Reviews

Shane Warne The Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by Eddie Perfect. Directed by Simon Phillips. Hamer Hall 20th and 21st June, 2013.

If you don’t know Eddie Perfect you might look at the credits and think he is a megalomaniac, especially when you add the fact that he is also the star. The simpler, but less convenient, truth is that Perfect is the most incredibly talented Australian artist of the 21st Century, and the Gods of creativity must have chosen for him to be born with the genuine surname Perfect. He is to the Australian Arts what Noel Coward was to Britain in the thirties…..we need to cherish that talent, and never take it for granted. Why does he do so many things? Because he can!

The Reluctant Shopper

By Bruce Hoogendoorn. Long Run Theatre Productions. Director: Bruce Hoogendoorn. Courtyard Studio, Canberra, 19–29 June 2013.

The Reluctant Shopper is built primarily on fine comedic writing. It is premised on the blackmail of big savers into spending in the local economy. Local Business Council executive Katrina obliges the smooth-talking Barry to blackmail a thrifty young man, Sam, into spending in the local shops something of the million dollars in his bank account.  Sam, of course, has no wish to spend, and the stage is set for a series of hilarious turns.

One False Move...

NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts). Co-directed by Megan Jones and Meridith Kitchen. NICA National Circus Centre, Prahran (Vic). 19 – 29 June 2013

This fast-paced circus show features NICA’s second year artists in an original performance that draws inspiration from the events and characters that inhabit the fictional world of the Film Noir genre. The title refers to a shared aspect of circus and film noir – the tension created by the fear that one false move could spell disaster.

BALLET REVOLUCION

ATA Allstar Artists Production. Choreography: Aaron Cash, Rocian Gonzalez Chavez. Musical Director: Osmar Salazar Hernandez. Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane, 19-22 June 2013; State Theatre, Sydney, June 25 – 29; The Arts Centre Gold Coast, July 3 – 6; Arts Centre, Melbourne, July 17 – 20; Crown Theatre, Perth, July 31 – Aug 3.

This was the second visit to Australia of this Cuban dance company who originally toured in 2011. If you like Glee and TV dance programs, then you will be enthralled by the pyrotechnics of a show that fused classical with hip-hop, rap and other contemporary styles.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

By Oscar Wilde. Fingal O’Flahertie Productions, Bordello Theatre Kings Cross. Wed 12th - Sat 29th June, 2013

Bordello Burlesque

TRUE COLOURS

QPAC Choir. QPAC Production. Concert Hall, QPAC. Choirmaster: Tim Sherlock. Accompanist: Tina Liu. 18 June 2013

Choirmaster Tim Sherlock last night conducted QPAC’s much-travelled contemporary community choir in a program of audience-pleasing choral works. Traditional works by Francis Poulenc, Salve Regina and Ave Maria were mixed with the Mamas and the Papas Monday Monday and Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors. It was an eclectic but elegant selection of music.

Tale of Two Cities

Sydney Chamber Choir and the Adelaide Chamber Singers. The Great Hall in the University of Sydney. June 16, 2013.

What a rare privilege it was to hear the forty seven combined voices of these two wonderful Choirs in the setting of Great Hall in the University of Sydney! Edmund Thomas Blacket’s high, sandstone vaulted ceiling provides the perfect acoustics for the highly trained, carefully rehearsed and beautifully controlled voices of both choirs – and the repertoire chosen for this particular concert.

big the musical

Book by John Weidman. Music by David Shire. Lyrics by Richard Maltby jr. MLOC. Directed by Trish Carr. Phoenix Theatre Elwood (Vic). June 14th – 22nd, 2013.

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas! Yes I know it is six months away but big – The Musical is such a joyous Christmas offering that I couldn’t help feeling it was December. And judging by the reaction to this production from kids of all ages at the Sunday matinee, there were plenty of others sharing the Christmas spirit.

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan.Lyrics: Dick Scanlan. Music: Jeanine Tesori. WAAPA. Director: Crispin Taylor. Music Director: David King. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco (WA). 15-22 June, 2013.

In the last few years, it has become a tradition for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts to present a major musical mid year at Subiaco's Regal Theatre. I believe that Thoroughly Modern Millie, is the best so far.

Showcasing the talents of WAAPA students both on and off stage, in design and in the pit, the show augers well for the future of music theatre Australia wide.

King Kong

Written by Craig Lucas. Directed by Daniel Kramer. Music and lyrics by – Various. Regent Theatre Melbourne only. Opening Night. June 15th, 2013.

First the positives:- King Kong is a marvellous spectacle with fabulous costumes. It is a triumph of engineering and technology with an astonishing set (Peter England) and a brilliant lighting plot. Sonny Tilders and his team at Global Creatures deserve a million accolades for his creation of Kong, whose appearance out of the mists of Skull Island brings gasps and deserved applause from the audience. The cast do the best with what they are given and are uniformly good even when wasted.

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