BEAU­TI­FUL: THE CA­ROLE KING MU­SI­CAL

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This month The Aus­tralian Bal­let is per­form­ing Christo­pher Wheel­don’s “Alice’s Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land©”. The bal­let was cre­ated by Wheel­don for The Royal Bal­let in 2011 and has since en­thralled au­di­ences the world over. Ar­guably the world’s high­est pro­file con­tem­po­rary chore­og­ra­pher, Wheel­don reimag­ines the beloved sto­rybook clas­sic us­ing bal­let’s tra­di­tional struc­tures, in­ter­spersed with dra­matic twists and comedic turns for a mod­ern edge. Watch as Alice tum­bles down the rab­bit hole and goes on some whim­si­cal ad­ven­tures with the White Rab­bit and the Knave of Hearts, while com­ing up against the Queen of Hearts.

5–22 De­cem­ber, Capi­tol The­atre, 13 Campbell Street, Hay­mar­ket. 1300 369 741. aus­tralian­bal­let.com.au Long be­fore she was Ca­role King, the chart-top­ping mu­sic leg­end, she was an or­di­nary girl with ex­tra­or­di­nary ta­lent. She sold her first hit, “Will You Love Me To­mor­row”, at just 17. By the time she was 20 she was writ­ing num­ber ones for the big­gest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, in­clud­ing The Drifters, The Shirelles and Aretha Franklin. But it wasn’t un­til her per­sonal life be­gan to crack that she fi­nally man­aged to find her own voice and step into the spot­light, with mu­sic that would be­come the sound­track of a gen­er­a­tion. Star­ring multi award­win­ning Es­ther Han­naford as Ca­role King, Josh Piter­man as Gerry Gof­fin and Amy Leh­pamer as Cyn­thia Weil, this up­lift­ing and in­spi­ra­tional Broad­way hit will have you on your feet in ap­plause.

Un­til 4 Fe­bru­ary, Syd­ney Lyric The­atre, The Star, Pir­rama Road, Pyr­mont. 136 100. beau­ti­ful­mu­si­cal.com.au

Am­ber Scott in “Alice’s Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land”. Photo: Justin Ri­dler.

Es­ther Han­naford as Ca­role King in “Beau­ti­ful: The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal”. Photo: © Joan Mar­cus.

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