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Moonlight Cinema Melbourne Announces February Program : Theatre & Events on Web Wombat EntertainmentMoonlight Cinema Melbourne Announces February Program

Though the weather in Melbourne is subject to its own whims and fancies, February is usually when we get “proper summer”. December and January are just a warm-up (lol), and Melbourne is still figuring out how do hot weather, which is why it sometimes rains and hails and shines sun and amps up the humidity, all at the same time. February is when we get the proper summer experience: balmy nights, scorching days, bit of a breeze to offset the mozzies. An outdoor cinema is one of the best places to be on one of those nights, so Moonlight Cinema presents a feast of film for the summer-lovers ... Read More ...

 

Fiddler on the Roof : Theatre & Events on Web Wombat Entertainment Fiddler On The Roof : Review

Some people say that Oklahoma! is the perfect musical. For me, it's Fiddler on the Roof, a product of the golden age of musicals, opening on Broadway in 1964. Joseph Stein's book beautifully tells the often comedic story of a poor milkman and his family living in Anatevka, a Russian shtetl, with the impending tragedy of the eviction of Jews from their hometown. Read More ...

 

Georgy Girl : Theatre & Events on Web Wombat EntertainmentGeorgy Girl: The Seekers Musical : Review

There were no shortage of Seekers fans among the audience at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne last night for the world premiere of Georgy Girl: The Seekers Musical. Georgy Girl lovingly highlights fifty years of Australian folk super-group, The Seekers, from their basic beginnings in Melbourne to their rapid success in the United Kingdom. Featuring a catalogue of the band's hits and iconic songs of their contemporaries, Georgy Girl is unashamedly directed at the Baby Boomer crowd. Read More ...

 

Cats : Theatre & Events on Web WombatCats: Review

One of the first mega musicals, Cats is an enduring force, gracing the world stages steadily since it debuted in 1981. Back then, it was a revolutionary show, teaming T.S. Eliot’s curious feline poetry with the resurgence of dance on stage. Cats established its own identity thanks to Gillian Lynne’s iconic choreography which, along with lots of hair and leg-warmers, transformed the performers into the Jellicle Cats. Read More ...

 

Radio Variety Hour : Review : Theatre & Events on Web Wombat EntertainmentRadio Variety Hour : Review

Zap! Bang! Boom! Radio Variety Hour relives the glory days of radio serials and plays you’d gather ‘round the old wireless for. Starring comedic performers Bert Goldsmith, Lauren Bok (Live on Bowen) and Sam Marzden (Spamalot) as a bickering but gold-standard radio trio, the show is a leap into 1959, with all the vintage mics, home-made sound effects and cabbages you can handle. Read More ...

 

Melbourne Outdoor Cinemas To Hit Up This Summer : Theatre & Events on Web WombatMelbourne Outdoor Cinemas To Hit Up This Summer

There’s always the option to go to the same cinema you always do, eat the same over-priced popcorn and sit in bad lighting, but in Melbourne, come summertime, there’s a wealth of other movie options for you cinephiles, from beach-side to forest!  Read More ...

 

Buster Keaton: The Great Stone Face: Theatre & Events on Web Wombat EntertainmentBuster Keaton: The Great Stone Face

When the beautiful Astor Theatre in Melbourne last did a silent movie double-bill, it was two of the finest films you could ever hope to see, silent or otherwise: Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times and Buster Keaton’s The General. Two films that not only encapsulate all that is amazing about silent and physical comedy, but hold up as classics to this day, some ninety years later. Read More ...

 

Howl: Telluride Horror Show 2015 : Theatre & Events on Web WombatHowl: Telluride Horror Show 2015 (USA) : Events

The British Rail system is one of the most well-known rail systems in the world. I have enjoyed their service but I bet what to do during a werewolf attack is not among their employee training modules. Howl gives us a reason to add that class to the curriculum. Read More ...

 

City of Angels: Theatre & Events on Web Wombat EntertainmentCity of Angels: Theatre

One of Broadway's lesser known works, City of Angels is a sassy film noir tale which has finally graced the professional Melbourne stage. Taking place in two concurrent worlds,City of Angels juxtaposes the real world of LA novelist Stine (Anton Berezin) with the on-screen world of his first screenplay – starring his more successful alter ego, private investigator Stone (Kane Alexander). Featuring dames, guns and life lessons, City of Angels is a cheeky love letter to 1940s film noir and detective fiction. Read More ...

