Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a bit of a chequered past as a stage musical. It opened in a huge, lavish production on London’s West End in 2013, and although sheer spectacle helped it run three years, it wasn’t exactly a smash hit, and reviews were lukewarm.
Eight years before The Sapphires became a hit 2012 film starring Jessica Mauboy, it was a hugely popular play, telling the story of a group of Yorta Yorta women who form a girl group and travel to Vietnam in 1968 to perform soul classics for the troops.
Nakkiah Lui (Blackie Blackie Brown) is set to star in her own play at Sydney Theatre Company alongside Michelle Lim Davidson and Anthony Taufa as three political staffers from different cultural backgrounds who want to get into power and effect real change.
Australian playwright Mary Rachel Brown wrote one of the most successful plays to ever come out of Griffin Theatre Company’s independent season, The Dapto Chaser. Now she’s had a play picked up for the company's mainstage season which tells the story of a woman (played by Kate Cheel) in a relationship with a man 20 years her senior who has a problem with alcohol.
Powerhouse combo director Gale Edwards and designer Brian Thomson (HOSH's Carmen) created this production for Opera Australia's 2011 season – and it has proved a popular hit. Some love La bohème, some loathe it – but there's no doubt that there's plenty of those Puccini earworms, and plenty of romance, sex, tragedy and comedy.
Director and choreographer Graeme Murphy's 1990 take on Turandot is one of Opera Australia's true evergreen productions. Almost three decades after its premiere, it still looks fabulous, driven by dance and and an otherworldly design.