Tough ‘Monty’ has a soft centre

“The Full Monty” is a show with a tough exterior, but winningly soft centre, which turns a spotlight on significant issues of relationships, writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Arts / ‘West Side Story’ comes to town

“THE number one greatest musical of all time” is how “The Times” in London described “West Side story”, and now it’s coming to the...

Review / Whizzbang theatrical effects save ‘Charlie’

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical,” directed by Jack O'Brien, Capitol Theatre, Sydney until May 19, Reviewed by HELEN MUSA

Arts / Once upon a… well, a mattress!

HANS Christian Andersen's “The Princess and the Pea” is one of his most-loved yet shortest stories, only 379 words in length. We never know the...

Review / Music tells Mandela’s ‘uplifting’ love story

theatre / “Madiba the Musical”, at Canberra Theatre Centre, until November 24. Reviewed by SAMARA PURNELL

Arts / The full Nelson put to music

WHEN an uplifting musical about the late Nelson Mandela arrives at the Canberra Theatre later this month, the audience may well be jumping with...

Review / ‘Godspell’ production a test of faith

Musical theatre / "Godspell". Directed by Emma White. At The Q, Queanbeyan, November 11. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

Mystery surrounds ‘Jersey Boys’ silence

THE postponement, “due to unforeseen circumstances“, of an announcement expected this morning (October 29) about the next major musical coming to Canberra in 2019...

Arts / The Q announces a big, pushy, show-stopping musical

“EVERYTHING‘s comin’ up roses”, sang musical theatre luminary Geraldine Turner in the Manhattan room at Queanbeyan’s Royal Hotel this morning (October 25). Turner was in...

Arts / Wharf presents the pantomime of power

PANTOMIME is a pretty apt metaphor for what’s been going on in Canberra in the last 12 months – and the Sydney Theatre Company’s...

Review / Pitch-perfect ‘Heathers’ turn in an exuberant production

Musical theatre / "Heathers – The Musical". Directed by Kelly Roberts and Grant Pegg. At Gungahlin Theatre until October 27. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

Review / Rock concert atmosphere in ‘Grease’

Musical theatre / “Grease: The Arena Experience”. Original musical written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, AIS Arena, until October 14. Reviewed by SAMARA PURNELL.

Arts / Hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal teen show

PEER-group pressure and gross verbal abuse are the heart of a "deliciously dark" musical about to take the stage at Gungahlin College...

Arts / Sandy and Danny come back to the arena

"Grease"... the arena experience at Bruce, October 12-14. Photo Credit Glenn Pokorny "GREASE" will be the word at...

Review / ‘Shrek’ gets a magical fairytale gloss

Musical Theatre / "Shrek the Musical". Directed by Ylaria Rogers. At The Q, Queanbeyan, until October 14. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

‘Shrek’, the musical with less familiar music

“I THINK I got you beat,” Princess Fiona (Laura Murphy) and Shrek (Max Gambale) from “Shrek the Musical” were singing as they competed over...

Arts / The challenging moods of Madame Butterfly

THE role of Madame Butterfly, Cio-Cio-San, the tragic heroine of Puccini's opera, "Madama Butterfly", is one of the most demanding in the repertoire, but...

Review / Roll up for joyous night at the theatre

Musical theatre / "Barnum". Directed by Anita Davenport. Presented by At Erindale Theatre until September 8. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

Review / ‘Dogfight’ has plenty of musical bite

Musical / "Dogfight". Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.  Directed by Zoe O’Leary Cameron. At Belconnen Community Theatre, until August 25. Reviewed by Bill Stephens

Arts / ‘Calamity Jane’ comes out firing

THERE’LL be whip cracking and wisecracking, too, when the Hayes Theatre production of the musical “Calamity Jane” rolls into town this month. It began as...

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