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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Mur­ray Bramwell John McCal­lum

Ghost Twenty-five years af­ter it be­came the sur­prise hit of 1990, Ghost is now a stage mu­si­cal. The book has been lightly up­dated by Bruce Rubin and a bunch of lik­able songs has been added from pop leg­end and for­mer Eury­th­mic Dave Ste­wart and prodi­gious writer Glen Bal­lard. It is still the same odd mix of small-scale ro­mance, tragedy and low com­edy. Di­rec­tor Matthew Warchus pre­sides over a stylish pro­duc­tion that mashes to­gether poignant melo­drama with snazzy spe­cial ef­fects. With a top-rate cre­ative team in­clud­ing op­ti­cal tricks from il­lu­sion­ist Paul Kieve, Ghost is not only amaz­ing to the eye and ear but keeps a hu­man pulse as well. It’s an en­gag­ing phan­tom opera and its the­atrics are out of this world. Theatre Royal, 108 King Street, Syd­ney. Opens Fri­day, 8pm. Tick­ets: $65-$120. Book­ings: 136 100 or on­line. Un­til May 1.

Golem Sewell’s cen­tral pro­tag­o­nist, an at first ide­al­is­tic left-wing politi­cian named Allen Fitzger­ald, be­comes in­creas­ingly en­tan­gled in ma­chine pol­i­tics, pub­lic cor­rup­tion and per­sonal trau­mas. Fitzger­ald is bril­liantly played by Dan Spiel­man, pic­tured, whose fever­ish en­ergy and con­cen­tra­tion are per­fectly suited to the role. The play is still highly provoca­tive af­ter more than 30 years and It is full of pe­riod de­tail but its mes­sage, that hu­man vi­sion can al­ways be be­trayed by hu­man fail­ure, is still pow­er­ful. Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $37-$72. Book­ings: (02) 9699 3444. Un­til March 20.

Go Fig­ure!

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