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June 4, 2008

On musical theatre

Filed under: musical challenge — lexifab @ 4:15 pm

I would scarcely have believe that a musical about Australian politics would be amusing at all, let along really freaking hilarious, but Keating: The Musical rarely misses a beat. No doubt it helps to have some recollection of the events loosely depicted therein, but in terms of the quality of the songs and the show – which are top class – prior knowledge is just a bonus, not a requirement.

Mild spoilers (can you spoil fictionalised versions of actual historical events? Dunno, but I won’t take any chances) after the cut.

It does help to have some context for the frankly sanity-shredding Alexander Downer number, presented in fishtails and a corset as a sleazy, low-rent burlesque, but your brain will be reeling so violently that you won’t care whether it makes any sense or not. Also, you will cough up your appendix with the laughing.

Other thoughts: it’s a bit biased towards the central character and away from his political opponents, so fans of His Recently Deposedness may not find it quite as amusing as the hordes of latte-sipping Canberra elites with whom we shared an evening’s theatre. Also, the first appearance of Gareth Evans made me laugh so hard I forgot to breathe.

1 Comment »

  1. i am SOoooo jealous. I really want to see it but I don’t know if it will make it over here…

    Comment by polly — June 7, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

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