More than just sharing a noun, The Rocky Horror Show and Little Shop of Horrors have been born from a similar desire to subvert the norms of the genres they exist in, balancing out the camp absurdity of the very concept of a musical with likeable-yet-exaggerated characters, hilarious dialogue, and a whole bunch of ridiculous but gloriously entertaining scenarios. They’re both musicals for people who don’t like musicals, while also being a favourite among people who do. Go figure.... Read More | Share it now!
It’s one of the oldest adages of the stage, but Singin’ in the Rain’s Sydney run – which officially kicked off on Saturday night – has put “the show must go on” very much into practice. The show’s headline star, Adam Garcia, who sustained an injury during one of the final Melbourne performances, won’t be appearing in the first month of dates. So, the show has started without him, with two understudies – Grant Almirall and Rohan Browne – alternating performances as Garcia’s iconic Don Lockwood. It was Grant who graced the stage for opening night, with he and the cast delivering stunning performances in a show which is, without question, one of the most spectacular productions ever to grace the stage in Australia. Here’s seven reasons why you can’t miss it:... Read More | Share it now!
Heathers opened at the Sydney Opera House last Thursday night to standing ovation. Make sure you don’t miss one of your final chances to see one of the best new musicals to premiere in Australia in the past year. Still need more convincing? Here’s five very good reasons:... Read More | Share it now!
Adorned in a steampunk-esque head-piece made of gold wire and pearls, pioneering Icelandic artist and musician Björk addressed a small group of media ahead of her collaboration with Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney, an exhibition titled BJÖRK DIGITAL. “The music came first and it kind of had that sense of urgency about it,” she said, making reference to her universally acclaimed 2015 record Vulnicura, on which she has based much of the works in this current exhibition. “We then started to develop several visual things, and we just decided to surf that wave and let it be what it is”.... Read More | Share it now!
Sure Vivid Sydney has been seen as a great celebration of music and light, but many fascinating talks are to take place over the next few weeks of the festival as well. Many topics in this year’s festival have a focus on tackling difficult ideas with creative solutions. With this in mind, we have decided here to pick eight of the best ones for you to go see and stimulate your brain creatively during Sydney’s Vivid season.
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Arts sector funding cuts promised during the 2015 Federal Government budget have begun to claim victims, making the future of organisations across Australia ever more uncertain. The small to medium arts sector is set to be the worst hit, a disastrous move that could see many new and emerging talents halted in their tracks.... Read More | Share it now!
On Thursday, Anywhere Festival opens in Brisbane, for another month of innovative and independent performance, taking place just about anywhere except a theatre. With so much going on, us good folks here at the AU Review have decided to make things a little easier for you and compiled a list of the top 5 shows you’d be mad to miss.... Read More | Share it now!