Episode Two of The Theatre Channel takes its Halloween theme and has a ball with it, with brilliant performances from the likes of Linzi Hateley, Jordan Shaw, Bradley Jaden and Sophie Isaacs.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
A musical to be cherished, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical arrives in pristine form, packed with lively singing talents who have honed their roles to theatrical perfection.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical ★★★★★
The night started with two twenty-something girls who had no clue who Carole King was (don’t judge us!) and ended up with two brand new super fans, striding out of the theatre arm in arm, belting ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ and wistfully longing we could transport back to 1960s Brooklyn.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
A glittering celebration of twentieth-century pop music, the Australian premiere season of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is blessed with a superb local cast.
DOWN UNDER Year in Review: Music theatre in 2016
Predating the UK’s entry into the EEC/EU (and quite possibly outlasting it too!) the Cambridge University European Theatre Group has over the years amassed a fine degree of cross-Channel cultural integration. To some extent, this year is no exception and having just completed a Swiss tour via Belgium the group bring their 2016 production of Hamlet to the Cockpit Theatre for one day only.
FROM DOWN UNDER: The Last Five Years
Blessed with a terrific pair of leads, The Last Five Years makes a welcome return to Australia in this affecting involving and insightful production.
FROM DOWN UNDER: The Light in the Piazza
Perfectly cast and handsomely staged, the Melbourne professional premiere of exquisitely romantic gem The Light in the Piazza shimmers with radiant beauty.
FROM DOWN UNDER: The 2015 musical theatre year in review
World premieres abounded, boutique musicals thrived and revivals continued arriving in the 2015 year of musical theatre. Melbourne’s music theatre year began with two large-scale productions that both played for many months.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Cats
While the show as a whole may be losing some of its impact with each return visit, this season serves to provide a showcase for many emerging talents. The proliferation of performing arts training courses provides a ready supply of highly qualified triple threats. With the dancing still at a very high level, this is the best singing I have ever heard in the show. Musical director Paul White has imbued the ensemble singing with the tightest dynamics heard on this stage since Wicked, and the featured roles are none too shabby either.
From Down Under: Blood Brothers in Melbourne
The West End’s third longest-running musical, Blood Brothers is a dramatically charged potboiler with a poetic book and lyrics by Willy Russell (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita). Russell’s simple music is highly hummable and well matched to the lively working-class characters.