 

The Hallow: Telluride Horror Show 2015 : Theatre & Events on Web WombatThe Hallow: Telluride Horror Show 2015 (USA) : Events

There's nothing better than a good old creature feature. The Hallow is set in Ireland and deals with the 'fay' of the woods. The images of the wood-folk are some of the best nightmare fuel I have seen. With excellent pacing, they slowly increase the tension until the finale, where it’s a full-on race to the conclusion that leaves you and the protagonist panting: them from running; you from holding your breath. Read More ...

 

Bone Tomahawk : Telluride Horror Show 2015: Theatre & Events on Web Wombat EntertainmentBone Tomahawk: Telluride Horror Show 2015: Events

Horror westerns are not a very populated genre and that’s a shame, because there are some really good elements to play with. Bone Tomahawk takes a look at mixing in monsters and cowboys and pulls it off well. It kicks off with a gory start and then it settles into a western road picture right before it circles back around to gory again, but this time the gore is dialed up to 11. Read More ...

 

Hell House LLC: Telluride Horror Show 2015 : Theatre & Events on Web WombatHell House LLC Telluride Horror Show 2015 (USA) : Events

Telluride Horror Show needs to be on every horror movie fan’s bucket list. Deep in a valley surrounded by high mountains is the best venue of the horror genre in the country. With its blend of independent and studio films, it caters to a wide variety of tastes. Read More ...

 

Funhouse Massacre : Telluride Horror Show 2015: Theatre & Events on Web Wombat EntertainmentThe Funhouse Massacre: Telluride Horror Show 2015: Events

This movie is a prime example of a production that loves what it does. Film making can be fun, but making a horror film is twice as fun. The cast works well together and professionally handle a film that could have easily slipped into being a silly shadow of some classic splatter horror films. Read More ...

 

Telluride Horror Show 2015 : Theatre & Events on Web WombatTelluride Horror Show 2015 (USA) : Events

Telluride Horror Show needs to be on every horror movie fan’s bucket list. Deep in a valley surrounded by high mountains is the best venue of the horror genre in the country. With its blend of independent and studio films, it caters to a wide variety of tastes. Read More ...

 

Rama Nicholas Mary Weathers Monsters : Theatre, Comedy & Musical Reviews on Web Wombat EntertainmentRama Nicholas - Mary Weather's Monsters : Melbourne Fringe 2015

Improvisor and actor Rama Nicholas has not only a talent for voices and songs, but for creating whole worlds with numerous characters and plot arcs. It’s bizarre to think that a show ‘starring’ about 15-20 characters is performed entirely by one person, but such is Nicholas’ wheelhouse.  Read More ...

 

A Bit of Fry and Laurie: As Mad As I Am, But No Madder : Comedy on Web WombatA Bit of Fry and Laurie: As Mad As I Am, But No Madder: Comedy

How did I ever live without Fry and Laurie in my life? What did I ever enjoy before I enjoyed this? What was I laughing at and loving before I knew the true and endless joy of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie together? It doesn’t matter now, for that was in the past, the before times. Fry and Laurie have been working together since they were both attending Cambridge in the early 80s; they did a series of projects together after the usual college theatre and performance, likeBlackadder, Alfresco and The Young Ones, before their “breakout hit”, sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie, premiering in 1987 (the year I was born, somehow symbolically I am sure) Read More ...

 

Gene Kelly: Song and Dance Man : Theatre, Comedy & Musical Reviews on Web Wombat EntertainmentGene Kelly: Song and Dance Man

I’m not one to hark back to the “good old days” of cinema; there’s plenty of brilliant film making, excellent actors and original ideas around now that we need not despair and act as if the best days are behind us. I would never presume that things were “better” in a time in which I did not actually live, like those people- best illustrated in Woody Allen’s piss-drinking Midnight in Paris- that yearn for bygone eras simply because they are bygone, and we like to look back with rose-coloured glasses. There’s more than enough to keep you going in today’s artistic landscape, but there’s one thing we don’t have, not anymore- Gene Kelly.. Read More ...

