Calamity Jane review: Virginia Gay is unmissable (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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When Calamity Jane was devised by Warner Brothers as a 1953 western musical film starring Doris Day, it was done so with one clear goal in mind: to capitalise on the success of rival studio MGM’s 1950 movie Annie Get Your Gun with a similar kind of glossy, family-friendly tale. Both films told highly-fictionalised stories of a real-life, tough, brittle and

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Win tickets to The Bodyguard – the musical

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Based on the smash-hit Warner Bros 1992 film written by the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, The Empire Strikes Back), The Bodyguard features a book by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman). Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar singer Rachel Marron

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Queensland’s Maltida awards with Dead Puppet Society’s ‘The Wider Earth’ and QTC’s ‘Switzerland’ the big winners

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Brisbane’s annual Matilda awards for theatre were announced at the Powerhouse theatre earlier this week. A handful of shows were nominated in several categories: The Wider Earth, Switzerland, Carrie: The Musical and Bastard Territory attracted 23 nominations across the 15 categories available. While the Gold Matilda award for a body of work went to Dead Puppet Society, the

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Melbourne’s Green Room Awards’ very long list of nominations

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The Green Room awards — possibly the world’s most comprehensive performing arts awards — has announced the nominees for its customary mammoth list of categories: cabaret, contemporary and experimental performance, dance, independent theatre, music theatre, opera, and theatre companies. Each of these categories has up to ten separate sub-categories. The nominee list this year contains over 330 names of individual

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The Book of Mormon Theatre review (Melbourne)

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It’s rare that a musical opens in Australia with expectations as high as The Book of Mormon. It’s one of Broadway’s hottest tickets, completely sold out since it opened six years ago, thrilling critics and audiences alike, and developing a massive following. It’s a pleasure to be able to say that the Australian production lives up

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Cabaret review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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Plenty of classic artworks about discrimination, persecution and fascism are now being lauded for their “relevance”, given the current local and international political climate, and the rise of a certain Cheetos-stained reality star-cum-politican. Subsequently, “relevance” has become a rather limp and impotent label in recent times. But John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s wonderful 1966 musical Cabaret, set in

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Sydney Theatre Awards full winners list: Belvoir, Antigone & Little Shop dominate

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Leah Purcell’s scorching adaptation of Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife has won Best Mainstage Production, Best Direction of a Mainstage Production (for Leticia Caceres), Best New Australian Work and Best Score or Sound Design (The Sweats) at tonight’s Sydney Theatre Awards. The production, which premiered at Belvoir late last year, was one of the big winners

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

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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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