Category Archives: Theatre/Concert Review

Theatre review: In the Heights, Blue Saint Productions at the Hayes Theatre

My first impression of this current production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights playing to sell-out houses at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney was frustration that the music was so loud that I couldn’t hear the lyrics of the opening … Continue reading

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2018 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies, TV

(Obviously, a work in progress…) Concerts, Shows, Theatre, Exhibitions & Words Muriel’s Wedding, the Musical: Loved the adaptation and update, music and cast. A fun show. I wonder if it will transfer overseas. Darlinghurst Nights, Hayes Theatre: A thirty-year old … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Spamilton, an American Parody, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre

OK. I missed taking a photo of the marquee but this seems appropriate, casually laying my programme down with a glass of (draft?) Chardonnay in Harlem to write a little review, as this show was a little more casual, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jack Viertal’s The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built

The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built by Jack Viertel My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you’re a fan of musicals, this is a fun book, for have you ever really stopped to ponder … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Groundhog Day, August Wilson Theatre, NYC

I liked this musical. I never saw the movie… but I read a good review in the NYT and I saw that it was nominated for Tony Awards. So, I thought it was worth a shot (and I could get … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Sweat, Studio 54, NYC

After seeing nine musicals in a row, I thought it was time for some theatre. It was between this one, A Doll’s House Part 2 and Little Foxes, but this is the one that had rush seating available. It’s gotten … Continue reading

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Review: Come From Away, Gerald Schoenfield Theatre, NYC

I’m fascinated by the phenomenon of Come From Away. It’s a mighty good story (if you don’t know, about how a small town in Canada ended up hosting over many days thousands of stranded passengers who had been rerouted after … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Dear Evan Hansen, Music Box Theatre, NYC

Sniff. I’m wrecked. In a good way. I’ve been crying my way through Dear Evan Hansen. There are a lot of heartstrings being pulled here. It touches on some pretty universal themes: not fitting in, loneliness, acceptance, the bonds and … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

I admit to being mystified by this show. There were so many colours and so much movement that I found it hard to cast my mind back to the story, read in my youth, or possibly told in the classroom: … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Hello, Dolly! Shubert Theatre, NYC

Oh, thank heavens for husbands. That’s what I say. Mine – handsome, considerate, charming and organised – booked us for front row tickets to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! for a Wednesday matinee. We were nervous about that old … Continue reading

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