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 / Music tells Mandela’s ‘uplifting’ love story

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

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...

‘Wicked’ – a positively Emerald-looking show

“YOU LOOK positively Emerald," said Glinda (Laura Murphy) the emerging "good" witch to her green-faced counterpart Elphaba (Loren Hunter) onstage at a media preview...

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.

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.

Arts / The goodies, by the Wharfies

THE Wharfies will soon be back in their spiritual home Canberra – this time for a whole two weeks – and, as they celebrate...

Review / ‘Mamma Mia’ still surprises and charms

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

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.

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.

Review / Players on the way to another hit

musical theatre / "The Music Man". By Meredith Willson. Directed by Joseph McGrail-Bateup. Presented by Queanbeyan Players. At The Q, Queanbeyan, until June 25. Reviewed by Bill Stephens.

‘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.

Review / Musical quickly deflates into a mess

Sadly, the lack of anything of quality in the music department meant there was no rising in this show; it was but a soggy, deflated mess, writes reviewer IAN McLEAN about “Margaret Fulton the Musical”.

Arts / The ‘Widow’ with new words

PETER Smith, the director of Queanbeyan Players’ next production, is venturing into different territory from that of his beloved Gilbert & Sullivan as he...

Dancing trumps West Side’s wet weather

Musical / “West Side Story”, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, until April 21. Reviewed by 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.
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Busy Best gets busier with ‘Company’

JORDAN Best is one of Canberra's busiest directors, but she’s never staged a musical before – in fact she’s never even been in one. It's...

Arts / Down in the Deep, Dark Wood

ACTOR Jonathan MacMillan is possessed of a resonant voice that sounds just like a Gruffalo, the role he’ll play in the touring production of...

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.

Love at all costs heralds opera’s grand return

When Opera Australia emerged recently from a year of closures and lockdown, it did so in a grand manner, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

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