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Review / Aladdin at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney

Aladdin Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. Presented by Disney Theatrical Productions Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Performance on 10th August reviewed by Bill Stephens.

Arts / Sequins, glitter and disco at The Playhouse

IT’S more sequins, glitter and Intel lighting in The Playhouse this week as “Velvet”, the show billed as “cabaret meets disco”, hits the stage. For...

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 / Brave, committed and passionate performances

musical theatre / "Spring Awakening", lyrics by Steven Slater, music by Duncan Sheik, directed by Grant Pegg and Kelly Roberts. At ANU Arts Centre until November 26. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

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

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...

Arts / The CATS head west for a big night in Dubbo

“GO West" is the imperative in the popular disco and showbiz song by the Village People and the 23-year-old Canberra Area Theatre Awards –...

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...

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.
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Review / ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the ANU Arts Centre

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Presented by ANU Interhall Productions and the ANU School of Music ANU Arts Centre until 13th August, 2016 6th August performance reviewed by Bill Stephens

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.

Mr Show Business comes to Vivaldi’s

AN ARTIST once tagged by the New York Times as a “latter day Al Jolson - Mr Show Business” is coming to Teatro Vivaldi...

Review / ‘Dogfight’ has plenty of musical bite

Musical / "Dogfight". Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.  Directed by Zoe O’Leary Cameron. At Belconnen Community Theatre, until August 25. Reviewed by Bill Stephens

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...
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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...

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 Reviewed by HELEN MUSA
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What’s on and where in the arts this weekend

THIRTY sculptures will adorn the Queanbeyan riverbank for  the second Clearwater Sculpture Prize with Awards announced at noon, Saturday, October 17 on the Riverbank...

Review / ‘The Little Mermaid’

Produced for Free Rain Theatre Company by Anne Somes. Directed by David Atfield. Canberra Theatre until 17th April. Reviewed by Bill Stephens.

Arts / ‘Crowd-pleasing’ musical taps away at The Q

“HEAR the beat of dancing feet, it’s the song I love, the melody of 42nd Street” go the words from title number "42nd Street",...

Review / Stylish musical worth catching

musical theatre / "Catch Me if You Can – The Musical". Directed by Richard Block; musical direction, Damien Slingsby; choreography, Rachel Thornton. Presented by Dramatic Productions. At Gungahlin College Theatre until June 11. Reviewed by Bill Stephens.




Trio strum piano pieces in ‘rare’ concert

They have been working hard over the past four years translating instrumental music to guitar and the end results are a form of perfection, writes reviewer HELEN MUSA after watching the José Carbó Trio in “L’Heure exquise” (The exquisite hour).


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