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A companion podcast to Movies First, with all things Theatre related…reviews and more from the world of the live stage in Melbourne, Australia. Presented by respected reviewer Alex First

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A companion podcast to Movies First, with all things Theatre related…reviews and more from the world of the live stage in Melbourne, Australia. Presented by respected reviewer Alex First

    269: Emerald City (MTC, Melbourne Australia) (review)

    269: Emerald City (MTC, Melbourne Australia) (review)

    Theatre First Episode 269
    Emerald City (MTC, Melbourne Australia) 
    Welcome to the glittering jewel in Australia’s cultural crown – that sinkhole of ambition and superficiality we call Sydney. Colin is Australia’s most successful screenwriter, but since moving from Melbourne with his wife Kate he’s been faced with a choice between art and commerce that will define his career forever. Meanwhile, Kate’s star is on the ascent and her latest publication has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Fame and fortune are there for the taking, but big surprises are in store for them both.

    Part love-letter, part hate-mail to the harbour city, this is the finest comedy by Australian theatre’s most beloved craftsman and commentator, David Williamson. A panoramic view of the city that tends to prize beauty over brains, Emerald City is a fast-moving, wisecracking commentary on contemporary values that skewers the materialism of the 1980s with razor-sharp precision.

    For more information visit https://www.mtc.com.au/plays-and-tickets/whats-on/season-2020/emerald-city/
     
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    • 4 min
    268: Slut (The Burrow, Melbourne Australia) (review)

    268: Slut (The Burrow, Melbourne Australia) (review)

    Theatre First Episode 266
    Slut (The Burrow, Melbourne Australia)
    Slut is a powerful indictment of misogyny from one of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights. It follows the rise and fall of Melbourne schoolgirl Lolita, chronicling her fraught journey from girlhood to womanhood.

    Inspired by true events and interviews with young women about their sexuality and the ‘slut’ label, Slut is a searing exploration of the female experience that is horribly, undeniably Australian.

    For more information visit https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=586996
     
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    • 4 min
    266: Shrek The Musical (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne Australia) (review)

    266: Shrek The Musical (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne Australia) (review)

    Shrek The Musical (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne Australia)
    The Broadway smash hit SHREK THE MUSICAL is now playing in Melbourne.


    This lavish multi-million dollar musical, starring Ben Mingay as Shrek, Lucy Durack as Princess Fiona, Todd McKenney as Lord Farquaad and a special guest appearance by Marcia Hines as The Dragon is now playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre followed by a limited season in Brisbane.


    SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favourite ogre to life on the stage.


    Featuring a terrific score of 19 songs, big laughs, great dancing, and breathtaking scenery, it’s no wonder The New York Times called it ‘True Happiness’ and The Daily Mirror said it’s ‘the most fun you’ll ever have’.


    SHREK THE MUSICAL, part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

    For more information visit https://shrekthemusical.com.au
     
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    265: Billy Elliot The Musical (Regent Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) (review)

    265: Billy Elliot The Musical (Regent Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) (review)

    Billy Elliot The Musical (Regent Theatre, Melbourne Australia)

    Featuring music by the legendary Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical is an extraordinary theatrical experience that has captivated audiences around the world. Seen by over 12 million people worldwide and acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Billy Elliot is the recipient of over 85 awards internationally.

    Set in a northern town during the miners’ strike of 1984/5, the show follows Billy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever.
    For more information visit https://billyelliotthemusical.com.au/
     
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    264: Torch The Place (MTC, Melbourne Australia) (review)

    264: Torch The Place (MTC, Melbourne Australia) (review)

    Torch The Place (MTC, Melbourne Australia) 
    Teresa’s mum finds it impossible to let anything go – from grudges to household objects. She thinks of her home as a museum full of irreplaceable treasures. But she’s not really a curator – she’s a hoarder – and her house is enough to give Marie Kondo heart palpitations. When her kids return home to celebrate her 60th birthday, she’s over the moon to have the family back together. This isn’t a reunion. It’s an intervention.

    Celebrated TV writer, Benjamin Law (The Family Law) is one of this country’s brightest literary stars. For his hysterically funny and moving stage premiere, Law employs his effortless self-deprecating wit to spark joy in the clutter and find truth in those chaotic moments that bring families closer together.

    Renowned director Dean Bryant (The Lady in the Van) brings an irresistible energy to this poignant modern comedy, with a stellar cast including Fiona Choi (The Family Law), Michelle Lim Davidson (An Ideal Husband), Diana Lin (Little Emperors) and Charles Wu (Mosquitoes).

    For more information visit https://www.mtc.com.au/plays-and-tickets/season-2020/torch-the-place/
     
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    • 4 min
    263: CATS (Young Australian Broadway Chorus, Melbourne Australia) (review)

    263: CATS (Young Australian Broadway Chorus, Melbourne Australia) (review)

    Cats (Young Australian Broadway Chorus, Melbourne Australia) 
    Based on TS Elliot’s collection of poems ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, and featuring an eclectic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS has enjoyed record-breaking runs in the West End, on Broadway, and all around the world, and later this year will be released as a major motion picture. Taking its lead from the era of the original poems, which were written by Elliot for his children in the 1930s, our new production will evoke England during the Great Depression.


    In a crumbling Music Hall, our band of very theatrical Cats will strut and sing and prance and dance as they gather together for the Jellicle Ball.
    Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot
    For more information visit https://nationaltheatre.org.au/cats/
     
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I love Alex's reviews. It took me a couple of episodes to get to know his personality, but now I love him. He's obviously very passionate about his Theatre and his views match mine. Highly recommended if you're into theatre...oh...and I don't live in his area but still find the reviews useful. Means I can note a lot of shows and look forward to local productons.

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