Demonstrating yet again their absolute commitment to both new works and young singers, Victorian Opera presents the world premiere of the delightful new opera The Grumpiest Boy in the World.
The original spirituality, raw talent and Irish charm of Riverdance are all but lost in this flashy, simplistic, clichéd presentation.
Having broken away from original phenomenon Riverdance, Michael Flatley has enjoyed enormous success around the world over the past nineteen years. He recently announced that the coming Broadway leg of the Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games world tour would see his stage retirement. Flatley has not actually come to Australia with the tour, which continues simultaneously in Europe, but his distinctive stamp is all over this production, given that he serves as creator, producer, director and choreographer.
Brimming with rapturous Puccini-esque music and sung by a wonderfully well-matched cast of five, Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s hand-polished production of long lost Melbourne opera Stella is a gem.
The Australian Ballet boasts a carefully curated collection of classical and contemporary dance works in its eagerly anticipated season 2016. Returning full-length favourites and innovative mixed programs will be joined by a […]
A pair of high quality performances anchors a lovingly staged boutique presentation of Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald’s 1995 musical John & Jen. A contemplative reflection on family ties, John & Jen […]
Lavish production values and wonderful dance combine for a world class, highly traditional new staging of evergreen classic The Sleeping Beauty. Created and promoted over an extended period, the highly anticipated production […]
A terrific cast, strong production values and lashings of real heart set Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life apart from similar “girls night out” revuesicals.
Completing the rarely achieved task of writing the book, music and lyrics, Amity Dry displays keen insight and strong empathy for a range of characters at differing points of motherhood. Wisely keeping the action light on book scenes and heavy on songs, Dry provides just enough text to link the four characters in a story arc, providing a connection and context for the scenarios rather than just a set of scenes and songs.
In a highly artistic program of great integrity, Renée Fleming and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra present a thoughtfully curated program of musical treasures, eschewing the chocolate box greatest hit parade that is surely the temptation of every visiting opera superstar.
Melbourne Opera raises the bar yet again as a superb cast perform bel canto classic Mary Stuart in a lavish, inventive and highly attractive staging.
The Australian Ballet traverses from the twentieth to twenty-first century in this scintillating freestyle triple bill that anchors a company premiere and a world premiere with a treasured classic. If 20:21 is […]
Music theatre lovers rejoice! The sea of revivals has parted to deliver a bona fide world hit, and the Australian production is a dream come true.
Wickedly subversive, endlessly inventive and as funny as it is moving, Matilda is sheer joy for adults and children, boys and girls alike. Dennis Kelly’s book deftly sidesteps the inherent risk of saccharine sentimentality in children’s stories with elements of horror and fantasy on par with the qualities have ensured ongoing affection for films such as The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Popular artists will perform in a range of venues in Victorian Opera’s eclectic, original, carefully curated 2016 season. Inverting the formula used by basically every other arts organization in Australia, Victorian Opera […]
The Production Company ventures where commercial producers, and even subsidised companies lately, do not dare to tread to bring us the first mainstage Australian premiere of a Broadway musical this year. The […]
Celebrating their 60th anniversary year, Opera Australia presents a range of mainstage operas and special events, while continuing to take opera to regional centres. Sydney’s year of opera begins with recent oft-seen […]
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.
Sterling musicianship, high production values and a quirky, highly talented cast bring out the compelling lustre in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s “dark operetta” Sweeney Todd. Sweeney Todd proves an excellent choice […]
In a stunning return to top form, The Production Company gives Broadway’s jewel in the crown the polish and respect it deserves with sensational results. Created by four titans of Broadway, West […]
A second opportunity arose to see Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella, a visit made all the sweeter by the surprise appearance of Madeleine Eastoe in the title role. Nominated for a Helpmann Award this […]
Meredith Willson may have written the book, music and lyrics for The Music Man, but Xavier Brouwer takes this feat three steps further by also acting as director, music director and producer […]