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Cast rotation for Bolshoi Ballet’s exclusive Queensland season

Above: Mikhail Lobukhin in Spartacus. Photos by Damir Yusupov Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has announced the cast rotation of dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet to star in the 2019 QPAC International Series, only in Queensland from 26 June. More than 100 dancers, including ten Principals from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet will arrive in Brisbane, the company’s first visit to Australia since its sell-out season at QPAC in 2013. The Bolshoi will present two ballets, Spartacus and Jewels in QPAC’s Lyric Theatre between 26 June and 7 July 2019, with the rare opportunity for audiences to see both works on the first weekend of the season (Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June). “These two ballets fro

Sydney review - Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper Murders: a macabre story wonderfully told

Above: John Willis-Richards as Sherlock Holmes and Peter David Allison as Dr John Watson. Photo by Craig O'Regan. Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper Murders By Brian Clemens Directed by Jess Davis The Genesian Theatre 420 Kent Street Sydney Season: 27 April – 15 June 2019. Bookings: www.genesiantheatre.com.au Those familiar with Batman will know that he had a good working relationship with Commissioner Gordon of the Gotham City Police Department. A fictional character aiding a law enforcement agency. In the 1890’s, the fictional superhero is Sherlock Holmes, a private detective with uncanny investigative skills. And the law enforcement agency is the London Metropolitan Police with the chief pla

Sydney review- Pygmalion: a marvellous and amusing work

Above: Steve Corner as Henry Higgins, Emma Wright as Eliza Doolittle and Shan-Ree Tan as Colonel Pickering. Photo by Bob Seary. Pygmalion By George Bernard Shaw Directed by Deborah Mulhall A New Theatre Production New Theatre 542 King Street Newtown Season: 23 April – 25 May 2019. Bookings: www.newtheatre.com.au The classic tale of Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw is a crowd-pleaser for all ages. The latest production by the New Theatre is no exception. It’s a story that’s been told in many versions since it was written in 1912, the most loved being My Fair Lady. The play's title is apt, named after the ancient Greek figure Pygmalion, a sculptor who loves one of his creations so much that it

Review – Cinderella: rib-tickling little two-hander

Above: Amy Ingram and Thomas Larkin as Ashley and Ash. Picture by Darren Thomas. Cinderella By Matthew Whitten Original concept by Anthea Williams Directed by Daniel Evans A Myths Made Here Production Cremorne Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: April 26-May 5. Duration: 75 minutes, no interval. Bookings: www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 346. Amy Ingram has a talent for portraying insecure or downtrodden females and she uses that talent well in this rib-tickling little two-hander as Ashley. She was joined by the equally talented Thomas Larkin as the same-name, same problem character. Between them kept the audience laughing, quietly empathising or groaning at ine

Sydney review- A Little Piece of Ash: accolades to Megan Wilding

Megan Wilding as the afterlife spirit of Lily and Stephanie Somerville as Jedda. Photo by Clare Hawley. A Little Piece of Ash By Megan Wilding Directed by Megan Wilding A Jackrabbit Theatre Production Kings Cross Theatre 244-248 William Street, Kings Cross Season: 16 – 26 April 2019. Bookings: www.jackrabbittheatre.com The ability to write, act in and direct your own play is no mean feat. Especially when it’s a world premiere! So, accolades to Megan Wilding for her creative, humorous and sometimes confronting storytelling in A Little Piece of Ash. Its only when those closest to us are gone do we begin a new appreciation of them. And that’s the main message I took from this play which deals

Review - Cluedo! The interactive game: Who killed the doctor?

Cluedo! The interactive game Directed by Xanthe Jones Produced by Brisbane Immersive Ensemble Baedeker Bar Fortitude valley Brisbane Season runs until May 25. Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cluedo-the-interactive-game-2019-tickets-56956295814 Cluedo! The Interactive Game has, once again, struck: with murder. Sounds ominous? Well you’re in for a treat. Running in various iterations since 2017, the team at Brisbane Immersive Ensemble have brought to the quaint Baedeker Bar, situated in the Valley, a feast for the eyes and cunning amateur detective in all of us. As each audience member filed in, they were given a coloured pin and introduced to “Dr Black” the esteemed host of a 1930

Chicago is coming back to Brisbane!

