John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

October 30, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Theatre Royal, October 24 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the best new musical to hit Sydney this century. For much longer than that – nearly 40 years – most musicals have been asinine. Part of the problem has lain with the music. What was the composer supposed to do? Churn out…

October 28, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

The Revolution Is Eternal (Vitamin) Here is a innovative sound world that sucks you into the songs and compels you to absorb the words. Instruments billow and wander in and out of focus, while Tina Harrod’s voice slices to the heart of each piece through the clouds of sound. It…

October 22, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Sydney Lyric, October 17 The ’50s had only roared off to rock’n’roll Valhalla a dozen years earlier when Grease first appeared: just the right time-lapse for a spot of nostalgia. Now the ’50s are a fading memory for some and a planet full of aliens for others, so Grease must…