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Theatre 101** Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music – Tickets On Sale NOW and Selling FAST!

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

The Sound of Music Selling Out the State

Tear down the drapes, sew with your needle pulling thread and start practising your Do-Re-Mi’s because the unforgettable Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music experience is back again for three performances ONLY Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd February 2014 at 7.30pm, and a family-friendly MATINEE (Sunday 23rd February at 1.00pm)

 

Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music is a major audience participation event and an unparalleled night of entertainment where the audience become the stars of the show! See the classic movie on the big screen, re-mastered to its original cinematic glory and with SONG SUB-TITLES on the screen so whether you’re an avid Sound of Music enthusiast or only know a lyric or two, the song sub-titles ensure no one misses a beat!

 

This year’s event sees the return of the sensational Marika Aubrey as your Host! Currently gracing the stage as part of the stellar cast of ‘South Pacific’ and having dazzled an array of cabaret audiences across Australia and the United States, Marika will guide the animated crowd in song and action as well as judge (with a little bit of help from the Audience Clap-O-Meter!) the show’s famous audience costume parade.

 

For all Sing-A-Long-A- newbies, be prepared to pull out your Leisl-inspired Gazebo gown, press your best white dresses with blue satin sashes, whip up some Lederhosen made from curtain fabric,  or even brown paper (packages) tied up with string! There will be everything from gaggles of nuns to goats and goat herders, even the Alps themselves! Limited only by your imagination!

 

A tremendous atmosphere fills the theatre, one that is well worth while experiencing first-hand, as the crowd goes wild at those iconic moments – cheering when we see our beloved Julie Andrews for the first time, wolf-whistles for the Captain, hisses for the Baroness – a favourite……and big boos for the Nazis!

Be forewarned for that memorable moment when Fraulein Maria and the Captain finally lock lips! Nothing quite prepares you for 2000 party poppers going off on cue!

 

So get together with a few of your favourite friends, whip up a cozzie, warm up those vocal chords and get ready to be a part of the ultimate sing-a-long experience as we celebrate the world’s favourite movie musical ever!

 

VENUE: State Theatre, Sydney

DATES: Friday 21 & Saturday 22 February 2014 at 7.30pm and Sunday 23 February MATINEE at 1.00pm

START: 7:30pm /1.00pm – runs just under 4 hours (including a 20 Minute INTERVAL)

BOOKINGS: P: 1300 139 588 E: Ticketmaster.com.au

WEBSITE: www.singalonga.net

PRICES: Adults $55 / Group (8 or over) $49 / Concession $45 / Family (2 Adults 2 Children) $155 / Child (under 15) $35

 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enRKyAiL8RA   TODAY SHOW filmed at State Theatre 2011

CHILDREN’S AUDITIONS for “Strictly Ballroom the Musical”

Saturday 16 November
Opera Centre
480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills at 10am

Media are invited to come along on Saturday 16 November at 10am when the Producers of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL hold Auditions to cast a young boy and young girl to play the very important roles of Kylie and Luke in this keenly anticipated musical.

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will tango, sashay and bogo pogo its way onto the Sydney Lyric stage from 25 March 2014, thanks to Australian producers Global Creatures and the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.

Children auditioning will be able to sing, act and dance (ballroom training a bonus).

Children need to be born between 1 May 2001 and 1 February 2004, and no taller than 152cm at the time of the audition.

AUDITIONS Saturday 16 November at 10am
Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

This brand new theatrical production produced by Global Creatures and Baz Luhrmann, will bring the iconic story of ‘Strictly Ballroom’ to life on stage. It will feature break-into-song numbers created from original classics from the film, Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, and Time After Time as well as newly composed songs.

http://www.strictlyballroomthemusical.com

What’s On: Global Creatures and Bazmark present Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical

A Life Lived in Fear is a Life Half Lived

Global Premiere Sydney Lyric from 25 March, 2014
Tickets on Sale 9am Monday 12 August

Based on the much loved Australian film

With performance at the Sydney Lyric from March 2014, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will tango, sashay and bogo pogo its way onto the stage thanks to the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.

