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Thursday, February 8, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Tristan and Isolde at Melbourne Opera by Simon Parris

Tristan and Isolde is an unmissable event that exponentially deepens the debt of gratitude owed by local operagoers to roaring lion Melbourne Opera.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Falsettos by Simon Parris

Perfectly suited to a boutique scale production, cherished Broadway musical Falsettos shines in this intimate, meticulously directed new staging.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Priscilla Queen of the Desert by Simon Parris

Having been embraced upon the world stage, Priscilla Queen of the Desert makes a welcome return home for a tenth-anniversary victory lap of Australia.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

‘Well deserving of its place in the pantheon of culturally significant original musicals’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – West End by Simon Parris

A joyful celebration of the power of embracing what makes a person special, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre, London is one of the most exciting new British musicals i…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

‘Particularly striking’: GISELLE (Royal Ballet) – Royal Opera House by Simon Parris

This performance of Peter Wright’s highly traditional production of Giselle brought a significant role debut, as young Australian Benjamin Ella premiered as Albrecht, which is the biggest …

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‘Works on an impressively grand scale’: Matthew Bourne’s CINDERELLA – Sadler’s Wells & touring by Simon Parris

Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its creation, this pristine revival of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a very welcome choice for Sadler’s Wells annual Matthew Bourne winter seaso…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

THE WOMAN IN WHITE – Charing Cross Theatre by Simon Parris

With a focus on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sumptuously melodious score, the new chamber-sized production of The Woman in White avoids the excesses of the original staging, allowing the gripping…

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Seen on screen: RIGOLETTO – Royal Opera House by Simon Parris

The final performance of Rigoletto for the current season thrilled opera lovers around the nation and the world via cinema relay. Viewed live at the Royal Opera House, the performance had a …

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‘Multi-million pound entertainment’: 42nd STREET – West End by Simon Parris

Everyone’s favourite tap dance musical is back on the West End, and, really, shouldn’t 42nd Street always be playing somewhere in the world at any given time?

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DON GIOVANNI – Vienna by Simon Parris

It may be difficult to see the action on stage, but at least the music sounds glorious, with Vienna State Opera presenting a Don Giovanni blessed with uniformly strong vocals and the finest …

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Monday, January 15, 2018

‘The very definition of must-see theatre’: #HamiltonLDN @HamiltonWestEnd by Simon Parris

The world’s hottest musical arrives in London in a pristine production that is matched by a gleaming, newly renovated West End theatre that is far superior to the show’s Broadway home.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

‘The stage is filled with colour’: PINOCCHIO – National Theatre by Simon Parris

A stage musical of Pinocchio sounds like a brilliant idea, but all the magical stagecraft in the world cannot save a show if the book is weak.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

‘Lovers of the original movie will be thrilled’: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – West End by Simon Parris

A decade after the mega-budget follow-up to The Producers flopped on Broadway, Mel Brooks is back with a scaled down Young Frankenstein, this time on London’s West End. The sets may be sma…

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‘The music is exquisite but…’ – GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY – West End by Simon Parris

Girl from the North Country may have scored a slew of five-star reviews during its Old Vic Theatre world premiere season, but on the West End stage, it’s a case of The Emperor’s New Clot…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

‘The ensemble really brings the show to life’: BARNUM – Menier Chocolate Factory by Simon Parris

Menier Chocolate Factory once again proves that bigger isn’t better, presenting a lively, immersive staging of classic 1980 musical Barnum.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MADAMA BUTTERFLY – Zurich Opera by Simon Parris

Zurich Opera House is one of the great gems of the world opera scene. Grandly situated lakeside, it holds pride of place in the city, with a massive public space stretching out before it.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

‘Fresh & a-peel-ing’: BANANAMAN – Southwark Playhouse by Simon Parris

Armed with “the muscles of twenty men and the brains of twenty mussels”, Bananaman is here to save the residents of Acacia Road, and Bananaman the Musical is here to save off-West End th…

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

FOLLIES – National Theatre by Simon Parris

The massive space of the Olivier Theatre houses a staging rich in period detail. Even the air itself seems to have a tinge of sepia tone.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Dream Lover: the Bobby Darin Musical by Simon Parris

More than a year after its triumphant world premiere in Sydney, Dream Lover finally arrives in Melbourne. Anchored by the extraordinary star turn of David Campbell, the potent, pristine prod…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Looking back: The best of Australian opera this year > #theatre2017 #YearInReview by Simon Parris

Visiting superstars, theatre renovations, a maestro exposed and the untimely death of a beloved international baritone dominate the 2017 year of opera.

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Looking back: The best of Australian musicals this year > #theatre2017 #YearInReview by Simon Parris

The boutique musical boom went off the boil in 2017, while on the professional scene, Melbourne’s East End was dominated by one man: Casey Nicholaw.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Coppélia by Simon Parris

The mysterious Dr Coppelius may be far more sinister than jolly old Santa Claus, but his status as a toy-maker means he is a welcome visitor in the festive season.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Eddie Perfect musical Vivid White by Simon Parris

A satire about satire, new Eddie Perfect musical Vivid White is as surprising as it is amusing, as familiar as it is shocking, and as polarising as it is entertaining.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Last Five Years by Simon Parris

A new collective of committed artists breathes fresh life into independent musical theatre favourite The Last Five Years with an immersive, music-centric production.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

The long-awaited Great Australian Musical has finally arrived. By turns hilarious and heart-rending, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical is as meticulously crafted and brilliantly performed as th…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Merry Widow by Simon Parris

Merrier than ever, The Merry Widow returns in a decadent new production: The 1920s art deco update is a completely natural fit for the Widow’s world, placing the pleasure-loving characters…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Roberto Devereux by Simon Parris

In yet another triumph, Melbourne Opera not only presents a superb evening of bel canto opera, but also corrects a long-standing arts omission by staging the Australian premiere of Donizetti…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Brigadoon by Simon Parris

This production encapsulates the very best of what makes The Production Company such a treasured asset in the Melbourne musical theatre landscape: the re-enlivening of an all too rarely seen…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: A Chorus Line by Simon Parris

CLOC Musical Theatre revives seminal Broadway classic A Chorus Line in a production that neatly balances a fresh interpretation with respectfully traditional elements.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: An Evening of Opera Highlights by Simon Parris

Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov delivered mightily on their promise of An Evening of Opera Highlights, giving their all as they performed sterling repertoire in an unforgettable concert.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Beautiful Things by Simon Parris

It seems that when StageArt are not too busy presenting Australian premiere musicals, celebrating diversity in casting or providing affordable high quality entertainment, they are shining th…

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