The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Murray Black

de­signer Tony David Cray has de­liv­ered an­other well­bal­anced, finely-de­tailed au­dio en­gi­neer­ing feat. First staged in 1995, The Eighth Won­der, by com­poser and li­bret­tist Alan John and co-li­bret­tist Den­nis Watkins, is the tale of a vi­sion­ary brought down by po­lit­i­cal in­trigue and pro­vin­cial small-mind­ed­ness. John’s at­trac­tive score is well-crafted and imag­i­na­tively or­ches­trated but also quite de­riv­a­tive. There are nods to im­pres­sion­ism, Ben­jamin Brit­ten and Leonard Bern­stein in some places while other sec­tions pay trib­ute to John Adams in their re­peated chug­ging rhythms and per­cus­sion-drenched sound­scapes. Firm and as­sured across his range, Dan­ish tenor Adam Frand­sen is the stand­out per­former as The Ar­chi­tect. Also fea­tured are David Parkin as Ken Ma­son and Re­becca Cur­rier as Eileen Ma­son (pic­tured). Matt Groen­ing The cre­ator of and car­toon­ist be­hind the long­est run­ning an­i­mated com­edy in tele­vi­sion his­tory will dis­cuss his suc­cess­ful ca­reer and share sto­ries from be­hind the scenes of pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion shows in­clud­ing Fu­tu­rama and, of course, The Simp­sons. Con­cert Hall, Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. To­day, 4pm. Tick­ets: $29-$50. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. when that ter­ror­ist is our brother? It stars An­drea Deme­tri­ades (pic­tured). River­side The­atre, cor­ner Mar­ket and Church Street, Par­ra­matta. Novem­ber 9, 1pm. Tick­ets: $25$39. Book­ings: (02) 8839 3399 or on­line. Un­til Novem­ber 12.

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