“From a small student play to my first motion picture and now a full-blown theatrical stage musical, Strictly Ballroom has been an almost thirty year journey for me. I have often marvelled at how this story, born so long ago, has been in my life for so many years and has managed to touch, move, entertain and uplift so many different people from so many different backgrounds. I think the simple truth is that, despite all the sequins, outrageous hairdos and classic Hollywood musical plotting, the simple message that there isn’t only one way to cha cha cha, and that within us all we have the true potential to dance through life with our own steps is something that appeals to all of us. The message that life doesn’t have to be strictly ballroom is something I hope to have our audiences carry with them as they dance down the aisles.” – Baz Luhrmann.

Carmen Pavlovic, CEO, Global Creatures said “Global Creatures creates productions at home to take to the world. There isn’t a more perfect realisation of our ideals than to develop the world premiere season of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL here in Sydney with the creative juggernaut that is Bazmark. Our company is underpinned by an ethos of innovation and whether its dinosaurs, dragons, gorillas or ballroom dancers the aim is always the same – to tell great stories in genre busting ways. I have no doubt that Baz Luhrmann will preserve all of the heart and universality that Strictly Ballroom is famous for whilst delivering to audiences something that has never been experienced before. It’s a proud and thrilling collaboration for our company to be in partnership with Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin. We believe that Sydney is the rightful beginning for Strictly Ballroom’s journey back to the stage and to ensure the international success and recognition it deserves.”

George Souris, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, said “The world premiere of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is one of the most anticipated entertainment events on the NSW Events Calendar. We are expecting enormous interest from Sydneysiders and interstate and international audiences who will no doubt flock to Sydney for this theatrical extravaganza when the show opens in March 2014. I commend Baz Luhrmann and producers Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan of Global Creatures on selecting our global events city ahead of New York and London as the location for the world premiere. This vote of confidence in Sydney reinforces our position as the number one city for first run musicals in Australia.”

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1984.

Following the first performances, Baz Luhrmann was invited to re-stage the play for the Czechoslovakian World Youth Drama Festival in Bratislava in 1986 where it won best production and Luhrmann best director. Then, after a preview season at the Brisbane Expo in 1988, the play opened at the Wharf Studios in Sydney.

Strictly Ballroom went on to become one of the most successful Australian films of all time, earning more than $80 million at the box office. Discovered at the Cannes Film Festival, it was winner of the Prix de Jeunnesse and runner up for the Palme D’Or. When released in Australia, Strictly Ballroom swept the field at the 1992 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, gaining 13 nominations and winning in eight major categories. It was also a major success at the 1993 BAFTA awards, where it garnered eight nominations and won three awards for Best Costume Design, Best Original Film Score and Best Production Design. Other accolades included a 1994 Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, Newcomer of the Year at the 1993 London Critics Circle Film Awards, the People’s Choice at the 1992 Toronto International Film Festival and Most Popular Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. With the success of the film, its closing song, a remake of the John Paul Young song Love is in the Air, re-entered the Australian charts and became a Top 5 hit in October 1992.

In a brand new theatrical production, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will bring this iconic story to life on stage. It will feature break-into-song numbers created from original classics from the film, Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, and Time After Time as well as newly composed songs.

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will be produced in Australia by Global Creatures and Bazmark together with the support of Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency and the City of Sydney.

