Having a Deep and Meaningful with Todrick Hall ahead of Straight Outta Oz

Todrick Hall has one of the most impressive CVs going around. You may know him from his YouTube channel, Season 9 of American Idol, perhaps you saw him on Broadway as Lola in Kinky Boots or you’ve heard the hype surrounding his international touring show Straight Outta Oz. I could honestly talk to him for hours but I jam packed it all into 15 minutes. P.S. He loves our accent!! #Winning.... Read More | Share it now!

Jai Courtney tops the bill in Melbourne Theatre Company’s new production of Macbeth

Melbourne Theatre Company have pulled together a powerhouse cast for their new production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The production, directed by Simon Phillips, is the third and final instalment in a trilogy of Shakespearian reinterpretations directed by Phillips for Melbourne Theatre Company, following on from acclaimed productions of Hamlet and Richard III.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Cabaret opening night an audio disaster but slapstick splendour (performances until May 20th)

The show must go on, and that is exactly what happened after director Gale Edwards stopped the show right before Sally Bowles‘ iconic number, “Cabaret”. Of all night’s for there to be serious mic/audio issues of course it had to be opening night, right?! That’s the beauty of live theatre. In what was a marvellous show of team support, Emcee Paul Capsis offered his mic to leading lady Chelsea Gibb when an almighty “Stop!” was heard from the stalls, at which point Gibb ran off stage. In a flutter, Capsis maintained our engagement in a way only a true professional can.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: The Bodyguard is salvaged by the songs of Whitney Houston (performances until June 25th)

Through May and June, Sydney’s The Lyric Theatre will serve as the first Australian venue to host The Bodyguard, a production which is as much a tribute to the life and music of Whitney Houston as her iconic 1992 feature-film debut of the same name. I write “iconic” because the film is fondly remembered for the electric performance the late, great diva brought to the otherwise so-so tale of a pop superstar, Rachel Marron (played by lead Paulini Curuenavuli), who falls in love with the bodyguard employed to protect her from a persistent stalker. Of course, there’s much more to the film’s plot than that, but presenting the bare bones is purposeful, as that’s pretty much all one will find in Alexander Dinelaris‘s economical adaptation. Lawrence Kasdan’s original screenplay has been significantly reduced, stripping away details (as well as characters and sub-plots) to make room for a more-is-more approach to Whitney Houston’s back-catalogue, including songs which weren’t in the film nor on its record-holding soundtrack.... Read More | Share it now!

Opera Review: Two Weddings, One Bride proves that opera can be full of fun & tomfoolery (performances until October 22nd)

The words ‘Opera Australia’ and ‘piano ditty’ are not normally things you would typically associate with one another. But in the latest Sydney Opera House production Two Weddings, One Bride, the pair look set to become a marriage made in heaven. This operetta is a fun and accessible romp through comedy and farce in the exotic splendour of French Morocco.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Big Fish at the Hayes Theatre is whimsical delight, all kinds of magic, and an absolute must-see

Not too often can you honestly say that a smaller independent production of a musical is undeniably better than a full-scale Broadway production, but Big Fish at the Hayes Theatre has surely got to be one of those times. The signature intimate theatre and the sincerity of the performances gives this musical the biggest of hearts.... Read More | Share it now!