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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: why we’ll never tire of singing Les Mis

Live, Music, Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

In 2007, tenor Alfie Boe and musical theatre star Michael Ball appeared together in an English National Opera production of the classic musical Kismet, now famous for being particularly awful. It might well have been a low point in both of their careers — the London Evening Standard declared “A terrible fate should befall this Kismet” — but it

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Is Melbourne Festival’s queer pop music marathon too expensive to be radical?

Live, Music, News & Commentary, Stage |

Melbourne Festival this week revealed its 2017 program, with one of the most significant works of live performance of the decade at its centre. Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is a 24-hour journey through popular music and the history of America, from 1776 through to today, performed by the legendary New York cabaret artist. The Pulitzer

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Daily Review mightily appreciates the kindness of strangers


Daily Review launched a reader support campaign last November in the hope that this temporary measure would get us through some tough times as advertisers increasingly put their funds into Google, Facebook and their own marketing websites. But alas, asking readers for support is the new normal. In the last six months things have got tough for huge media organisations like Fairfax

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The Arts Apothecary by Jill Rivers: book excerpt


Jill Rivers, a writer and arts advocate, has just self-published The Arts Apothecary – a vital prescription for health, happiness and wellbeing which provides a guide to how engagement with the arts can improve our mental and physical health. Read Rivers’ motivation for writing the book here and an edited extract of Chapter One follows below. ***

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Film critic Luke Buckmaster on the crisis in arts criticism and journalism


The crisis in Australian arts criticism and arts journalism isn’t next month, or next year. It’s now. On this topic the following comment comes to my mind, published on Facebook in response to a recent article I wrote about television content quotas: “When the economic rationalists came for our automotive industry, many Australians didn’t believe

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George Michael: Praying for Time review (Sydney Opera House)

Live, Music, Reviews |

This year marks 30 years since George Michael made the split from Andrew Ridgeley, his musical partner in the pop band Wham!, and went it alone, releasing his debut solo album, the smash hit Faith. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra was originally planning to celebrate that anniversary in a tribute concert this year, but when Michael unexpectedly died on Christmas

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VIDEO: Sydney Symphony rehearses George Michael tribute with David Campbell & Diesel

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The Sydney Symphony Orchestra tonight opens its tribute to George Michael, Praying for Time, with four concerts in the Sydney Opera House. The event was originally meant to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael’s debut solo album Faith, but following his unexpected death last Christmas, it evolved into a tribute to his career and musical influence. The singers who will be

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