An announcement of cast and the rest of the creative team will be made in the near future.
Be a part of history and experience the drama, the humour, the romance in the sparkling, sequined spectacular that inspired the world to dance.

http://www.strictlyballroomthemusical.com

Facebook.com/strictlyballroomthemusical twitter@strictlystage

On Sale: Tickets on Sale at 9am on Monday 12 August

Venue: Sydney Lyric, The Star

Dates: Previews from Tuesday 25 March, 2014
Opening Night Saturday 12 April

Performance Times: Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday at 1pm & 8pm
Thursday at 8pm
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Prices: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Evenings, tickets $60 – $135
Wednesday Matinee, tickets $55 – $125
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, tickets $70 – $145

Bookings: Ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 795 267
Groups 20+ and School Groups 20+ call 02 8420 2290
Premium Tickets, VIP and Hotel Packages –
call 1300 4 SHOWS or showbiz.com.au/strictlyballroom

Theatre 101 – Cavalia Extends its Stay on Sydney

Sydney audiences and critics alike are in love with Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse. As the equestrian extravaganza continues to trot into the hearts of spectators of all ages, Cavalia extends yet again its season in New South Wales. To meet the outstanding demand, the impressive cast of 47 horses and 36 artists from all over the world will now be performing under the White Big Top, on The Showring at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, until June 26, 2013.

After a successful season in Brisbane, the second Australian leg for the multi-disciplinary spectacular created by Normand Latourelle – one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil – kicked off last month with a star-studded audience. Following Sydney, the Canadian-based troupe will travel to Melbourne, where opening night is scheduled for July 24 at The Docklands.

TICKETS – For its exclusive season in Sydney, Cavalia will be presented under its signature White Big Top on The Showring at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. Tickets are priced from $44.00 to $164.00 + applicable taxes and fees. For guests who desire an extraordinary outing, the show can be customized for an extended experience from $154.00 to $305.00, including a Horse Lovers Package that lets patrons tour Cavalia’s stables after the show, and the VIP Rendez-Vous Package that includes a post-show tour of the stables, a cocktail/dinner reception and much more. Special pricing is also available for children (2-12), juniors (13-17), senior citizens (65+) and for groups.

ABOUT CAVALIA INC. – Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Cavalia Inc. operates two separate touring shows, Cavalia and Odysseo, both of which marry the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. Cavalia, seen by some 4 million people across North America and Europe since its 2003 debut, celebrates the relationship between humans and horses by loosely recounting the evolution of this bond. Odysseo, which premiered in autumn 2011, takes the next step, leading viewers on a journey through some of the breathtaking landscapes horses have helped humans discover around the globe. Follow Cavalia Inc.’s latest developments at http://www.twitter.com/cavalia or http://www.facebook.com/cavalia.

FOR CALENDAR EDITORS
WHAT: Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse
WHEN: Matinees and evenings shows scheduled through June 26, 2013
WHERE: Under the White Big Top, on The Showring at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park

TICKETS: Available at http://www.cavalia.com.au or by calling 1800-765-955. $44.00 to $305.00 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+)

INFO: http://www.cavalia.com.au

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What’s On: Experience Awesome – BLUE MAN GROUP

From 10 August – Sydney Lyric Theatre

Tickets on Sale Monday 6 May

The Hon. George Souris, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts announced that Blue Man Group, the international entertainment phenomenon, will play an Australian premiere season at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney, from August 2013.

Producer Rodney Rigby (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) said “After years of planning I am thrilled that Blue Man Group is now coming to Australia. This brilliant show has been entertaining audiences for 25 years and has launched one of the most innovative performance groups ever. First time audiences leave the theatre astounded by the excitement of a Blue Man Group show resulting in one of the highest return businesses of any theatrical event. People of all ages just love the Blue Man Group experience – I am sure that same excitement will also be felt by Sydney audiences.”

Blue Man Group is not just a show, it’s a state of mind. Best known for its wildly popular theatrical productions and concerts that combine electrifying music, sensational technology, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment, Blue Man Group creates experiences that defy categorization. Performances feature three bald and blue characters who take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning in a blissful party atmosphere. Blue Man Group is accompanied by a live band whose tribal rhythms help drive the show to its unforgettable climax.