Right: Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Casey Donovan, and Alinta Chidzey. Photo by Peter Brew-Bevan Produced in Australia by John Frost and Suzanne Jones, this Australian production will premiere at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in August before coming to Brisbane at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in November and followed by a season at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne in December. Starring as Roxie Hart is Natalie Bassingthwaighte and joining her as Velma Kelly is musical theatre star Alinta Chidzey. Casey Donovan joins the duo as prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton. QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said he was pleased to welcome John Frost and Suzanne Jones to present Chicago again. “This show holds a v

Stage version of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King

Right: Lachlan Barnett in the title role Step inside the court of The Young King, as one of Oscar Wilde’s best-kept-secret stories unfurls around you in Queensland Performing Art Centre’s (QPAC) Cremorne Theatre from 23 to 27 July. Brought from page to stage by Adelaide-based theatre company Slingsby, The Young King is a magical tale told through a union of whimsical theatre and audience participation. First published in Wilde’s A House of Pomegranates, The Young King tells the story of a boy born to a princess and a poor woodland man. Snatched from his parents as a baby, the Young King is raised by a kindly goatherd in a deep forest, until one day he is discovered to be heir to the kingdom.

Broadway star Megan Hilty to return to QPAC

Following her sold-out concert Australian tour in 2016, Megan Hilty will return to Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) Concert Hall, Brisbane on Thursday 20 June. The Tony Award nominated Broadway star is best known for her starring role as triple threat Ivy Lynn in the hit NBC television series Smash, and for her leading roles in Broadway musicals Wicked (as Glinda the Good Witch), 9 to 5: The Musical and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Megan will perform in QPAC’s Concert Hall stage, accompanied by Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, as she sings show-stopping hits from The Great American Songbook, her roles in Wicked, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Smash and other popular musical

Review - Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox: another smash hit for shake&stir

Above: Nelle Lee, Tim Dashwood and Leon Cain as Bunce, Bean and Boggis. Below: Gemma Willin as Mrs Fox, Nick Skubij as Mr Fox and Johnny Balbuziente as Chase Fox. Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox Adapted by Nick Skubij Directed by Ross Balbuziente Shake&stir Theatre Company Playhouse Theatre Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: April 11-20. Bookings: qpac.com.au or phone 136 246 This will be yet another smash hit for shake&stir. The 6.30 pm opening night show had children and adults alike screaming with laughter and cheering loudly at the end of the 55 minutes of breakneck action, witty dialogue and extremely colourful visuals. The video work and the split-second timing

Sydney review- Ditch: a first-rate drama

Ditch By Beth Steel Directed by Kim Hardwick A Dream Plane Production Limelight on Oxford 231 Oxford Street Darlinghurst Season: 3 – 13 April 2019. Bookings: www.limelightonoxford.com.au “In a world of turmoil…” That’s how the promotional blurb might have started for Ditch. The writer Beth Steel paints a gloomy, doomed world, soon on the precipice of an apocalypse, where the unlikely adversaries are the United Kingdom and China. How these two countries reached a position of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) is not relevant to this tale, although it does involve Venezuela. It was written 10 years ago, and the prevalence of these three nations in world affairs right now validates Ms Steel’s g

Bran Nue Dae 30th Anniversary Tour

Opera Queensland has joined forces with Australia’s premier opera companies, under the Opera Conference banner, to produce the first major revival of the hit musical Bran Nue Dae, opening in Sydney in January 2020 and touring to Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Recognised as the world’s first Aboriginal stage musical when it premiered to great acclaim in 1990, Bran Nue Dae originally toured over a three-year period, and remains one of the most commercially successful pieces of original Australian musical theatre. Written by the late Jimmy Chi in collaboration with the band Kuckles, Bran Nue Dae has been described as “a beacon of light” in Aboriginal and Australian cultural history. W

Sydney review – Barbara and The Camp Dog: raw and stirring

Barbara and The Camp Dogs By Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine Songs by Alana Valentine, Ursula Yovich and Adm Ventoura Directed by Leticia Caceres A Belvoir, in association with Vicki Gordon Music Productions Pty Ltd Production Belvoir Street Theatre Surry Hills Season: 4 April - 28 April 2019. Bookings: www.belvoir.com.au Australian theatre doesn’t get much rawer and stirring than Barbara and The Camp Dogs now playing at The Belvoir. For 90 minutes we were entertained by an excellent all-girl pub band, we shared a road trip to the country’s top end, and we bemoaned the shameful degradation of the indigenous population. There is so much talent in this production! The co-writers Ursula Yovic

