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Alanis Morissette in 1996 at the height of the success of her album Jagged Little Pill.

The ’90s throwback that’s more than nostalgia

A musical woven around an iconic Alanis Morrissette album gives its grungy spirit a modern, relevant outlet.

  • Michael Bailey

June

Alex Timbers, director of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, is well aware its Sydney season is for a parochial crowd.

Meet the director bringing Moulin Rouge home - without Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann has had little to do with bringing his 2001 hit movie to the Sydney stage, but director Alex Timbers says his spirit is palpable in his hometown audience and actors anyway.

  • Michael Bailey
ABBA Voyage is booking up to December.

‘Mind-blowing’ concert may tempt others to follow

The tech driving ABBA’s digital doubles may be good for fans of past their prime - or long gone - rockers. But is it good for music?

  • James Hall

March

David Campbell in a new stage production of North by Northwest.

‘You can’t compete’: David Campbell on playing Cary Grant’s iconic role

When the singer was asked to star in a new stage production of “North By Northwest”, he had to play the character, not the man.

  • Michael Bailey

February

Erin Clare, Casey Donovan and Marina Prior in 9 to 5, the Musical.

9 To 5 musical brings back the office, for better and worse

The female-friendly reforms which Dolly Parton made at her fictional office 40 years ago still haven’t arrived at many real-life workplaces.

  • Michael Bailey
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November 2021

Sir Howard Panter at his Trafalgar Entertainment Group’s Theatre Royal in Sydney, which reopens to the public on December 2.

‘Toronto has 14’: cashed-up impresario wants more Sydney theatres

Trafalgar Entertainment Group founder Howard Panter, whose backers include Richard Branson, says the NSW capital is ‘under-seated’.

  • Michael Bailey
Stephen Sondheim, writer and lyricist, in Melbourne in 2012.

The lyrical genius of Stephen Sondheim

The most admired composer-lyricist of late-20th century musical theatre, though far from the most commercially successful, died aged 91.

  • David Von Drehle

October 2021

 Broadway bound?

The John Farnham-based musical that could go all the way to Broadway

Flushed with the success of producing ‘Hamilton’ at home and backed by a Silicon Valley private equity giant, Michael Cassel is mounting an assault on the home of musical theatre.

  • Andrew Burke

May 2021

Steven Oliver and Michael Griffiths in Bigger and Blacker at the Sydney Opera House.

Steven Oliver is a sextuple threat in new cabaret

First Nations phenomenon Steven Oliver displays multiple talents - including a knack for hard-hitting and memorable songs - in a new show at Sydney Opera House.

  • Michael Bailey

March 2021

Actor Victory Ndukwe as Thomas Jefferson in a scene with the ensemble at the Australian premiere of Hamilton.

Hamilton at Sydney Lyric review: the work is worth it

Hamilton is a musical about a workaholic, by a workaholic, which rewards the work put in by its audience.

  • Michael Bailey

June 2019

Aviation pioneers Deborah Lawrie, left, and Beverley Bass.

The chat that turned into a Broadway showstopper

A chat between a female pilot and songwriters became a showstopper about how 38 planes were diverted to a small Canadian town on 9/11.

  • Clare Morgan