My Fair Lady (Regent Theatre, Melbourne)

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When Opera Australia and John Frost’s production of My Fair Lady directed by Julie Andrews played in Sydney late last year it sold more tickets than any other show in the history of the Sydney Opera House. The production moved to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre this week lock, stock and barrel (with only one major cast change),

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The Bodyguard Musical ensemble picks their favourite Whitney covers

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Performing songs made famous by Whitney Houston is no easy feat, but that’s just what the cast of The Bodyguard Musical does eight times a week. They’re led by Paulini, who steps into Houston’s shoes and her role, performing a whole stack of the singer’s greatest hits, both from the original 1992 movie and Houston’s extensive catalogue of music.

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The Sydney that once was, revealed in ‘Only Heaven Knows’

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When audiences leave the Hayes Theatre’s upcoming production of Only Heaven Knows — making their way from the Potts Point theatre, through Kings Cross and down its infamous ‘Golden Mile’ — they’ll pass several of the settings and landmarks from the show. Not that many of those landmarks are necessarily still standing — Kings Cross has undergone a

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ABC goes behind the scenes at Muriel’s Wedding the Musical

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It’s not every year that a major new Australian musical opens, so there’ll be plenty of people interested to see what’s happening behind closed doors at Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre this November. The ABC and Screen Australia today announced they’re funding Making Muriel, a new behind-the-scenes documentary covering the making of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, to screen on ABC

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Cate Blanchett and Tim Minchin score Tony nominations

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Australians Cate Blanchett and Tim Minchin have been nominated for Tony Awards for their work in Broadway’s 2016-17 season. Minchin’s musical Groundhog Day recently won the Olivier Award in London for Best New Musical, and is nominated for seven Tony Awards, including for Best Musical and for Minchin’s work as Best Score. Minchin’s Matilda was up for both these

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The Bodyguard Musical review (Sydney Lyric Theatre)

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The Bodyguard Musical is one of the best musical comedies to hit Sydney stages in years — whether it entirely intends to be funny or not. Such is the sheer ridiculousness of this melodramatic stage adaptation of Mick Jackson’s middling 1992 romantic thriller film, it tends to draw stifled laughs when it reaches for sincerity, or terror,

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Big Fish the musical review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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Big Fish is hardly one of Broadway’s major success stories of the past decade. The humungous, big-budget, big-cast original Broadway production, directed by Susan Stroman (the director behind mega-hit The Producers), closed after just three months, proving too expensive and not quite popular enough to sustain a long run. But the musical had not been entirely forgotten,

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Kinky Boots review (Capitol Theatre, Sydney)

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Rightly or wrongly, “hummability” has long been considered a key measure of a musical theatre score’s success. “Catchy” tunes are apparently the most preferable, while “I can’t remember a single tune” is just about the most damning thing you can say about a composer’s work. There’s an old, simple and fairly obvious trick those composers use to

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