That vicious New York review of STC’s The Present is not ‘right’

News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Over the last few days a particularly vicious review of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Present, currently playing on Broadway, has been doing the rounds on social media. Published in The New York Observer, it features a headline declaring: “The Present, Despite Cate Blanchett, Might Be the Worst Play to Ever Hit Broadway”. The play, a contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s first work by

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Screen Australia funds first documentary in Virtual Reality

Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

Sydney contemporary artist and skateboarder Shaun Gladwell has become the first recipient of Screen Australia documentary funding for a virtual reality project. Gladwell, who has had skateboarders as a recurring motif in his artworks for many years, will document his quest to teach a young British Muslim woman how to skateboard, through virtual reality. The film,

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Book of Mormon director on his mega-hit in Melbourne & the Mean Girls musical

Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

When director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw finally joined the creative team for The Book of Mormon, the show had been in development for nearly seven years. South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, along with composer Robert Lopez, had written pretty much all they needed for a wonderful and outrageous satirical musical about The Church of Jesus Christ of

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The Music of Queen rocks into symphony halls

News & Commentary |

In 2003, Michael Falzon became the second person in the world to play Galileo, the lead character in the Queen musical, We Will Rock You. He also found out, in the weeks leading up to the Australian premiere, the meaning behind the band’s most famous and mysterious song, the six-minute rock opera epic Bohemian Rhapsody, penned by their legendary frontman, Freddie

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WATCH: Virginia Gay performs ‘Secret Love’ from Calamity Jane

Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

Last year, stage and screen star Virginia Gay played the title role in Calamity Jane for seven ‘Neglected Musicals‘ performances of the classic 1950s musical. These shows were a slapdash affair, performed with script in hand, but were extremely popular, selling out well in advance. Now Gay is returning to the role with a full-scale production at

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Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran’s gut-wrenching debut exhibition opens


The title for the first major exhibition of art works by Myuran Sukumaran, Another Day in Paradise, came directly from the executed drug smuggler himself. Those words appeared in a subject line of an email sent to artist and Sukumaran’s mentor Ben Quilty, following a particularly violent riot at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison. For the last four years

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