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Sunday, September 24, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Black Rider by Simon Parris

An artistic triumph, Black Rider combines a magically innovative production with an incredibly characterful cast to create a highly memorable evening of adult theatre.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Australian Ballet School’s Showcase 2017 by Simon Parris

Moving from traditional classical dance to innovative modern dance, The Australian Ballet School capably illustrated the breadth and depth of the students’ talents in their highly entertai…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Simon Parris

A dazzling diorama of stunning scenery and capricious choreography, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a delectable delight for children and adults alike.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Symphony in C by Simon Parris

A return visit to Symphony in C provided the welcome opportunity to enjoy Resident Guest Artist David Hallberg on stage in Melbourne. A Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Hallber…

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Bodyguard the Musical by Simon Parris

Watching The Bodyguard the Musical is like meeting a person with infectiously high self-esteem; their self-image is crystal clear and they project unflinching self-confidence.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Thaïs in Concert by Simon Parris

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra served up a dreamy slice of heaven in their Mid-Season Gala presentation of Thaïs in concert.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Symphony in C by Simon Parris

Positioning abstract modern dance alongside pure classical ballet, The Australian Ballet’s mixed program Symphony in C showcases not only the breadth of talent of the company but also the …

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Parsifal by Simon Parris

With regular Sydney home, Joan Sutherland Theatre, closed for most of this year for multi-million dollar renovations, Opera Australia has curated an alternative series of events at other Syd…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Lohengrin by Simon Parris

Grand in scale yet intimate in detail, Melbourne Opera’s lavish, confident and lovingly polished production of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin is an immensely satisfying experience.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Jesus Christ Superstar by Simon Parris

While the production standards and much of the work by the cast will be sure to please crowds of theatregoers, there is a significant missed opportunity in the absence of an engaging and log…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Coronation of Poppea by Simon Parris

Clever creative artistry and bountiful talent make for a compelling production of The Coronation of Poppea in this mighty achievement from Lyric Opera of Melbourne.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

PARIS – Melbourne Recital Centre by Simon Parris

Quite possibly the best rock musical you’ve never heard, heroic 1990 rock opera Paris is given a starry concert staging that serves both to return the epic work to public prominence

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Merrily We Roll Along by Simon Parris

As the world laments its current political choices, the myriad life choices of composer-turned-film-producer Franklin Shepherd unfurl before our eyes as the musical addresses the question …

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Cunning Little Vixen by Simon Parris

Brimming with imaginative details, Victorian Opera’s beautifully realised staging of Cunning Little Vixen is a real charmer. A touching tale of the circle of life, Janáček’s deceptivel…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Sleeping Beauty by Simon Parris

Returning to the Melbourne stage less than two years after its premiere, David McAllister’s production of The Sleeping Beauty can be appreciated not just for its luxuriously lavish staging…

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Ordinary Days by Simon Parris

Tracing the key moments in a pair of relationships, 2009 off-Broadway musical Ordinary Days furtively engages audience interest and affection in its four characters, illustrating the beauty …

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FROM DOWN UNDER: 21 Chump Street by Simon Parris

As a swift and tasty sampler of the inimitable style of current Broadway master Lin-Manuel Miranda, the pocket-sized musical blends familiar musical theatre tropes with “hard hitting” Am…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Nutcracker – The Story of Clara by Simon Parris

Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker does far more than tell The Story of Clara, celebrating the backstory of vision, passion and talent that formed the bedrock for our modern, 55-years-young compan…

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Monday, May 29, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Hello Dolly! by Simon Parris

Look at the old girl now, fellas. Mrs Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, is back on the Melbourne stage in a glossy, if somewhat scaled down, production of Golden Age classic Hello, Dolly!.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hello, Dolly! The Production Company by Simon Parris

Look at the old girl now, fellas. Mrs Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, is back on the Melbourne stage in a glossy, if somewhat scaled down, production of Golden Age classic Hello, Dolly!. Back in…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Aladdin, Melbourne by Simon Parris

Shining, shimmering, splendid, Aladdin transports audiences on a magic carpet ride to a whole new world of kaleidoscopic intensity. Looking pleasingly pristine and perfectly polished in Her …

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Spring Awakening by Simon Parris

Winner of seven 2007 Tony Awards, Spring Awakening has inexplicably never had a professional Melbourne season. With a cast of a little over a dozen performers, this edgy, abstract musical is…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: My Fair Lady by Simon Parris

While many a non-Disney musical can be lost in the mighty Regent Theatre, the perspective in Oliver Smith’s scenic designs is given room to breathe in the cavernous auditorium. For audienc…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Les Misérables by Simon Parris

Staged on a grand scale and blessed with an army of powerhouse singers, the production is well suited to reaching the far corners of the National Theatre’s sizable auditorium. CLOC matches…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci by Simon Parris

Crafted in the late 19th century, the pair of short operas are textbook examples of the verismo style. Leoncavallo wrote Pagliacci in response to Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, hence cre…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: La Sonnambula by Simon Parris

Proving that lightning can indeed strike the same place twice, Victorian Opera’s concert presentation of La Sonnambula was another unforgettable evening of bel canto brilliance showcasing …

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Carmen by Simon Parris

Emotionally sharp, gorgeously sung and spectacular to behold, Opera Australia’s new Carmen is a production to be treasured. The second collaboration between Opera Australia and veteran dir…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Cabaret by Simon Parris

Ahead of its time in 1966, Cabaret startled audiences by merging a traditional book musical with the avant-garde stylings of a concept musical, a form that producer/director Harold Prince wa…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Werther by Simon Parris

Operas are no use sitting in dog-eared scores on the shelf. Operas are made to be heard and experienced and enjoyed. Blancke Knochen Opera takes Massenet’s score for sumptuously melodious …

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Swan Lake by Simon Parris

The Shanghai Ballet’s highly traditional production of Swan Lake is distinguished by the exquisite use of a huge corps de ballet of angelic dancers. In the late 1990s, international choreo…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Aladdin by Simon Parris

Shining, shimmering, splendid, Aladdin transports audiences on a magic carpet ride to a whole new world of kaleidoscopic intensity. Looking pleasingly pristine and perfectly polished in Her …

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