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Journeys : June July 2008
What’s hot in Melbourne this winter? D on’t hibernate – Melbourne comes alive in the cooler months with a feast of hot theatre productions, international exhibitions, sporting spectacles and popular festivals. Musical Melbourne Singing witches and colourful 1940s characters take to the stage in two lavish musicals, WICKED (at the Regent Theatre) and Guys and Dolls (at the Princess Theatre). The eagerly-awaited Broadway production of WICKED recounts the story of the witches of Oz before a ruby-slippered Dorothy ‘dropped in’; while the stellar cast of Guys and Dolls engages audiences with classic show tunes and energetic dance routines. WICKED follows the tale of two girls who meet in the Land of Oz – one, born with emerald- green skin, who is smart, fiery and misunderstood; and the other, who is beautiful, ambitious and popular. How these two unlikely friends wind up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes WICKED the most spellbinding musical ever. The other must-see production, Guys and Dolls, features a sensational Australian cast including Lisa McCune, Marina Prior, Ian Stenlake, Garry McDonald, Shane (‘Kenny’) Jacobson and Magda Szubanski. Set in New York in the 1940s, Guys and Dolls follows the comical story of a small-time gambler who bets his high-roller friend that he can’t make the next woman he sees fall in love with him. When the next passing ‘doll’ happens to be a neighbourhood missionary, the stage is set for some high-spirited entertainment. Decadent Deco display Precious Cartier gems, flapper fashion, vintage vehicles and original architectural pieces from London’s Strand Palace Hotel are among the 300 works on show at the Art Deco 1910-1939 exhibition at the NGV from 28 June to 5 October. Art Deco 1910-1939 is the fifth instalment of the highly popular Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series and the first exhibition of its kind to explore Art Deco as a global phenomenon. Festival festivities For 19 days from 23 July to 10 August, cinema connoisseurs will have a choice of almost 400 fabulous films from over 50 countries, in the Melbourne International Film Festival. The huge festival program (available at www. melbournefilmfestival.com.au) includes feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation and experimental movies, as well as forums and panel discussions with film-makers. Too much sport is never enough Melburnians are immensely passionate about sporting events – as participants and spectators. The recently-opened National Sports Museum at the MCG houses the country’s greatest showcase of sporting memorabilia and celebrates the place of sport in Australian life. The museum appeals to kids and adults alike, with a range of interactive multimedia displays and a vibrant education program. Highlights include Ian Thorpe’s full bodysuit; Catherine Freeman’s ‘swift suit’ from the Sydney 2000 Olympics; the first Brownlow Medal; and a collection of baggy green caps from Australia’s cricketing history, including Don Bradman’s Invincibles cap. From March until September, visitors can embrace the city’s passion for football of all codes – with action-packed Aussie Rules games at the MCG and Telstra Dome or cheering on home- town heroes Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League at Olympic Park. For more information about what’s happening in Melbourne, go to www.visitvictoria.com. June / July 08 43 Photos of American Production by Joan Marcus
April May 2009