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Brigadoon theatre review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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The best known song from Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon (the 1947 Broadway musical that is not all that well-known anymore) is Almost Like Falling in Love. This might be confusing to modern audiences. Almost like falling in love? So, it’s not the real deal then? Maybe if the song was called, Like, Almost Falling in Love it would make more

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The Production Company gives Brigadoon a Game of Thrones makeover

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

You have two and a half weeks to wrangle 22 musicians and 30 performers, create their costumes and construct a set that evokes the Scottish Highlands, circa 1717. Who you ‘gonna call? The non-for-profit outfit The Production Company, that’s who. Philanthropist Jeanne Pratt founded the Melbourne-based company in 1999. It’s dedicated to providing work for

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Miracle City review (Sydney Opera House, The Studio)

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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Miracle City has taken a long road to its own promised land: the Sydney Opera House. The Australian musical, penned by composer Max Lambert and the late Nick Enright, started its life in a now legendary sold-out workshop staging directed by Gale Edwards at Sydney Theatre Company in 1996. The musical received a rapturous response and was due

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Calls for Turnbull government to support live performance as audience growth remains slow

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While Australia’s live performance industry grew its revenue and ticket sales in 2016, industry body Live Performance Australia (LPA) is calling on the Turnbull Government to step up and make good on its innovation and jobs agenda for the sector. The industry last year made $1.43 billion with 18.78 million tickets sold to performances. Those figures represent

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David Atkins to direct the Helpmann Awards for three years

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Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

The Helpmann Awards ceremony looks set for a major rejig, following the appointment of a new production team for 2018-20. Live Performance Australia (LPA) today announced David Atkins OAM has been appointed Artistic Director with Will Sheehan as Executive Producer and Dawn Martin as Production Director. Atkins has a long history of directing both theatre

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical review (Sydney Lyric)

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The private lives of most of the musical legends profiled in biographical jukebox musicals are torn apart by tragedy, substance abuse, illness and struggles against great adversity. But that’s not really the case for Carole King, the legendary singer-songwriter whose early career is traced in this simple but sophisticated 2014 Broadway musical now open in Sydney.

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