MELBOURNE

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Arts -

Mu­sic: The pli­ant and ex­pres­sive Emma Matthews and Sally- Anne Rus­sell lead the soloists in Han­del’s Mes­siah. The choral mas­ter­work is con­ducted by early mu­sic spe­cial­ist Antony Walker, with male soloists An­gus Wood and Andrew Col­lis, the Melbourne Sym­phony and the Melbourne Cho­rale. Hamer Hall, tonight. Book­ings: 1300 136 166. Mu­si­cal: Three queens travel from Syd­ney to Alice Springs by bus and have ad­ven­tures, good and bad, along the way. The pi­caresque jour­ney of Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Mu­si­cal is ac­com­pa­nied by a disco sound­track and eye- pop­ping cos­tumes by Tim Chap­pel and Lizzie Gar­diner, writes Deb­o­rah Jones. Tony Shel­don as trans­sex­ual Ber­nadette and Michael Ca­ton as her rough- hewn suitor break through the car­toony sur­face. Re­gent Theatre. Book­ings: 1300 555 593.

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