Carousel - November 2016

CAROUSEL is a masterpiece of love, hope and forgiveness, set against the backdrop of a fishing village in Maine in 1878. It is summer: the carnival has come to town and the swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow has his pick of the local girls. But he falls for and marries shy millworker, Julie Jordan. Both out of work, and with a baby on the way, Billy is desperate for money. Tragedy follows and Julie must show strength and courage. Even so, the power of love perseveres. This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic features the immortal ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘If I Loved You’ and the ebullient ‘June is Bustin’ Out All Over’. 

Jesus Christ Superstar - June 2016

In the words and music of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Superstar retells the story of the final week of Jesus’ earthly life, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. Controversial when first released, the piece has come over the years to be regarded as a classic, with its representation of Christ as an enigmatic figure:  ‘just a man’ to Judas, the priests, Pilate, & Herod, yet somebody none of them is unable to ignore nor understand.

Superstar features memorable music and lyrics and dynamic ensemble dance numbers. The musical colours are as varied as the characters, with ‘King Herod’s Song’, ‘Gethsemane’ and Judas’ iconic ‘Superstar’ all adding different layers of meaning and mood. Mary Magdalene’s ‘I don’t know how to love Him’ became a major hit in its own right soon after the show’s debut in 1970 and has been re-recorded by numerous artists.

That’s Entertainment! - October 2015

A celebration of the history of Broadway from the music of Tin Pan Alley to state-of-the-art contemporary Broadway, this singing, dancing extravaganza highlights the magic of an entire century of entertainment, laughter, and beautiful music!

The Music Man - June 2015

Con man Harold Hill travels to the small town of River City, Iowa to earn his fortune. He decides to convince the town that they need a kids’ band and then plans to run away once the parents have paid for instruments and uniforms. He even claims to be a professor of music. His scheme is moving along perfectly until Harold falls in love with the town piano teacher, Marian. Even though she knows that he’s a con man, she still loves him for the hope that he brought to the town. Harold, on the other hand, inspired by Marian’s goodness, reveals his secrets to the town and becomes an honest man.

The Mikado - November 2014

THE MIKADO is a perennial favourite which has been delighting audiences since it was first produced in 1885. It is by far the most popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works and shows each of them at their creative best. Gilbert’s dialogue is clever and witty and Sullivan’s music is superb. The plot is simple and as topsy-turvy as any originating from Mr Gilbert: a piece of political satire set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, with love triangles thrown in. The setting in Japan was used by Gilbert and Sullivan to satirise the ridiculousness of British politics. The production revolves around a law, where flirting is a crime punishable by beheading and if a married man is caught, his wife must be buried alive. They also used characters such as Pooh Bah, whose title is the ‘Lord High Everything Else’, to poke fun at the British political system. Intertwined with this is a love story, with all of the ridiculous drama and fun that we love about the Savoy operas.

The Wizard of Oz - June 2014

The story of THE WIZARD OF OZ is familiar to all and loved by all ages. Initially a novel by L Frank Baum entitled ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, it was used as the basis for the Oscar-winning 1939 MGM film ‘The Wizard of Oz’, which starred Judy Garland as Dorothy. Dorothy lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on a small farm in the American state of Kansas. Three farmhands Hunk, Hickory and Zeke live and work there, too. Life is hard, stressful and colourless. As the story unfolds, Dorothy and her dog Toto are transported, with the help of a tornado, to a wonderfully colourful fantasy land where Dorothy is hailed as the heroine of the little Munchkins because her falling house has killed the Wicked Witch of the East thus freeing them from the Witch’s cruelty. But Dorothy cannot return to Kansas in the same way. Guided by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North and aided by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, Dorothy travels the Yellow Brick Road to the wonderful Emerald City to seek the help of The Wizard of Oz, all the while trying to stay clear of the Wicked Witch of the West.

West Side Story - November 2013

WEST SIDE STORY is a triumphant legend where love transcends language, time, and place. Filled with drama and music, both tender and tragic, the story is based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Instead of warring families, West Side Story concerns two rival gangs, the all-American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks in 1950’s New York. When former Jet leader Tony meets Puerto Rican Maria (sister of Shark leader Bernardo) they fall instantly in love. They meet secretly and plan to run away together but the enmity between the rival gangs escalates to a frightening climax. 

