Sydney Gig Guide Dec – Feb

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the months of December – February 2020. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice in what hot live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

Queen + Adam Lambert Tour

ANZ Stadium, Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park  

Saturday 15 February, experience the folks behind the hit biographical film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, fronted by Adam Lambert! Yes, it’s the legendary band Queen! Touching down in Sydney for one night only! No cover band here, just the real deal from the original Queen, watch them perform all your favourites live!

For more information and for tickets, click HERE!       

Musicals

Waitress the Musical

Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont

Coming Soon in 2020, Waitress the Musical! Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film, Waitress is a tale of hope for a new beginning, friendships, romance, and some good old American pie! The stage production features an all-female creative team, and original music by 6 time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles!

For more information and to get onto the wait list, click HERE!

Classical/Contemporary Music

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

First State Super Theatre, International Convention Centre Sydney, 14 Darling Dr, Sydney

Monday 10 February, will be the last time for Sydney-siders to experience a Game of Thrones a fresh! For one night only, hear the award winning Game of Thrones score performed live by an international cast of solo performers, an orchestra, and singers. All the while having scenes from all 8 seasons beamed onto the big screen! Don’t miss the last traces of summer from Game of Thrones!

For more information and ticket details, click HERE!

Comedy

Comedy on Edge!

The Chippo Hotel, 87 Abbacrombey St, Sydney

February 2020, weekly on Tuesdays (for 20 weeks, check listing) the Chippo Hotel plays host to the funniest night $10 can buy you! Each week is a different line-up of laughs, from stand up, improv, sketch, roast battles, live podcasts and more! Nothing going on, on a Tuesday night between 7.30-9pm? Head on down to the Chippo for some cheap laughs!

For more info and to get your $10 tickets, click HERE!

Community Theatre

Honk! – Sydney Youth Musical Theatre Company  

Hornsby RSL Club, 4 High St, Hornsby   

Thurs 21 November – Sun 24 November, The Sydney Youth Musical Theatre Company (cast made up of youths aged 10-18 years) will perform Honk! An adaptation on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Not fitting in, the little duckling leaves home and goes on a bunch of adventures, meets a bunch of unique characters, and learns a life-lesson along the way! A true show for the whole entire family!

For more info and for tickets, click HERE!   

Live Gig Review- Dami Im ‘Dreamer’ Tour

Speak up! The official anthem for all Asians around the Western world!

“Hey babe, I’ve bought us tickets to Dami Im’s ‘Dreamer’ concert,” were the nervous words which came out of my wife’s mouth, but hearing those words made me so happy! Why? Is it because I’m a massive Dami Im fan?  No, no, it was because my wife bought the tickets as she obviously wanted to see the show, but my joy was due to the fact that she justified the purchase of the tickets, so that I would have more material for our Blog Touch Smell Taste Sound!!!! As to date, my wife has been a very reluctant passenger on this blogging journey of ours. Haaha.

So last night, strolling the half block to the Metro Theatre, we watched our very first live concert together in a very long time. Woot Woot!

Dami Im ‘Dreamer’ tour- supporting acts Brittany Maggs and Jayesslee!

We’d never been to the Metro Theatre before; we’ve walked past it a billion times but never set foot inside. It’s a surprisingly large yet intimate venue, perhaps seats around 200 (no standing room), and you know that plenty of people have had some good times here in the past, by the state of the floor (can you say, uber sticky?). Seated almost dead centre, I had originally anticipated a majority Korean crowd, you know…. 66.6% of the acts tonight were Korean – I was even quizzing my wife when we were getting ready, “What should I wear if I want to look more Korean?” And when I made it up to the top landing of the venue, I shouted out a pretty hearty (for my standards) Annyeong Haseyo! But no need, surprisingly the Korean-Asian fan base was almost non-present. An ‘older’ Australian audience seemed to be Dami’s most supportive fan base in ol’ Sydney town.

