Category Archives: Theatre Reviews

Just blew in from the Windy City — A review of Calamity Jane (2019)

Live at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre Starring Virginia Gay, Laura Bunting, Anthony Gooley, Christina O’Neill, Rob Johnson, Matthew Pearce and Tony Taylor I love musicals. I love musicals a lot. Most of my favourites come from the “golden age of musicals” — think Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra et al. One of my favourites from […]
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Rocky Horror Show (2018)

Review by CJ Starring: Todd McKenney, Shane Jacobson, Rob Mallett, Michelle Smitheram, Kristian Lavercombe, Amanda Harrison, Brendan Irving, Nadia Komazec, James Bryers Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre (Melbourne, Australia) Running time: 120 minutes (including intermission)   Brad Majors (Mallett) and his fiancée Janet Weiss (Smitheram) are a young couple headed to visit the teacher in whose […]
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The Wizard of Oz (2018)

Review by CJ Starring: Samantha Dodemaide, Eli Cooper, Alex Rathgeber, John Xintavelonis, Jemma Rix, Lucy Durack, Anthony Warlow, Flick/Trouble Venue: Regent Theatre (Melbourne, Australia) Running time: 150 minutes (including intermission)   The story of Dorothy’s (Dodemaide) journey through the merry old land of Oz to meet the wonderful wizard (Warlow) and find her way home […]
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Sleeping Beauty – A Knight Avenger’s Tale (2018)

Review by CJ Starring: Rhonda Burchmore, Melissa Tkautz, Kev Orkian, Frazer Hines, Katrina Retallick, Embla Bishop, Daniel Milne, Matt Geronimi, Cameron Taylor Venue: The Comedy Theatre (Melbourne, Australia) Running time: 150 minutes (including intermission)   The fairy Carabosse (Burchmore) is snubbed from attending the christening of King Louis’ (Hines) daughter Aurora (Bishop). In retaliation, Carabosse […]
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The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell in Return to PantoLand (2017)

Review by CJ Starring:  Todd McKenney, Tim Maddren, Robyn Loau, Katrina Retallick, Jaime Hadwen, Kev Orkian, Ksenia Zofi, Ric Pragnell, Matthew Geronimi, Michael Stone, Jay Johns, Samuel Richardson, Brandon Ware, Justin Rive, Michael Francisco Venue: The Comedy Theatre (Melbourne, Australia) Running time: 150 minutes (including intermission)   The story of Peter Pan (Maddren) and Tinker […]
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Disney On Ice: Frozen

Review by CJ Starring: Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, Prince Hans, Marshmallow, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Princess Ariel, Prince Eric, Princess Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Princess Cinderella, Prince Charming, Princess Snow White, The Prince, Buzz, Woody, Timon, Pumbaa, Nemo, Marlin, Dory Venue: Hisense Arena Running time: 100 minutes (including 15 minute […]
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Disney’s Aladdin the Musical

Review by CJ Starring: Ainsley Melham, Michael James Scott, Hiba Elchikhe, Adam-Jon Fiorentino, Troy Sussman, Robert Tripolino, Adam Murphy, Aljin Abella, George Henare Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre (Melbourne, Australia) Running time: 150 minutes Song list: Arabian Nights. One Jump Ahead. Proud of Your Boy. These Palace Walls. Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim. A Million Miles Away. […]
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Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017: Critically Wil

Review by CJ It’s opening night of Wil Anderson’s Critically Wil at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival when one of Australia’s leading comedians hits the stage accompanied by his signature introduction and AC/DC’s Back in Black. Over the course of the next hour, Anderson shares his views on the new US President, extremist panel shows, […]
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Disney On Ice: Magical Ice Festival

Review by CJ Starring: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Princess Ariel, Prince Eric, Ursula, Sebastian, Flounder, Princess Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Maximus, Mother Gothel, Belle, Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts, Chip, Gaston, LeFou, Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, Prince Hans Venue: Rod Laver Arena Running time: 123 minutes (including 15 minute interval)   […]
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Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016: Fire at Wil

Review by CJ Wil Anderson is back for his 21st year performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This year Anderson discusses politics, racism in sport and the media, and modern innovation while infusing his unique style of segues, anecdotes and dick jokes.