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 / ‘The Book of Mormon’ guarantees a laugh

theatre / "The Book of Mormon", Lyric Theatre, Star City, until June 30. Reviewed by HELEN MUSA

Arts / When the might of war meets family secrets

IN a four-cornered triumph for Canberra, Goulburn, Sydney and Melbourne talent, The Street Theatre and Goulburn Regional Conservatorium are about to stage an original...

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...

Arts/ More is less in new ‘Wizard of Oz’

“The Wizard of Oz,” after the book by Frank L Baum and the motion picture, music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by EY Harburg, with additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Capitol Theatre Sydney until February 4. Bookings to or 1300 723 038. Reviewed by 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

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...

Review / ‘Mamma Mia’ still surprises and charms

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

Arts / Mamma mia, here we go again!

Mamma mia, here I go again My my, how can I resist you? Mamma mia, does it show again My my, just how much I've missed you? MAMMA...

Review / Well sung, well done, guys and dolls!

Musical Theatre / "Guys and Dolls". At The Q, until November 12. Reviewed by IAN McLEAN

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

Review / Strictly outstanding, Philo dances to success

Musical theatre / "Baz Luhmann’s Strictly Ballroom – The Musical".  Directed by Chris Baldock. At Erindale Theatre until October 28. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

Review / Ambitious ‘Sweeney’ misses a little polish

Musical theatre / "Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Richard Block. Gungahlin College Theatre until October 21. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

Arts / Dark role brings David the dream of a lifetime

"THERE'S a hole in the world like a great black pit," the central character sings again and again in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sweeney Todd,...

Review / Lexi’s ‘eerie similarity’ to Monroe

theatre / "Some Like it Marilyn", Members Dining Room, Old Parliament House, September 10. Reviewed by IAN McLEAN.

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...

Review / Andrews gives ‘new vitality to a stage favourite’

theatre / “My Fair Lady”, the Capitol Theatre, August 29 to October 8. Bookings to or Reviewed by HELEN MUSA

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

Arts / Toby grabs success, boots and all

AT age 29, musical star Toby Francis has a lot to skite about, but he’s remarkably modest. The boy from Canberra is hitting the heights...

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...




Shorten’s not getting ahead of himself, but the tape measure is out

With the election likely to be called in about a fortnight – the weekend after the April 2 budget - behind the scenes Labor is “measuring the curtains” of government, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.


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