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Review - Singin’ in the Rain: so much to love

Right: Rohan Browne creates a splash. Photo by Darren Thomas Singin’ in the Rain The Stage Entertainment and Chichester Festival Theatre production Presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, Michael Cassel Group and TEG DAINTY Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed Directed by Jonathan Church Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre Season 22 September - 30 October 2016. Bookings: or 136 246 I just loved Singin’ in the Rain. There is so much to love about this musical – the fabulous music, the sensational choreography, and the great songs which the talented cast brought to life. It has to be one of the best I have seen. All the cast and c

Review- Nice Work If You Can Get It: delightful musical

Nice Work If You Can Get It Presented by Savoyards Musical Comedy Society Inc Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin Book by Joe DiPietro Directed by Sherryl-Lee Secomb Iona Performing Arts Centre Season: 24 September to 8 October. Bookiungs: or phone (07) 3893 4321. Nice Work If You Can Get It is set in Long Island, New York in 1927. It tells the story of wealthy playboy, Jimmy Winter. Jimmy is totally drunk, having just been married (to his third or is it fourth wife?) and he bumps into a tough female bootlegger, Billie Bendix outside the speakeasy. He lets slip that his family owns a large beach house on Long Island which is never used. Billie and her gang h

Review - Hanako: Something really different

Right: Caroline Dunphy and Kimie Tsukakoshi Hanako Writer & Co-creator: Katherine Lyall-Watson Director & Co-creator: Caroline Dunphy Belloo Creative/Brisbane Festival Visy Theatre Brisbane Powerhouse New Farm Brisbane Season: 13 – 17 September 2016. Duration 75 mins. Bookings: Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office (07) 3358 8600; or; Katherine Lyall-Watson won accolades for her play Motherland earlier this year – I enjoyed very much myself, so I was looking forward to this new work, which sounded really different and exotic, as many of Brisbane Festival productions are. It was different all rig

Goodbye QTC, hello Queensland Theatre: Season 2017.

Right: Sam Strong launches the 2017 program. More of Deanne Scott’s photos follow the launch story. The Queensland Theatre Company will now be known as Queensland Theatre in a surprise name change inspired by Artistic Director Sam Strong, and in his inaugural season the company will present nine shows, opening with the encore of the smash-hit Helpmann Award-winning Ladies in Black and closing with Joanna Murray-Smith’s adaptation of the Ingmar Bergman classic Scenes from a Marriage starring real-life couple Marta Dusseldorp and Ben Winspear. Offstage the company has undergone a transformation, evolving into Queensland Theatre with a new vision from Strong to lead from Queensland. “Queensland

Chiang Mai's new five-star luxury resort

Set to open late, 2016, Chiang Mai ‘s North Hill City Resort opened on September 6 and is a new five-star luxury resort incorporating a modern contemporary design that highlights the beauty of the resort’s location while still close to tourist destinations, and captures outstanding views of Doi Suthep. Only 20 minutes from the city area, the boutique 42-room property’s primary design element is the surrounding green space and nature. Designed by landscape and architecture firm, RAFA, the resort maximizes outdoor spaces with an expansive outdoor amphitheater alongside a swimming pool and deck. In addition to panoramic views of Doi Suthep, this outdoor area serves as a venue for functions, me

Kurt Phelan returns to cabaret

After sell-out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and New York City, Kurt Phelan is coming home to Queensland with his new cabaret show. 2015 was an excellent year for Kurt. After a national tour of Dirty Dancing he has been touring his new cabaret, Phelan Groovy. The production is part biographical and part behind-the-scenes voyeurism. Kurt Phelan has performed major roles in some of the biggest musicals in Australia over the last decade. From Singin’ In The Rain to Priscilla, Queen of The Dessert, Phelan has seen and done it all.. “While I love this industry that has supported me so well, I wanted to create something in my voice, something that is honest, cheeky, entertaining an

All about Rachael Beck- in song

One of Australia’s leading performers, Rachael Beck, returns to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) this time with her autobiographical cabaret show, Rachael Beck - This Girl, in the Cremorne Theatre on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2016. Sharing the same name as her first solo album, Rachael Beck - This Girl, was created in 2014 for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and takes audiences on an intimate journey through Beck’s life and career, featuring stories and songs from her album and her major career roles. With a career adorned in large scale musicals such as, Singin’ in the Rain, Les Misérables, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; This Girl scales it back w

Review: Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White: Dark and erotic

Right: Happy ever after – Snow White and her prince. Photo by Darren Thomas. Snow White Choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj Musaic by Gustav Mahler and 79D Ballet Preljocaj QPAC and Brisbane Festival presentation QPAC International Series Lyric Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: September 2-11. Duration: One hour 50 minute with no interval. Bookings or phone 136 246 This is a dark and erotic fairy tale with a dominatrix queen and an innocent but feisty teen Snow White who is experiencing her first glimpses of sexual awareness. It is a heady mix that kept me engrossed for the close to two hours of non-stop dance. The plot follows the fairy tal

Wollongong Fringe Festival: nine days of cultural fun

Yours & Owls and Destination Wollongong are collaborating to present the first ever Wollongong Fringe Festival this year, a nine-day extravaganza of everything culturally excellent about the ‘Gong. From Wollongong’s Art Precinct to the Planetarium, The Fringe Festival program is 9 full days of unexpected experimental and interactive discovery for locals and visitors alike. The festival will open with an opening night party in Wollongong’s Art Precinct, an open air cinema running nightly, a 90’s night including tunes, trivia and an official pinball tournament hosted by morning TV’s Ryan & Jade from Cheese TV! The ‘gong will play host to an evening with scientist Dr. Karl, a preview of the ar

Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge heads for stage

Carmen Pavlovic, CEO of Global Creatures, has announced that Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film Moulin Rouge! will come to the theatrical stage as a new musical with a book by John Logan, directed by Alex Timbers. Developmental work on the show is underway, and a production time-line and opening venue will be announced at a later date. Released by Twentieth Century Fox, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and has earned over $179 million worldwide. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two. On the announcement that John Logan and Alex Timbers had signed on to create the new musical, Moulin Rouge

"An hilarious journey of extremes"

I don’t usually use un-edited press releases on my blog, but I thought I would this time. It’s material from Karen Lee Roberts. “I have suffered with bipolar disorder for over twenty years. I have had a multitude of struggles over this time. Through various methods of challenging the illness by “wellness” strategies, I have risen above adversity and become a successful performer and writer in my own right. I have written a cabaret, It’s Not Easy Being Green, to inform and educate the community about how to beat the odds. It's Not Easy Being Green is a high-energy, emotionally charged cabaret that challenges the perceptions that ‘mental illness’ is a dirty word. I, Karen Lee Roberts, am tour

Review - St Mary’s in Exile: True story of renegade priest

St Mary’s in Exile By David Burton Directed by Jason Klarwein Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival Bille Brown Studio 78 Montague Road South Brisbane Season: August 27-September 23. Duration: Two hours including interval. Bookings: or 1800 355 528. David Burton the playwright, was a lapsed Catholic who returned to worship when he discovered Fr Peter Kennedy’s breakaway congregation in the Trades and Labour Council hall in South Brisbane, just down the road from St Mary’s Church, in the late 2000s. Fr Kennedy had been a bit of a revolutionary pastor, welcoming gay and lesbian Catholics into Mass and even leaning towards Buddhism. His offsider was a younger

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