And as the lights dimmed, the tones went up! Like The Chefs’ Line, the concert was structured in the same way, i.e. the opening act, Brittany Maggs, was the least experienced, young and relatively unknown (to us at least), but she was good! On stage alone with only her guitarist as live accompaniment, she belted out 6 tracks- 5 of which were originals from her EP. And being quite familiar with the standards of your run-of-the-mill street buskers, Brittany was clearly a step above those talents, but still a little unknown if she’ll go on to achieve commercial success. And in my opinion, if she was the only act I was going to see that night. Oh yeah! It was good enough, I would have gone home happy enough. Loud claps all around!

But after Brittany packed up, Sydney-Korean twins Janice & Sonia Lee came onto the stage, one behind the piano, the other with a guitar on her lap – and they belted out their fan favourite covers! From The Greatest Showman’s ‘This Is Me’, to Maroon 5’s ‘Sunday Morning’, their harmonies were tight, their acoustic-covers selections were crowd pleasers, and in the end they left us wanting more! Encore! Encore ladies! Encore! And just when my wife thought she’d reached nirvana – seeing her favourite cover band in the flesh, and my hands smarting from clapping too enthusiastically…it was Dami Time!

You know when the big guns are coming, when the stage is cleared out, to make room for the full band- a complement of drums, electric guitar, keys, and the base player alternated between bass guitar, double bass, and synths. And holy sh*t! When they played their first chord, the ground and my chest cavity literally vibrated from the violence of the low tones! The electric guitar riffs, the bass clef of the synths, it brought the Metro to life! No thoughts of sleep anymore! And Dami? What can I say? Her voice was absolutely pitch perfect! Her ability to belt out the high notes, to leave it all on the stage! It was actually amazing to watch live! An artist giving it their all, she was literally breathless after each song when she attempted to interact with the audience.

Dami performed a collection of her most successful original hits from her now 6 year career, tracks from her jazzy second album, tracks from her 3rd and most recent album (latest single Crying Underwater), and of course she performed some of her most memorable performances from her 2013 X-Factor days! Roar, anyone?

The most memorable performance of the night for me was ‘Speak Up’, explained by Dami herself – she had spent most of her life a wallflower, fearful of being singled out, fearful of being asked for her opinion and to be unmasked as a fraud. Dami said the inspiration behind the song was her feelings of ‘enough is enough’, not wanting to spend the rest of her life being the “quiet Asian”, and it was time for her to ‘Speak Up’! And for me, it struck a chord, as being an introverted Asian male, I too suffer from this same affliction – hence this track ought to be every Asian’s pump-up song before going into a work meeting, or before presenting in front of a room full of colleagues. The ultimate Asian hype-up song! Speak up!!!!!

So as the decibels faded away, and everyone made their bee-line for the doors- yeah, it was a good night, a good night indeed! Each act built on the momentum put out by the previous act, and just when you thought the performances couldn’t get any better? A singer in the shape and form of Dami Im stepped out onto the stage! Wham! A gut punch of a performance!

Unfortunately last night was Dami’s one and only ‘Dreamer’ Sydney show, but if you ever get a chance to see her live? Take it! Take it! She’s amazing in person!!!

Sydney Gig Guide Nov – Jan

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the months of November – January 2020. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice on what hot live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

Elton John- Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour 

Qudos Bank Arena, 19 Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park

Tuesday 7 – Tuesday 14 January 2020, for the very last time see ‘The Rocket Man’ live! Elton John at age 72 will be gracing the Aussie stage for one last time! Don’t miss out!

For more details and for tickets, click HERE!

Musicals

Six- The musical

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point Sydney  

Saturday 4 January – Thursday 5 March 2020, the untold stories of the 6 Tudor Queens (wives of Henry VIII) play-out live on stage at the Opera House- you don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy this, in-fact you’ll probably need to be more of a Beyoncé fan to enjoy this performance! GIRL POWER POP!

For more info and tickets, click HERE!

Classical/Contemporary Music

Ludovico Einaudi Live

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point Sydney

Monday 20 January & Tuesday 21 January 2020, Italian Pianist and Composer Ludovico Einaudi will be touring Australia, performing music from his 7th album ‘Seven days walking’, inspired by a winter’s walk through the Alps. Hear why he is currently one of the hottest film score composers! And described as a superstar classical musician!

