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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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Friday, October 13, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Memphis by Simon Parris

Once again presenting a boutique musical with enough power to fill a theatre at least five times the size, StageArt has rewarded local audiences with a thrilling production of the Broadway a…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Second Hurricane by Simon Parris

A group of six school students volunteer to assist with the clean up and rescue mission after a hurricane hits the tropics. Stranded after the pilot experiences engine troubles, the group of…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, Together in Concert by Simon Parris

It was Kismet when Michael Ball and Alfie Boe met back in 2007 whilst performing for English National Opera. Their album Together was the UK’s highest selling album last year, and the pair…

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Monday, October 9, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: They’re Playing Our Song by Simon Parris

Based on the collaboration of real life composers Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, They’re Playing Our Song can be described as a play with songs.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Assassins by Simon Parris

Created with complete respect to the original concept, yet feeling fresh and new, this production is a thrilling 105-minute rollercoaster ride of insidious malevolence, blatant self-righteou…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: Self by Simon Parris

A mesmerising feast of modern dance, Self is an exploration of the pressures, choices and questions that shape The Artist. Choreographer du jour Michael Ralph has created 55 minutes of thoug…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: As You Like It by Simon Parris

Fresh from two sold-out, extended-by-public-demand seasons in Auckland, Pop-up Globe finds an ideal home in arts capital Melbourne. Perched on the hill at Royal Botanic Gardens, the impressi…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

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

A glittering celebration of twentieth-century pop music, the Australian premiere season of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is blessed with a superb local cast.

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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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