With an exciting score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim you are assured of a wonderful night or afternoon at the theatre. The original production of 1957 was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

This landmark musical bravely addressed dark social issues, while introducing sophisticated music and extended dance scenes. It’s now seen as a major turning point which gave the musical a new and broader definition. Its Grammy-winning score includes ‘Something’s Coming’, ‘Maria’, ‘America’, ‘Somewhere’, ‘Tonight’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’.

Brigadoon - June 2013

As a heavenly mist caresses the highlands of Scotland, two young Americans embark on an adventure they will never forget. The village of Brigadoon comes to life just one day every 100 years, but that’s all it takes for Tommy to fall in love with Fiona. The score, by the creators of ‘My Fair Lady’, Alan J Lerner and Frederick Loewe, includes the Broadway classics ‘Almost Like Being in Love’, ‘The Heather on the Hill’ and ‘Waitin’ for My Dearie’.

Sweet Charity - November 2012

SWEET CHARITY is set in New York City in the early 1960’s. Written by Neil Simon and originally conceived for the stage by Bob Fosse, SWEET CHARITY is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the misadventures in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless lady named Charity Hope Valentine. Charity is working as a dance hall hostess and has few prospects in life but always dreams that there is something better in store for her, even though she always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man.

It features the classic song and dance numbers ‘Big Spender’, ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’.

Oliver! - June 2012

Based on Charles Dickens’ timeless masterpiece Oliver Twist this musical, with a talented cast of singers, dancers and live orchestra, is set to entertain and delight people of all ages. 

The heart-rendering story centres around an orphaned boy’s hopes and fears as he travels through the exciting but perilous world of Victorian London. He comes across some interestingly lively characters on his adventures, but also runs into some villains. We are witness to the many challenges and struggles he must face. This timeless moral adventure  is based on the essence of good versus evil. How will young Oliver survive with no protection or skills, just his own innocence?

It contains many much loved songs including “Food, Glorious Food”, “As Long As He Needs Me”, “Consider Yourself and “Oom-Pah-Pah”.

HMS Pinafore - November 2011

Full of zest and energy, life and laughs, HMS PINAFORE first set sail in 1878 in London. It has hardly been off the seas ever since.  The show features many toe-tapping songs interspersed with the soaring solos and beautiful ballads for which Sullivan is justly famous.’ Fair Moon, To Thee I Sing’ is a particular favourite. In addition, there is one of the best-known patter songs in Gilbert and Sullivan where Sir Joseph recounts his life history in ‘When I Was A Lad’. HMS PINAFORE is a show that offers light-hearted enjoyment for all ages.

Fiddler on the Roof - June 2011

A grand tradition of song, dance, and musical splendour returns to Brisbane with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. A major motion picture and a Tony Award-winning Broadway Musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a universal story of hope and acceptance. 

This wonderful production tells the life-affirming story of Tevye, a poor milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the-century Tzarist Russia. Tevye and his wife Golde attempt to arrange suitable marriages for their five strong-willed daughters in poignant—and often amusing—moments that celebrate life and love.

The show includes such timeless songs as “To Life (L’Chaim),” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”

Cabaret - November 2010

Made famous on the screen by Liza Minelli and Joel Grey CABARET tells the story of a young American writer, Clifford Bradshaw, living in Berlin at the dawn of the Nazi era. He becomes infatuated with the giddy, gaudy decadence of the place, epitomized by a sexy, vaguely dangerous nightclub called the Kit Kat Klub; in particular he finds himself involved with its chanteuse, sad, flighty Sally Bowles. While Cliff and Sally drift, dreamlike, in this happy but desperate milieu, life outside turns ugly. As the play reaches its climax, Cliff’s landlady Frӓulein Schneider decides to break her engagement to a Jewish man because she fears she will lose her licence, if not her life, if she does not. Cliff decides to leave the world of Berlin and the Kit Kat Klub behind him, but Sally, believing that “life is a cabaret,” decides to stay behind.

The Gondoliers - June 2010

THE GONDOLIERS is one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most entertaining and enduring collaborations, filled with toe-tapping tunes, fantastic dancing and romance aplenty in a far off sunny isle. This production is a timely and witty reflection on the values of Monarchy and Republicanism and features seasoned performers from the worlds of opera, musical theatre and classic dance.