 

Dedications : Theatre Review on Web WombatReview: Dedications

In Dedications, performer John O’Hara and director Anthony Harkin invite us into the world of the lovers: those discovering love, those losing love and those finding its treacherous waters a little difficult to navigate. We are introduced to a cavalcade of characters who share one common thread; these lovers have a particular way of expressing their inner most joys, troubles and musings - by calling their local radio ‘Love God’ who shares their triumphs, heartaches and most importantly - their love song dedications. Read More ...

 

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015 : Theatre, Comedy & Musical Reviews on Web Wombat EntertainmentMelbourne Fringe Festival 2015: What To See : Review

The Melbourne Fringe Festival program has been launched, so here are some offerings you might enjoy, if you like good things. You do like good things, don't you? Good. Read More ...

 

Sweeney Todd : Theatre Review on Web WombatSweeney Todd : Musical

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is an almost perfect musical.The dissonant overture of Stephen Sondheim’s bloody operetta, all gothic organ and screeching factory whistle, is an imposing first moment. The ensuing plot, a tightly crafted exploration of desire, retribution and class struggle is perhaps even more pertinent now than when it premiered in 1978. Returning to Victorian London after 15 years transportation on trumped-up charges, Sweeney Todd (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) is hell-bent on slitting the throat of the lascivious Judge Turpin (Phillip Rhodes) who, lusting after Sweeney’s wife, wrongly convicted the barber. Read More ...

 

The Rocky Horror Show : Theatre, Comedy & Musical Reviews & News Review: The Rocky Horror Show

Although lacking a truly cohesive cast and slick direction, Rocky Horror Show will satisfy those looking for a carefree and nostalgic evening out. Read More ...

 

Anything Goes : Theatre Review on Web WombatMusical: Anything Goes

Anything Goes is an old school (1934!) musical comedy, with more hit tunes than you can poke a stick at, including the show stopping title song. Read More ...

 

Dirty Dancing : Theatre, Comedy & Musical Reviews and News Review: Dirty Dancing

The star of this show is the dancing which doesn’t disappoint. Led by Phelan and Peat, who impress across a range of styles, Michele Lynch’s choreography is thrilling. Read More ...

 

The Lion King : Theatre, Comedy & Musical Reviews and News Review: The Lion King

The Lion King recently surpassed The Phantom of the Opera as the most successful production of all time. It’s easy to see why. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Of Mice and Men Broadway: Of Mice and Men

The production was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd. Read More ...

 

Totem : Theatre, Comedy & Musical Reviews and News Review: Totem by Cirque du Soleil

Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Strictly Ballroom Musical: Strictly Ballroom

Surely it was only a matter of time before Strictly Ballroom returned to the stage, as its life began as a mid-1980s NIDA student theatre piece. Its current reincarnation is not without problems, but is undoubtedly entertaining. Read More ...

 

Mike Nichols RIP In Memorium: Mike Nichols

Legendary stage director, Mike Nichols, easily one of America's beloved and celebrated theatre icons has died of a heart attack in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 83. Read More ...

 

Theatre: JIM MORRISON: KALEIDOSCOPE Midsumma Festival: Jim Morrison - Kaleidoscope

Whether you’re familiar with the works of one of the most iconic front men in rock history is almost irrelevant, as Lucente’s force of nature performance skills take centre stage. Read More ...

 

La Cage aux Folles - musical Musical Review: La Cage aux Folles

Georges (Simon Burke) and Albin (Todd McKenney) have lived happily together for 20 years above their nightclub in St Tropez. Georges is the owner and MC, and Albin its star drag performer, Zaza. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Fringe Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014

What a stellar year it was once again at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, a festival which is fast becoming one of the most eclectic and interesting on the Melbourne Arts calendar. Read More ...

 

high fidelity - musical Musical Review: High Fidelity

The original Broadway production folded after just sixteen performances, which is surprising as it’s a genuinely fun and clever outing with pop sensibilities. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Showboat Review: Showboat

The Production Company have delivered an entertaining version of this rarely performed show. Show Boat plays the State Theatre. Read More ...

 

into the woods - musical Musical Preview: Into The Woods

A modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into The Woods intertwines the plots of several of the Grimms most beloved stories including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Guys & Dolls Review: Guys & Dolls

A whopping twenty four piece orchestra, led by musical director Guy Simpson, is an absolute delight and a highlight of this production. Read More ...

