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Friday, July 5, 2019

ON BROADWAY: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is a ‘cynical practical joke on theatregoers’ by Simon Parris

An Off-Broadway show with the nerve to charge Broadway prices, the “Bard Summerscape Production of” Oklahoma! plays out like a cynical practical joke on theatregoers. The egregious exper…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

ON BROADWAY: Moulin Rouge is ‘a feast for the eyes & ears’ by Simon Parris

A truly spectacular spectacular, Moulin Rouge burns through the budget of a hundred musicals, all in the quest for extravagant entertainment.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

ON BROADWAY: Beetlejuice the Musical is a ‘sassy, crowd-pleasing guilty pleasure’ by Simon Parris

Pure escapist fun, new Broadway musical Beetlejuice runs high on daffy hilarity with an irresistible undercurrent of snarky wickedness.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Theatre Company’s Storm Boy by Simon Parris

Storm Boy is theatre for children and yet it is not children’s theatre. As memorable family entertainment it is very hard to beat, with the additional benefit of possibly inspiring follow-…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Australian Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Melbourne by Simon Parris

The Australian Ballet heads straight back down the rabbit hole, returning award-winning 2017 hit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to the Melbourne stage for a very welcome encore season.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Production Company’s Lazarus by Simon Parris

Lazarus is unlikely to appeal to lovers of traditional musical theatre, but for those seeking theatre with an edge the production more than lives up to its tantalising promise.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Così fan tutte in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Intelligently conceived and handsomely staged, David McVicar’s production of Così fan tutte matches elegance and wit with the simple pleasure of Mozart’s heavenly music.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Rigoletto by Simon Parris

Verdi’s richly melodious tragedy glistens again as Opera Australia returns its much loved Moshinsky staging of Rigoletto to the Melbourne stage.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Theatre Company’s Così by Simon Parris

Given the resources regularly lavished on revivals of international classic plays, this season of modern Australian classic Così is as welcome as it is deserving.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

‘Kirby Burgess gives her most memorable musical theatre performance to date’: FROM DOWN UNDER – Barnum in Melbourne by Simon Parris

An all too rare independent musical theatre production, the new Australian staging of Barnum sees Todd McKenney embrace the chance to play iconic huckster P. T. Barnum.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s West Side Story in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Opera Australia complements their dazzling new outdoor production of West Side Story in Sydney with the return of this traditional staging to Melbourne, differentiating the casting by showca…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Muriel’s Wedding the Musical in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Imaginatively conceived, ingeniously written and lavishly produced Muriel’s Wedding is surely the most impressive original musical ever created in Australia. Brimming with imagination, ins…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: West Side Story – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour by Simon Parris

A brilliant choice for the first musical to be presented as the annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, West Side Story is given lavish, large scale treatment in what is essentially a highly r…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Australian Ballet’s Cinderella by Simon Parris

As witty as it is romantic, the Australian Ballet’s characterful production of Cinderella makes an unplanned yet very welcome return visit to Melbourne, showcasing the glorious partnership…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Theatre Company’s A View from the Bridge by Simon Parris

Stripped raw and utterly lean, the new Melbourne Theatre Company production of A View from the Bridge thrives on the strength of its compelling characters and elegantly spare language, hurtl…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Jersey Boys in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Newcomers to Jersey Boys are sure to enjoy the memorable music and terrific stage talent. Those who have seen the show (possible more than once) may be harder to coax back, but the performan…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Theatre Company’s The Lady in the Van review by Simon Parris

Melbourne Theatre Company begins the new year with a showcase for revered actress Miriam Margolyes who takes on the cantankerous title character in Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Opera’s The Flying Dutchman by Simon Parris

With confidence and polish that cover all aspects of production, Melbourne Opera takes on another Wagner opera The Flying Dutchman with further success.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘Inspiring story with a terrific catalogue of hit songs’: TINA THE MUSICAL – West End by Simon Parris

Currently one of London’s hottest tickets, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is a solid entry in the bio-musical genre, combining an inspiring story with a terrific catalogue of hit songs.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

‘A simple, heartwarming show’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre by Simon Parris

An ideal choice for an Off-West End season, Violet features an exceptional lead performance from Kaisa Hammarlund.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘The intimacy adds layers of enjoyment & interest’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Menier Chocolate Factory by Simon Parris

Boiled down to a boutique-scale presentation, Fiddler on the Roof brims with fresh life, gentle humour and impactful drama.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

‘Splendid music is the clear highlight’: THE QUEEN OF SPADES – Royal Opera House by Simon Parris

Splendid music is the clear highlight of an unusual and indulgent staging of Tchaikovsky opera The Queen of Spades, the central concept of which wears thin very quickly.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

‘Well-rounded programme’: ASPHODEL MEADOW / THE TWO PIGEONS – Royal Opera House by Simon Parris

The Royal Ballet combines a contrasting pairs of works to create a well-rounded mixed programme with Asphodel Meadows/The Two Pigeons.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

‘A fascinating mix of drama & fantasy’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – West End by Simon Parris

The 2004 Broadway musical Caroline, or Change has returned to London’s West End in a slick, entertaining production anchored by a sensational lead performance by Sharon D. Clarke.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

‘Lovingly re-staged & splendidly cast’: LA TRAVIATA – Royal Opera House by Simon Parris

It is hard to begrudge the near annual presence of The Royal Opera’s workhorse production of La Traviata when it is lovingly re-staged and splendidly cast as this 2019 opening night perfor…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

ON BROADWAY: The Cher Show is ‘full of feathers and factoids’ by Simon Parris

Full of feathers and factoids, hit songs and head dresses, The Cher Show is diverting, if not particularly enlightening, entertainment.

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‘Brings the intricate score to life’: ASPECTS OF LOVE – Southwark Playhouse by Simon Parris

Streamlined staging and a strong ensemble cast allow Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love to be seen in a favourable light.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

ON BROADWAY: Fiasco Theater’s Merrily We Roll Along by Simon Parris

Longterm fans of Merrily We Roll Along have every reason to see and enjoy this dynamic version. Newcomers will find the material clearer than may have been the case in previous incarnations.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ON BROADWAY: To Kill A Mockingbird makes for ‘an unforgettable night at the theatre’ by Simon Parris

A towering achievement, To Kill A Mockingbird comforts with nostalgic charm and crackles with potent relevance, the deft combination of which makes for an unforgettable night at the theatre.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

ON BROADWAY: The Prom is ‘a lovingly crafted explosion of good will & hilarity’ by Simon Parris

A lovingly crafted explosion of good will and hilarity, The Prom holds it place alongside the great musical comedies of the new millennium.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

BROADWAY: Clueless the Musical ‘needs a magic ingredient to make it fly’ by Simon Parris

On paper, the blue-chip title, solid production values and enthusiastic young cast should be enough to make Clueless the Musical a hit, yet the new Off-Broadway musical is missing the ever e…

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