Go-to Ursula is planning to go

URSULA Yovich has been the go-to actress for the past two decades when directors are looking for a strong, mature indigenous performer. Originally from Darwin,...

‘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.

‘Music Man’ sure to have you humming

EXCITEMENT is mounting across the border with just over a week to go before Queanbeyan Players’ latest production, "The Music Man," opens at The...

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...

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.

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.

Review / Understudy gives a towering lead to ‘Funny Girl’

musical theatre / "Funny Girl". Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, directed by Jarrad West. At Q Theatre, Queanbeyan, to September 3. Reviewed by LEN POWER  

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...

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".

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.

A celebration of musical theatre talent: ‘Anything Goes’

musical Cole Porter's "Anything Goes", at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, until October 31, bookings to opera.org.au

Review / Chortles and cheers greet ‘The Mikado’

"The Mikado" / Directed by Jude Colquhoun. Presented by Queanbeyan Players. At The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, until November 15. 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.

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.

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.

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...

Sex on toast in Civic

SEX on Toast are a popular 10-piece synth-funk group who specialise in early 80s funk, jack swing, improvisation and soul. Based in Melbourne, their...

Review / Son carries ‘Madama Butterfly’ to its tragic conclusion

Opera / “Madama Butterfly”, at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, until November 4. Bookings to 9318 8200 or opera.org.au Reviewed by HELEN MUSA

Arts / Musical with a meaning

PHOENIX Players’ next musical, the Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt play “Next To Normal", is a show that deals with mental illness. A difficult subject...

Musical revue performance and staging a ‘triumph’

"This production of 'The World Goes Round' is a triumph for the Canberra Repertory Society, and most definitely one for the 'must see list," waxes musical theatre reviewer BILL STEPHENS.





Canberra still on top of the coronavirus

WITH nearly 15,000 negative tests completed, including 311 in the past 24 hours, ACT Health continues to report no new cases of COVID-19.


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