Whirlwind Australian TOGETHER Tour BWW REVIEW: West End's Best, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Capture Hearts With The Whirlwind Australian TOGETHER Tour
by Jade Kops - October 12, 2017

Following on from a double-platinum selling Christmas #1 UK album of duets, TOGETHER, and a sold-out tour of the UK, British musical theatre heartbreakers Michael Ball and Alfie Boe bring their brand of star quality 'Down Under' to the delight of fans.... (more...)
BWW Review: MAY CONTAIN SEX SCENES Surprises in Sensual Sexploration at Emerald City, Meat Market BWW Review: MAY CONTAIN SEX SCENES Surprises in Sensual Sexploration at Emerald City, Meat Market
by Brodie Paparella - October 09, 2017

Sabrina Martin, Kiwi creative chanteuse, has brought a sensory delight from across the ditch for an interactive and insightful evening discovering the mystery and magnificence of the female orgasm in May Contain Sex Scenes. The show is difficult to review, as a great deal of its power lies in its el... (more...)
BWW Review: CALENDAR GIRLS at Athenaeum Theatre BWW Review: CALENDAR GIRLS at Athenaeum Theatre
by Victoria Beal - October 05, 2017

Many have seen the famous film featuring a veritable who's who of British screen, and this stage production is just as heartwarming. Based on a true story, the story follows a Women's Institute group in Yorkshire, looking for ways to spice up their humdrum lives and raise money for charity.... (more...)
BWW Review: Fringe Exposes the MEASURE OF A MAN in One-Man Pathos Piece at Emerald City, Meat Market BWW Review: Fringe Exposes the MEASURE OF A MAN in One-Man Pathos Piece at Emerald City, Meat Market
by Brodie Paparella - September 22, 2017

It cannot be underestimated, the place of an audience in the energy of a show and their collective states of mind. Having seen Gavin Roach's Measure of Man last year as part of Sydney Fringe, this reviewer was excited to see how the Melbourne Fringe production had stayed true to the message of the w... (more...)
BWW Review: UGLY DUCKLING at Melbourne Fringe BWW Review: UGLY DUCKLING at Melbourne Fringe
by Victoria Beal - September 21, 2017

Ugly Duckling, written by Spanky and performed by Karla Hillam, breathes new life into the tale we all know about the awkward protagonist coming into their own.... (more...)
BWW Review: LET'S GET PRACTICAL! LIVE Blows Fringe-Goer Minds at The Lithuanian Club (Loft) BWW Review: LET'S GET PRACTICAL! LIVE Blows Fringe-Goer Minds at The Lithuanian Club (Loft)
by Brodie Paparella - September 17, 2017

The Very Good Looking Initiative are back with a show that is the comedy-theatrical version of the sensation you get at the end of a YouTube Hole, and if you think Family Guy knows how far they can stretch a joke, wait until you see Let's Get Practical! Live. Any lovers of the Fringe condition and t... (more...)
BWW Review: MICHELLE PEARSON'S COMFORT FOOD CABARET at Melbourne Fringe BWW Review: MICHELLE PEARSON'S COMFORT FOOD CABARET at Melbourne Fringe
by Victoria Beal - September 15, 2017

Melbourne is the city to be in if you love food and cabaret and Michelle Pearson's Comfort Food Cabaret is the perfect combination of both.... (more...)
BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA an Epic Pilgrimage For Us All at fortyfive Downstairs BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA an Epic Pilgrimage For Us All at fortyfive Downstairs
by Brodie Paparella - September 08, 2017

Some argue it is the epic play of our generation, an iconoclast of politics, existentialism and the last health crisis to impact the modern world indiscriminate of race, class or religion. Tony Kushner's opus Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes premiered in 1991 and opened on Broadw... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at Regent Theatre BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at Regent Theatre
by Victoria Beal - September 07, 2017

The stage adaptation of the 1992 film of the same name, The Bodyguard The Musical tells the story of Rachel Marron, a chart topping pop star who's life is turned upside down by an obsessed stalker.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE REAL AND IMAGINED HISTORY OF THE ELEPHANT MAN at Malthouse Theatre BWW Review: THE REAL AND IMAGINED HISTORY OF THE ELEPHANT MAN at Malthouse Theatre
by Victoria Beal - August 11, 2017

