Muriel’s Wedding the Musical review (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne)

Muriels Wedding
Musicals, Reviews, Stage |

Friendship’s the thing in Muriel’s Wedding. Friendship, and self respect. And credit card fraud… Though you know what they say: one girl’s fraud is another’s opportunity. How to explain our enduring affection for semi-delusional, slightly subversive, small-time criminal, Muriel Heslop? It’s misleading to use a word like ‘Loser’ to describe her, since it suggests she’s

Read More

Best theatre of 2018: Jason Whittaker’s Sydney picks

virginia-gay-as-calamity-jane-key-image-2
Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

From opera to musical theatre and drama classic and contemporary, I’m genre agnostic when it comes to picking the best theatrical experiences of 2018. The standout Sydney stage shows spoke to the moment in distinctive ways, from #metoo to race relations, mental health, environmentalism … and the pitfalls of bricking yourself into a pyramid. In

Read More

Aspects of Love review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

PIConathan-hickey-grant-smith-caitlin-berry-matthew-manahan-ava-carmont-credit-david-hooley
Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
|

“Love,” so the song pile-driven deep into your brain goes, “will never let you be the same.” Which goes for the show, too. You can’t unsee Aspects Of Love, the sweepingly silly Andrew Lloyd Webber musical extravagantly revived at the Hayes Theatre. You certainly can’t unhear Love Changes Everything, its saccharine strains injected into every

Read More

Candide review (Sydney Opera House)

cnadid
Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
|

They’ve been rewriting this now applauded Leonard Bernstein musical ever since he created it back in the 1950s.   Famed leftist playwright Lillian Hellman wrote the first text, while under the shadow of the House Un-American Activities Committee, but a long parade of writers and especially lyricists have played their bit.    Actually Voltaire wrote

Read More

Newsletter Signup