25 August

Sydney Theatre Company has a new artistic director

Jonathan Church (photo by Johan Persson)

Jonathan Church (photo by Johan Persson)

Cate and Andrew were always going to be a tough act to follow – but if you’re wondering who the heck Jonathan Church is, DON’T PANIC. Sydney Theatre Company’s incoming artistic director is a minor celebrity in UK theatre circles thanks to his transformation of West Sussex’s practically-bankrupt Chichester Festival Theatre into a hit-making machine, with a run of shows transferring to the West End and/or Broadway – including his own production of Singin’ in the Rain, coming to Sydney in July 2016.

When Church, who started his theatre career as a stage electrician, took up the AD role at the Chichester in 2006 the company was on the brink of closure; six years later, he’d doubled their audiences, programmed heavyweights as disparate as Mark Rylance, Patrick Stewart and Patricia Routledge, and spring-boarded hit productions like the Olivier Award-winning ENRON, Sweeney Todd and Macbeth.

In other words: expect great things – and international guests.… Read more

25 August

Bennelong, ACME and Kylie Kwong win at Sydney Food Awards 2015


Bennelong, ACME and Kylie Kwong were amongst the winners at the Sydney Food Awards 2015 last night.

ACME was named Restaurant of the Year 2015, with the Hot Talent Award going to one of the restaurant’s up-and-coming chefs, Analiese Gregory. Chef Mitch Orr was also runner-up for the Chef of the Year award.

Billy Kwong’s patron-chef Kylie Kwong was crowned Sydney Chef of the Year for her mission to create a true sense of place with her food, her restaurant and her many collaborations with producers. Best Fine Dining Restaurant went to the CBD’s contemporary and Japanese-inspired Sepia.

Edition Coffee Roasters in Darlinghurst received this year’s award for Best Café thanks in part to an innovative menu of Nordic and Japanese flavours, while Yang’s Malaysian Food Truck drove away with the award for Best Food Truck.

Peter Gilmore’s Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House was named Best New Restaurant.… Read more

24 August

Hugh Jackman returning to Oz with an “arena spectacular”


The Boy from Oz is returning down under to make one of his dreams come true: from November, Hugh Jackman is touring the country with a live show called Broadway to Oz.

The genesis of the show was Jackman’s 2011 solo show Back on Broadway. Rather than touring that Down Under, he’s developed something bigger featuring songs he’s loved and performed across his career, combined with storytelling and a spot of dance. “No two shows will be the same – I like to keep it pretty informal,” said Jackman at the Sydney media call. “I will tell you what it’s like to be in my shoes – both on screen or stage and off, and growing up.”

Academy Awards performances aside, Jackman is best known these days for film roles (most notably his Wolverine stints); but it was his Tony Award-winning performance in a 2004 Broadway production of The Boy from Oz that put him on the map. In fact, Jackman was last on Australian stages with the 2006 arena tour for Boy From Oz.… Read more

21 August

What’s on in Sydney this weekend: the 5 things you must do

Have a good time at Happy as Larry Food Truck

Happy as Larry Food Truck

Unlike most food trucks we know, Happy as Larry has set up makeshift tables and chairs from milk crates, so you can sit back and enjoy the ’50s diner atmosphere and the fireplace – yes, fireplace, by which we mean they have a real wood-fired oven inside the truck itself. Larry’s feels like a restaurant, but at street food prices. With a slice of pizza in hand, and Aretha Franklin singing her soul out, we dare you not to have a good time.

Whip out the vintage for the Fifties Fair

Fifties Fair 2015

The die-hard crowd who spearheaded the annual Fifties Fair in the ’80s still attend every year, and all fans of throwback are heartily welcome. The Fair has become a neat intersection of many of Sydney’s favourite things: dapper dressing, Danish design, retro décor, and vinyl. Don’t miss the annual ‘Best dressed’ competition and the display of vintage cars – both guarantee some serious eye-candy.… Read more

5 August

Dame Julie Andrews will direct My Fair Lady at Sydney Opera House



To celebrate Opera Australia’s 60th anniversary, Dame Julie Andrews is heading to Sydney in 2016 to direct a 60th anniversary production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical My Fair Lady – the latest co-production between Opera Australia and producer John Frost (following South Pacific, The King and I and the Helpmann Award-winning Anything Goes, soon to open in Sydney).

A 21-year-old Andrews starred as heroine Eliza Doolittle in the original Broadway production of 1956. It was the role that put her on the map (earning her first Tony Award nomination) and led to her iconic roles in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.

A reimagining of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady charts Doolittle’s transformation from a street hawker to a society lady, under the tutelage of phonetics professor Henry Higgins.

Casting for Andrews’ My Fair Lady is TBA, with the star travelling to Sydney in November 2015 to begin the process.… Read more