Having utterly redefined the term “live entertainment,” Blue Man Group continues to reinvent itself. The wildly popular show now combines signature moments with breathtaking new pieces that simultaneously employ and skewer today’s cutting edge technology. It makes for an explosive evening of entertainment. New sections include Blue Men interacting with “GiPads” (think Gigantic iPads), a funny and perceptive look at contemporary modes of communication; and a pulsating new finale featuring an original Blue Man Group music score that will have guests jumping to their feet.

“Over the years, we have grown as artists and the world around us has transformed. These changes are reflected in the new material we’ve generated and implemented into this show,” said Chris Wink, who co-founded Blue Man Group with Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman. “The heart of our show is, and always has been, the Blue Man, and his inquisitive, wide-eyed take on the world, but we have developed some brand new elements that provide a larger-than-life, rousing, interactive experience that I hope will really speak to all cultures and give some of our most devoted fans a new reason to check us out again. We can’t wait to get this material in front of Australian audiences for the first time!”

Having first performed twenty five years ago, to date over 25 million people across the globe have seen a live Blue Man Group performance. Blue Man Group’s wildly successful rock concert arena tour, Megastar World Tour, visited nearly 300 cities across the United States and performed in over 10 countries and has been experienced by over 2 million people. Blue Man Group’s debut album, Audio, not only went Gold but also garnered a GRAMMY nomination. Today, Blue Man Records is prolific in recording albums, producing DVDs and documentaries and collaborating on the scores of hit television shows and major motion pictures.

Currently, Blue Man Group theatrical shows can be seen in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin, and on tour throughout the U.S.

Blue Man Group will be produced in Australia by Rodney Rigby together with the support of Destination New South Wales, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.

http://www.bluemangroup.com.au

Date From 10 August, 2013 for a strictly limited engagement.

Venue Sydney Lyric Theatre

Times Tuesday at 7pm

Wednesday – Friday at 8pm

Saturday at 4pm and 8pm

Sunday at 3pm and 7pm

Bookings Ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 795 267

VIP & Dining Packages – Showbiz.com.au

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Movie Review** THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE REVIEW

I had seen the same trailer for this film a number of times, each time I got more excited to see the final product. I hoped this would be a funny film that reached the same level of comedy as Anchorman or 40 Year Old Virgin. Did it live up to my hopes??

The film is about two lonely young boys who become best friends over a love of magic. Years later they grow up to become Burt Wonderstone, (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton, (Steve Buscemi).

Their shows become bigger and bigger until they finally have centre stage in the grandest casino in Vegas. All is not well as they two start to drift apart over their repetitive boredom of the same tricks each night and Burt’s big headedness. In the meantime there is a new street magician Steve Gray, (Jim Carey), who is performing daring street magic. Soon the friendship breaks and they need to find a way back to the top.

It is obvious that Burt and Anton are taking off Siegfrid & Roy, while Steve Gray is meant to be Chris Angel. There are other nods to magicians like David Blaine. Carell and Buscemi are a great double act even if they don’t look like a great pairing. Carey is back to the Carey we all know, and some may love, with other the top acting, after all that’s what he is best for. He does steal the show with some outrageous over the top tricks, which I wont spoil. The first one will turn a few stomachs. The main characters are back by Olivia Wilde, Burt & Anton’s assistant (Amazing), and Alain Arkin, Burt’s magician mentor. Both characters add a lot of humour outside of the main three.

A lot of the film is predictive but most are in this genre. It is the constant jokes that you would expect from comedians of this calibre that keep the film going. I’ve noticed with a lot of comedy films recently that the jokes start to slow down about half way through as if they are out of steam, not here!!

If anyone is a fan of Steve Carell or Jim Carey, then this is them at their best and you wont be disappointed. No its not an Anchorman or 40 Year Old Virgin, but this is definitely a film I would love to see again for an abundance of funny stand out moments. I haven’t heard a cinema audience laugh out loud for so long.

Sydney Social 101 gives The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 8/10. It was reviewed by Syrus Wynne, Sydney Social’s resident critic!