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!

Comedy

Penn & Teller

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point Sydney

Saturday 11 January – Sunday 19 January 2020, in the month of January you might as well just camp-out at the Sydney Opera House as the third and probably the most epic act of summer will be performing in the Concert Hall! It’s the world’s favourite magician-comedian combo, Penn & Teller! You’ve seen them on TV and if you’ve been lucky enough you’ve seen them in Vegas! But now see them live in Sydney at the iconic Opera house!

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!

Community Theatre

The Gypsy Baron- The Rockdale Opera Company

Cedric Ashton Auditorium, Rockdale Town Hall, 448 Princess Highway, Rockdale NSW

Saturday 9 November – Wednesday 27 November 2019, The Rockdale Opera Company plays-out a love story between a young swashbuckler returned from exile and a beautiful gypsy girl! Gypsy Baron has been labelled as the most popular of all Viennese operettas, featuring music by the maestro Johann Strauss! Community theatre at its finest!

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!

Sydney Gig Guide Oct – Dec

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the month of October – December 2019. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice in what awesome live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

Little Mix LM 5 Tour 

Qudos Bank Arena, 19 Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park

Saturday 14 December, for one Sydney show only! Global superstars Little Mix will be wowing fans at the Qudos Bank Arena! Come see Britain’s most successful Girl band ever live! Oh My God! “When you kiss me in the street and hold me on the dance floor……” (or something like that…)

For more info and to purchase tickets! Click HERE!   

Musicals

Shrek The Musical

Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont

Opening in January 2020, get in early to secure your tickets! Australia’s very first performance of Broadway’s smash hit- Shrek The Musical! Our favourite Ogre? A talking donkey? Singing, dancing, laughter and  romance? I’m sold!

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!   

Classical/Contemporary Music

The Australian Ballet- The Nutcracker  

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney  

30 Nov – 18 Dec, just in time for Christmas! Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker will be performed by the Australian Ballet at the iconic Opera House no less! Colourful costumes, Tchaikovsky’s score for Ballet, and dancers ‘Glissade-ing’ their way across the stage!? A perfect ‘first show’ if you’ve never witnessed a ballet performance before!

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!

Comedy

Dylan Moran- Dr Cosmos

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 October, Legendary Irish Comedian Dylan Moran will be performing 2 shows at the Sydney Opera House! High brow comedy at it’s poetic best! Caviar and laughs this is.

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!   

Community Theatre

 The Mikado- Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney

Smith Auditorium Shore School, Blue St, North Sydney

Friday 4- Sunday 13 October, the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney community theatre group will be performing the classical comedic opera ‘The Mikado’! A Western take on the confusing cultural intricacies of feudal Japan? But it promises to be a heap of laughs and iconic musical numbers!

For more info on the actual Mikado story, and for ticket details click HERE!     

Sydney Gig Guide Sept – Nov

This is only a very small taste of the live gigs which will be touching down in Sydney in the months of September–November 2019. But we will be uploading new posts on a monthly basis to give you some advance notice on what awesome live gigs will be arriving in Ol’ Sydney Town!

Live music

Rob Thomas Chip Tooth Tour

First State Super Theatre, International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour 

Wednesday 13 November, global superstar Rob Thomas will be touching down in Sydney for one night only! The former front man of Matchbox 20 will be performing his most famous hits from his 30 year career, plus tracks from his latest album ‘Chipped Tooth Smile’. Check out Cool Boys & The Front man’s original Front man Rob Thomas!

For more info and to purchase tickets, click HERE!

Musicals

School of Rock the Musical

Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Sydney

Commencing on Sunday 10 November, School of Rock the Musical will be effects-pedaling their way into the Capitol Theatre! As much as you’ve loved the original Jack Black film, you’ll love this stage adaptation even more with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new score! School of Rock is going to be whip cracking-ly good! Like a whip crack of a floppy tail!

