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Sunday, September 16, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Tomfoolery in Melbourne by Simon Parris

The biting satire of Tom Lehrer’s Tomfoolery retains its ever-amusing freshness, especially as performed by a quartet of well-seasoned comic actors.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Australian Ballet’s Giselle in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Melbourne is treated to an exclusive return season of the celebrated Maina Gielgud production of eternal ballet classic Giselle.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Theatre Company’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Simon Parris

Compelling acting and prescient storytelling elevate the almost too clever “What if?” premise of A Doll’s House, Part 2 from Melbourne Theatre Company.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Boy from Oz in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Rohan Browne deservedly gets his name in lights as he takes centre stage in this spectacular new production of much-loved Australian musical The Boy from Oz.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Der Rosenkavalier at Melbourne Opera by Simon Parris

Brian Friel’s gift is humane ambiguity, refusing to allow tidy judgements on his characters. Or even – though his theme is Ireland’s history - on the social structures they inhabit.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton in concert by Simon Parris

Escaping a wet, wintry Melbourne night, music lovers gathered before the warmly lit stage of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall to enjoy an all too rare appearance from mighty Australian heldentenor Stu…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Theatre Company’s An Ideal Husband by Simon Parris

In their keenly anticipated season of An Ideal Husband, Melbourne Theatre Company matches the sparkle of Oscar Wilde’s wit with a gleaming production bejeweled with dazzling performances.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Sumi Jo & José Carbó – Mad for Love in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Treasured soprano Sumi Jo brought her Mad for Love Australian tour to Melbourne Recital Centre with special guest baritone José Carbó.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Madame Butterfly – Touring by Simon Parris

Opera Australia delivers an authentic, high-quality opera experience with their 2018-2019 regional tour of Puccini’s exquisite tragedy Madame Butterfly.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Mamma Mia! in Melbourne by Simon Parris

It may be winter in Melbourne, but inside the newly refurbished Princess Theatre there is nothing but idyllic Greek island sunshine as Mamma Mia! returns in a new production.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Imperial Ice Stars: Swan Lake on Ice in Melbourne by Simon Parris

The wintry Russian setting and grand Tchaikovsky score prove an ideal fit for The Imperial Ice Stars, whose revived production of Swan Lake on Ice effortlessly integrates the spectacle of ic…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Lucia di Lammermoor in Sydney by Simon Parris

Opera Australia’s world-class revival of Lucia di Lammermoor is a heart-pounding thrill ride, in which the magic ingredients of opera blend to memorable perfection.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Patti LuPone: Don’t Monkey With Broadway in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Melbourne musical theatre cognoscenti made their adoration of Patti LuPone clear, giving the first of many standing ovations the moment she stepped on stage.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Gypsy arrives in Sydney by Simon Parris

Having endured a decades-long wait, Sydney finally has a revival of revered golden age masterwork Gypsy. Stripped back to its grimy blackest, the courageous production takes grasp of the aud…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Australian Ballet’s Verve in Melbourne by Simon Parris

The Australian Ballet accentuates the elegant beauty found in streamlined modern dance with a well-matched trio of works that form the program of Verve.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Ramin Karimloo in Concert in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Mutual love flowed back and forth between stage and audience as Melbourne musical theatre aficionados were treated to a thrilling display of pure talent from Ramin Karimloo and special guest…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Bring It On the Musical in Melbourne by Simon Parris

A sensational cast of rising talents gets vertical til they get vertigo in the Melbourne professional premiere of Bring It On the Musical.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Australian Ballet’s The Merry Widow by Simon Parris

A sunny joy from beginning to end, The Merry Widow is the winter warmer Melbourne needs. Lovers of traditional, old-fashioned glamour will swoon to the return of The Merry Widow.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Great Performers Concert Series – Thomas Hampson by Simon Parris

America’s premier baritone Thomas Hampson made a long overdue Australian debut in this expertly curated and wonderfully intimate performance at Melbourne Recital Centre.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Oklahoma! in Melbourne is ‘simply as good as it gets’ by Simon Parris

Oklahoma! has an energy that is set to catapult The Production Company onwards for their next 20 years. Lovers of traditional musical theatre must not miss the show at the State Theatre, Art…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

‘A simple, family-friendly pleasure’: FROM DOWN UNDER: The Wizard of Oz in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Ever-emerald classic The Wizard of Oz gleams with the polish of new designs, new humour and even new songs.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

DOWN UNDER – Strictly Ballroom the Musical in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Bursting with vibrant colour and spectacular dance, CLOC Musical Theatre’s new production of Strictly Ballroom the Musical is a visual feast.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Don Quichotte in Melbourne by Simon Parris

The all too short season of Don Quichotte provides an opportunity to admire Furlanetto in a signature role. The overall combination of charming music, stirring dance and high production valu…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Tosca in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Melbourne welcomes sumptuous soprano Latonia Moore in a glorious performance, as Opera Australia revives its spectacular production of Tosca.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

ON BROADWAY: A ‘handsome, impeccably cast’ revival of classic Carousel by Simon Parris

Cherished classic Carousel returns to Broadway in this handsome, impeccably cast revival.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

‘A slick, classy affair’: THE STING – Papermill Playhouse, New Jersey by Simon Parris

Mounting a musical adaptation of the classic 1973 film The Sting proves to be an inspired idea and incorporation of the modern trend of diverse casting pays substantial dividends.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

ON BROADWAY: The ‘riotously colourful’ SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical by Simon Parris

So riotously colourful that it makes The Lion King look noir, SpongeBob SquarePants the Broadway Musical is a giddily gleeful confection of music and movement that rightfully takes its place…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

ON BROADWAY: Frozen the Broadway Musical by Simon Parris

Disney has clearly spent a fortune on white-hot property Frozen the Broadway Musical, and yet the new musical is lukewarm at best.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

ON BROADWAY: The Band’s Visit by Simon Parris

Gently understated and leisurely paced, The Band’s Visit is the antithesis of the current Broadway musical and is all the richer for it.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

ON BROADWAY: Mean Girls by Simon Parris

Mean Girls has commenced its Broadway run as a hot ticket, a situation likely to escalate as positive word of mouth spreads. The new musical is sure to play London, Australia and beyond, wit…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

ON BROADWAY: Luisa Miller (Metropolitan Opera) by Simon Parris

Verdi’s Luisa Miller may be on lower rotation than many of his other works, but the casting of three operatic superstars presents the work in its very best light.

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