A hit when it opened in London’s West End in 2011, Ghost the Musical was originally announced to open in Melbourne in 2013, but producers backed out after the show’s lukewarm reception on Broadway in 2012. It is clear why the original London producers have persevered with bringing the show to Australia; the blue chip title has instant recognition and the pop-infused score is an attraction for a younger theatre crowd.
Presented as a 1970s spy romp, Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio is an amusing evening of beautiful music.
Lightly comedic thriller North By Northwest looks glossy and grand in the larger space of the State Theatre in Melbourne.
World premiere musical Butch Masters: Man of Destiny brings affordable theatre to Midsumma 2016. Talented songwriter Jamie Burgess has managed the impressive feat of penning the book, music and lyrics for this new, full-length musical. Burgess also took on musical director duties, and laid down the recorded instrumental backing tracks for the performances.
Gilbert Deflo’s production of Verdi favourite Rigoletto raises the piece to the grandest operatic scale. Thankfully, the singers are easily as spectacular as the soaring scenery.
The Edinburgh Fringe has just announced that Kath Mainland is to leave the organisation after seven years as its Chief Executive. She will take on the role of Executive Director of the Melbourne Festival in February 2016.