Jealousy is an ugly thing, but thankfully we’ll no longer be eyeing off Sydney’s production of Tim Minchin’s smash hit Matilda the Musical as it looks like the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl adaptation is making its way to Melbourne in March next year.
Perth-born comedian Tim Minchin wrote the music and lyrics for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production back in 2010. Quickly, the show became a blockbuster hit on London’s West End, then Broadway, picking up rave reviews and major awards along the way (Time Out London gave the show five stars).
Predictably, Minchin’s show – which follows the journey of mistreated, extraordinarily intelligent Matilda – is packed with wonderfully revolting moments for kids (remember Bruce Bogtrotter and the chocolate cake scene?) and wistful peaks of childhood nostalgia for adults.
The show opened in Sydney last week, and while no Melbourne venue or date has been announced as yet, the casting call for children on the Matilda the Musical website says that “Performances will take place at a theatre located in Melbourne CBD commending (on or about) March 2016”.… Read more
Musical nerds, we don’t even need to tell you why this is massive news. Everyone else: get excited. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP has confirmed the news on his Twitter and Facebook page, so it’s official: The Book of Mormon is coming to convert Melbourne. Created by the makers of South Park, this multi award-winning musical follows the story of a strapping young Latter Day Saints lad who travels to Uganda to baptise a village. Cue tragically repressed, maniacally jolly Mormon men, crazed warlords, tasteless gags, and super catchy songs. Just remember to breathe.
The Book of Mormon – first performed in 2011 – is still playing to sell-out crowds in Broadway and the West End. Some may say that the arrival of this smash hit musical is coming six years too late – we say bring it on. Hasa diga eebowai!… Read more
If the title doesn’t spark the musical theatre-loving sensors of your brain, then surely the song titles ‘Hey Big Spender’ or ‘Rhythm of Life’ will.
In February next year, the Arts Centre’s Playhouse will be transformed into a seedy dance hall of ’60s New York: the world of Charity Hope Valentine. Sweet Charity tells the story of an eternally optimistic, tragically gullible ‘dance hall hostess’ looking for love. During her journey, she finds herself trapped in elevators, hiding in closets and joining the congregations of a new-age flower child religion. It’s silly, slapstick, romantic but – in the end – not the least bit predictable (really!). Song and dance-wise, you can expect everything from huge brassy numbers to jazzy ballads, plus the quirky, jerky moves of the ‘Rich Man’s Frug’, choreographed by the unmatched Bob Fosse, and immortalised in the Sweet Charity film of 1969, starring Shirley MacLaine.
The show touches down in Melbourne after scoring three Helpmann awards (sort of like Australia’s Tonys) – one being for an outstanding performance by leading lady Verity Hunt-Ballard, known for her practically perfect take on Mary Poppins in the 2010 run at Her Majesty’s Theatre.… Read more
Josh Piterman (pictured) is known for his impressive musical theatre career, which includes An Officer and a Gentleman and West Side Story, but he’s also an Ambassador for the Australian Institute of Fitness. Now he’s combined his two loves of performing and fitness to create PITFIT; Australia’s first fitness centre tailored for hardworking entertainers; dancers, actors, and everyone in between.
“We often hear people comparing dancers to athletes,” Josh explains, “but unlike athletes, performers like myself have never had access to completely tailored strength and conditioning programs designed to help them move more dynamically and powerfully.”
On top of improving fitness levels, PITFIT is about specific strength and conditioning training to improve mind-muscle connections and avoid injuries.
PITFIT’s current clientele list reads like the program of a play, so don’t be surprised if you recognise a few faces when you walk in the door. Cast members from Wicked, Grease, King Kong and Les Misérables are already signing up to get in on the fitness action.… Read more
When is a cinema not a cinema? When it’s an arts hub. The former George Cinemas – which were last in action when Gus Berger rented them out for his George Revival Cinema from July 2013-February 2014 – were last destined to become a gym for a new apartment block, or so we thought.
Now it’s been announced that the space is the new project of theatre producer and investor Aleksander Vass. He’ll be transforming the three cinemas into two venues – one seating 500, the other around half that – to host theatre, opera, gigs, musicals, cabaret and comedy, as well as films. Renovations are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
Richard Fitzgerald, pictured, is the general manager, and has in recent years revived the Arts Centre in Darwin and was general manager at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. He tells Time Out that the original projectors will be dismantled and preserved off site to allow for a broader scope of digital films.… Read more