What’s on: GIANT LETTERS SPELLING OUT ‘CARMEN’ NOW ADORN AN OPERA STAGE THAT APPEARS TO FLOAT ON SYDNEY HARBOUR.

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The creative vision for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Carmen has been revealed with the final ‘C’ of six giant letters spelling out ‘CARMEN’ now in place on the harbour-top opera stage. The spectacular Spain-Meets-Hollywood stage will set the scene for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Carmen, which opens Friday 22 March for three weeks only.

The Hollywood-inspired Carmen letters measure a staggering 9 metres high and 25 metres wide. When the production opens next Friday 22 March, they will be spot-lit by lighting towers on and around the main stage during the production. The scaffolding supporting the letters doubles as a structure for the singers and dancers to climb and perform from during the show. The stage itself is 32 metres by 24 metres and resembles a round, blood-stained bullfighting ring. It sits on a platform supported by 16 pylons sunk into Sydney Harbour.

The Carmen letters will cut an imposing silhouette across Sydney Harbour for the duration of the production, 22 March – 12 April. It positively dwarfs Australian icons such as the Big Banana and Big Pineapple in scale!

The letters symbolise the glamorous, seductive facade of Carmen and will be seen in all their glossy glory by visitors looking across the harbour from the Sydney Opera House, by joggers around the Royal Botanic gardens, by commuters driving across the Harbour Bridge and those travelling by ferry (or cruise ship!) on Sydney Harbour. The audience will see the letters in reverse, signifying the seedy underworld in which the gypsies’ underhanded activities take place at the tobacco factory in Seville, Spain.

The Carmen set features other spectacular effects including a life-sized slaughtered bull (post bull-fight) and fireworks. Dancers will whirl about the stage in dazzling flamenco costumes, bringing colour and movement to the blood-red stage.

Some of the world’s best opera talents have converged in Sydney to perform in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Carmen. Hailing from Sydney, Perth and Tasmania in Australia, from New York and Memphis in the USA and even from the Ukraine, this is a truly global cluster of opera stars.

When the show opens, they will have had just over four weeks to bring this brand new outdoor production to perfection, ahead of the opening night on Friday 22 March, when they will perform on Australia’s most unique opera stage atop the water of Sydney Harbour. A nightly audience of 3,000 seated at the edge of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney will enjoy tapas, paella, Spanish BBQ and cocktails in luxury, while they watch the drama of Carmen unfold beneath the stars.
http://www.operaonsydneyharbour.com.au

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SOCIAL SPY** Naked Singing Boys

It took over Broadway and the West End by storm, and now the Naked Boys Singing is taking off Down Under too.
In this musical, tailored to suit an Aussie audience, four singing boys dance and perform a hilarious comedy act… and just like it says in the title, they are all completely in the buff!
Yes, that’s right!
If you’ve got an open mind, fancy watching something humorous and like nothing you’ve EVER seen before, then this show is a must-see!
The show features 15 original songs and there are many light-hearted numbers, such as ‘Naked Maid’ and ‘I Beat My Meat’ which are guaranteed to make you laugh so hard that your sides hurt!
The boys mock their gay sexuality, poke fun at themselves and even interact the audience in some scenes – but the nudity is inoffensive and not distracting either.
Throughout their performance they do embrace their bodies, and that is the underlying motto of the show.
Yesterday, the boys kicked off the Sydney leg of their tour at the Comedy Store in Moore Park, and the next performance is scheduled for February 27.
For more information or to book tickets, check out the website http://www.comedystore.com.au/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=details&id=172
This is a guest post which has been contributed by Sydney Social 101’s contributor: Jennifer Shelly Fletcher.

West Australian Ballet ‘lights’ up Sydney with a spectacular program of dance in celebration of its 60th diamond anniversary year.

