Sunday in the Park with George | Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble (MUSE)

Perhaps you’ve had the experience of being trapped in a conversation with someone emphatically asking, “What does art do? What is the point of it?” Or maybe you’ve been the one doing the trapping. Either way, it became a desperate, high-stakes question when the COVID-19 pandemic began ripping through the art scene in 2020 and Australian artists were hung out to dry without their audiences. And, yet, the question of art’s purpose stretches back centuries, as illustrated in this second production of the year from the Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble.

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Back to MA | Madem Productions

Image by Thomas Adams

We’ve all heard of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and maybe even Codependents Anonymous but this MA: Motherholics Anonymous. For all those people who just can’t separate themselves from their clingy, controlling mothers, MA is a safe space amongst fellow mother addicts.

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Isn’t It Queer? | Little Triangle

Image by Junior Jin

Last year the icon Stephen Sondheim passed away and the loss was particularly felt amongst the queer theatre kids (and adults) who grew into themselves through the soundtrack of Sondheim’s love stories. In this celebration of the man’s legacy, Little Triangle present an honorary cabaret with a twist: sweeping, scalding, passionate love but no straights, only queer!

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Company | the Depot Theatre

Company 12 - Alexander Morgan, Brendan Paul, Lincoln Elliott, Michael McPhee - photo by Clare Hawley

Image by Clare Hawley

It’s Robert’s 35th birthday and, while his friends love him, his singleness is becoming more of a concern than a quirk. In a city like New York, where you can have anything you want, why isn’t this eligible bachelor married? In the Broadway favourite Company, couples celebrate their love together when confronted with someone who doesn’t want what they have.

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Merrily We Roll Along | Little Triangle

Little Triangle is a brand new Sydney theatre company dedicated to reprising under-performed musicals at a ticket price point that doesn’t cost their audience a week’s rent. As an effort to expand and diversify the musical theatre scene in Sydney, this is a valiant way to open a company. Their second production, Merrily We Roll Along, just closed their season at the Depot Theatre to wide praise and keen look-outs for their next show!

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