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February 23, 2020

4 stars

Based on the masterful film of the same name, Billy Elliot the Musical is a striking tale of a young aspiring dancer set against the backdrop of the 1984-5 Coal Miner’s Strike in County Durham.  

The opening video helpfully informs Melbourne audiences of this dark moment in British history, quickly targeting Margaret Thatcher’s attack on the National Union of Mineworkers. There is no mercy for Thatcher in...

January 14, 2020

5 Stars

Exploding on to the stage like an errant artillery shell, War Horse is no less devastating and beautiful in its current iteration than it was when it first galloped onto the Melbourne stage in 2012.

War Horse, beginning its life as a children’s novel, follows the experiences of a young horse named Joey prior to, and during, the First World War. Through Joey’s relationship with young Albert Narracott (Scot...

December 20, 2019

3.5 stars

Donovan… Chidzey… Dobson... Donovan... Bassingthwaighte... Furtado.

That didn’t quite flow like ‘Cell Block Tango’, but in a production promoting its stars, I felt it was a fitting opener to this review.

Chicago tells the story of two merry murderesses, who find themselves in the Cook County Jail. Roxie Hart (Natalie Bassingthwaighte) and Velma Kelly (Alinta Chidzey) know that the only way out is to mani...

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

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Melbourne review

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...

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