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...

Arts / Cancer, up close and personable

CANCER sufferers have a lot more to contend with than their illness – there’s also the reaction of their friends. Lara Veitch knows all about...

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 / ‘Turner’s Turn’

Geraldine Turner’s “Turner’s Turn”. Directed by Caroline Stacey. Musical Direction and accompaniment by Michael Tyack. The Street Theatre, 1st November 2015. Reviewed by Bill Stephens

You’re still wonderful, Muriel!

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

Review / Glorious ‘South Pacific’ beautifully performed

Musical theatre / "South Pacific". Directed by Janet Tweedie. Queanbeyan Players. At The Q, the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, until June 11.  Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

’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.

Arts / What is it about Marilyn, wonders Lexi?

THE allure of Marilyn Monroe has never faded, says actor Lexi Sekuless, who’s presenting a new version of her cabaret show “Some Like It...

Gow twist gives new life to ‘Pearlfishers’

“The Pearlfishers,” by Georges Bizet, libretto by Cormon and Carre, interpreted and directed by Michael Gow for Opera Australia, conducted by Guillaume Tourniaire, at Dame Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House until March 12. Reviewed by 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.

Review / ‘Mamma Mia’ still surprises and charms

theatre / "Mamma Mia!", at Canberra Theatre, until December 17. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS.

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.

Review / ‘Rock of Ages’ at the Erindale Theatre

Rock Of Ages, Book by Chris D’Arienzo, directed by Jim McMullen, Canberra Philharmonic Society, Erindale Theatre to 19 March. Review by Len Power

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.

Review: ‘Dazzling, charismatic’ talents in ‘Merry Widow’

“The Merry Widow,” by Franz Lehár, updated libretto by Justin Fleming, directed and choreographed by Graeme Murphy, conducted by Vanessa Scammell, for Opera Australia, at Sydney Opera House until February 3, bookings to

Dancing trumps West Side’s wet weather

Musical / “West Side Story”, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, until April 21. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA.

Review / ‘Next to Normal’ moving and thought-provoking

‘Next to Normal’ – Phoenix Players, at ANU Arts Centre Until  July 23. Reviewed by Ian McLean.

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.

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 / Canberra Opera gives new life to Puccini personal favourite

Opera “Suor Angelica” – Canberra Opera, At Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, Friday July 15, Reviewed by Clinton White




What’s on this weekend?

HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts, events and shows in Canberra

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