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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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Thursday, April 5, 2018

ON BROADWAY: My Fair Lady by Simon Parris

The jewel in the crown of Broadway’s golden age, My Fair Lady is masterfully revived by director Bartlett Sher and his dream team of collaborators.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: In the Heights in Sydney by Simon Parris

It’s Sydney’s turn to discover the joys of In The Heights, and this electric new production is the ideal introduction.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

ON BROADWAY: Once On This Island by Simon Parris

A relatively simple, yet affecting and inspiring show, Broadway’s Once On This Island is ideal for family audiences.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

‘Deserves to be a resounding popular success’: FROM DOWN UNDER: La Bohème in Sydney by Simon Parris

Opera Australia neatly balances the spectacular with the intimate as the seventh season of firmly established opera attraction Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour turns its sights on one of the mo…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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

A slick production, excellent direction and an incredibly talented cast elevate the material on offer as cult favourite Bare makes a return to the Melbourne stage.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Australian Ballet – Murphy in Melbourne by Simon Parris

The Australian Ballet honours and celebrates its extraordinary 50-year association with Australian living legend and national treasure Graeme Murphy in the lovingly curated new mixed program…

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

‘An absolute treat’: FROM DOWN UNDER: Calamity Jane in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Whip-crack-away! The Deadwood Stage has made a very special trip down from Sydney to deliver this rollicking hit production of Calamity Jane to the musical-loving theatregoers of Melbourne.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: A Little Night Music in Melbourne by Simon Parris

It may be the first day of autumn, but the smiles of a summer night can be enjoyed in this welcome revival of the rapturously melodic musical A Little Night Music.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: America Idiot – Touring by Simon Parris

Transplanting a punk pop album onto a musical theatre stage proves an inspired concept as Melbourne embraces the electric energy of Green Day’s American Idiot.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Hand to God in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Revelling in its crassness, Hand to God is as deliberate in its intent to shock as it is obvious. A very strong local cast adds to the attraction of this Australian premiere.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical by Simon Parris

A musical to be cherished, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical arrives in pristine form, packed with lively singing talents who have honed their roles to theatrical perfection.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Bernadette Robinson – The Show Goes On in Melbourne by Simon Parris

With a vocal talent that can only be described as phenomenal, Bernadette Robinson returns to the stage in tailor-made new crowd pleaser, The Show Goes On.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Gilligan’s Island the Musical by Simon Parris

Nostalgia aficionados may enjoy the trip down memory lane of Gilligan’s Island the Musical, but the talented cast and crew deserve better material in future stage outings.

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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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