AUTHOR: Julie Houghton

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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

School of Rock

13th November, 2018

A musical titled School of Rock might seem an unusual show to review for a classical music website. Its style is mostly rock but with some lovely close harmony work in the song “Alma Mater”. And it is solely about the power of music to light up people’s lives—and what better place to start than…Read More

The Boy from Oz

13th August, 2018

Now in its 20th year in an industry noted for its fickleness, The Production Company has a special spot in its heart for one of the few successful Australian musicals, The Boy From Oz, the story of legendary entertainer Peter Allen. From its beginnings in 1998 with a young and charismatic Todd McKenney in the lead role,…Read More

Mamma Mia!

13th July, 2018

It’s nearly 20 years since the Abba musical Mamma Mia! hit the international stage, and Australia welcomed this feel-good song and dance show in 2001. So the time is ripe for revisiting it, and this latest production touring Australia is just as good as the original, and has lost none of its charm and zest. In a…Read More

Victorian Opera: Hansel and Gretel

10th June, 2018

Victorian Opera has a long and proud tradition of providing high quality opera to appeal to the younger members of Melbourne’s cultural community. Nurturing the next generation of opera lovers was close to the heart of founder Richard Gill, and current artistic director of Victorian Opera, Richard Mills has continued the tradition in fine style.…Read More

Oklahoma!

28th May, 2018

Timeless is the word that immediately comes to mind when thinking of why Oklahoma! still works for a 21st century audience. But what makes it timeless? The answer is easy – it’s the superb score created by Rodgers and Hammerstein that sounds fresh and vibrant in this version of the famous musical from The Production Company, currently…Read More

The Wizard of Oz

20th May, 2018

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most successful film musicals of the 20th  century, so many audience members queuing up to see this latest stage version will have definite preconceptions of what their Wizard of Oz should be like. If this sounds like you, then be warned – in order to enjoy this fine…Read More

Calamity Jane

19th March, 2018

There aren’t too many musicals where the central focus is one character, which happens to be a woman. But Calamity Jane is such a beast, and the title role is one of the true plum parts for strong female performers. In the current touring production, television’s Virginia Gay (All Saints, Winners and Losers) is a…Read More