Reviews: Musicals

The Phantom of the Opera – Sydney Opera House (NSW)

The world can’t seem to let go of Phantom of the Opera. And why should they? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical with a flair for the operatic, featuring classic Broadway ballads and that ever-haunting organ is one of the longest running in the world. For the first time, The Phantom of the Opera haunts the Joan Sutherland Theatre; a macabre tale that is right at home in the Sydney Opera House. Read the full review now.

Ugly Love – Flight Path Theatre (NSW)

In Ugly Love, or what my friends and I have dubbed “Polyamory the Musical”, a couple who’ve been married for nine years find they’ve fallen into a rut. The only way out is to open up their relationship; and when Jess (LJ Wilson) meets the enchanting songstress Lola (Cypriana Singh) at a local queer bar things get…complicated. With poppy, ear-wormy songs, and some shining moments of comedy and connection – this show tackles the weight of a complex topic with a light-hearted approach. Read the full review now!

Jekyll and Hyde the Musical – Hayes Theatre Co (NSW)

Jekyll and Hyde has been told many ways across the years, from the 1886 novella to the 1990 musical by Leslie Bricusse. Its hit song ‘This is the Moment’ has been sung by performers such as Anthony Warlow, Michael Ball and even David Hasselhoff bringing down auditorium after auditorium. Now it’s the Hayes Theatre Company’s moment to put their own spin on the tale of good and evil, and this version is attempting to break free from the straitjacket of the versions that have come before it. Read the full review now!

9 to 5 – State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC)

Working 9 to 5 has never been more camp. With a book by Patricia Resnick and Music & Lyrics by the one and only Dolly Parton, Tony Award winning 9 to 5 has clocked in at Melbourne’s state theatre, backed by some serious star power. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, 9 to 5 is a look into how dull humdrum office life can quickly turn into kidnapping your boss with enough of a push and a little Dolly Parton flair. One look at the dazzling 9 to 5 set piece at front and centre and opening night audiences knew they were in for a treat. Read the full review now!