THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL - THE WHITNEY HOUSTON SHOW NEW website
review by Julie Dargan Bohemian Rhapsody Club is also very grateful to Larissa Cavanagh for her support with this editorial
Thank you for calling me on Friday to see if I could replace you at the Whitney Houston Show at the Atheneum in Melbourne. Here is my review:
The Whitney Houston Show is one show you should not miss. Belinda sings all the songs we love so well made famous by Whitney Houston. Belinda is humble, interacts wonderfully with the audience, hits those high notes with precision and puts on a stunning concert.
Back up band were awesome and the dancers gave the show that extra dimension.
Choice of venue was perfect. Stage was intimate and the you felt a part of the performance and not up in the rafters of a major venue that can sometimes lose the intimacy that is so needed in a performance such as this.
Belinda was available for signing and autographs which is that extra touch that is so lacking in modern day shows. Live music, authentic interaction, all created a wonderful nights entertainment which had me one very happy and relaxed woman.
My score (if I have to give one) 10/10
review by Glen Wilson and Camilla Wilson
The Greatest Love of All
Not just another tribute show. The reality of tribute shows is the ever present reminder that you are watching an impersonation of the real thing.
The Greatest Love of all is a shining exception to the rule.Belinda Davids is exceptional as Whitney Houston and bears a remarkable resemblance in both appearance and vocal abilities.
Opening night in Melbourne, was Belinda`s first visit to Australia. First night jitters were a little apparent in the first few songs – Belinda herself admitting she was nervous about her first night in Australia, once the nerves settled, it was Whitney Houston at her finest.
By the second set this was no longer a tribute show but a world class performer at her best.
Belinda’s personality shines through with her approach to an audience and her audience participation is second to none.The audience was treated to a string of classic Whitney Houston hits
Belinda`s outstanding rendition of ‘I Have Nothing’ , Complete with red dress and singing in perfect sync with Whitney Houston on the big screen, Brought the audience to their feet – along with not too many dry eyes.
Belinda was backed by a world class 6 piece band , fantastic dancers, Classic Whitney Costumes and a great light show. And a big thumbs up to the sound engineer delivering great sound, punchy bass, clean high range and most importantly… not to loud.
Belinda’s voice is nothing short of remarkable, a mix of Whitney Houston with a good amount of Belinda`s own individuality shining through. She hits the high notes with power and ease. If you are a Whitney fan this is a must see… And if you aren’t, go along and be entertained by one of the best voices in the business.
Belinda said she is Whitney Houston`s biggest fan and is living her dream playing her. Go and share here dream – you won’t be disappointed.
review by Alice and Mounir Slamani
Opening night at the Athenaeum Theatre is always a treat. I remember the first time being there as a small child, and on opening night of The Greatest Love of All the same electricity encapsulated the venue. Belinda Davids not only sounds like Whitney, she encompasses her being. I grew up with Whitney songs, recorded from the radio after hours of listening, song after song on the same cassette tape, dancing in my bedroom. I have to say that I was disappointed the crowd didn't feel the same way. Sure, the Athenaeum isn't the best place to hold a dance party to our fav childhood songs, but the crowd needed more enthusiasm. Whit (aka Belinda) managed to rev up the subdued crowd during the classics, and I was left grieving the legend that Whitney left behind. The production efforts and energy the show contained were visible, and it wasn't just a rip off of an old icon. Belinda threw her own efforts and magic into the performance to make it her own and still pay tremendous homage to her idol. This is a production that lifts the life and times of Whitney Houston into the history books, where she deserves to be.
WWI CENTENARY EXHIBITION AT MELBOURNE MUSEUM website review by Gabrielle Grech REMEMBRANCE THROUGH EXPERIENCE. Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Asha Holmes / Asha Holmes Publicity for assisting us in organising the WWI Exhibition visit
The World War One Centenary Exhibition currently on display at Melbourne Museum follows in creative detail The War that Changed the World. In many ways this is The Exhibition that Changes the approach of representing The Great War in Australia. A concise system of independent iPhone tours allowed me in my exploration of the exhibit to individually explore, discover and consume all the exhibition had to offer. There was an immense amount of dimensions and viewpoints of the war and its significant place in the history of Australia and the world. The exhibition was most compelling considering the proximity in time to the 25th of April, and the huge outpouring of gestures and remembrance of this day only a mere week before my visit.
The wide range of specifically Australian displays and historical views enhanced the exhibition, which risked, like many others to base itself too much on the British role in the war. The exhibit enriched the role of Australians in the Great War and marked their significance through the educated opinions of various historians. It is this simple yet effective combination the museum employs, of independence and a strong sense of direction through the multiple levels/sections of the exhibition which give substance and freedom to your visit. The exhibition is one that you could spend one hour, or if you’re like me 3 hours in. The exhibition clearly appeals to a wide range of age demographics, when I was there alone I saw the elderly and school aged alike fascinated by the wide range of displays the exhibition.
