They led the way back into the spotlight. Richard Tognetti and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra were the first major arts organisation to find a way out of the dark digital place. The series of concerts in early September were warmly welcomed by the strictly limited 400 audience. There is now talk of audiences of 50 per cent of capacity being permitted. That will be a step in the right direction but big theatre productions are not viable at those numbers.
Big shows are now being promoted, perhaps more in hope than certainty. The Lyric Theatre is hoping to open the new Broadway production of Pippin on 24 November. It won four Tony awards for a circus themed production which does look great fun. Pippin was last presented here in 1974 starring a 25-year-old John Farnham.
Disney is hoping to open its theatrical version of the hugely successful animation movie Frozen at the Capitol on 8 December. Already little girls can be seen in the streets in their Frozen costumes. Who could bear to disappoint them?
The big beast is Hamilton. This much-touted production is due to open in the Lyric Theatre on 17 March. Hamilton is a ‘reimagining’ of the life of a founding father of the USA danced to hip-hop music; fine if you like that sort of thing.
The Brandenburg Orchestra is back on stage from 27 October but there’s still nothing in poor old Melbourne.
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