The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Chris Boyd Mark Cough­lan

en­tire show looks well-drilled and is ad­mirably tight. The cos­tumes are ex­cel­lent and the sound is par­tic­u­larly good: brassy but rich. Jack Cham­bers (pic­tured, left) as Cosmo is less of a slap­stick car­i­ca­ture here than he is in the orig­i­nal, but there’s still plenty of phys­i­cal com­edy. Cham­bers has a daz­zling Broad­way smile; his Make ’Em Laugh was ex­pertly per­formed. The lip-synch singer Kathy (Gre­tel Scar­lett, pic­tured) is a ter­rific dancer with lash­ings of per­son­al­ity and a voice ag­ile enough to sing You are My Lucky Star agree­ably. At the Mel­bourne pre­miere, Adam Gar­cia’s singing as Don Lock­wood (played in Syd­ney by Grant Almi­rall and Rob Mal­lett) lacked au­thor­ity and colour, though he was at his best in the first act fi­nale. In a tor­ren­tial down­pour, he sang and danced as if to him­self. It was an un­ex­pect­edly touch­ing and ef­fec­tive note. Syd­ney Lyric, Pir­rama Road, Pyr­mont. To­day, 1.30pm and 7pm. Tick­ets: $80-$122. Book­ings: 136 100 or on­line. Un­til Septem­ber 4. Mahler This per­for­mance from the Syd­ney Sym­phony Or­ches­tra is con­ducted by Lothar Koenigs and fea­tures sax­o­phon­ist Amy Dick­son, so­prano Sylvia Schwartz and per­cus­sion­ist Colin Cur­rie. The pro­gram in­cludes the pre­miere of Aus­tralian com­poser Ross Ed­wards’s lat­est con­certo, ti­tled Frog and Star Cy­cle and Mahler’s Sym­phony No 4. Con­cert Hall, Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. To­day, 2pm and Mon­day, 7pm. Tick­ets: $39-$134. Book­ings: (02) 8215 4600 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 2hr, in­clud­ing 20min interval. melodies and ra­di­at­ing charm and good hu­mour at every op­por­tu­nity. While more re­served in her de­liv­ery, Van­ska’s play­ing was none­the­less strong and com­mand­ing, com­bin­ing lyri­cism and brilliance. Sol­lima’s com­po­si­tion Fecit Neap. 17 … was the per­fect fi­nale to this con­cert, sum­ming up the eclec­tic mu­si­cal jour­ney with a wide-rang­ing work. Con­cert Hall, Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. To­mor­row, 2pm. Tick­ets: $47$117. Book­ings: 1800 444 444 or on­line.

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