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FROM DOWN UNDER: New Australian musical CROSSxROADS

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What a difference a director makes. With the evolution of new musicals still not fully supported in Australia, CROSSxROADS stands well ahead of recent entries due to the simple act of engaging a strong director. The immediate benefit is that any rough patches or teething problems are at least partially soothed by the innovation and vision of a director who treats the work like a prized gem

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FROM DOWN UNDER: Ghost the Musical in Melbourne

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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.