Mariah Carey’s reality series is a glorious ode to capitalism (with help from James Packer)

Music, News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

If you’ve never seen Mariah Carey performing live, either in person or on film, you’re missing out. There’s something about an MC performance that’s difficult to comprehend: how did somebody who seems to care so little about communicating any sense of joy, or really any emotion beyond exhaustion, come to be so successful as a

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The Major Performing Arts companies respond to Yaron Lifschitz’s challenge

Dance, Live, Music, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

Last week the CEO of the circus/theatre company Circa, Yaron Lifschitz, threw down a challenge to the 28 major arts companies that make up the Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG).  In a speech delivered in Sydney at a Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast he challenged these companies (who include the major theatre, ballet and opera companies) to demand their

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Dappled Cities (NGV, Melbourne)

Live, Music, Reviews |

  Another Friday post work (December 2) and I’m off to the NGV again to see a band of whom I know little. Dappled Cities, (aka Dappled Cities Fly – naff name really they saddled themselves with) are known as a Sydney indie rock band and have been around since 1997, releasing a number of

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Survey reveals live music and theatre have suffered a huge hit at the Australian box office


Live Performance Australia has released its annual ticket attendance and revenue survey for 2015, revealing a decline in ticket sales across the sector after two years of growth. Just over 18 million tickets were issued to live performance events in 2015, generating total ticket sales revenue of $1.4 billion. When compared to 2014, revenue is down

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The Not So Pointless Review of Prince’s 4Ever

Music, Recorded |

You seldom see reviews of greatest hits packages as it’s almost an entirely pointless exercise describing the sequencing and collation of a well-known artists best known songs. And when it comes to Prince, let’s be honest – many of us are quite familiar with his formidable collection of hits. I own all of Prince’s official

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Catherine Alcorn’s ‘Cathartic’ review (Slide, Sydney)

Live, Music, Reviews, Stage |

Catherine Alcorn has been a fixture on Australian cabaret stages for quite a few years now, performing mainly as Bette Midler in The Divine Miss Bette, and as Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie in Go Your Own Way. But in her new show, Cathartic, there’s no character to hide behind and, really, no big dramatic concept. With a setlist of wonderful, reimagined

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Tim Finn: My Sydney Festival top five

Live, Music, News & Commentary, Stage |

Legendary singer-songwriter Tim Finn is not only appearing at next year’s Sydney Festival in his musical collaboration with the late poet Dorothy Porter, The Fiery Maze, his musical Ladies in Black is also having its Sydney premiere at the festival. So we thought, who better to ask for their picks from the festival crop? Here are Tim’s top

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Postcard from Paris, post-Trump

Live, Music, Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

Actor, and occasional Daily Review correspondent, Humphrey Bower finds himself in Paris with a new love in a time of political upheaval. He finds that the art matches the mood as he sees Ivo van Hove/Comédie Francaise, Les Damnés; Rocío Molina/Chaillot Théatre National de La Danse, Caída del Cielo; Leyla McCalla at the Bouffes du

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