This was largely due to the ingenious mesh of modern and classic art and presentation techniques in creating a whole experience. The almost immediate ability to have the sensual as well as visual and auditory experience was essential to creating what I deem an extremely well put together and thought out arrangement. The idea of creating surrounding trench walls, of visual and sound of men running across the front and the use of wartime film on large digital screens enhanced and realised the idea and concept of the Great War. Although an almost exclusively British and Australian view and recount of the war, the exhibit does so in a concise manner and with considerable depth. Whether you come into the exhibit with little knowledge or with a wide expanse of intelligence regarding the Great War, your mind will be enriched.
I would almost need to write a book to expand upon all aspects of the exhibit, but those which made it stand out and recommend itself especially compared to others I hopefully exemplified above. A definite must-see as the one hundred year remembrance of the beginning of The Great War passes and its claim in history of Australia and the world is demonstrated.
Written by Gabrielle Grech, 2015. From: University of Melbourne.
MELBOURNE AQUARIUM 2015 review by Julie Dargan (article) and Glen Wilson (photography) Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Phoebe Dennis for her kind assistance of this work
Thank you for the opportunity to do a review on the Melbourne Aquarium. An amazing experience that is more that just is a must to visit. This is a wonderful venue, right in the heart of Melbourne along the YarraRiver.
The staff from beginning to end are wonderful. Pleasant, smiling faces with an enthusiasm that is contagious for parents and children, teachers and students, tourists and young couples.
I learnt an amazing amount of information that I never knew about our amazing Australian sea life. Have you ever held a sharks egg in your hand? This is just one of the many fascinating interactive areas for all to enjoy.
I loved following this well laid out area. You are guided in a continual loop so as to get to see everything but without people walking backwards into you. Watching the children’s faces at each display was a treat.
The aquarium has some ingenious ways to get the children to learn things without even realising it.
The music throughout is just perfect. Not screaming, not too fluffy, but just right to make the journey a relaxing one.
Every step of the way there are staff willing to share their knowledge with you in a beautiful way. They obviously love their job and this makes the visit to the aquarium so much more interesting.
There is also an abundance of other animals like lizards, spiders and penguins.
This is a wonderful venue for a wedding also. What an absolute unique place for a wedding. I remember going to the aquarium for my sister’s wedding and came home with some wonderful memories of the event. If you are looking for a wedding with a difference I highly recommend the Melbourne Aquarium for that Special Day. How many people can say they ate while the sharks were circling?
DOG LOVERS SHOW 2015 Bohemian Rhapsody Cub is very grateful to Katie Woolway and Adam Valentine for kindly assisting us with this work
Dog Lovers Show review this is the story of a Doggy who was at the exhibition... wow-woof...I enjoyed it so much!.. now I know that I will never be hungry - there is much food varieties: - organic - fat free - dairy and wheat free - food that contains even blueberries! - vegetarian and not-vegetarian - rabbit, goat, cow, lamb, roo, chicken meat and mince - oh. I was almost swimming in my saliva dripping, tasting and sniffing; they even have a kids free zone where kids are allowed to get in and they could pet us, they also had face painting zone for kids of course where face-painters made them look like us - even happier; now I also know I have many brothers and sisters: mastiffs and boxers, german shepherds and malteeses and... mmm... what was that hairy big ball of fur: newfoundland; now I do not have to worry about shampoos and napkins - I know there are so many of them on the market - I am looked well after; there is a celebrity vet stage where you can meet your favorites, no Dr Phil though; now I know i can find my best match in human and they can find me too to matter what breed I am there is always a hyppo to meet one hyppo to match; now I know I will never be lost as there is a special mobile application to find me - I can sleep well; I saw a scooby-doo - i was not even scared; I know that my brothers and sisters who are disadvantaged and not as lucky as many of us are also looked after well: there are so many organisations, rescues and societies including my fav rspsa that I believe there is not even one homeless dog on the street left; and how many specials are there? check it out:http://dogloversshow.com.au/melbo…/exhibitors/show-specials/ what else can I add to conclude my story softly and nicely? people and dogs, go there, enjoy it and have fun for more than hours - tomorrow is the last exhibition day!
SPEAKEASY HQ 21 ACTS SATURDAY ALL STAR VAUDEVILLE website Bohemian Rhapsody Cub is very grateful to Knuckles for kindly assisting us with this work Review of Speakeasy HQ Saturday 25th April 2015 by Murray Brooks / MHB Photography
Located at 377 Little Bourke St Between Elizabeth and Queen street you enter via Racecourse Lane the door is signed. You take a leisurely stroll up the stairs to level 2 where you are greeted by the owners Roy Maloy and Knuckles. The atmosphere is very speakeasy style very dim and smokey. This is created by a smoke machine to give that cigar smoke feeling.
