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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Rent in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Youthful energy and intelligent direction burn brightly in this exhilarating new production of evergreen modern classic Rent in Melbourne.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

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

Gorgeous design, cunning direction and a dreamy cast combine for the pure pleasure of Twelfth Night, an early Christmas present from Melbourne Theatre Company.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Simon Parris

The sterling result of the determined and loving labours of countless talents, Opera Australia’s Melbourne presentation of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a shimmering musical and visua…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Mandy Patinkin in Concert in Melbourne by Simon Parris

On an ordinary Sunday, Melbourne theatregoers were treated to the extraordinary talent Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: School of Rock the Musical in Melbourne by Simon Parris

It’s Melbourne’s turn to climb to the top of Mount Rock, as feel-good phenomenon School of Rock makes its blistering Australian debut.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

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

In its third Melbourne appearance, Opera Australia’s splendid 2011 production of La Bohème is as appealing as ever.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

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

Brimming with warmth and heart, world premiere play Astroman takes audiences back to the 1980s in an all too rare familial focus on First Peoples of Australia.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Completing their ever-grander 20th season, The Production Company serves up a delectable slice of musical theatre heaven with the merrily macabre A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Nine the Musical in Melbourne is ‘a smartly conceived, darkly burnished boutique production’ by Simon Parris

One of Broadway’s most rapturously beautiful scores, Nine the Musical is given a smartly conceived, darkly burnished boutique production by prolific Melbourne company StageArt.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Jekyll & Hyde The Musical in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Mark Doran gives a thrilling, world-class performance in the title roles as CLOC Musical Theatre successfully trades the melodramatic for the macabre in this revival of its 2005 production o…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Madiba the Musical in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Showcasing the exciting talents of a diverse cast, Madiba the Musical is ultimately an inspiring celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Evita in Sydney by Simon Parris

A perfect match of star and show, Evita benefits mightily from the powerhouse vocals and intense presence of Tina Arena.

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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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