A man featured in literature since the 20s and on stage and film since the 70s, Joseph Merrick, otherwise known as The Elephant Man, has had his story told in a myriad of ways - but none quite like this.... (more...)
BWW Review: Black Hole Theatre's THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS at FortyFiveDownstairs BWW Review: Black Hole Theatre's THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS at FortyFiveDownstairs
by Victoria Beal - July 31, 2017

Combining art installation, live performance, projections, opera, puppetry and augmented-reality earphones Black Hole Theatre plunges audiences into the confused and surreal world experienced by dementia-suffering Ada (Alison Richards) in an immersive experience that is both magnificent and unsettli... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Dmitry Sinkovsky Returns To Australia To Present THE SINGING VIOLIN With The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra BWW REVIEW: Dmitry Sinkovsky Returns To Australia To Present THE SINGING VIOLIN With The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
by Jade Kops - July 28, 2017

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's Artistic Director and Conductor Paul Dyer AO has welcomed the opportunity to bring acclaimed Russian Baroque violinist and countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky back to Australia as a Guest Director for a three city tour of THE SINGING VIOLIN... (more...)
17th Annual HELPMANN AWARDS: All the Winners! 17th Annual HELPMANN AWARDS: All the Winners!
by Jade Kops - July 24, 2017

The 17th Annual Helpmann Awards will be announced at a ceremony on starting at 7pm EST Monday 24th July at the Capitol Theatre Sydney.... (more...)
BWW Review: Bell Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BWW Review: Bell Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by Victoria Beal - July 20, 2017

BWW Review: Bell Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE... (more...)
BWW Review: NEXT FALL at Chapel Off Chapel BWW Review: NEXT FALL at Chapel Off Chapel
by Victoria Beal - July 20, 2017

Geoffrey Nauffts highly-acclaimed Next Fall is something of a theatrical success story, with the original 2009 production receiving critical praise, an extended Broadway season and a Tony-Award nomination. The play follows the five-year relationship of unlikely couple Adam - a frustrated and neuroti... (more...)
BWW Review: Music Theatre Melbourne Presents Jon English's PARIS BWW Review: Music Theatre Melbourne Presents Jon English's PARIS
by Victoria Beal - July 15, 2017

BWW Review: Music Theatre Melbourne presents Jon English's PARIS... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Pantomime Returns To Sydney with THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL in RETURN TO PANTOLAND BWW REVIEW: Pantomime Returns To Sydney with THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL in RETURN TO PANTOLAND
by Jade Kops - July 09, 2017

Bonnie Lythgoe's (Producer and Director) production of THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL in RETURN TO PANTOLAND continues what is becoming a Sydney Winter tradition of Pantomime performances.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE RAPTURE at FortyFiveDownstairs BWW Review: THE RAPTURE at FortyFiveDownstairs
by Victoria Beal - July 03, 2017

Moira Finucane's The Rapture: Art vs Extinction fully immerses its audience into what can only be described as a hybrid form of boutique theatre. The result is fantastic, a hurly-burly experience that leaves you walking out of the theatre in pure euphoria.... (more...)
BWW Review: PUT THE BLAME ON MAME Puts Willow Sizer's Name in the Game at Chapel Off Chapel BWW Review: PUT THE BLAME ON MAME Puts Willow Sizer's Name in the Game at Chapel Off Chapel
by Brodie Paparella - June 27, 2017

Willow Sizer takes you right back into the presence of scintillating forties diva songstresses, all the way down to the shivers along your upper arms. Sitting spellbound in the Loft at Chapel of Chapel, an uncontainable crowd were transported back to the times of undulating figures and captivating s... (more...)
BWW Review: Malthouse presents REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. BWW Review: Malthouse presents REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN.
by Victoria Beal - June 26, 2017

Malthouse Theatre's production of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is an explosion of language and imagery that challenges society's gender labels and examines what it is to be a woman. It unapologetically rips away the female archetype and screams for its audience to rally behind its title.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Questions Abound As To The Validity Of Australia's HELPMANN AWARDS As the Nominations for 2017 Are Announced BWW REVIEW: Questions Abound As To The Validity Of Australia's HELPMANN AWARDS As the Nominations for 2017 Are Announced
by Jade Kops - June 20, 2017

The nominations for Australia's Live Performance industry awards, the HELPMANN AWARDS were announced last night at simultaneous events across the country (2017 Nominations List). Named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann's long and diverse career, the awards principle objective, according to Live Perfo... (more...)