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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

FROM DOWN UNDER: 9 to 5 the Musical in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Bubbly, bold and brassy, 9 to 5 the Musical is a well-timed wallop of feel-good fare. Proving an ideal fit for a cinema-to-stage adaptation, hit 1980 movie 9 to 5 provides three leading ladi…

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Monday, June 27, 2022

FROM DOWN UNDER: Six in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Given its fringe origins, Six is an ideal fit for Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre, flooding the relatively intimate space with throbbing music and rock stadium lighting. The heady combination o…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

FROM DOWN UNDER: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Melbourne by Simon Parris

A jewel-toned joy, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella transports audiences back to the magic of Broadway’s Golden Age, when an evening of musical theatre meant a magical discovery of n…

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

FROM DOWN UNDER: Cruel Intentions the ’90s Musical in Melbourne by Simon Parris

A wild ride back to the heady, pre-woke 1990s, Cruel Intentions the ‘90s Musical is a salacious guilty pleasure that has all the makings of a cult classic.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

FROM DOWN UNDER: Lohengrin in Melbourne by Simon Parris

In a mighty coup for Melbourne, world-conquering tenor Jonas Kaufmann graces the ranks of Opera Australia for a fully-staged production of Wagner gem Lohengrin.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

FROM DOWN UNDER: Girl From the North Country in Melbourne & Touring by Simon Parris

Artfully conceived and oh so lovingly crafted, Girl From the North Country tempers a heart-rending narrative with the heart soothing balm of more than 20 exquisitely arranged Bob Dylan songs.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Australian tour on Broadway hit An American in Paris by Simon Parris

Deliberately marooned in Paris at the end of WWII, ex-serviceman Jerry Mulligan juggles art, romance and music as he makes new friends, attracts the attention of a wealthy benefactress and f…

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

FROM DOWN UNDER: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton arrives in Melbourne in sensational form by Simon Parris

Australia’s theatre capital takes its turn to host the Room Where It Happens, as Hamilton arrives in sensational form, setting off a theatrical powder keg at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbo…

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Saturday, March 5, 2022

** MTC: Fun Home review [Melbourne 2022] by Simon Parris

Delayed over the past two theatrically arid years, multi-Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home finally makes its Melbourne debut, arriving in a superbly cast, sharply directed production that …

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Australian premiere of Jagged Little Pill by Simon Parris

Electrifying new musical Jagged Little Pill commands attention, breaks hearts and, ultimately, inspires hope in this thrilling Australian premiere season.

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s The Comedy of Errors by Simon Parris

The border control comedy we didn’t know we all needed, The Comedy of Errors is Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s convivial contribution to the welcome wave of theatres reopening.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Film Review: West Side Story is a ‘soaring cinematic achievement’ by Simon Parris

Respectfully adapted and lushly scored, dreamily romantic and heartbreakingly moving, the new movie adaptation of evergreen classic West Side Story gleams with the splendour of mega-budget m…

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Australian premiere of Moulin Rouge! by Simon Parris

A spectacular spectacular, Moulin Rouge! the Musical arrives in Melbourne in ravishing form for its Australian premiere season.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Theatre Company’s As You Like It by Simon Parris

Well worth the ever-extended wait, the lush new Melbourne Theatre Company production of Shakespeare’s pleasantly pastoral comedy As You Like It proves an appealing year-end treat.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

FROM DOWN UNDER: Frozen in Melbourne by Simon Parris

While its title may match the chill of Melbourne winter, the arrival of Frozen brings welcome warmth and theatrical magic as the first major musical to debut locally since March 2020.

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

FROM DOWN UNDER – The Wedding Singer in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Shoulder pads, big hair and vivid colours come back to the future in the vibrant Australian premiere season of The Wedding Singer.

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

FROM DOWN UNDER: Fangirls in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Not just an original score but also an original and highly entertaining story, new Australian musical Fangirls explodes onto the Melbourne stage in a very welcome yet all too brief season.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

FROM DOWN UNDER: La Traviata in Sydney by Simon Parris

In celebration of the ongoing return to live theatre, Sydney turned on perfect conditions for the opening night of La Traviata on Sydney Harbour.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Cane in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Riding the crest of the oh-so-politically-correct zeitgeist, The Cane taps into the current craze for scrutinising old sins under today’s standards.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

FROM DOWN UNDER – Hamilton in Sydney by Simon Parris

Deservedly drenched with international awards and accolades, megahit musical Hamilton arrives in Australia in pristine form, the terrific local cast members not throwing away their shots at …

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Winter’s Tale in Melbourne by Simon Parris

As their 2021 autumn tale, Melbourne Shakespeare Company presents a lively, well-judged open-air staging of A Winter’s Tale in the charming surrounds of Central Park Malvern.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

FROM DOWN UNDER: Come From Away in Melbourne by Simon Parris

The joy of finally returning to live theatre in Melbourne is exponentially magnified by the heart lifting humanity of the first musical to reopen, Come From Away.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Chicago in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Set to dazzle and divert, the Broadway revival of Chicago returns for its third Melbourne sentence with as sexy and sinewy a company of dancers as could possibly be wished for.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

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

In a production as spectacularly staged as it is intelligently conceived, Faust is another mighty achievement from Opera Australia, demonstrating the full extent of their resources to sterli…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Jekyll & Hyde 25th Anniversary Concert in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Well worth the 25 year wait, this was the Moment, not just for Anthony Warlow to actually play Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde on stage, but also for Australia to finally see a professional production…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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

Brilliantly bolstered and boosted, Stanton Welch’s new Sylvia enlivens and enhances the 1876 original for an evening of pure theatrical enchantment.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Thoroughly Modern Millie by Simon Parris

Whoopee baby! Thoroughly Modern Millie returns in a splashy, starry staging that distils the very essence of musical comedy into an evening of unabashed joy.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Come from Away in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Offering the pure joy of musical theatre at its unadulterated best, Come from Away is a breathless celebration of the finest qualities of humanity.

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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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