Reviews

The Musical of Musicals by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart

Triptych Theatre. Directors: Avigail Herman (also Musical Director) and Jane Miskovic (also Choreographer). Accompanist: Mark Chamberlain. Parade Space, NIDA. May 6 to 30.

Love musicals? I do. And I reveled in this lively send-up of their special charms, idiosyncrasies, formulaic elements and well-loved clichés, from the Golden Age to the contemporary.

A simple plot is re-told in five send-up mini-musicals, in the style of musical theatre giants Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander and Ebb.

The Price by Arthur Miller

State Theatre Company of SA. Dunstan Playhouse. April 23 – May 16.

The State Theatre Company’s production of The Price sees them take on one of Arthur Miller’s most acclaimed plays.

Set around story of Victor Franz (Michael Habib), it explores the re-opening of old wounds as the New York City cop attempts to finalise his father’s estate before the demolition of their Manhattan apartment.

[title of show] an original broadway musical

Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. Magnormos. Theatre Works, St Kilda. May 4 to 15. Return Season Aug 26 to Sept 11.

[title of show] is my new favourite thing. Magnormos present the Australasian premiere of the show about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical, and it rocks.

Second Samuel by Pamela Parker

Playlovers and David Young Productions. Director: Sue Hayward. Subiaco Arts Centre, April 30 - May 8

Like a Southern American accent, Second Samuel is slowly paced at first, like warm honey or a hot summer’s day, but like some other Southern tales (Steel Magnolias and To Kill a Mockingbird spring to mind) behind its gentle tale of small town life are some wonderful messages about acceptance. Told through the eyes of the mentally challenged B Flat, in a captivating performance by Tyler Jones, we meet the folks of Second Samuel (the first Samuel was burned down), as they deal with a most unusual circumstance.

Floyd Collins in Concert.

Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel. Book and lyrics by Tina Landau. Produced by Anne-Maree McDonald and Stuart Maunder

According to Stephen Sondheim great musical theatre is the seamless combination of lyrics, music and drama.

Floyd Collins has this (pardon the pun) in spades.

The musical about a miner trapped underground in Kentucky, and the circus which developed around efforts to dig him out in 1925, is married gorgeously into its bluegrass style.

Adding to the enjoyment of listening to this chamber musical, superbly played and sung, was the aptness of the venue ... the Sydney Recital Hall.

Stockholm by Briony Lavery

La Boite Theatre, Brisbane. Sydney Theatre Company (in association with Frantic Assembly). 28th April – 22nd May

Whoa! This show is a knockout – conceptually, visually, emotionally, technically. It defies categorisation: relationship drama, erotica, dance, circus skills, illusions, physical theatre, danger …

Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto: The story of Emanuel Ringelblum by Neil Cole

Directed by Dominique Bongiovanni; Performed by Alex de la Rambljie, Liran Shachar, Phil Zachariah and Joseph Strou. An Eagle's Nest Theatre production at La Mama Courthouse, Melbourne until May 16.

The Holocaust has inspired many artists around the world to share their interpretations of the events that, collectively, define the single greatest crime against humanity in living memory. As an historical event, it has become increasingly scrutable, thanks largely to the tireless endeavours of publishers, authors (such as Primo Levi), filmmakers (Steven Spielberg), archivists and benefactors who are determined to document the extent of the horrors before the generation of survivors are lost to us forever.

The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco by John Birmingham & Simon Bedak

Brisbane Arts Theatre. 10th April – 15th May 2010

BAT, in mid-2009, began to change their house style from safe, conservative comedies and murder mysteries, to plays with bite.

Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith.

Sydney Theatre Company. Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. 22 April - 29 May

It's one of those things we may never quite know enough about. Does it last? When is it really real? Love - one of the core themes of the play Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith.

FAME

Regent Theatre, Melbourne, and touring nationally. Wednesday, 21 April 2010. Capitol Theatre, Sydney from October 14.

The musical based on a TV show based on a movie has hit Melbourne. Following a “Seasons of Love”-style opening, the audience is introduced to a stage-width LED curtain backdrop that is used to change the time and location of the on-stage action. All cast and creatives should be congratulated on a sterling effort, considering they are running on only four weeks of rehearsal and four days in the theatre (including two previews).

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