AUTHOR: Julie Houghton

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Thanks for the memories, TPC

22nd September, 2019

Now that the dust has settled a little and Melbourne is over the initial shock of losing The Production Company next year, it’s time for reflection. First of all, Classic Melbourne’s Musical Theatre Editor Julie Houghton has her say… _______________________ In the beginning there was the word…and the word was MUSICALS! In 1999 Melbourne theatrical…Read More

Review: McKenney plays Barnum

10th May, 2019

Did you love the film The Greatest Showman? Well come and see the real story in the new live production of Barnum the Circus Musical at the Comedy Theatre. Thrill to the magnificent circus stunts and the humour and pathos of the story of Phineas T Barnum, who didn’t mind using a bit of humbug…Read More

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Opera Australia: West Side Story

15th April, 2019

It’s 70 years ago that Leonard Bernstein called Stephen Sondheim and the idea for a modern musical along the lines of the story of Romeo and Juliet was born. Add in the book by Arthur Laurents and choreography from Jerome Robbins, and we have a dark musical that is still going strong. This Opera Australia…Read More

Elixir of Love: Heady potion for country audiences

15th April, 2019

When you think of Victoria’s Gold Rush history, is opera something that immediately springs to mind? It does to Jamie Moffat, producer/director of GBD Productions. When looking to start a new company, historian Jamie discovered that there were troupes of opera singers who toured the goldfields to bring culture to the huge influx of population,…Read More

Muriel’s Wedding the Musical

29th March, 2019

Australia doesn’t have a great reputation with successful homegrown musicals, but the stage adaptation of the famous film version of Muriel’s Wedding can now join the stable of successful Aussie musicals like The Boy From Oz and Strictly Ballroom. With book by P.J. Hogan, and music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, Muriel’s…Read More

Four musicians under words "The Four Seasons"

Jersey Boys

6th March, 2019

With 34 musical numbers it would be easy to dismiss Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as a mere juke box musical.  But that would be doing this latest production of the show to hit Melbourne a huge disservice – there is some fine dramatic acting and well-held tension in…Read More

Performers and Jeanne Pratt AC

The Production Company’s COMING OF AGE season

21st February, 2019

Turning 21 is a milestone in anyone’s book, and Melbourne’s Production Company is justly proud of its achievements as it enters its 21st year.   Jeanne Pratt AC, chairman of The Production Company, marked the occasion with a garden party at her home in Kew which included an introduction to some highlights of the offerings for…Read More

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BOOK REVIEW: THE SHOWS, THE STARS, THE STORIES

16th December, 2018

Melbourne is rightly proud of its theatre district, encompassing the Regent, the Princess, the Comedy, and the jewel in the crown, Her Majesty’s Theatre. There has been entertainment on the site of The Maj (as it is affectionately known) since 1880, when the Hippodrome opened for business. Eminent Melbourne theatre historian and raconteur extraordinaire, Frank…Read More

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Evita

12th December, 2018

The names Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice automatically guarantee an audience, and a revival of one of their 21 meatier musical offerings, Evita, was always going to be interesting. So many ALW musicals are full of catchy tunes that you can’t get out of your head, but Evita breaks this mould, with one show stopping…Read More

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Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men

19th November, 2018

Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men could be more accurately titled “Just a Couple of Dance and Song Men”, but it doesn’t trip off the tongue as well. This is a show with loads of charm, fun and enthusiasm. It’s a delightful night in the theatre despite some rough edges. Our two leading…Read More