All posts tagged: musicals

Kinky Boots

Cyndi Lauper’s huge-hearted hit is coming to Melbourne! Based on the movie starring Joel Edgerton and inspired by a true story, KINKY BOOTS is about a young man’s struggle to save the family business and the unexpected people he meets along the way. With Tony and Grammy winning songs by pop icon CYNDI LAUPER, book by Broadway royalty HARVEY FIERSTEIN (La Cage aux Folles) and direction and choreography by Tony-Award Winner JERRY MITCHELL (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), KINKY BOOTS is a celebration of love, friendship and the power of believing in yourself. Don’t miss the musical that has captured the hearts of Broadway and the West End, at Her Majesty’s Theatre from October. When: 12 October – 27 November Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre Visit the Kinky Boots website.  We want you to enjoy this fantastic time of year and there’s no better way to revel in the summer action than a mini staycation in Melbourne. Stay at the  Ibis Melbourne, Little Bourke Street this summer and enjoy free breakfast. Book online for this exclusive deal.* *Book before 15th February 2017 for stays until 31 March 2017.

Tribute to the Starman

The audience lights dimmed, the stage lights fired up and we were immediately blown away with the familiar dirty opening riffs of Rebel Rebel. Anyone say goosebumps…? This week we were invited to check out CHANGES: Theatrical Tribute to the Music of David Bowie, a beautiful collaboration between Bare Naked Theatre, and Melbourne rock band, Robot Child running at Gasworks Art Park until 6 August. I love Bowie. Full stop. I had no idea what to expect from what was described as a ‘reimagination of his songs through the power of theatre…’ but I was about to find out. Bare Naked pride themselves in being visually a little out there. If you are expecting to see a traditional stage musical performance piece, you’ve come to the wrong show. With zero dialogue, this tribute is purely about the man and the music. The cast dance, sing and make art with their bodies and the various props they are given to work with. And the band plays. Beautifully. It’s a sweet, simple, but intellectual tribute, and Bowie …

The Desperattes: A Lady’s Guide to the Art of Being a Wingman

‘You can be my wingman any time….Bulls***! You can be mine.’ Quite possibly the second best quote from one of the greatest Tom Cruise movies of all time, and line I desperately wanted to drop after seeing this supremely talented trio hit the stage. I want to borrow them next time I’m out on the town… in fact the entire audience did. As a moderately recently single lass (but not quite at desperate status), I was more than intrigued by the name of this all-girl group, the fabulous show name, and seeing their hot pink beehives in real life. So armed with one of my best actual-girl-wingmen, off we trot, wine in hand to get some tips from these sharply dressed women of the shocking pink hair. We weren’t disappointed. I’ve come home with a list of fabulously hilarious pick up lines as long as my arm (I’m not sharing as I’ll spoil the show), as well as every single female orientation of the term ‘cock block.’   A Lady’s Guide to the Art of Being a Wingman …

Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical has arrived in Melbourne! Following rave reviews in Sydney, London’s West End and Broadway, is a multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the genius of Roald Dahl. Based on his 1998 children’s novel, the story follows five year-old Matilda Wormwood (Ingrid Torelli), a child prodigy who armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Co-written by  Australia’s own Tim Minchin, the show is currently playing at the Princess Theatre. When: From March 13 Where: Princess Theatre, 163 Spring St Visit the website here.

Heathers: The Musical

Revisit the joy and anguish of your high school days at Heathers: the Musical this May. Based on the greatest teen dark comedy of all time, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, Heathers: The Musical is not your typical pom-pom and cheerleader high school tale. You’ll be taking deep into the dark comedic story about two high school students who unintentionally make suicide popular. “HEATHERS THE MUSICAL is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. Heathers: The Musical is set to be the most subversively funny show of 2016, and so “Very” you may have to kill to get a ticket!” …

Bogan Bombshell

On Friday night we were welcomed into what felt like Janeen from Clarinda’s lounge room where she told us of her exploits from scrubbing bathrooms as a Sanitation Engineer – with her secret weapon BAM, through an ill-fated attempt at burlesque dancing (where she ‘couldn’t get them out’) to finally playing the role a phone sex operator – all to raise money for her McDonalds Preston manager husband, Johnno’s bail.  Hares and Hyenas was the perfect setting for this show, it felt intimate and personal. At one stage a lucky door prize was drawn, and the winner awarded a family-sized Aero bar which was then passed around the audience, everyone sharing chocolate to the aptly named song ‘An Aero Comes Along’ – definitely a fun vibe, unpretentious and all-inclusive. Susie McCann brought a huge amount of energy to one-woman role of Janeen, and the songs were pretty darn catchy to boot – the tunes of some of your old favorites, matched with witty, ironic bogan pride lyrics. Ultimately a winning combo. If you are a …

Strictly Ballroom

Infectious family fun at Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom tells the story of dancer-in-training since childhood, Scott Hastings as he faces the challenge of gaining acceptance for his creative dance steps in the competitive world of ballroom dancing. At heart, Strictly Ballroom provides audiences with an inspirational message—”a life lived in fear is alifehalf lived”—in the form of a romantic comedy. Scott (played by Thomas Lacey) joins with amateur dancer, Fran (Phoebe Panaretos), to beat the repressive nature of ballroom dancing and create acceptance for creativity and attitudes outside of Australian ‘norms’. Strictly Ballroom was first revealed in a stage play co-written by Baz Luhrmann and his fellow National Institute of the Dramatic Arts (NIDA) colleagues in 1984. The play received critical acclaim and Baz Luhrmann later transformed the story into a hugely popular film in 1992 that won many national and international awards and the hearts of audiences worldwide. If you loved the film, Strictly Ballroom, you’ll likely really enjoy the musical too. The show is full of all the great songs—Love is in the Air and Time After Time included. …