Review by Connor Blythe
Wicked is the most awarded new musical and has grabbed the attention of theatre goers in recent years. It tells the untold story of unadulterated loathing and friendship between two unlikely but no so different friends. One born with emerald-green skin who is the social outcast while the other is popular, self-absorbed and determined to get what she wants. These two girls soon become The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Continue reading Review : WICKED the Musical – Lyric Theatre, QPAC Brisbane – February 15, 2015
WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Academy Award winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (‘My So Called Life,”Once And Again’ and ‘thirtysomething’), and is based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. With musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…), WICKED is directed by 2003 and 2004 Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Assassins, Take Me Out, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune). Continue reading WICKED @ QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, Brisbane from 11 January 2011 [Theatre News]
Sir Bob Geldof is coming to Australia and playing one show only at the Lyric Theatre, Star City – Sydney on 16 December 2010.
Along with his band he will be performing a broad selection of his music from his roots in The Boomtown Rats to his subsequent solo career. In addition to many of the old favourites and past mega hits there could be a few surprises with material from his new album How To Write Songs That Will Sell (58 1/2), due for international release in February 2011.
The members of the band supporting Geldof’s vocals and guitar include Pete Briquette, Vince Loveday on violin, mandolin and ukulele, Niall Power on percussion, Alan Dunn on keyboards and accordion, Jim Russell on drums and John Turnbull on lead guitar. Together they form a highly professional, close-knit group, whose amicable interaction on stage creates a fun and memorable evening.
Sir Bob Geldof (UK) @ Lyric Theatre – Star City, Sydney
Date: 16 December 2010
By: Pepa Wolfe
On the Road to Somewhere
Actress Alinta Chidzey is wowing audiences as she burns up the floor in West Side Story, bringing sass and charm to the role of Anita. Life Music Media caught up with her for the Brisbane leg of the Australian Tour.
For someone who has just taken a quick break from an intense tech week to talk to the media, Alinta Chidzey appears very relaxed.
It’s a sunny day at Southbank in Brisbane, where the cast and crew of the classic musical West Side Story are busily preparing to launch the next leg of their Australian tour. Chidzey sits sipping an orange juice and speaks enthusiastically about the role of Anita – the fiery Puerto Rican immigrant unwillingly caught up in a 50s gang war – for which she is receiving rave reviews.
Continue reading On the Road to Somewhere – Alinta Chidzey in West Side Story [Feature Article]
Review by: Pepa Wolfe
West Side Story, the classic piece of Musical Theatre inspired by Romeo and Juliet and conceived by Jerome Robbins, hit Brisbane this week in a flash of movement and colour.
Director Joey McKneely brings a wealth of experience to the Australian production, reimagining again as he has done around the world, this story of star-crossed lovers and feuding gangs on the streets of 1950s New York.
The rear projection of a grainy black and white still of New York City located the piece, surrounded by tiers of iron balconies, the simple scope of the design hinting at the grand scale of the drama that was about to unfold.
A vibrant production, of swirling movement, soaring vocals and rolling accents all buoyed by the full swell of the 19 piece orchestra, West Side Story maintains an intense energy during the group numbers, but wanes a little during the solo pieces. Both Josh Piterman as Tony and Julie Goodwin as Maria were in fine voice, but the outstanding choreography easily stole the show.
Continue reading WEST SIDE STORY @ Lyric Theatre QPAC, 7th November 2010 – Live Review
Produced by John Frost and directed and choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance’s Kelley Abbey, FAME – The Musical opened in Melbourne last month to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. FAME features some of the most dynamic choreography you will ever see in the theatre and is set to thrill Brisbane audiences from 19 June 2010.
Continue reading “FAME – The Musical” – Brisbane June 2010
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Opera for One, La traviata
21 & 26 May l 7.30pm l $130 (inc. fees)
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