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Celebrating Musical Theatre Legend Stephen Sondheim

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra are presenting a special concert, to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Stephen Sondheim (pictured) presented on his actual birthday, Sunday 22 March 2020, in QPAC’s Concert Hall. Sondheim’s most well-known works include the music and lyrics for Company, Follies, Into the Woods, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy. Sondheim on Sondheim is a portrait of the songwriter in his own words... and music and is hailed as a "revelatory revue full of wonderful moments" and a "funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theatre’s greatest living composer and lyri

Broadway star Shoshana Bean returns to Australia this February

Broadway superstar Shoshana Bean (Waitress, Wicked) has announced a string of upclose-and-personal shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney this February. It’s been a long time between drinks for the chart-topping singer-songwriter, who returns to Oz fresh from playing the lead role in Broadway smash Waitress. “I fell in love with your incredible country and its people the very first time I set foot in it and I can’t wait to get back,” Shoshana said. “I’m beyond excited to see familiar faces and friends, to drink your coffee, eat some TimTams, visit some favourite places and restaurants and sing some new music.” The intimate gigs will showcase Shoshana’s signature raise-the-roof vocals as s

Sydney review - Every Brilliant Thing: a powerful and emotional experience

Steve Rodgers: photo by Brett Boardman Every Brilliant Thing By Duncan Macmillan Directed by Kate Champion. Co-Directed by Steve Rodgers A Belvoir Production Belvoir Street Theatre Belvoir Street Surry Hills Season has ended. If you are thinking of going to see the latest production of Every Brilliant Thing at the Belvoir Theatre, I can only say one thing: DO! Stop reading reviews now and go without any preconceived ideas. You’ll understand why. If you can’t make it or have already been, read on… There is a clue in the title of this show which sums up its effectiveness as a play – ‘Brilliant’. It’s the most simply powerful and emotional experience I’ve enjoyed for quite a while. The writer,

I got a gong!

Yes, I have been awarded the Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Arts in the Australia Day honours list. I can now add OAM after my name – and I will: with pride. I was completely overwhelmed when I got the news. It came as such surprise. I never considered myself a candidate for civic honours. I used to joke every June and January when the honours list came out: “They’ve missed me again.” This time I received an email from GG’s office bringing me the good news. Would I accept the honour? Yes please. Then came confirmation and the word that I had to keep it secret for a couple of months, which was difficult. I don’t get the medal yet, that comes later at the Government House invest

Review - Lady Tabouli; snappy, humorous and dramatic

Lady Tabouli By James Elazzi Directed by Dino Dimitriadis A Riverside National Theatre of Parramatta and Sydney Festival Production Riverside National Theatre Cnr Market and Church Streets Parramatta Season: 9 – 18 January 2020. Bookings: https://riversideparramatta.com.au Duration: 90 minutes. No interval The key ingredient of any Tabouli salad is parsley – plenty of it and finely chopped, thank you. But when your home-grown garden supply starts to discolour and turn yellow, what do you do? Try to salvage what you have left and nurture it back to its natural green or pull the lot out and start again? Of course, this is a metaphorical question which playwright James Elizzi cleverly raises in

Review - Cirque du Soleil: Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities: be prepared to be amazed

Photos by Martin Girard Cirque du Soleil: Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities Written and directed by Michel Laprise Grand Chapiteau 89 MacArthur Avenue, Northshore Hamilton Brisbane Season: January 10 - February 23. Duration: just over two hours. Bookings: https://tickets.cirquedusoleil.com Wow, wow, wow and wow! Just when you think Cirque du Soleil has peaked, up pops the surreal Kurios! It is a blast of perfect entertainment from beginning to end – and that’s after marvelling at the immense Big Top with surprisingly comfortable seating and perfect air conditioning. Blasé me, who has seen Cirque du Soleil several times before, expected the entertained, but like a novice I sat gasping, applaud

All-star line-up to take over Brisbane’s Tivoli for Australian bush fire relief

Brisbane’s The Tivoli will play host to big names including Megan Washington, Matt Corby and The Kite String Tangle on Saturday 25 January, hosting an all-star Raise ‘Em Up benefit gig to raise $100,000 for Australian bushfire relief. Asha Jefferies, Ngaiire and The Riot are just some of the acts that will also donate their time for the worthy cause, which has destroyed more than 1500 homes and 10 million hectares of land to date. The Tivoli’s Co-Owner and Creative Director Dave Sleswick announced all ticket, bar and merchandise profits from the evening will be shared between the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal (70%) and WIRES – The NSW Wildlife Information Rescue & Emergency Services (30%

Sydney Festival takes over the city from 8–26 January

A fixture of Sydney’s summer calendar, Sydney Festival today embarks on three weeks of theatre, music, dance, family-friendly and free events that transform the city in a diverse celebration of culture, country and coming together. “Our hearts go out to our fellow Australians. We are acutely aware of the situation confronting many of us right now,” says Festival Director, Wesley Enoch. “We are seeing unprecedented fires and loss. This is a terrible time in the history of our Land. At times like this, the importance of gathering as a community is self-evident, and I firmly believe that artists, and the arts, play a vital role in giving us strength and supporting resilience – stepping up to h

Return to the Emerald City of Oz - a special 50th anniversary production

In 2020, Queensland Theatre celebrates 50 Seasons of Stories and, in a fortunate coincidence, it is also marks 50 years of play writing for David Williamson, the most produced playwright in the history of Australian theatre. To celebrate this joint stage milestone, Williamson’s 1987 satire, Emerald City, under the direction of outgoing Artistic Director Sam Strong, will open Queensland Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season from Saturday 8th February to Saturday 29th February 2020 in the Playhouse, QPAC. Says Sam Strong: “I have wanted to direct this play for many years. Over half a century David has written many extraordinary plays but Emerald City must rank as his finest comedy. It is very fun

Return to the Emerald City of Oz - a special 50th anniversary production

In 2020, Queensland Theatre celebrates 50 Seasons of Stories and, in a fortunate coincidence, it is also marks 50 years of play writing for David Williamson, the most produced playwright in the history of Australian theatre. To celebrate this joint stage milestone, Williamson’s 1987 satire, Emerald City, under the direction of outgoing Artistic Director Sam Strong, will open Queensland Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season from Saturday 8th February to Saturday 29th February 2020 in the Playhouse, QPAC. Says Sam Strong: “I have wanted to direct this play for many years. Over half a century David has written many extraordinary plays but Emerald City must rank as his finest comedy. It is very fun

Return to the Emerald City of Oz - a special 50th anniversary production

In 2020, Queensland Theatre celebrates 50 Seasons of Stories and, in a fortunate coincidence, it is also marks 50 years of play writing for David Williamson, the most produced playwright in the history of Australian theatre. To celebrate this joint stage milestone, Williamson’s 1987 satire, Emerald City, under the direction of outgoing Artistic Director Sam Strong, will open Queensland Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season from Saturday 8th February to Saturday 29th February 2020 in the Playhouse, QPAC. Says Sam Strong: “I have wanted to direct this play for many years. Over half a century David has written many extraordinary plays but Emerald City must rank as his finest comedy. It is very fun

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