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Goodbye beard, hello Edna: The transformation of Shane Jacobson

Goodbye beard, hello Edna: The transformation of Shane Jacobson

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, but in Hairspray the fat lady doesn’t sing until the man playing her is well and truly ready.

  • by Karl Quinn

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Wedding Singer musical romps home with a swag of Green Room gongs

Wedding Singer musical romps home with a swag of Green Room gongs

This year’s Green Room Awards, celebrating the best of Melbourne performance, saw awards for shows by Red Stitch, Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Opera.

  • by Vyshnavee Wijekumar
Gun-loving gangsters keep us entertained, even if it’s dodgy territory
★★★½
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Gun-loving gangsters keep us entertained, even if it’s dodgy territory

Bonnie & Clyde is a rollicking ride if you can get past the fact it romanticises two infamous and murderous criminals.

  • by John Shand
Moulin Rouge! musical offers amusing mash-ups with sexiness
★★★★
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Moulin Rouge! musical offers amusing mash-ups with sexiness

The stage musical version of Moulin Rouge! thickens the story and heightens the sexiness.

  • by John Shand
Four stars for a lavish, lovely, chocolate box Cinderella with gowns to die for
★★★★
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Four stars for a lavish, lovely, chocolate box Cinderella with gowns to die for

No expense was spared to make this musical as spectacular as possible, with opulent sets, magical transformations and a flying fairy godmother.

  • by Jesse Lane, Cameron Woodhead and Tony Way
Waiter, there’s a beetle in my coffee
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Waiter, there’s a beetle in my coffee

Actually, that’s a coffee in my Beetle.

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Zoned out in Zone Two
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Zoned out in Zone Two

That’s why it’s called a grassy public space.

Hair-raising moments in astronomy
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Hair-raising moments in astronomy

And a clutch moment for a 10-year-old.

An American in Paris is a stage musical that utterly delights
★★★★ ½
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An American in Paris is a stage musical that utterly delights

This is a timeless love story with glorious music and Robbie Fairchild as lead character Gerry who practically floats on stage.

  • by Jill Sykes
The sparkling new Aussie musical cousin to Muriel’s Wedding
★★★★
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The sparkling new Aussie musical cousin to Muriel’s Wedding

The talents of Hannah Reilly and Megan Washington have combined to produce The Deb, an Australian musical that is a fine first act for the Australian Theatre for Young People’s new Rebel Theatre.

  • by Joyce Morgan
“Mind-boggling”: An improbably wondrous night at the Old Fitz
★★★★
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“Mind-boggling”: An improbably wondrous night at the Old Fitz

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht take us two jaunty examinations of humanity’s open wounds.

  • by John Shand