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Green Day’s Explosive, Award-Winning Musical Returns

The Australian production of Green Day’s American Idiot, the high-octane rock musical, has just announced a national tour in 2018. Following critical and audience acclaim at its Australian premiere in Brisbane earlier this year, this multi-Helpmann Award® nominated show is now set to melt faces and hearts across the country.
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Theatre Review : Little Shop of Horrors – Playhouse, QPAC Brisbane – June 2, 2016

Review by Amanda Lee Starkey
First made popular in the early 80s the theatre heavy weight Little Shop of Horrors is back to introduce a whole new audience to the blood- thirsty plant that wreaks havoc on a small time Florist shop.
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Live Review + Photos : Katie Noonan & Brodsky Quartet at QPAC, Brisbane – April 28, 2016

Review and photos by Amanda Lee Starkey
Katie Noonan & Brodsky Quartet at QPAC, Brisbane - April 28, 2016 Photographer: Amanda Lee Starkey
The hauntingly beautiful voice of Brisbane’s Katie Noonan rings out across the concert hall, a quartet of strings to accompany her as she brings to life the poetry of Judith Wright. The composition is simple yet effective, enhancing and complimenting her voice expertly.
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Live Review + Photos : The Blind Boys of Alabama at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane – March 31, 2016

Review and photos by Amanda Lee Starkey
The Blind Boys of Alabama at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane - March 31, 2016 Photographer: Amanda Lee Starkey
The Blind Boys of Alabama have been bringing music to the world for the better part of seven decades, winning multiple Grammy awards over the years.

The aim of the Blind Boys is to being joy through music to fans of the Gospel genre. However you don’t have be a fan of Gospel to enjoy the Blind Boys and their soulful voices. However if you are here to see anything else other that gospel music then “you are in the wrong place” we’re informed.
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Live Review : Chris Cornell Acoustic Show at QPAC, Brisbane – November 30, 2015

Review By Eve Mayzes
Chris Cornell_Photo by Stuart Blythe
From the genesis of grunge to two multi-award winning bands to a solo career spanning 5 albums and 10 years, Chris Cornell never disappoints; and tonight’s acoustic solo performance at QPAC was no exception. The post-90’s Gen X crowd swooned for a chance to see the former Audioslave front man, a sea of Soundgarden shirts and combat boots calmly making their way into the auditorium for what many will argue was the greatest Chris Cornell show to date.
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Jimmy Barnes announces Flesh and Wood Acoustic Tour shows!

Following sell-out shows as part of his 2014 30:30 Hindsight tour, Jimmy Barnes is once again getting ready to pack his bags and hit the stage for the Flesh and Wood Acoustic Tour 2015, commencing in Brisbane on Friday, 3 July before heading to Toowoomba, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne for one night only over the following weekends.
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Review : WICKED the Musical – Lyric Theatre, QPAC Brisbane – February 15, 2015

Review by Connor Blythe
WICKED the musical
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.
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Tour News – Guy Pearce and Darren Middleton announce ‘Broken / Translations’ Tour

tourHot on the heels of his two sold out album launch shows, Guy Pearce will join forces with Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton for an upcoming ‘Broken / Translations’ double headline tour. The run of shows will kick off in Bendigo on Saturday 31 January and will see the travelling troubadours take on the east coast and Adelaide Fringe, finishing off in Guy’s old hometown at Geelong Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 28 February.

It’s an unexpected collaboration, yet it makes so much sense.

Two Aussie legends, each entering their own new career phase, Pearce and Middleton are set to hit the road in early 2015.
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Rufus Wainwright announces headline Australian shows – March 2015

Melding both the beautifully moving with the powerful and bombastic; the broad spectrum of Rufus Wainwright’s talents will be on full display when he returns to Australia in 2015 to perform his most revered and beloved songs. Following the release earlier this year of Vibrate: The Best Of Rufus Wainwright, this will be Rufus’ first headline Australian tour in nearly three years.
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WICKED @ QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, Brisbane from 11 January 2011 [Theatre News]

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

Take Five with Alinta Chidzey

By Pepa Wolfe

Life Music Media invites you to…

Take Five with Alinta Chidzey

:: Do you have a favourite musical? ::
I think this [West Side Story] would have to be one of the favourite ones, to be honest.

:: Is there a character that you’d give anything to play? ::
Oh. Um… (thinks) I’d love to play Velma in Chicago. That is one I would love to play, for sure.
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WEST SIDE STORY @ Lyric Theatre QPAC, 7th November 2010 – Live Review

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.
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