The Beanies come home with an ‘egg-straordinary’ show

The Beanies are one of Australia’s best-known bands for kids, and two thirds of them were born-and bred in Canberra.

Berthold’s back with his Vietnam history in song

The spectacular concert-drama “Rolling Thunder Vietnam”, previously seen in 2014 and 2016, is returning to Canberra in a new iteration, but with a few old faces, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Hopelessly silly musical rip-off enjoyed by everyone

People don’t have to be a Monty Python fan to enjoy this hopelessly silly musical rip-off of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, writes theatre reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Canberra can’t get enough of ’Mamma Mia!’

MAMMA Mia!—Canberrans and Queanbeyanites don’t seem to be able to get enough of the cult musical of the same name, and Free Rain Theatre is putting that notion to the test with a new production coming up at The Q.

Gender-bending theatre delights until the end

For people who can’t get to Sydney for the Mardi Gras, this production of “H.M.S. Pinafore” at The Q in Queanbeyan might be the next best thing, writes theatre reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Eric’s deeply silly burst of Monty Python foolery

Arts editor HELEN MUSA chats to “Spamalot” director Richard Carroll about the "deeply silly" ‘Python’ musical spin-off.

Cole’s showbiz turn is camp and challenging

OPERA singer Tobias Cole has been taking a dive into the world of showbiz in Kate Gaul’s high-camp production of “HMS Pinafore”.

Holiday show / Colour, exuberance and clever staging

“I don’t know about the kids, but this reviewer loved it!”. BILL STEPHENS reviews “The Little Mermaid”.

Ickle Pickle’s feisty mermaid gets a happy ending

Canberra soprano Emily Pogson, last pictured in "CityNews" as Nancy in Queanbeyan Players’ “Oliver!” gets the plum role of Ariel, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA

Kids lead zany musical about the environment

Tuggeranong Arts Centre is staging a zany, totally original kids musical about water management and environmental sustainability.

Simon says the world is a much crazier place  

Actor Simon Burke gets to play what he describes as “a conga line of monsters”: Scomo, Mark Latham Alan Jones Julian Assange and Boris Johnson in the new The Wharf Revue, subtitled “Unr-Dact-D”, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Our’ Billy in the dances of his life

"When the audience rose for a standing ovation at opening night of 'Billy Elliot the Musical', all eyes were on ginger-haired Jamie Rogers, a 12-year-old boy who originally studied dance in Pialligo," writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Lavish ‘West Side Story’ is a ‘must see’ production

Opera Australia’s lavish production of "West Side Story" honours the original production with its 1950s period mostly intact and the re-creation of the original Jerome Robbins choreography. It's a "must see", says reviewer LEN POWER.

Somers shines and ‘Producers’ an energetic hit

Reviewer BILL STEPHENS hits the "must-see" button for Daryl Somers and the local cast of this energetic, new production of "The Producers".

Hey, hey it’s Daryl, live on stage

Hey, hey it's Daryl Somers live on stage in Canberra for some musical fun.

Music man Chan’s never ending ‘Story’

WITH more than 300 performances of “West Side Story” under his belt and the number rising fast, maestro, music director, and composer Donald Chan...

Hard to find a more ideal Oliver!

"It would be hard to find a more ideal Oliver than Willum Hollier-Smith. Looking younger than his 11 years, with his cherubic face and silvery voice, Willum melted hearts and practically stopped the show with his lovely rendition of 'Where is Love'," writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Fans get behind the hype of ‘Oliver!’ 

The word is out that the Queanbeyan Players’ upcoming musical “Oliver!" is selling fast and that, in the best tradition of amateur theatre, the cast members are thoroughly enjoying themselves, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Please sir, Willum wants some more!

Eleven-year-old Willum Hollier-Smith is revelling in his role as Oliver in the new production for Queanbeyan Players, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Discovering another side to the Potter people

“Magic and witchcraft maybe the driving forces behind the Melbourne hit success ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, but it’s the human elements of the play that give it flesh and blood,” says arts editor HELEN MUSA.





Telling stories of ‘place’ in portraiture

Another week, another weekly look at Canberra's arts scene. It's "Arts in the City" with HELEN MUSA. 


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