Meet Jamie and Cathy. Jamie is a budding writer, Cathy is an aspiring actress. In love and in their early 20s, their future together sparkles with potential. Jamie begins telling their story from their first date until they break-up five years later. Cathy, on the other hand, begins the story in the midst of the… Read more.
One of London’s most successful musical directors Callum McLeod orchestrates yet another Michael Ball winner with Together. An aptly titled musical collaboration between Michael Ball and Alfie Boe emulating in true bromance style the camaraderie and unlikely combination of two men whose reputations precede them, whilst their harmonies and humour unite them. There is an… Read more.
Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins stirred up controversy at the time of its inception in 1991. With a book by John Weidman, it centres around the assassins who killed presidents of the United States – no doubt a contentious subject. But through a chorus of voices, it marks a questioning of the disillusionment associated with patriotic idealism;… Read more.
How do you direct one of the most iconic and best know musicals of all time and present it as something completely reinvented? You do as director Crispin Taylor has done with WAAPA’s final third year musical theatre student’s production of Chicago – take it back to its vaudeville roots and turn it on its head…. Read more.
The shoes are glittery red, but we are definitely not in Kansas. Kinky Boots is a fabulous, campy musical with the universal theme of following your heart and being true to yourself. Its timing in Australia couldn’t be more perfect with the upcoming same sex marriage vote, the show is a a great vehicle to… Read more.
[title of show] is a musical about two men, two nobodies, in New York who dream of achieving Broadway fame with their very own original musical. During its original run the writers of the show played themselves- Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, with Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell. They start by roping in two of… Read more.
A glitzy, kitschy musical version of the 1992 box-office smash hit The Bodyguard opened to high-spirited Brisbane theatre goers over the weekend and proved, much to the surprise of some punters, to be a thoroughly entertaining evening. Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the mark, this is a shallow puddle of… Read more.
Written and performed by Matthew Dear (graduate from the 2016 Griffith Conservatorium of Music’s Musical Theatre programme), Matt-aphorically Speaking is part-cabaret, part-lecture, about the important things in relationships- commitment, honesty, passion, connection and hugs. The favourite aspect of the show are the anecdotes from Dear’s past- from school to awkward first dates. They are funny,… Read more.
Swallow portrays the hard lives of three women as they find a way to survive in a modern world. It’s a story of alienation, isolation, and loneliness. The theme of the play questions identity and the challenge of how every human being struggles to cope with the complexities of life to find their inner voice…. Read more.
Much of my favourite theatre over the past year or so has been independent theatre at the Powerhouse (shout-out to Blue Bones and True West). Margi Brown-Ash’s double-bill, He Dreamed a Train and Eve, is no exception. He Dreamed a Train The first show is an exploration of grief as a woman clears out her… Read more.