‘Shrek’, the musical with less familiar music

“I THINK I got you beat,” Princess Fiona (Laura Murphy) and Shrek (Max Gambale) from “Shrek the Musical” were singing as they competed over...

Arts / The challenging moods of Madame Butterfly

THE role of Madame Butterfly, Cio-Cio-San, the tragic heroine of Puccini's opera, "Madama Butterfly", is one of the most demanding in the repertoire, but...

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 / ‘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 / ‘Calamity Jane’ comes out firing

THERE’LL be whip cracking and wisecracking, too, when the Hayes Theatre production of the musical “Calamity Jane” rolls into town this month. It began as...

Review / ‘Fame’s’ all about entertainment and a big finale

Musical theatre / "Fame – The Musical". Directed by Jarrad West; musical direction, Katrina Tang and choreography, Michelle Heine. At The Q, Queanbeyan, until May 26. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

Arts / Singing, dancing in the name of ‘Fame’

  “Fame…I'm gonna live forever I'm gonna learn how to fly, high.” SO goes the theme song from “Fame, the Musical”, that 1988 story of life...

Review / Delightful and determinedly decadent

Cabaret / "Blanc de Blanc". Director Scott Maidment, musical director Steve Toulmin. At the Fortuna Spiegletent, Canberra Theatre Centre forecourt until May 20. 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 / ‘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 wizardofozthemusical.com 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 opera.org.au

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 opera.org.au 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




Movie review / ‘Booksmart’ (M)

“Molly and Amy have spent the year achieving stellar academic records, at the expense of social skills. And they decide that they need to rectify that oversight big time,” writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.


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