For more info and dates, click HERE!

Classical/Contemporary Music

Yo-Yo- Ma

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney 

Monday 4 November, for one sitting only, living legend Yo-Yo Ma will be performing at the Opera House for the very first time! In his Australian debut, Yo-Yo will be performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s ‘Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello’. Hear the hush as Yo-Yo the world’s most famous classical musician does his thang boy-e!

For more info and tickets, click HERE!

Comedy

Steve Martin and Martin Short – Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t

First State Super Theatre, International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour 

Sunday 17 November, Steve Martin and Martin Short will be performing at the ICC for one night only! Don’t miss the 2 Martins as they rip on each other, Hollywood, and the fickleness of stardom. Have a great night of laughs as you watch these life long friends do what they do best! Bravo Amigos, bravo!

For more info and ticket details, click HERE!      

Community Theatre

Nunsense- Strathfield Musical Society

Latvian Theatre, 32 Parnell Street, Strathfield 

Friday 20 – Saturday 28 September, the Strathfield Musical Society will be performing Nunsence, a musical leading off with a tragedy that strikes the Hoboken Nunnery – and in an attempt to fund-raise, the sisters put on a variety show and then the nonsense…I mean nunsence, begins!

For more information and ticket details, click HERE!     

Live Gig Review- A Night on Broadway

Community theatre at its finest! FINEEEEEST!

There is something about Community Theatre which has totally captured me! It’s the fact that all these Guys & Gals are doing this for the pure passion of performing – no doubt rehearsing for weeks and weeks, perhaps even months and months, just to perform the show 4 times, and then poof! It’s all over! And all the performers do this as a hobby; they’re not getting a cut of the doors’ ticket takings! Right?

So, my wife and I, after 6-7 months of teasing and promoting live gigs, finally managed to catch our first live gig! Our first live show for season 2019 was the Mosman Musical Society’s original musical production ‘A Night on Broadway’, where they make light of the world of reality TV singing competitions!

The show begins at the semi-finals of a TV singing competition called ‘A Night on Broadway’ (season 41), starting with the eviction of the 4th last contestant before the grand finale (down to 3 contestants). And what takes place afterwards…well, you’ll just have to wait for the Mosman Musical Society to re-hash this show in say…approximately 12 years’ time, to find out for yourself?? (if the gap between the first run of ANOB (in 2007), and the present day run, is an indication of the length of time between drinks).

All of the singers were pitch perfect! All the dancers were swirlingly great! And the acting…well, everyone’s fake American accents were on point! The musicians were in time and jazzed up the show! While the only knock on the show, and the only element which showed-up that this was a community performance, compared to say the State Theatre, was the sound balancing. At times the volume of the band overwhelmed the lead singers’ vocals, but hey! it added to the charm of community amateur theatre! The venue was totally packed out (at least 250 person capacity) for the Saturday matinee time-slot at the Independent Theatre, located within the Wenona High School, North Sydney.

A Night On Broadway featured a 20+ ensemble cast, 16 Broadway classics, and a 7 piece band! I had to admit I didn’t know most of the show tunes, but the ones which I did recognise were ‘Hard knock life’, ‘The way you look tonight’, and ‘I got life’; while my favourite was ‘Ya got trouble’ – the young actress who performed this number was almost rapping the hundred-word-a-minute song! It was great!

And big ups to the main lead in the show, Dorothy (a.k.a Savannah Bell) and only 19 years old! Can you believe that? The future of Australian musical theatre is in good hands!!! And special mention to Jane (Suzanne Chin) for stealing the show at the end, with the final solo performance which had the audience cheering and whooping!

Bravo! Bravo! Girls & Boyz of the Mosman Musical Society! You had me feet-tapping and red raw palm-clapping right to the end! Too bad that by the time you read this post, A Night on Broadway’s 2019 run has already come to an end. *Sad look*. But to follow the MMS on Facebook, so you’ll be the first to know when they’ll be performing next, click HERE!

#Jooooooe Yeah! #Blessed! #A Night on Broadway during the day in North Sydney!