Channelling Sinatra and Frankie Valli live

Moreton Bay Theatre Company is presenting Thomas Armstrong-Robley in Live at Frankie's, his celebration of Frank Sinatra & Frankie Valli at the Neverland Theatre, 56A 4-6 Burke Crtescent North lakes. Direct from performances in over 25 countries across Europe, Asia and North America, it features a catalogue of timeless hits which have sold a combined 250 million copies. With his ability to deliver the cool crooning & quick wit of Sinatra and the soaring falsetto & light tenor of Valli, it promises to be a high octane concert experience. Trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Thomas's experience includes stage shows, corporate entertainment, radio, film and a variety of musical ac

Cabaret de Paris glamour show for Brisbane in July

Above: the cast and right is Marissa Burgess. After dazzling audiences across the seas, the glamorous Parisian revue show Cabaret de Paris will return to Brisbane with its biggest cast ever during winter for three shows on Friday 5th & Saturday 6th July. Cabaret De Paris is a stage spectacular celebrating old-fashioned showgirl glamour combined with the skill of adagio dancers, aerial pole artistry, comedy circus performers, quick change performers, illusionists and of course the French Cancan Dancers! The 2 pm show on Saturday will be covered, while the two evening performances are topless. Australian Marissa Burgess, the longest-serving performer in the Moulin Rouge's 120-year history, sta

Sydney review - Bin Laden: The One Man Show: topical, timely and entertaining

Above: Sam Redway in action. Bin Laden: The One Man Show By Sam Redway and Tyrrell Jones Directed by Tyrell Jones A Knaive Theatre (UK) and Seymour Centre Production Seymour Centre Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street Chippendale Season: 3-6 April 2019. Bookings: www.seymourcentre.com In many ways, the story of Bin Laden starts at the end. Until the events of 11 September 2001, how many of us in the West had ever heard of him? Until that dastardly deed, his name had not been etched onto our collective memory. And yet his story should, and must, be told. The writers of Bin Laden: The One Man Show, Sam Redway and Tyrrell Jones, have creatively summarised his life in a most unexpected way.

Review - A Flowering Tree: something very different

Above: Craig Colclough and Eva Kong and right, Adrian Dwyer A Flowering Tree By John Adams Libretto adapted by John Adams and Peter Sellars from a South Indian folktale and poems translated by A.K. Ramanujan Directed by Patrick Nolan Conductor Natalie Murray Beale Opera Queensland Concert Hall Queensland Performing Arts Centre South Bank Brisbane Season: April 2-6. Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 246. Duration: approximately two hours 15 minutes including interval. Sung in English and Spanish with English Surtitles. This was something very different for me. I don’t know John Adams as a composer, apart from the fact that he is from the USA, and can’t remember seeing a “semi-staged” opera. For ot

Review - Blood Brothers: a terrific night at the theatre

From left Linda (Sarah Hunt), Edward (Dom Bradley) and Mickey (Ethan Liboiron). Blood Brothers Book, Music & Lyrics by Willy Russell Directed by Kate Steuart-Robins Music Direction by Matthew Pearso Javeenbah Theatre Company Cnr Stevens & Ferry Streets, Nerang Queensland Runs until April 13. Bookings: Tel 07 55960 300 Willy Russell’s ever popular nature versus nurture musical, Blood Brothers, makes a welcome to the stage in a new Javeenbah Theatre Company production. The show, which opened at the Gold Coast theatre this week, is a highly original concoction of loveable childhood comedy and melodramatic adult drama. Blood Brothers, which has been successfully doing the rounds since 1983, cent

Muriel’s Wedding stage musical heading for Brisbane

Here comes the bride. Producer and CEO of Global Creatures Carmen Pavlovic said “I am thrilled to bring this new Australian musical to Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre. Muriel’s Wedding The Musical brings one of Australia’s most iconic and loved films to the stage. This is a brash musical with a very big heart featuring award winning music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall.” Playing the iconic and much-loved lead role of Muriel Heslop, in her very first professional stage production, is Natalie Abbott. Hailing from the South Coast of NSW, 23-year-old Natalie has been ‘singing since before she could talk’ - according to her mother. And much like Muriel, Natalie left her small coastal town and

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