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How Beyonce, Britney and Adele were enlisted to revamp the Moulin Rouge soundtrack

How Beyonce, Britney and Adele were enlisted to revamp the Moulin Rouge soundtrack

How do you update a soundtrack that’s as catchy as Moulin Rouge’s? Bring in Lady Gaga but say no to Taylor Swift.

  • by Louise Rugendyke

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‘I’ve spent a really long time hiding it’: Musical star opens up about hearing loss

‘I’ve spent a really long time hiding it’: Musical star opens up about hearing loss

Kirby Burgess has had hearing loss her entire life. But she kept it to herself, using subtle strategies to excel in auditions and performances.

  • by Nick Miller
The dangerous liaison that made Buffy sexy ... now with added ’90s bangers

The dangerous liaison that made Buffy sexy ... now with added ’90s bangers

Cruel Intentions: the ’90s Musical is an unashamedly tongue-in-cheek take on the sassy, sexy 1999 film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair.

  • by Stephen A Russell
How they waved a magic wand over Cinderella to embrace diversity

How they waved a magic wand over Cinderella to embrace diversity

In a new, lavish Broadway version of Cinderella, the creative team set out to reshape one of the most famous fairytales.

  • by Catherine Lambert
The moving story of three generations of women that unfolds from an umbrella

The moving story of three generations of women that unfolds from an umbrella

A new musical will celebrate the lives of a family of artists who escaped Nazi Germany and brought their lives – and art, and furniture – to suburban Melbourne.

  • by Nick Miller
Loved The Castle and Muriel’s Wedding? This underdog wrestling show is for you

Loved The Castle and Muriel’s Wedding? This underdog wrestling show is for you

With its rock soundtrack, Dubbo Championship Wrestling is a love letter to country Australia that has the hallmarks of our next musical hit.

  • by Lenny Ann Low
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How Lisa McCune came to love the role that scared her

How Lisa McCune came to love the role that scared her

Lisa McCune had to learn to understand dementia from the inside, for a role in a new musical based on Bob Dylan’s biggest hits.

  • by Nick Miller
The century-old opera that reads as a takedown of modern slacktivism

The century-old opera that reads as a takedown of modern slacktivism

Composed a century ago, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny has a surprisingly modern message: that good intentions aren’t enough, and actions count.

  • by Barney Zwartz
Drama on the harbour: Phantom of the Opera bullying claims unmasked

Drama on the harbour: Phantom of the Opera bullying claims unmasked

Bullying claims have rocked Opera Australia’s Sydney Harbour production, with some cast members threatening not to perform over the treatment of one of the stars.

  • by Nathanael Cooper
“Mind-boggling”: An improbably wondrous night at the Old Fitz
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“Mind-boggling”: An improbably wondrous night at the Old Fitz

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht take us two jaunty examinations of humanity’s open wounds.

  • by John Shand
‘Simply glorious’: Phantom is a magical escape from a troubled world
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‘Simply glorious’: Phantom is a magical escape from a troubled world

Opera Australia’s fresh take on The Phantom of the Opera, the longest-running show in musical history, is set against the beautiful backdrop of Sydney harbour. Grab your raincoat and go.

  • by Lenny Ann Low