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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

Viewpoint: Parsifal

13th March, 2019

As a member of  Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble, VOYCE, Hayley Jobson writes about her experience as a member of the chorus for Victorian Opera’s recent production of Parsifal. VOYCE is for secondary school and tertiary students, aged 13-20. It brings together like-minded classically trained singers on a weekly basis to prepare them for an opera…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

Dramatic Venture for Andrea Katz

28th February, 2019

March 2019 sees what is being hailed as one of the most exciting theatrical events of the year on stage at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. Moisés Kaufman’s Tony nominated play 33 Variations will star Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe winning actress Ellen Burstyn making her Australian debut and will feature a stunning line up of…Read More

Richard Gill AO: Celebration of a life

25th February, 2019

Hamer Hall was full. So many friends and admirers wanted to share this opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who had given so freely of himself and to mourn his all-too-early death from cancer last October at the age of 76. It seemed that virtually every organization in Australia associated with…Read More

Victorian Opera: Parsifal

22nd February, 2019

The last of Wagner’s operas and possibly the last performance of a Wagner opera in Melbourne for the foreseeable future, Victorian Opera’s outstanding production of Parsifal is not to be missed. A six hour stretch, which includes almost two hours of intervals, might deter some opera lovers, but length is more than amply rewarded by…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

Matador

17th February, 2019

There is a spectacular new dance show currently playing at The Melba Spiegeltent that is sure to go on to bigger and better things. A most commercially focused enterprise, Matador is sure to find its audience with those who are looking for an energetic and immersive theatrical dance experience. Based on the timeless theme of…Read More