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October 17, 2019

5 Stars

Inspired by a trip to Texas, Drew Downing has constructed a sensational one-man musical that tells the story of a lone country boy from Texas, who just wants to make music in The Big Apple.

Starring theatre veteran Frank Kerr (I Will Survive), Kerr delivers an effortless performance as Davey (Rebel), navigating through Downing's beautifully developed book and score.

The story begins in NYC with Davey prese...

September 22, 2019

5 Stars

Most people are familiar with the world of 'Broadway' and what that generally entails. Big theatres that host big lavish productions with large sets and all sorts of fandangle things that descend from the flies above. What may not be as familiar to a Melbourne audience is the world of Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, workshops and theatre festivals. This is primarily due to the fact that staging lesser kn...

August 16, 2019

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July 23, 2019

4.5 Stars

"To the one's who've left. You're never truly gone. A candle's in the window. And a kettle's always on"

Penned by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away tells the story of nearly 7,000 travellers who were grounded in Gander, a small town in New Foundland, Canada, in the wake of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

It's a story about a side of the horrific terrorist events that not many people wou...

May 2, 2019

3 stars

Cheekily promoted as “The Story Behind the World’s Greatest Showman”, Storeyboard Entertainment and team are no doubt keen to attract the huge audiences that flocked to the Hugh Jackman led musical film, The Greatest Showman. As much as audiences would no doubt lap up the Pasek and Paul score on stage, Barnum: the Circus Musical came first, a 1980 Broadway musical exploring the life of showman P.T. Barnu...

April 29, 2019

3 Stars

For nearly two decades, Red Stitch Theatre has been spearheading Australian ensemble theatre, showcasing an endless parade of new Australian and international plays and providing great support for emerging actors. Directed by David Myles, Wakey Wakey is the Australian premiere of Will Eno's latest play. A two person (though 95% monologue) exploration of the human condition and how in the face of our endi...

April 11, 2019

4 Stars

Fans of celebrated director and choreographer Jerome Robbins are in for a treat, with a considered recreation of his work now on show at the State Theatre, Melbourne.

West Side Story transfers Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to 1950s New York, where rival street gangs The Jets (American born with Polish roots) and The Sharks (Puerto Ricans who have immigrated to the US) fight for their turf. Like Shakespea...

April 10, 2019

2 Stars

"Visionary character maverick (and registered blind guy) Tom Skelton gallops through the history of famous VIPs (Visually Impaired People). From Samson to Stevie Wonder, Tom tells their tales and the story of his own sight loss in a blindingly riotous show." - reads the Melbourne Comedy Festival Website.

The show begins with a strong opener. UK-born Skelton presents himself as a charismatic, cha...

March 31, 2019

5 Stars

When I was 19, I saw this film and I hated it. On Friday night I saw the musical adaptation of that same film, and I devoured every moment of it. Little Miss Sunshine might just be one of the most underrated pieces of modern musical theatre to date. Featuring an intricate and powerful book penned by theatrical veteran James Lapine and signature quirky score by William Finn, the Fab Nob's production of Li...

March 31, 2019

5 Stars

2019 Green Room Awards - Best Writing in a Cabaret - WINNER
2019 Green Room Awards - Best Ensemble in a Cabaret - NOMINATED

Pretty impressive accolades. 

The Aspie Hour has returned to Melbourne's fringe scene by popular demand. And within the first five minutes of the opening number, you will know exactly why.

Out of respect and admiration for this entire production and it's performers, here is m...

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