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.

Review / Haunting musical burns into the psyche

Reviewer BILL STEPHENS spends a night at the theatre with assassins and would-murderers... and quite enjoys it.

Theatre turns murder into a game

Everyman Theatre’s production of “Assassins” turns murder into a theatre game in the famous musical revue, “Assassins”.

Three art forms unite for a sophisticated ‘Chicago’ 

Here the balance of slow, heavily-accented band music, lyrics, acting and dance revealed the totality of performance that can make theatre the most exciting of art forms, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Musical brings American killers to life

Theatre producers Kelly Roberts and Grant Pegg have been focusing on musicals that haven’t been seen before in Canberra, as will be the case in the new production called “Assassins”, reports HELEN MUSA.

Youth choir sings its way to 50

Scratch the surface of almost any major department or organisation in Canberra and you’re bound to find a former member of Woden Valley Youth Choir running it.

’Kinky Boots’ delivers the goods

“Kinky Boots” is a feel-good musical and great entertainment. This production at The Q really delivers the goods, says reviewer LEN POWER.

You’re still wonderful, Muriel!

Reviewer BILL STEPHENS was at the first night of the new production of “Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical”.

Heart and soles go into new ‘Kinky Boots’

With a star line-up and six over-the-top dancing drag queens, it’s hard to see how a new production of the Cyndi Lauper musical “Kinky Boots” could go wrong, says arts editor HELEN MUSA.

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