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BWW REVIEW: New Australian Musical Showcases Australian Talent With An Account Of The Incredible Life of Dame Nellie MELBA BWW REVIEW: New Australian Musical Showcases Australian Talent With An Account Of The Incredible Life of Dame Nellie MELBA
by Jade Kops - August 17, 2017

Nicholas Christo and Johannes Luebbers intriguing new musical MELBA sees opera and musical theatre come together to celebrate the legendary Dame Nellie Melba.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW:  The Heartbreakingly Beautiful True Love Story Of Two Young Men Taken Too Soon Plays Out In Lane Cove Theatre Company's HOLDING THE MAN. BWW REVIEW: The Heartbreakingly Beautiful True Love Story Of Two Young Men Taken Too Soon Plays Out In Lane Cove Theatre Company's HOLDING THE MAN.
by Jade Kops - August 13, 2017

Tommy Murphy's adaptation of Tim Conigrave's award winning memoir HOLDING THE MAN is presented with care and simplicity by Lane Cove Theatre Company.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Personal, Political And Poignant, STRANGE BEDFELLOWS's BEDLAM Delivers A Contemporary Twist On Classic Cerebral And Confronting Cabaret BWW REVIEW: Personal, Political And Poignant, STRANGE BEDFELLOWS's BEDLAM Delivers A Contemporary Twist On Classic Cerebral And Confronting Cabaret
by Jade Kops - August 09, 2017

Opera's wild children Jacqueline Dark and Kanen Breen, otherwise known as the STRANGE BEDFELLOWS, return to the cabaret stage with their latest offering, BEDLAM. Drawing on classic Weimar Kabarett, this bold and brilliant work is both contemplative and comic as Opera meets mainstream to question the... (more...)
BWW REVIEW:  Conformity And Compliance Are Challenged In ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST BWW REVIEW: Conformity And Compliance Are Challenged In ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
by Jade Kops - August 08, 2017

Sport for Jove's latest offering takes a contemporary turn from its usual period works with Dale Wasserman's adaptation of Ken Kesey's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Heart, Hope And Hollywood Combine in TECHNICOLOR LIFE, A Moving Story Of Coping In The 21st Century BWW REVIEW: Heart, Hope And Hollywood Combine in TECHNICOLOR LIFE, A Moving Story Of Coping In The 21st Century
by Jade Kops - August 06, 2017

Jami Brandli's play TECHNICOLOR LIFE brings women's stories to the forefront in an emotional rollercoaster of dramatic comedy.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Queenie van de Zandt brings BLUE: THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL to Hayes Theatre BWW REVIEW: Queenie van de Zandt brings BLUE: THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL to Hayes Theatre
by Jade Kops - August 05, 2017

Queenie van de Zandt returns to the cabaret stage with BLUE: THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL. Attempting to channel the spirit of the now 73 year old Mitchell, van de Zandt gives the audience a glimpse into the iconic singer's life and career.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Identity, Heritage, and Family Are Challenged As History Is Unearthed KINDERTRANSPORT BWW REVIEW: Identity, Heritage, and Family Are Challenged As History Is Unearthed KINDERTRANSPORT
by Jade Kops - August 05, 2017

Diane Samuels' heartbreaking fictional KINDERTRANSPORT, grounded in the real stories of Jewish children sent to the United Kingdom prior to the outbreak of WWII, exposes the lesser known victims of a war built on racism and the ongoing impact Kindertransport has had on families.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Challenging And Confronting And Unfortunately Relevant, DRY LAND Looks At Life With Honesty But Also Hope BWW REVIEW: Challenging And Confronting And Unfortunately Relevant, DRY LAND Looks At Life With Honesty But Also Hope
by Jade Kops - August 04, 2017

Ruby Rae Spiegel's DRY LAND, an intense play of youth, unplanned pregnancy, and most importantly friendship is presented with graphic honesty by Director Claudia Barrie.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: QUEEN: IT'S A KINDA MAGIC Tour Recreates The Magic Of One Of The 20th Century's Most Iconic Rock Bands BWW REVIEW: QUEEN: IT'S A KINDA MAGIC Tour Recreates The Magic Of One Of The 20th Century's Most Iconic Rock Bands
by Jade Kops - July 31, 2017

The music that helped define British Rock is recreated with passionate attention to detail in QUEEN: IT'S A KINDA MAGIC to the delight of fans, old and new... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Disco, Circus and Cabaret Combine To Create The Energetic And Inspiring VELVET BWW REVIEW: Disco, Circus and Cabaret Combine To Create The Energetic And Inspiring VELVET
by Jade Kops - July 29, 2017

Merging Cabaret and Circus with Disco, VELVET delivers a heart-warming story of discovery, acceptance and finding your place in the world... (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:  In Bringing Felicity Castagna's Novel To The Parramatta Stage, THE INCREDIBLE HERE AND NOW Captures The Soul Of The Western Suburbs. BWW REVIEW: In Bringing Felicity Castagna's Novel To The Parramatta Stage, THE INCREDIBLE HERE AND NOW Captures The Soul Of The Western Suburbs.
by Jade Kops - July 22, 2017

