Eddie Perfect to pen Beetlejuice musical for Broadway

Film, Musicals, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage |

Australian actor, comedian and composer Eddie Perfect is following in the footsteps of his good friend Tim Minchin, all the way to Broadway. Playbill reports that Perfect is set to write the score for a new musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s 1988 cult comedy-fantasy hit film Beetlejuice, alongside book writers Scott Brown and Anthony King. Brown and King wrote the off-Broadway

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Carmen’s rebel creatives strike back at Opera Australia over major changes

News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

Last week, three key members of the original creative team for Opera Australia’s Carmen on Sydney Harbour spoke out about their exclusion from this year’s remount of their 2013 production. OA was quick to fire back that the company: “employs a wealth of talented directors and craftspeople who painstakingly and lovingly present these productions as true

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Trainspotting – and other depictions of addiction


Playwright Harry Gibson’s original stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting was written before it became the famous 1996 film. Now a 21st anniversary production with its all Scottish cast — Rachael Anderson (June), Chris Dennis (Begbie), Calum Barbour (Mother Superior), Greg Esplin (Tommy), Michael Lockerbie (Sickboy), Erin Marshall (Alison) and Gavin Ross (Renton) — is touring Australia. Read our review

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‘Matilda’ dominates 2016 Green Room Awards

Matilda Trunch

Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical has continued its winning streak at Australia’s awards ceremonies, picking up eight Green Room Awards, including Best Production of a Musical. Other big winners of Melbourne’s premier performing arts awards included Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle, which won six awards, including Best Production of an Opera, and Melbourne Theatre Company’s Miss Julie, which won

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You didn’t need to be a ‘clairvoyant’ literary star to have seen Trump coming

News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Upon its release in 1985, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood’s unremarkable work of speculative fiction The Handmaid’s Tale was marketed for its prescience. The publisher promised that this book, which depicted an America now cruelly governed by an ultra-Puritan minority, was a “forecast” of things to come. Guess they did a bang-up job. Thirty years later, the

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Pete Evans on Sunday Night: one part investigation, nine parts cross-promotion

News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

How much can you really expect from an investigation into celebrity chef Pete Evans’ controversial and dangerous health claims, from the same network which airs the ratings juggernaut he stars on? Not a whole lot, which is exactly what Channel Seven’s flagship current affairs program Sunday Night delivered in last night’s much-hyped segment on the My Kitchen Rules host and Paleo

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Cate Shortland and Melanie Joosten’s ‘Berlin Syndrome’ preview and extract

Books, Fiction, Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

Berlin Sydrome is a 2011 novel by Melanie Joosten and is now a feature film directed by Cate Shortland (Lore, Somersault). It follows the story of Clare (Teresa Palmer), an Aussie photographer who travels to Berlin and meets a charismatic local named Andi (Max Riemelt). Their attraction is instant, and after a day wandering the

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