 

all shook up - musical Musical Review: All Shook Up

It was only a matter of time until The King, Mr. Elvis Presley himself, would be given the theatrical treatment, but the resulting show, *All Shook Up*, falls a long way short of the gleeful *Mamma Mia. Read More ...

 

Theatre: all shook up Interview: Shannon Pendrey

ARC Theatre's is tackling the life of the King of Rock'n'Roll, Elvis, with the show 'All Shook Up' which will be running from July 4th-12th at Banyule Theatre. Web Wombat Theatre's Sean Lynch caught up with the shows star, Shannon Pendrey, who is playing the role of 'Natalie'. Read More ...

 

fatboy slimmer Cabaret: Fatboy Slimm..er

This camp-tastic newcomer to Melbourne’s cabaret scene is a self-deprecating gem of performer whose debut show, the delicious Fat Boy Slimm…er, combines quick wit and silken vocals to leave his audience rolling in the aisles. Read More ...

 

Theatre: 2014 Tony Awards 2014 Tony Awards: Winners & Highlights

There's no greater show on earth than the Tony Awards. It's your one stop shop to the biggest and most bawdy shows on Broadway, the best of the best. Read More ...

 

jersey boys Musical: Jersey Boys

From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys”. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Bane Comedy: Bane Trilogy & Anne Edmonds

It's comedy festival time once again and we are taking a look at some of the must see shows of the 2014 season. This time around we check out Anne Edmonds and Bane Trilogy. Read More ...

 

nick hedger Theatre Interview: Nick Hedger - Playground

Building on the success of his debut cabaret show ‘Crap I Found in My Room’, writer-performer Nick Hedger's next endeavour is a showcase of his original compositions. Read More ...

 

Theatre: pirates of penzance Theatre: Pirates of Penzance

A tight ensemble were responsible for the bulk of the energy; the Pirates tumbled around as a believable mob, the production moves along at a cracking pace and wastes no time on sentimentality – this is Gilbert and Sullivan after all. Read More ...

 

Theatre interview - fat pig Theatre Interview: Patrick Harvey - Fat Pig

2012 saw Harvey teaming up with Wolf Creek's John Jarratt  for a National tour of the critically acclaimed "The Sum of Us" and now he's back with one of the most talked about new stage shows of the year - Fat Pig.
 We sat down to chat with Patrick about all things Fat Pig. Read More ...

 

Theatre: Singin In The Rain Theatre: Singin' In The Rain (The Production Company)

With all the charm, romance, comedy and glamour of a bygone Hollywood era, Singin' in the Rain features a glorious score with the classics Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh, All I Do Is Dream Of You and the legendary Singin' in the Rain. Read More ...

 

Theatre Review: Hot Shoe Shuffle Theatre Review: Hot Shoe Shuffle

Hot Shoe Shuffle returns to Melbourne, where the musical began two decades ago. With a new generation of performers, some enhancements to the script and wonderful new costumes and sets! Read More ...

 

Theatre: Crap I Found In My Room Theatre: Crap I Found In My Room

Writer and performer Nick Hedger talks about the show, Crap I Found In My Room, which is about a young guy looking for a housemate after being told by his parents he has to move out. Read More ...

 

Theatre Review: Gypsy Theatre Review: Gypsy

It is a staggering feat that The Production Company can deliver a production of this calibre with two weeks rehearsal. Don’t miss it! Read More ...

 

Musical: Singin' In The Rain Musical Review: Singin' In The Rain

We review the Opening Night of the Amateur Repertory Company production of the classic Musical Singin' In The Rain staged at Banyule Theatre, Heidelberg. Read More ...

 

Singin' In The Rain : Director's Interview Singing in the Rain: Directors Interview

Singin' In The Rain Director Rowena Brown talks to Web Wombat about this latest production by the ARC Theatre Group. Read More ...

 

Idina Menzel With The Melbourne Pops Orchestra Musical Review: Idina Menzel With The Melbourne Pops Orchestra

Idina Menzel, Tony Award-winning performer, is accompanied by the magnificent Melbourne Pops Orchestra at the Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, performs to a captivated audience. Read More ...

 

King Kong Musical Review Musical Review: King Kong - Live On Stage

King Kong, a world premiere production with anticipation as high as its towering title character, has arrived in spectacular style in Melbourne. Read More ...

 

  

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