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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Ruby Wax Frazzled review (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne Comedy Festival)

Reviews, Stage |

American-born and British-favourite comedian Ruby Wax has worn so many hats during her professional career — actor, script editor, writer, mental health advocate, interviewer, lecturer — it’s never entirely clear what you can expect from one of her one-woman shows. Wax has never been entirely satisfied to just do the regular stand-up thing, and her newest

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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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Carmen review (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, 2017)

Opera, Reviews, Stage |

Director Gale Edwards’ spectacular, smart, and wildly entertaining 2013 staging of Carmen is the first production to be revived for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Revisiting the production, it’s clear to see why. Edwards and her team found the perfect balance between spectacle and nuance — and given the scale of the glitzy annual event, that balance

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The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’ review (Griffin Theatre, Sydney)

Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

When Declan Greene’s new play, The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’ premiered in Melbourne last month, it did so in the same week that controversial gay conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos lost his book deal. In Sydney, it opened the day after the Federal Government announced its plans to reform 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, to remove the words “offend, insult,

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Opera Australia’s Carmen creative team speaks out

News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

Director Gale Edwards, set designer Brian Thomson and costume designer Julie Lynch have delivered a slapdown to Opera Australia just two days before its multimillion-dollar production of Carmen opens on Sydney Harbour. In a statement sent to media this afternoon, the trio, who directed and designed the original Carmen on Sydney Harbour in 2013, have said that they cannot

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WATCH: Tim Minchin plays Trump in Matilda parody

Music, Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

Tim Minchin has previously suggested that Donald Trump’s presidency might be beyond parody, but the composer and comedian seems to have changed his mind. On Monday night’s episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, Minchin appeared in Donald: The Musical, a rewritten version of his Matilda hit song When I Grow Up. Minchin played Trump alongside Corden as Steve Bannon, Abigail

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Daily Review’s Comedy Six: Stuart Goldsmith

News & Commentary, Stage |

Fresh from appearances on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, and a month of packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe, the UK’s Stuart Goldsmith returns to Australia and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017. Goldsmith’s hit show Compared to What is playing at MICF from March 30, and marks his

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