 

 Sydney Social 101 went to seeWest Australian Ballet, flying high on a string of artistic and commercial achievements, as they made their debut at the Sydney Theatre in October with a stunning celebratory program – NEON LIGHTS – featuring some of the dance world’s most celebrated choreographers.

 Headlining Neon Lights is Un Ballo from luminary Jiøí Kylián (former Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater). Kylian has been at the forefront of modern dance since the early 1970s, creating more than 100 choreographies.  His works are held in repertoire by most of the world’s major ballet companies.

Un Ballo, ‘a dance’, may be understood in the traditional connotation of a social event. It is not the choreographer’s intention to have the spectator search for deep or symbolical contents; he considers it an exercise in musicality and sensitivity between male and female partners.

“…the seven couples… capture the romanticism of the Maurice Ravel music along with the formalism and flirtation of couples at a ball.” Dance Magazine 2004

 

“[The dancers’] molten bodyline and precision made [Un Ballo] almost transcendental” The Australian 2011

 

West Australian Ballet’s pairings created stunningly beautiful forms” – The Australian 2011

 

Masterful and elegant” The West Australian 2011

 

Australian Dance Theatre Artistic Director, Garry Stewart, returns to Sydney Theatre following his own company’s electrifying Be Your Self in June. He features on the bill with The Centre and its Opposite, created in 2010 for Birmingham Royal Ballet. The work is set to a rhythmically powerful, industrial electric score by Huey Benjamin.

“Very exciting to watch” ballet.co.uk magazine

 

“This is a work of technical bravura” Dance Europe

 

Stewart says ‘The reason the piece is called The Centre and its Opposite is because conventionally the centre is the most powerful part of the stage. However, there’s a devolution of power in this piece, an acknowledgement of the power of any place on the stage, and the dancers use their wiles to draw the gaze of the audience towards them… inviting to be seen, wanting to be looked at, attracting the gaze of the audience is something that dancers inherently are conditioned to do. And so this work is an ironic acknowledgement of that.’

Audience favourite, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Lickety Split, has its East Coast premiere in this special program. Taking his inspiration from the music and lyrics of folk musician, Devendra Banhart, Lickety-Split was Spanish choreographer Cerrudo’s first full-length ballet, created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2006 and re-staged for West Australian Ballet in 2009.

 

“It was a pleasure to watch six dancers weave their way whimsically through relationships and moments of ‘being’… sinuous and sometimes quirky” The West Australian 2009

 

Finally, outgoing Artistic Director Ivan Cavallari presents his stunning choreography Strings 32, set to the exquisite strains of Paganini and Kreisler performed live by guest violinist Madeline Antoine.

“A lone violinist roams the stage, dancers are tethered to elastic strings which zip energetically across the stage…the strings are physical and emotional, as well as musical” The West Australian 2012
“The show-stealer” The West Australian 2012

 

“… a fluidly executed enactment of the serendipity of human contact” The Australian 2012
Cavallari has presided over West Australian Ballet during a period which has seen the company increase in size to 32 dancers and move to a prestigious new State Ballet Centre. He has choreographed several new ballets for the company, including a critically acclaimed full-length version of The Nutcracker, and a new full-length Pinocchio premiering this September. He has also brought some of the world’s most celebrated repertoire to the company, including works by John Cranko, Uwe Scholz and George Balanchine, and supported many of Australia’s finest and emerging artists.

West Australian Ballet

NEON LIGHTS

Dates:            17 to 21 October 2012

Venue:           Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Tickets:         Box Office: 9250 1777

sydneytheatre.org.au

Price:             $30 – $69 (transaction fees apply)

SOCIAL SPY** OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD YOU GUYS… LEGALLY BLONDE OPENING NIGHT

Beeeeennnnnddddddd and snap!

Last week Sydney Social 101 was invited to attend and review the Opening Performance of Sydney’s Legally Blonde The Musical! The international award-winning hit has arrived in Australia, playing now at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

I am going to begin by saying (just in case you don’t read to the end) that is by far and away one of the most fun, energetic, gripping musicals I’ve ever seen! I would recommend it without hesitation! It’s literally like watching the movie, but with music, and better!

