Cancelled ‘Shrek’ won’t stop John Frost

THE Canberra Theatre's just cancelled staging of “Shrek”, was to have been the first Canberra gambit by Australia’s top producer of musicals, John Frost, since 1991.

Theatre centre postpones ‘Shrek The Musical’

The Canberra Theatre Centre has made the "difficult decision" to postpone the upcoming season of "Shrek The Musical".

‘Shrek’ announcement leaves theatre staff ‘ogre-joyed’

'Shrek the Musical' is coming to the Canberra Theatre Centre from February 14, it has been announced today (December 11), by its newish director Alex Budd.

Triumph for acrobatics, magic and dance

IN a singular triumph for acrobatics, magic and dance over acting, plot and emotional engagement, the Tony-award winning production of “Pippin“ opened at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Wharfians’ master the right amount of comedy in tragedy

Each performer mastered the necessary stretch to get on top of the delicate balance between the comic and the tragic, writes reviewer JOE WOODWARD of the "The Wharf Revue: Good Night and Gook Luck".

Dara shines at Wakakirri

Daramalan College has taken out the Secondary Story of the Year Award for its story-dance video in the 2020 Wakakirri Challenge.

Kirrah’s on standby for ‘Hamilton’

Canberra-raised singer Kirrah Amosa will understudy for several roles in ‘Hamilton’, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly Arts in the City column. 

Wharfies are ‘absolutely not’ winding up

Devotees of the long-running Wharf Revue can breathe a sigh of relief – news of its demise has been greatly exaggerated, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Classic musicals announced by Queanbeyan Players

The Queanbeyan Players have confirmed three classic shows for 2021, all to be staged at The Q, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Gale Edwards to take over ‘La Rondine’

The National Opera has confirmed new dates and a new director for its production of Puccini’s popular opera, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘CATs’ go ahead minus the feathers

The annual CAT Awards for theatre went ahead tonight virtually, minus the usual showbiz glitz, sparkle and feathers, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

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





Green power trounces Steel’s stupid park plan

"At the core of the Coolo Park fiasco is how an unresponsive bureaucracy controls the ACT’s politicians at the expense of common sense, community aspirations and the future of this city in a landscape," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.


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