You are escorted to your seats by the staff and offered drinks and Tapas. As it is pre-show, doors open at 6.00pm and there is a happy hour at the bar with $5.00 drinks till the main entertainment starts. Giant pretzels and sweets are on sale throughout the night; these are brought around to the tables by the “Candy Girl” Boylesque performer Ryan Lovat “oh what legs”
There is jazz music playing whilst you enjoy a chat and drink till around 6.45pm when you have the amazing talented musician and singer Mathew Hadgraft; he entertains you with keyboard and songs like Sesame Street and Home and Away theme songs etc... and then a couple of songs from the cabaret act: the stunning Tash York. The main show starts at 8.00 pm consisting of 15 short acts from Cabaret , Boylesque, Comedy, Burlesque, magic, singing and much more. The MC was Roy Maloy himself; the Circus King Roy, who holds 9 world records for performances... and he is the Great Showman. The audience is asked to participate in every way from joining in singing to being on stage to help with acts and also if they think an act is extremely good to stamp their feet "vaudeville style" Overall if you want a fantastic night out where you can watch class acts of all types and enjoy good company with friends as well as have a great night entertainment this is the place to go but you must ring and book because they have had sold out shows for the last three weeks
For bookings visit the website www.speakeasy-HQ.com Review by Murray Howard-Brooks MHB Photography
Speakeasy HQ / Speakeasy HQ - The Blind Tiger www.Speakeasy-HQ.com - Vaudeville Show Every Saturday Night - Speakeasy HQ presents weekly extravaganzas that span the widest cross-section of live and performing arts of the contemporary era. Described as Australia's Underground Galaxy of Stars presenting Vaudeville!
Vaudeville is 3-5min acts of every genre, on the one stage! Jazz, Comedy, Circus, Carnival & Sideshow, Burlesque, Magic & Illusion, Cabaret and live music shows from a dedicated theatre at Melbourne's newest roof-top bar!!
Entry via Racing Club Lane, head up the stairs to Level 1 where you will find the new Speakeasy HQ and Melbourne newest Rooftop bar The Blind Tiger!
The rooftop is open for Drinks, Gourmet Hot Dogs and Grilled corn from 6pm - 8pm Our Theatre opens from 7:30pm where we offer food packages, and our famous Candy Dolls serving Popcorn, Crisps, Pretzels, and all the sweet delights you can ask want! As the night guys on they also serve our famous Slingshot cocktails and snake oil shooters!
Admission numbers are strictly limited - pre-purchase ticket holders receive an early bird discount and are given direct access with no need to wait in line! The tickets are usually sold out!
HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY - ZOOS VICTORIA review by Jess Dey (video and project manager) and Luke Slater (article, photos and project manager assistant) 20/04/15
Fans of local fauna, get around Healesville Sanctuary.
Located an hour east of Melbourne’s CBD, at the end of a scenic drive through Victoria’s Yarra Valley, the sanctuary offers a more open feel to its animal enclosures, with some even allowing you to get face to face with their inhabitants.
Without a doubt, the biggest draw to the Sanctuary is the “Spirits of the Sky” display, which features several of Australias birds of prey and parrots in action. It’s difficult to describe the adrenaline rush you feel as a Wedge Tailed Eagle soars past your face towards a perch behind you.
The variety of Australian animals was outstanding, with the larger of Victorias Great Zoos offering a chance to see overseas fauna; it is nice to be able to see what resides in our own backyard. The “Meet the Keeper” segments provided both an entertaining and educational insight into the history of animals such as dingoes and kangaroos; even I, a self-professed Australian history buff, was able to learn some new facts.
Healesville has several conservation initiates, with aspirations to be Australias leading zoo based conservation organisation. Notably, the sanctuary has assisted with the repopulation of the Tasmanian Devil, yielding over 100 joeys to date.
Their initiates go beyond just repopulating species on the brink of extinction, they also play an active role in the protection of animal habitats; doing so through initiatives such as the “Wipe for Wildlife” campaign, which promotes the use of 100% recycled toilet paper as a means of preventing deforestation in Australia. Healesville Sanctuary offers individuals, couples, and families an excellent day out.
Very grateful to Jess Dey and Luke Slater! Also very grateful to Healesville Sanctuary Communication Assistant Megan Croucher and Katy, the Healesville Sanctuary Zoo Keeper for their constant support of this editorial in organising the visit and for the interview.
HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY VIDEO BY JESSICA DEY AND LUKE SLATER