Sydney has welcomed the musical after Legally Blonde ran for three triumphant years in the West End, over two years on Broadway and is currently on a major UK tour. The winner of seven major awards including the coveted Best New Musical 2011(Olivier Awards) this all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got!

Sydney’s VIPs came out to celebrate the opening night in style! Guests included The Veronicas, Natalie Braithwaite and Australian Idol 2011 winner Reece Mastin to name a few.

All Socials credited to photographer Matt Watson

College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School to win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette and Emmett plus her Chihuahua, Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much betterto be smart.

 

Lucy Durack as Elle and female ensemble in LEGALLY BLONDE 3(c) Jeff Busby

Based on the hit movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde the Musical is the award-winning London and Broadway sensation created by a top-of-their-class creative team, led by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray). This funny, feel good musical comedy will be the highlight of your year. Legally Blonde the Musical will take you from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard’s Halls of Justice with Australia’s brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser). The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!

David Harris as Emmett, Cameron Daddo as Prof Callahan and Lucy Durack as Elle in LEGALLY BLONDE (c) Jeff Busby

The all star Australian cast includes Lucy Durack (Wicked) as Elle Woods, Rob Mills (Young Talent Time) as Warner, David Harris (Miss Saigon) as Emmett, Helen Dallimore (The Wharf Revue) as Paulette, Erika Heynatz (Next Top Model) as Brooke Wyndham and Cameron Daddo (Big River, Packed to the Rafters) as Professor Callahan.

Erika Heynatz as Brooke skipping in LEGALLY BLONDE (c) Jeff Busby

Legally Blondeis produced by Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and John Frost, in association with MGM ON STAGE, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber.

 

Lucy Durack as Elle Woods with ensemble in LEGALLY BLONDE (c) Jeff Busby

Howard Panter, joint Chief Executive and Creative Director of Ambassador Theatre Group said, “Legally Blonde The Musical has been a roaring success on both sides of the Atlantic, critically acclaimed, getting standing ovations night after night, and record repeat business. I have no doubt Australia will take Legally Blondeinto their hearts as well and have an Elle of a party at the theatre. I am thrilled that Legally Blonde The Musical, the success story from Broadway and London has come to Australia, and that I am producing it with John Frost in our first collaboration.”

David Harris as Emmett and Lucy Durack as Elle in LEGALLY BLONDE (c) Jeff Busby

John Frost is excited to be co-producing Legally Blonde. “This show is 100% pure entertainment, and I know Sydney will fall in love with the show as much as I have. I’m delighted to be working with Howard Panter for the first time, and to be presenting my third major musical in 2012 at the beautiful Lyric Theatre.”

 

Chloe Zuel, Renee Burleigh and Ashlea Pyke in LEGALLY BLONDE (c) Jeff Busby

The Australian Premiere of this award-winning Broadway and West End sensation was secured for Sydney with the assistance of the NSW Government through Destination NSW and the City of Sydney.

 

Legally Blonde is the funniest and most fabulous musical around. The best show in town, case closed.

 

(FIVE STARS) “The best legal high in town. A Triumph!” – Time Out

(FIVE STARS) “Perfection. Ridiculously Enjoyable” – The Independent

Legally Blonde simply blows other musicals out of the water. Sensational” – The Sun

 

legallyblonde.com.au

facebook.com/legallyblondemusical

@legallyblondeoz

 

Venue:                                                  Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star

Season:                                                To January 27, 2013

Performance Times:                           Tues 7pm, Wed–Sat 8pm, Matinees Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm & Sun 3pm

Price:                                                    $75.90 – $139.90

Bookings:                                            1300 795 267 or ticketmaster.com.au

Groups of 12 or more (02) 8240 2290

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