You may not have been to West End or Broadway, or even to any musical, but this show's got it all. Fans and newcomers will enjoy the big numbers from some of the most memorable shows in existence, all by the legend himself, Andrew Lloyd Webber. It’s the crème de la crème, with a celebrated cast of eight Australian musical talent presenting the highlights from 14 major pieces of the ‘maestro of the musical’s work, including The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Musical veteran Delia Hannah's captivating portrayal as Eva Perón in 'Don't Cry for Me, Argentina' tells almost the whole story of Evita, if it weren't for the montage of archival Argentinan photographs on the seven screens behind her.
Michael Cormick's Phantom control over Trisha Crowe as Christine Daaé, along with the nine-piece band, sent chills down my spine. The video interview of Andrew Lloyd Webber beforehand about the beginning organ tune was a great touch to remind us how practically everyone knows about The Phantom of the Opera.
The comedy came across just as well as the romance, with 'One Rock n' Roll Too Many' getting chuckles with every back crack or lean-on-me moment. Every actor had their moment to shine, and the show never once felt dragged on, nor a flick through on a jukebox.
The projections behind the actors flickered away, sometimes helping set the mood, but were at points not even noticable due to the audience gawking at the voices being belted out. Actors belting out powerhouse tunes one after the other is a demanding task, but had you dropped the curtain, you would think the two hours were played straight from a CD. It's no second-rate show. Last words seeing the show: 'Jesus...'. Gerard Ward
Read our interview with actress Alinta Chidzey here.