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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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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Oklahoma! in Melbourne is ‘simply as good as it gets’ by Simon Parris

Oklahoma! has an energy that is set to catapult The Production Company onwards for their next 20 years. Lovers of traditional musical theatre must not miss the show at the State Theatre, Art…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

‘A simple, family-friendly pleasure’: FROM DOWN UNDER: The Wizard of Oz in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Ever-emerald classic The Wizard of Oz gleams with the polish of new designs, new humour and even new songs.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

DOWN UNDER – Strictly Ballroom the Musical in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Bursting with vibrant colour and spectacular dance, CLOC Musical Theatre’s new production of Strictly Ballroom the Musical is a visual feast.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Don Quichotte in Melbourne by Simon Parris

The all too short season of Don Quichotte provides an opportunity to admire Furlanetto in a signature role. The overall combination of charming music, stirring dance and high production valu…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

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

Melbourne welcomes sumptuous soprano Latonia Moore in a glorious performance, as Opera Australia revives its spectacular production of Tosca.

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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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