Reviews

Sweeney Todd

Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim. Book: Hugh Wheeler. Ignations Musical Society. Director: John Peek. Musical Director: Edgar Chan & Ben Murray. Choreography: Lauren Ware. Schonell Theatre, Brisbane. March 22 – April 13, 2012.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012

Our reviewers are out and about catching a taste of the MICF 2012

Felicity Ward - The Hedgehog Dilemna

Vic’s Bar, Victoria Hotel

29 March - 22 April

In “The Hedgehog Dilemma”, Felicity Ward tells the story of calling off her wedding and her alcoholism, moving back into her mother’s house and becoming whole.  The title is a metaphor about the dangers of intimacy versus loneliness.

Stephen Sondheim’s Company

Filmed version of New York Philharmonic Concert Version. Selected cinemas nationally – March 31, April 1, 2012 only.

Confession number one: I am a music theatre tragic.

Confession number two: Company is in my top three musicals of all time.

You can possibly understand, then, why I salivated throughout the 50km drive to the charming Athenaeum Cinema in Sorrento, Vic.

Lonny Price, who directed both the Lincoln Centre production and the film, gives us a concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 multiple award winning musical, with a cast to drool over (after you stop salivating, the drooling follows.)

Every Breath

By Benedict Andrews. Belvoir (NSW). March 24 – April 29, 2012.

It’s a truism that directors shouldn’t direct their own plays. Benedict Andrews has a fine record of directing dangerously thrilling theatre in Adelaide, then Sydney and now Europe – enough it seems for Belvoir to give him both the stage and the director’s reins for his first produced play. It’s a misplaced faith.

13 A New Musical.

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Director: Bridget Keating. Shire Music Theatre. Sutherland Memorial School of Arts. March 23 – April 1, 2012.

In 13 the central character is Evan Goldman, the only Jew in his class, on the cusp of celebrating his Bar Mitzvah. He is transplanted from New York to middle America when his parents get divorced.

So, I took my 13 year old boy who completed his Bar Mitzvah a few months ago with me to help review the musical.

He gave the production the thumbs up.

Red

By John Logan. MTC. Director: Alkinos Tsillimidos. The MTC Theatre, Sumner. 26th March-5th May, 2012.

Mark Rothko was a mid 20th century painter of colossal ego, lofty ideals and arguably limited talent. He railed against “Art” as decoration and enjoyment, and loathed the pop culture that encouraged art to “sell out” to the highest bidder – and yet he embraced the money it offered. The play covers two years in which he attempts to create the infamous “Red” series of panels for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York.

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde. Malanda Theatre Company (Qld.) Director: Jim Hill. March 23 – April 1.

Tina C: Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Created by Christopher Green. Malthouse Theatre, Christopher Green, Julia Holt and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Beckett Theatre. March 21 – April 14, 2012

Tina C: Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word is classy, character driven, comedy that is not quite stand up, not quite cabaret and not quite music theatre.  But Les Girls eat your hearts out - Tina C is the most beautiful (Country and Western) Drag Queen – real eye candy.  Dressed in skimpy shorts and blouse that are made of fabric with an indigenous artwork print she presents as a stunning Barbie Doll with beautiful legs that ‘go up to heaven’. 

Hopelessly Devoted

Music & Lyrics: Various. Book: Elise Greig. Contributing Writer: Nick Backstrom. Eg Production. Director: Lewis Jones. Musical Director: Tony Byrne. Choreographer: John Clarke. Zamia Theatre, North Tambourine, Queensland. 23 and 24 March, 2012. Further performances - May 24 – 26 at the Gold Coast Arts Centre, The Space.

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

Book, Music & Lyrics: Clark Gesner. Harvest Rain (Qld). Mina Parade Warehouse, Brisbane. Director: Meg Ham. Musical Director: Sophie Woodward. Mar 21 – 31, 2012.

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown has been a popular title on the amateur circuit for years. With its lovable assortment of characters from Charles Schultz’s comic-strip Peanuts, Harvest Rain’s production under the direction of Meg Ham brought out the charm and fun of Clark Gesner’s delightful musical.

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