The contemporary story of growing up in Parramatta gives the Western suburbs an overdue voice in Australian theatre with the premiere of Felicity Castagna's novel turned play, THE INCREDIBLE HERE AND NOW.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW:  Heart And Honesty Aplenty As Matthew Mitcham Opens Up In UNDER THE COVERS BWW REVIEW: Heart And Honesty Aplenty As Matthew Mitcham Opens Up In UNDER THE COVERS
by Jade Kops - July 22, 2017

Former Olympic Diving gold medallist Matthew Mitcham's returns to the cabaret stage with UNDER THE COVERS.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: THIS MUCH IS TRUE Shines A Spotlight On The Fabulous Misfits Of One Of Sydney's Last Truly Local Pubs BWW REVIEW: THIS MUCH IS TRUE Shines A Spotlight On The Fabulous Misfits Of One Of Sydney's Last Truly Local Pubs
by Jade Kops - July 16, 2017

The latest in Red Line Production's "Unspoken" season of stories most people dare not talk about shares the amazing stories of the misfits of Woolloomaloo in the world premiere of Louis Nowra's THIS MUCH IS TRUE.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: The Seedy Underbelly Of The Stamp Collecting World Comes To Light In MAURITIUS BWW REVIEW: The Seedy Underbelly Of The Stamp Collecting World Comes To Light In MAURITIUS
by Jade Kops - July 16, 2017

Mystery and manipulation come together as the fight for the 'crown jewels of stamp collecting' plays out in Theresa Rebeck's MARUITIUS.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Giving Voice To A Part Of Australian Society Not Often Seen On Stage, AUSTRALIAN GRAFFITI Challenges The Prejudice Born Of Fear Of Change BWW REVIEW: Giving Voice To A Part Of Australian Society Not Often Seen On Stage, AUSTRALIAN GRAFFITI Challenges The Prejudice Born Of Fear Of Change
by Jade Kops - July 13, 2017

Presenting a story of a part of the community not often seen on stage, Disapol Savetsila's AUSTRALIAN GRAFFITI, directed by Paige Rattray, seeks to challenge Sydney Theatre Company audiences to rethink their views of the new and unknown.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Caryl Churchill's Genderbending, Time Travelling CLOUD NINE Shines A Spotlight On How Much Society Has And Has Not Changed. BWW REVIEW: Caryl Churchill's Genderbending, Time Travelling CLOUD NINE Shines A Spotlight On How Much Society Has And Has Not Changed.
by Jade Kops - July 09, 2017

Caryl Churchill's CLOUD NINE, which premiered 38 years ago is reinterpreted for the 21st Century by Director Kip Williams.... (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:  One Boy's Challenge Of Living Across Cultures Comes To Life With Heart And Humour In THAI-RIFFIC BWW REVIEW: One Boy's Challenge Of Living Across Cultures Comes To Life With Heart And Humour In THAI-RIFFIC
by Jade Kops - July 08, 2017

Nathan Luff adapts Oliver Phommovanh's chlidren's novel THAI-RIFFIC to deliver a fun filled feast for the senses as it follows on boy's journey of discovering how to live between his family's heritage and his community culture.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Proving To Be More a Prophesy Than A Heeded Warning, George Orwell's 1984 Comes Off The Page and Onto Stage. BWW REVIEW: Proving To Be More a Prophesy Than A Heeded Warning, George Orwell's 1984 Comes Off The Page and Onto Stage.
by Jade Kops - July 02, 2017

Returning to Australia following success at the 2015 Melbourne Festival, Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's adaptation of George Orwell's famous dystopian novel 1984 is presented by Sydney Theatre Company and State Theatre Company South Australia with an all Australian cast.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: JATINGA Exposes The Stories That The Rest Of The World Would Rather Ignore BWW REVIEW: JATINGA Exposes The Stories That The Rest Of The World Would Rather Ignore
by Jade Kops - June 25, 2017

Purva Naresh's new play, JATINGA, shares a heartbreaking side of India that the rest of the world has tried to ignore. In its world premiere, this 80 minute play delves into the stories of India's forgotten girls, based on Naresh's personal experience with girls she met in the Kamathipura region of ... (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...)
BWW REVIEW: Sport For Jove Reprises The Award Winning Production Of CYRANO DE BERGERAC BWW REVIEW: Sport For Jove Reprises The Award Winning Production Of CYRANO DE BERGERAC
by Jade Kops - June 18, 2017

Damien Ryan's adaptation of Edmond Rostand's classic romantic comedy, CYRANO DE BERGERAC returns to Sydney for an encore season, 4 years after it won the 2013 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Independent Production, Best Director and Best Actor. With a few cast changes due to availability, most notabl... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: New Australian Play SUNSET STRIP Finds Humour Even When Everything Seems Hopeless. BWW REVIEW: New Australian Play SUNSET STRIP Finds Humour Even When Everything Seems Hopeless.
by Jade Kops - June 18, 2017

Suzie Miller's new work SUNSET STRIP is a wonderful new Australian play that is presented with a recognisable truth and honesty. Finding hope in darkness, questioning whether habits can be changed and the importance of love and family is examined with a humour in amongst the hurt with a perfect bal... (more...)